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Hello fellow tinkerers, this tutorial will show you how to build a large tiki statue with an outdoor speaker inside of it. I decided to build a pair of rock speakers out of the same materials, but the idea quickly turned into building this guy. I designed it and built it entirely from scratch. He is 42 inches tall and weighs in at a whopping 110 pounds. The tiki itself took eight days to complete (from gathering materials to final coat of paint), and rigging the amplifier and hooking it up took roughly 3 hours. I spent around $120 on this project (speaker and cables were bought at Goodwill, some of the materials were lying around in my garage), so if you were to buy all of the materials new, it should cost about $200. In order to build a tiki speaker of your own, you will need the following items:

-Dremel tool with cutoff wheel
-Caulking gun (for Liquid Nails)
-Wire cutters
-Wire strippers
-Pliers (needlenose or regular)
-Steak knife
-Drill with mixing attachment
-Small trowels
-Bucket for mixing concrete
-Spray bottle

-Home Depot buckets or similar (x2)
-Roll of duct tape
-Large round foam planter pot
-Styrofoam blocks
-Flexible pipe insulator foam
-Metal chicken wire
-Floral wire (or other metal wire)
-Tight metal or plastic mesh
-Liquid Nails (strong super glue)
-Spool of speaker wire
-Thoroseal paintable water sealer
-1 bag of concrete stucco
-Outdoor speaker
-Wire nuts (x2)
-Stereo amplifier***
-Stereo speaker cable end with plug***

***If you just wish to build the tiki itself without a speaker inside, simply disregard sections 1, 2, and 5 of Step 2, and all of Step 7

NOTE: Make sure your amplifier output power does not exceed your speaker imput power. Both should be measured in watts. As long as the amplifier power is equal to or under your speaker imput power, you're A-Okay.

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I humbly suggest a door in the back for the ability to remove speakers/repair stuff.

I made a Tiki for the scouts. I used a couple of empty Spackle buckets as patterns. I used cardboard and plaster of paris and struclite. Mine was for indoors and not weather tight .

I made tripled corrugated cardboard disks using an opened spakle bucket lid as template. This make the inside bigger then a bucket. I made 3-4 sets. I stacked the buckets with lids on and disks betwixt them. I wrapped it in scored corrugated card board (refrigerator boxes)I taped the stuff in place with strips of paper tape and outdoor wood glue. After drying, I I did another layer, same technique. I took plaster's fiberglass "tape" and plastered it thinly over the seams allowed it to dry then Glued on eyes nose and moth and arms/hands that I made from cardboard and shaped over the tiki as the shaper, Then I spackled it, then painted it. Some where I have a Pic. If I can find them I will post one.

I always thought about doing them in stone and putting outside with a speaker.

I encourage all to try this it is a hoot. The cub scouts loved it and I scared the wits out of a school teacher. (it was brought to school and placed in a class room that had big ferns, the teacher walks through in semi dark and turns to see this creature staring at her, in a virtually noiseless dark place.

If I did this technique for out side I would do two things

1) use coroplast (corrugated plastic signage, free AFTER elections), and

2) after using plain ceent I would coat in thinset used in tile work it is paintable and waterproof and has bonding compound in it.


Nice project, gonna make a set for my daughter's place!!!! You did a great job!!
mounces2 years ago
Here's a suggestion that will make your whole project lighter, cheaper and easier to move: mix perlite into your cement to make "faux cement." You can buy large bags of this stuff at Home Depot, Lowes, any garden store. Don't be afraid to mix in peat moss, too-- you pretty much get adobe, which has great texture and is very strong, and less likely to crack. Just make sure you have enough concrete in there to hold it together.

