After you see this fall-tastic DIY pumpkin keg, your holiday table spread just won't seem complete without it. Come on, if this little guy doesn't steal the scene at your next potluck, Halloween party or Oktoberfest gathering, I don't know what will.
Best of all, turning a pumpkin into a keg is actually way easier than turning one into a jack-o'-lantern. There's no artistic carving required! All you'll need is this step-by-step tutorial, a pumpkin, a couple of tools, a beverage spigot and just a little bit of autumn cheer.
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Things You'll Need
Remove the Top of Your Pumpkin
Use your knife to cut out a circle around the stem of your pumpkin. Lift off the stem and the top of the pumpkin, but don't throw it out, as you'll be using it for your keg's lid.
Remove the Pumpkin Seeds and Guts
Using a heavy metal scooper or large spoon, scrape out all of the stringy pumpkin guts and pumpkin seeds.
Drill a Hole for the Keg Tap
Attach a 16mm Forstner bit to an electric drill.
Don't have an electric drill? Use a pen to trace around the spigot to create a circular cutting guide on the pumpkin. Use a small bladed or serrated knife to cut a hole slightly smaller than the circle you traced in order to ensure a tight fit.
Drill a hole a few inches from the bottom of the pumpkin. You want to drill it as low as you can without the spout being angled too far downward.
Attach the Keg Tap
Insert the spigot through the hole.
Fasten it to the inside of the pumpkin by attaching the silicone gasket and nut to the open end of the spigot. If your pumpkin walls exceed the entire length of the spigot, you'll have to carve down the area around the hole from the inside of the pumpkin to reveal enough of the threaded end of the spigot to screw on and tighten the nut. It should look like this from the inside:
Your keg is now ready to use, but if you'd like to gussy up your gourd like we did, use pushpins to adorn it with various fall leaves or other decor items. Let your imagination run wild!
Fill the Pumpkin Keg
Fill it up with your favorite fall beverage. Obviously, we're using a pumpkin, so it's going to lend a hint of flavor to whatever you fill it with. We suggest using a beverage that will complement it. You can do what we did and mix up a yummy batch of Pumpkin Pie Punch, or fill it with apple juice, hard apple cider or pumpkin ale. Then cover it with the stem.
Time to set out your pumpkin keg for all your guests to enjoy at your fall parties! Place it at the edge of a table, or lifted up on a cake stand, to allow for drink dispensing.
Don't be surprised if your guests nab this fun idea for their own fall soirées!
To ensure maximum freshness, make your pumpkin keg on the same day of the event and fill it with your beverage right before serving. Excess moisture in your pumpkin will make it prone to quick spoilage/molding. Discard right after your event is over.