12 Crazy Things you Can Do With a Watermelon
Watermelon is a summer icon. Nothing can compare to the joy of biting into a cool, crisp wedge, letting the juice drip down your chin and spitting the seeds farther than anyone else. With that in mind, we set out to find out what else you can do with a watermelon and here are the 12 crazy things we found.
Watermelon juice and cocktails are delicious, and if you can pour them directly from the fruit itself, well, how cool is that?! Use this watermelon tap kit to make a handy and charming melon keg.
Everyone carves a pumpkin for Halloween, but why not create a dynamic lawn ornament this summer by carving a watermelon? You could even try using your power tools for some of the tough cutting.
Celebrate Shark Week
One of the best things about watermelon is how creative you can get when serving it. Carve it into a shark for picnic guests to scoop their fruit salad from, shape it into a basket for a backyard pot-luck, or try one of these other adorable ideas.
Use every bit of the watermelon by cutting the white part of the rind to make watermelon pickles.The recipe is easy to follow and adds a unique garnish to your summer meals.
Are you one of those people who make a huge batch of pickles in a 5-gallon bucket every year? Here are 15 more handy ways to use a 5-gallon bucket.
Explode with Rubber Bands
While exploding a watermelon sounds like a lot of fun in theory, the truth is that it can be a bit dangerous if you don't take proper precautions. Be sure to wear safety goggles and keep little kids and pets indoors. Then, gather LOTS of rubber bands (it'll take a different amount of bands for each watermelon) and keep wrapping them around the watermelon center until the top explodes! It may be messy but wow, is it fun. Here's how to do it!
Artistically carved melons are a perfect natural decoration for a picnic, patio party or even a wedding. This project requires a bit of practice in order to get the elegant lines and shapes but with practice, you could be come a master carver. If you prefer carving wood, here are 10 tips for successful whittling.
Sure, your kids could have their regular lemonade stand this year but why not make them a neighborhood favorite with a watermelon slushie stand instead?! Here is the perfect recipe.
Who doesn't love a good volcano experiment? Have a thrilling morning with the kiddos with this simple experiment: cut a small opening on the top of the watermelon, scoop out the fruit with a melon baller or spoon, pour in a healthy amount of baking soda, a squirt of dish soap and then start pouring in vinegar. Eat the tasty melon while you watch a sudsy eruption from its shell!
The Melon Helmet
No summer is complete without a good old-fashioned water balloon or squirt gun fight. Protect your noggin this year with a custom-made watermelon helmet. It may be sticky but when you're soaking wet, does it really even matter? This is the DIY safety gear you should always keep on hand.
Skinning a Watermelon
This is one of those party tricks that, if you master it, can amaze your friends and family. You'll need two similar sized melons—one you'll peel, carve, and buff down to a smooth sphere, and the other you'll hollow out. Then you place the first inside the other and show off your trick! Here's a video that shows you how it's done.
When chairs are scarce at your backyard bash, grab one of your surplus melons and take a seat. It may not be as comfortable as your patio furniture but it'll do in a pinch. Dream of these 12 incredible pieces of patio furniture while sitting on your watermelon stool.