I've made this stuff into fake boulders...cool, paintable, lightweight!
A99083 years ago
That is awesome! What if the lips would move, though? that would be even cooler!
Aron3133 years ago
Is it water proof?
redneckuprising (author)  Aron3133 years ago
Yep, its been going strong for about three years now! (i wrote the instructable a year after i built the tiki). It's pretty waterproof, its just a concrete statue with exterior paint on it essentially.
That are some of the coolest patio speakers I have ever seen. I want one, but I kind of also want to make my own unique one as well.
noclothes4 years ago
Great instructable! I built one over the summer. I did a few things differently but same end result.
mrpickles5 years ago
Very Nice. We have a tropical themed area in our back yard and I have been thinking about converting our thrift store stereo speakers into outdoor speakers that can stay outside. Your idea is just the thing and is brilliant! Any ideas for concrete reinforcements fibers etc. to make the final product lighter and more resistant to cracking over the long haul?
Dude love the Tiki! I will defineately try this. Last year we had a row of Snow Tiki's, when we got record snows in Virginia One question though did you put wire mesh over Tiki's facial features it was a little hard to tell in your pictures?
I believe there was only the drywall mesh on the features, since chicken wire would be hard to bend around such small features.
Ninzerbean5 years ago
redneckuprising (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
Thank you!
Exiliance5 years ago
 Yo dawg i herd you leik tikis so imma put a tiki in ur tiki so you lose the game
 good job alex hahahaha
 Self bump?
 No, Just that this guy has two identities. One is Gangsta adn the other one is normal...
 Makes sense
 we seem to have an epidemic of multiple persona attacks... NO ONE IS SAFE!



 Oops, my other identity got control....
windriverjo5 years ago
This is great!  But I'm confused here: 
Take your plastic sheeting and measure out enough material to cover the top of your tiki. Once you have your plastic measured, cut it out with your dremel tool. Glue it on top with your Liquid Nails.
What plastic sheeting are you talking about?  Can you describe what the product is that you used and why?  Could I just use a bucket lid?
I'm trying to envision how to make a bear standing up.  Thanks?
redneckuprising (author)  windriverjo5 years ago
Sorry about the confusion here. I used plastic that I had acquired by cutting up a rectangular cat litter box. All that you really need is some sort of rigid plastic sheeting, like lexan, or possibly metal. A bucket lid would work too, but I didn't feel like going out to get one, so I just chopped up a cat litter bucket. I hope this helps!
NutandBolt5 years ago
This is amazing ible you definitely get 5 star from me.  I hope to make something similar for my garden one day.
lonepiper5 years ago
Here is a thought, instead of music, for say Halloween or any time you want to be 'different' build the Wind Harp listed here


and amp teh sound though this....
boddidley5 years ago
Looks cool in the picture, must put this on the list.........
jeff-o5 years ago
Awesome!  This is way better than those lame rock-speakers.
if this loads here twice I appologise, and I do not know if my pics will come through. here was the last post

I found a pic or two from old emails, but not the assembling photo's :-(

the pics don't do it justice. I took it to my kids grammar school for a show and tell, delivered it early and hid it among the ferns in 1 classroom (no pics :-(    ) a randomn teacher walked through and almost fainted , it was a surprise and big! almost 7 feet tall and wide as a compund bucket. The thing is cardboard (refrigerator box sliced up on one side so it rolls up), then glued, then I made appliances from cardboard (all glued with yellow carpenters glue) then stucco'd lightly with plaster and painted up. He was sorta a copy of "first man" as seen by the Maori.

He stood in a couple of scout events, and then my kitchen, went to school then halloween then , burned in trash , how sad.  But we had no place for him.....
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Stylo5 years ago
Well done! I'm thinking on incorporating an old Fog machine I have laying around and LED lighting for effect. Imagine if smoke rolled out his ears!
Great Job !
I like it I like I made one almost 7 feet tall using similar technique, although I never added a sound device. Mine was for the Cub Scouts!  If I still have a copy of pics I will attach one.

I made mine with cardboard rooled around two spakle/compund buckets with lids on carefully made rounds that I glued in place every 2-3 feet then pulled the buckets.  The top of mine was egg shaped and sat on a bucket flled with steel plates. Tiki Man came off the bucket and fit nicely in my minivan. We put him out at holloween (do put yours out too, with eerie music and add lights to his eyes) but he was not allowed back in house so I trashed him. He loked real nice when the garbage men cam and they just stared laughed and threw him in.

yet another dead Diety.


A virus wiped me out a few years back in the clone wars of 05 , I think I lost tikki man, if I find him I will post with the series of pics I shot as I did it. It was either pre instructables or I did not know about it then.

eklypz5 years ago
 brilliant putting it on a wagon!  Why did I never thing of that!
steve19115 years ago
Awesome idea, brilliant execution!
 I want to do something similar, but less tiki and more Aussie. Any ideas?
you could try a kangaroo, with the speaker in the pouch
 Thats so awesome! Now all I have to do is get one to stand still so i can make a sculpture of it!

good luck!
klwdesigns5 years ago
I haven't read the write up yet but the concept is great.
For some reason this kinda reminds me of Night at the Museum with the Easter Island head
rc jedi5 years ago
really cool! that is a great project!
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