There's nothing like a tropical theme to properly set the tone for summer fun. So my co-worker Jonathan Odom and I set about to design a quick and easy-to-build backyard tiki bar that will be guaranteed to bring the Hawaiian party to any outdoor gathering. (Brainstorming session inspiration courtesy of Mike's Hard Lemonade!)

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Step 1: Supply List

Picture of Supply List
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We wanted to make something that wouldn't require many tools, so that anyone could make it regardless of their home shop status.

NOTE: We used a chop saw to make all of our cuts, but you could also use a hack saw or have your hardware store make the cuts for you. (This will be more expensive as hardware stores charge per cut, but it's an option if you don't have access to tools or don't want to use up all your elbow grease using a hand saw.)

The Supply List

(x1) 1" x 18" x 48" pine board
(x1) 1" x 12" x 48" pine board
(x1) 6' H x 16' L Reed Fencing
(x2) 2" x 7' bamboo pole
(x2) 2" x 6 1/2' bamboo pole
(x6) 1" x 5' bamboo pole
(x2) 1" x 4' bamboo pole
(x4) 1" x 44" PVC pipe
(x8) 1" x 18" PVC pipe
(x4) 1" x 14" PVC pipe
(x4) 1" x 1 1/4" PVC pipe
(x8) 1" ID PVC Tee joints
(x4) 1" ID PVC Corner joints
(x1) 50 pack of 14" white zip ties
(x8) 1" one holed pipe bracket
(x8) 3/4" stainless steel washers
(x8) 5/8" stainless wood screws
(x6) 3' L grass hula skirts (available at most party supply stores)

Cordless drill
tape measure
masking tape

dsauls1 month ago

Any idea what the total cost was or estimate? Is this thing sturdy with a blender on it?

Beautiful work by the way.

eUser999911 months ago

Hey: I see you're in Canada, where did you source the reed fencing? Great work.

oops: you're not in Canada ... but the question stands!

Paige Russell (author)  eUser999911 months ago

I got the reed fencing at Lowes!

excellent, thanks!

xGrape11 months ago

Amazing. Saving this one for later. Any thoughts on how this would cope with the elements? Ie. could you leave it outside for the entire summer, rain and all?

cwert xGrape11 months ago

Outdoor clear coat everything. including the bamboo and reeds. the reed stuff does not last past 5 years. the life span will shorten with drinks and drunks spillings all over it.

Paige Russell (author)  xGrape11 months ago

If you plan on leaving it outside for the whole summer, I suggest:

- using the black outdoor rated zip ties
- adding a layer of thick plastic sheeting underneath the hula skirt roof thatching
- putting an outdoor clear coat finish on the wood counter top

That should do it!

houndog2g11 months ago

That is super cute!!

naseermughal11 months ago

Nice design

bben4611 months ago

I wish I had seen this before I made my Tiki bar back in April. Yours is far simpler and less expensive.

sunshiine11 months ago

I hope I have an opportunity to do this next year! I love everything about it. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have many fond memories of your backyard Tiki Bar with your friends and family.


Paige Russell (author)  sunshiine11 months ago

Thanks sunshiine! Let us know if you end up giving this project a go next summer. : )

Nice! Now I know what I'm doing with my leftover bamboo!

I would use outdoor rated zip ties (usually black). I've had the white ones deteriorate on me pretty quickly in the sun.

Paige Russell (author)  Aaron Porterfield11 months ago

Thanks for the zip tie tip!

audreyobscura11 months ago

Y'all look great making this Tiki Bar! Good work!