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How to Make Your Own Tiki Bars

Updated April 17, 2017

A Tiki bar can be a great addition to your garden, yard or patio. It can be a great venue for parties, holidays and gatherings. You can also concoct your own drink or take a sip of your favourite cocktail at home instead of going out and spending money at a local pub. The Tiki bar can create a Hawaiian-inspired atmosphere, and making your own Tiki bar at home can save you a lot of money compared to buying a ready-made Tiki bar.

Find a used but solid and durable table or second-hand bar. You can find a second-hand bar in a yard sale or purchase one in a thrift shop. Use a router to make holes on the inside of the four corners of the table top. The holes should be big enough to fit the bamboo poles.

Cut a piece of plywood. The plywood must be bigger than the table top. Place the plywood over the table top, and mark the area where the holes in the table top are. Similarly, make holes on the marked area. The bamboo poles will also be inserted into these holes.

Insert a bamboo pole on each hole of the tabletop, and fasten each one of them with clamps. You can purchase clamps at hardware or discount stores. Attach a wooden block to each bamboo pole. The blocks should be three inches long and 1 to 2 inches thick. Check to see if the poles are of equal height before attaching the wooden blocks. For the two front poles, the blocks should be six inches below from the top of the poles; and for the back, they should be two inches below the top.

Slide the plywood onto the bamboo poles. Since there are wooden blocks attached to the poles, the plywood should be at an angle. This will be the roof of your Tiki bar. Attach several palm fronds to the plywood. You can buy palm fronds at a reasonable price from local garden shops.

Add a bamboo Tiki torch to each bamboo pole at the back using a wire. Wrap them with wire several times to securely fasten them. This will give your Tiki bar an authentic look. Finally, cover your bar counter with a bamboo mat. You can add other decorations such as leis, flowers and so on.

Things You'll Need

  • Used table or second-hand bar
  • Router
  • Bamboo poles
  • Clamps
  • Wooden blocks
  • Plywood
  • Palm fronds
  • Bamboo Tiki torches
  • Wire
  • Bamboo mat
  • Tiki decor
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About the Author

Based in North Carolina, Rossana Coscolluela has been writing since 1997. She was editor of the University of the Philippines’ “UPV Information Manual” and has also been an editorial consultant for various custom publications. She currently enjoys freelance writing. Coscolluela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative literature from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas.