Make Your Own Tiki Bar

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Make Your Own Tiki Bar
Build your own Tiki Bar for Great Outdoors Entertaining (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Tiki bars are establishments characterised by their Polynesian decoration. Exotic mixes and refreshing cocktails are served in these South Pacific culture-themed bars. They are commonly found in beach areas and tropical weather sites. Tiki bars also refer to wet bars set outdoors in private homes for entertaining. The typical decorations include primitive Polynesian gods masks, bamboo, palm tree leaves, surf motifs, torches and other beach and ancient tropical culture-related items. Build your own Tiki bar in no time and using inexpensive materials that you may already have at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Table or old bar
  • 4 Bamboo poles
  • Palm Tree Leaves
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • 8 1- by 2- by 3-inch wood blocks
  • Plastic zip ties
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Plywood
  • Wire
  • Glue
  • Bamboo or raffia mat
  • Island decorations

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  1. 1

    Make four holes in the table or old bar that will be the base of your Tiki bar. Cut one hole in each corner, taking as a guidance the width of the bamboo posts. Introduce a bamboo post into the holes, and check they fit snugly and don't stumble since they will be supporting the roof of the bar. Attach them to the legs of the table with nails or plastic zip ties. Glue the end of the pole into the hole if you used an old bar. Spread glue into the hole and over the end of the pole. Let it dry for a few seconds, and then introduce the pole into the hole in the top of the bar, pressing firmly until the post stays in place. Make sure all posts are the same size once they are stuck either to the table or the old bar.

  2. 2

    Measure the tabletop, and cut a piece of plywood a few inches bigger to make the roof stick out. Make the poles pass through the plywood by making a hole in each corner of the plywood. Make sure the poles are fitted when inserted into the holes.

  3. 3

    Use the measuring tape to mark 6 inches from the top of the front poles. Take two wood blocks, and nail them into both sides of one of the bamboo poles on the marks. Do this for the second of the front poles as well. Repeat the process for the back poles but at only 2 inches from the top. Place the plywood, introducing the bamboo posts into the holes and letting the piece of wood rest on the wood blocks in an angled position.

  4. 4

    Use glue and wire to attach palm tree leaves to the wood board to form the roof of the Tiki bar. Make layers, putting a row of leaves on top of another starting from the very top of the roof to create volume. Cover the plywood completely.

  5. 5

    Place as many torches as you want attached to the bamboo poles. Wrap wire around the torches to secure them to the poles.

  6. 6

    Finish the bar with a bamboo or raffia mat to cover the front and sides of the bottom part of the bar. Measure the height and length of the bar to fit the mat. Nail it to the wood, or use wire to hold it in place. Hide wiring to avoid people getting hurt.

  7. 7

    Clean the table surface, and set the decorations using surf-themed items, Hawaiian flowers, raffia skirts, wood carvings, masks and coconuts.

Tips and warnings

  • Luau and Tiki decoration can be easily found in party stores and specialised stores online.

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