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12 Fun Things You Can Do With a Watermelon

Watermelon is a summer icon. We set out to find out what else you can do with a watermelon and here's what we found.

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Watermelon Keg

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. Find more directions on how here. Once it’s finished, fill the keg with this light and refreshing watermelon juice.

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Watermelon Jack-O-Lantern

Everyone carves a pumpkin for Halloween, but why not create a dynamic lawn ornament this summer by carving a watermelon? Here’s a simple trick that will make carving a watermelon so much easier.

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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.

Speaking of sharks, check out these 10 fabulous kitchen products from Shark Tank.

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Pickle It

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. While you’re at it, try one of these 22 vintage pickling recipes that you’ll love.

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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!

If you don’t plan on exploding your watermelon, make sure it’s ripe with these tips.

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Creative Carving

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 become a master carver. Or, carve into a watermelon to make one of these refreshing watermelon recipes.

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Slushie Stand

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Watermelon Stool

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. If you have the time to order something, these are the best pieces of patio furniture you can get.

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