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How to Make a Watermelon Keg

How to Make a Watermelon Keg

In less time than it takes to carve a pumpkin, you can make the cutest little keg you’ve ever seen.  A watermelon keg is easy to make, looks awesome and impresses both kids and adults alike.  Bring one of these bad boys to your next summer party and you’re guaranteed to feel happy every time you look at it:)

How to Make a Watermelon Keg


  • One whole watermelon
  • Spigot (see note below)
  • Knife and spoon
  • Pen or marker


  • Rinse any dirt off your watermelon and pat dry.
  • Lay watermelon on its side and cut about ½” off of one of the ends to form a flat base so that your “keg” can sit upright.
  • Cut a ring around the top of your watermelon to form a lid (same concept as carving a pumpkin).
  • Use a large spoon to scoop the meat out of the watermelon and set it aside to eat or blend into a cocktail.
  • Place the shank (tube) of the spigot against your watermelon a couple inches from the bottom.  Outline the shank to indicate the size and position of the spigot hole.  Carve the hole using a small knife – start by carving it too small and slowly make it bigger until it fits.  The spigot needs to fit very tightly or it’ll leak.
  • Insert the spigot and screw the washer on the inside to secure.  You may have to thin the inside of the rind a little to make it fit.  If your spigot shank is really short and the washer won’t go on just focus on getting a tight fit and it should still be secure enough to work anyway.
  • Fill with your beverage of choice, place the lid and let your guests ooh and ahh at your creativity!


  • Where to find a spigot: I found our spigot on Amazon and it worked well but the shank is rather short (about an inch) so I’ll look for a bigger one next time.  I’ve also seen them at outdoor stores, in the camping section of department stores and occasionally in kitchen stores.  Online they’re listed under a ton of names including spigot, tap, faucet and crock lever.  The most important feature is having a long enough shank to insert into the watermelon.
  • Watermelon Recipe: Looking for the perfect watermelon drink to serve in your watermelon keg?  Try our refreshing watermelon punch blended with citrus and berries:

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