June is winding down, and July is almost here. What are you doing for
Independence day? If you are like many people in the United States, you
will likely be celebrating with family or friends. Maybe you will be
hosting or attending a party. Why not make a unique and easy punch bowl
that is sure to be a crowd pleaser? And, while you are at it, enter our
Recipe Contest for a chance to win a free product!
Seven Easy Steps to Make Your Watermelon Punch Bowl
- 1 Watermelon
- 1 Pink pipe cleaner
- 1 Pink felt craft sheet
- 2 Small buttons and 1 large button
- A carving knife
- Ice cream scoop
- Large bowl
- 1 Tomlinson spigot (Get yours here)
Wash and dry your watermelon.
a "D" shape across the top and down the sides with a marker or pen.Cut
along the line with a carving knife to remove the top. This will cut
off about 2/3 of the top of the watermelon. Save this rind for later.
With the top removed, use the scoop to take out the melon flesh. When scooping out the melon, try to leave it in large pieces so that they can be reused in ball shapes or as wedges later. Also, leave a thin layer over the rind to add some flavor to your punch. Save this melon for later.
Coil the pipe cleaner to create the tail. Tightly wrap the end of the tail around a toothpick and pierce the watermelon with the toothpick. This will anchor the toothpick in place. Cut two ear shapes out of the pink felt sheet. Slightly fold the inside of the ear and put a toothpick through to hold in place.
Cut out three round pieces from the left over rind for the button eyes and nose to be mounted on. Add these to the pig's face using the toothpicks. Next cut out four legs from this rind piece with a small triangle shape cut out of the bottom to make the hooves. Attach the hooves with toothpicks.
With the inside of the melon removed, you are now ready to add the spigot. The best location is in the bottom third, right under the nose. Use the pen or marker to draw a circle for the spigot stem. Next, use either a knife (or a drill) to make the hole for the spigot. It’s better to cut the hole too small and make adjustments as the spigot is fitted in, than to make it too big. Now add the spigot.
Make sure the spigot is secure and installed correctly. A tight fit will prevent any leaks. Time to fill it up! Put your watermelon keg on a flat secure surface. Pour the punch into the large hollow; then place the lid back on the top. Enjoy!
(For more help, visit our website. We have an automated presentation for use while you carve.)
Now you need something to put in your punch bowl! Here's a recipe from us. Share one of your favorite punch recipes with us and enter our contest. You can post the recipe in the blog comments, on our Facebook or Google + page, or share it on Twitter. Share it with us by midnight on July 4. We will pick one person at random who will win a Free Tomlinson spigot for his or her own watermelon punch bowl. (That's a $4.86 value with FREE shipping!)
Watermelon Mojito Punch (non-alcoholic)
- Leftover watermelon flesh, with seeds removed, cut into small sections and frozen
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves, cut in thin strips (add more or less to taste)
- 1 2L lemon-lime soda or ginger-ale
- 1 cup of filtered water or orange juice
- 2 tblsp. lime juice
Watermelon Sorbet: To prepare the watermelon sorbet, place pieces of frozen watermelon in blender or food processor. Add lime juice. Slowly add water while blending, until the mixture resembles a sorbet consistency.
Add about half of the watermelon sorbet back into your punch bowl. (You will want to have enough room for the soda.)
Add mint leaves on top of the watermelon sorbet.
Additions: Substitute orange juice for water in the sorbet for a citrusy flavor.