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

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

dsauls2 months ago

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

Beautiful work by the way.

eUser99991 year 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)  eUser99991 year ago

I got the reed fencing at Lowes!

excellent, thanks!

xGrape1 year 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 xGrape1 year 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)  xGrape1 year 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!

houndog2g1 year ago

That is super cute!!

Nice design

bben461 year ago

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

sunshiine1 year 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)  sunshiine1 year 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.

Thanks for the zip tie tip!

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