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!)

Step 1: Supply List

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

<p>Any idea what the total cost was or estimate? Is this thing sturdy with a blender on it?</p><p>Beautiful work by the way.</p>
<p>Sorry for the belated response!! I think the total was around $175 - $200 and it would definitely be sturdy enough for some blender action!</p>
<p>how much did this cost??</p>
<p>I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't think I ever totaled the receipts, but I'm pretty sure it was under $200. </p>
<p>Hey: I see you're in Canada, where did you source the reed fencing? Great work.</p>
<p>oops: you're not in Canada ... but the question stands!</p>
<p>I got the reed fencing at Lowes!</p>
<p>excellent, thanks!</p>
<p>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?</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>If you plan on leaving it outside for the whole summer, I suggest:</p><p>- using the black outdoor rated zip ties <br>- adding a layer of thick plastic sheeting underneath the hula skirt roof thatching<br>- putting an outdoor clear coat finish on the wood counter top</p><p>That should do it!</p>
<p>That is super cute!! </p>
<p>Nice design</p>
<p>I wish I had seen this before I made my Tiki bar back in April. Yours is far simpler and less expensive. </p>
<p>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.</p><p>sunshiine </p>
<p>Thanks sunshiine! Let us know if you end up giving this project a go next summer. : )</p>
<p>Nice! Now I know what I'm doing with my leftover bamboo!</p><p>I would use outdoor rated zip ties (usually black). I've had the white ones deteriorate on me pretty quickly in the sun.</p>
<p>Thanks for the zip tie tip!</p>
<p>Y'all look great making this Tiki Bar! Good work!</p>

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