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How To Build a Tiki Hut

Learn how to make this tiki hut for an island theme party.

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  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Build the Frame

First, build the frame for the hut. The taller bamboo poles go in the back of the hut and the shorter bamboo poles go in the front; this will create the slope for the roof. The frame of the roof consists of two 6-foot 1 x 3's. One will be attached horizontally to the front of the 5-foot bamboo poles and the other will be attached horizontally to the back side of the 7-foot bamboo poles.

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Step 2: Attach the Roof

Drill a hole about an inch from the top of the bamboo poles. Use nuts and bolts to attach it to the roof (Image 1). Nail two 1 x 3's to the sides of the roof and then nail two more across the top of the roof (Image 2).

Step 3: Add the Bucket Supports and Palm Panels

Paint the 5-gallon buckets in a fun Caribbean style (Image 1). Fill these with sand and place the bamboo poles in the buckets. They will provide stability to the tiki hut. Cut a piece of foam core to fit the top of the hut. Staple it to the frame and then staple the three 3 x 4 palm panels to the top of the foam core (Image 2).

Step 4: Add the Finishing Touches

Use the craft paint to paint tropical designs onto the 3 grass beach mats. Staple strings of fun party lights around the frame of the hut. Place a bright colored tablecloth over the table and then drape a grass beach mat across the center of the table with the long ends hanging down the front.

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