How to Make a Faux Bamboo Tiki Bar

Using PVC piping and a genius painting technique, you can create a sturdy "bamboo" tiki hut perfect for entertaining.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Beauty2

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Beauty2

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Create this tiki bar for your next get-together using PVC pipes and an easy faux painting technique.

Materials

  • PVC pipes and connectors
  • acetone
  • cotton balls
  • sanding block
  • door caulk
  • rubber gloves
  • toothpicks
  • rebar
  • acrylic paint
  • shellac
Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Materials

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Materials

Gather the materials.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Prep the Pipes

Lay out your PVC pipes and use acetone to prep the surface for paint.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Acetone2

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Acetone2

Use acetone to prep the surface of the pvc prior to paining.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Sand the pipes to help the paint adhere to the plastic surface.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Sand2

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Sand2

Sand the pvc pipe.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Make Faux Bamboo

Apply caulk around each PVC pipe several inches apart.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Caulk1

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Caulk1

Apply caulk around the pvc several inches apart.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Moisten your glove finger and smooth the bands of caulk.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Smooth

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Smooth

Smooth caulk with finger.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Use a toothpick to make indentations in the caulk.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Toothpick

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Toothpick

Use a toothpick to make indentations in the caulk.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Allow the caulk to dry upright by inserting the PVC pipes on rebar anchored in the ground.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Dry3

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Dry3

Allow the caulk to dry upright by inserting the pipes on rebar anchored in the ground.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Use dark brown paint on the caulk bands so that they resemble bamboo segments.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Painting Caulk2

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Painting Caulk2

Paint the caulk segments with dark brown paint.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Apply a thin coat of shellac to the PVC pipes and allow it to completely dry before assembling.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Shellac2

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Shellac2

Apply a coat of shellac to the pipes.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Assembly

Start assembling the PVC pipes at the base of the tiki stand.

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Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Assemble3

Assemble the pipes.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Next, build up the sides.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Assemble2

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Assemble2

Assemble to the pipes.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Then add the top.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Assemble

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Assemble

Connect the pipes to assemble the tiki bar.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Accessorize

Warp and match stick blind around the base of the bar and secure it with a zip tie.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Assemble2

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Assemble2

Wrap a match stick blind around the base of the bar.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Add a grass skirt to the top of the tiki bar.

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC  Grass

Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Grass

Add grass to the top of the tiki bar.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Add wood trays to the top of the bar.

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Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Assmeble1

Add wood trays to the top of the bar.

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Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Add fun little signs so people know when the bar is open.

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Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Beauty3

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

The wood trays will hold plenty of drinks and appetizers.

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Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Beauty Detail

The wood trays will hold plenty of drinks and appetizers.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

The faux bamboo tiki bar is ready for entertaining.Create this tiki bar for your next get-together using PVC pipes and an easy faux painting technique.

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Make Faux Bamboo with PVC Beauty6

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Production

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