3 Easy Steps! How to Build Gilligan’s Island Beach Party Prop

3 Easy Steps Instructions How to Build Gilligan’s Island Hut Cabana. Throw a Beach Party, Castaway Theme Party, or Hawaiian Luau with this Fun Party Prop.

Learn how to make a Gilligan’s Island Hut/Tropical Beach Party Cabana.

I love creating party prop projects for you that offer versatility, so you can get more than just one use out of them. This project will work for not only a Gilligan’s Island theme party prop, but it will also work great for a Beach Party, a Hawaiian Luau party and a Castaway Themed Party.

I was part of a group that entered a theme party decorating contest. So we planned and hosted a Gilligan’s Island Theme Party. Our group absolutely crushed it with the Gilligan’s Island party props we created, including this one! And we won 1st place in the theme party decorating contest! Yes!

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  • I have provided the instructions below on how to make this Gilligan’s Island Hut Tropical Beach Party Cabana.
  • Below the instructions you will find the Project Supply List for this project.
  • Also, as I am an Amazon associate I have provided links for you on this page for some of the supplies I used to make this project.

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

How to Build Gilligan’s Island Hut Tropical Beach Party Cabana

Step 1

Build and Assemble Wood Frame

  • First, we used pine, a cheap and light-weight wood. We used an electric screwdriver to screw together our wood frame which measured 6 feet wide across the front and back, 4 feet long on each side and 6 feet high.
  • Next, we cut some wood pieces into wedges approximately 4 inches in size. The wedges will be used to help secure our PVC pipe arched roof and keep it in place.
Step 2

Assemble the PVC Pipe/Roof

Part I
  • We used 2 pieces of PVC pipe, each one being 12 feet in length.
  • Now we began the process of attaching the pipes to the corners at the top of the wood frame. The 2 PVC pipes will be crisscrossed over the top of the wood frame.
  • We will now need the wood wedges we made earlier.
  • We needed 2 people to accomplish the steps of this part of the construction.
Part II
  • We drilled a screw through the one of the pipes and continued to drill all the way through the wedge and down into the wood frame.
  • With one end of the pipe now secured to the wood frame, we carefully bent the pipe into an arched shape (as pictured here) and proceeded to screw the other end of the pipe down through the wedge and into the frame.
  • Next, we repeated the same steps with the other piece of PVC pipe.
  • Then we brought the pipes together at the center and secured them together with zip ties (as pictured here).
Step 3

Assemble the Gilligan’s Island hut decorative roof and colorful walls with green plastic tablecloths.

  •  In order to cover our arched PVC pipe roof frame, we took 2 of the green plastic tablecloths and stapled then together along the seams.
  • Then we draped them over our PVC pipe roof. And we used a staple gun to staple the tablecloths all around the edge of the top of the wooden frame to keep them in place.
  •  Next, we proceeded cover the outside of the wood frame of our hut, by stapling the rest of the plastic tablecloths to the hut. Be sure to leave the entryway of the hut open and not covered by a tablecloth.

Congratulations! You have completed the construction of your Gilligan’s Island Hut Tropical Beach Party Cabana!

Decorating
Now it’s Time to Decorate your Beach Party Cabana.

Project Supply List – How to Build Gilligan’s Island Hut Tropical Beach Party Cabana

PROJECT SUPPLY LIST

1/2 in. PVC Pipe – Length 12 ft. (2 – 12ft. pipes)

Lightweight Wood (I used pine as it is the least expensive):

  • 1 x 2, 14 – 6 ft. pieces – or cut larger pieces to length
  • 1 x 4,   3 – 6 ft. pieces     “          “         “          “
  • 1 x 4,   2 – 4 ft. pieces     “          “         “          “
  • 2 x 2,   1 extra piece of wood to be cut into 4 wedges (refer to assembly instructions)
  • Plastic Tablecloths: or other material of your choice (enough to form walls of hut/cabana)Screw driver/electric screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Stapler and staples (to attached tablecloth to hut/cabana)
  • Zip ties (to secure PVC pipes together)

Build Gilligan’s Island Hut Tropical Beach Party Cabana

Assembly Instructions

Pre-Assembly Notes:

You will probably need 2 people to assemble this hut/cabana.

The height of the wood frame of our Gilligan’s Island Hut Tropical Beach Party Cabana will be 6 ft. The dimensions of the wood frame will be 6 ft. x 4 ft. (6 ft. across the front & back and 4 ft. on either side).

Be sure to refer to hut/cabana photos before cutting wood pieces to size

Frame Assembly:

  • Cut all wood pieces to size (as necessary)
  • Lay out all wood pieces
  • Referring to the Hut/Cabana photos, begin assembly of the wood frame
  • Screw wood pieces together (as pictured)
  • Be sure to leave an opening (entryway) in the front of the hut/cabana
  • Note that one of the one of the 1 x 4 pieces of wood will be attached as a center support in the back.

Roof Support Assembly

  • Cut 4 wood wedges from 2 x 2 wood.
  • The wedges should be cut at a 90 degree angle (see photo).
  • The wedges will be used to support the 2 – 12 ft. PVC pipes which will form the roof frame (see photo)

You may need to decide what the easiest way for you will be to accomplish the next step. The wedges will need to be screwed into the top 4 corners of the wood frame of the hut. However, keep in mind that the PVC pipe will need to be secured to the wood frame by screwing through the pipe and through the wedge, all the way down into the top of the wood frame. So rather than screwing down the wedge first, you may want to screw down through the pipe and wedge at the same time. Most likely you will need two people to accomplish this step. Here is how we decided to accomplish this step:

  • First we measured and identified exactly where the ends of the pipes would need to be attached to the wood frame and marked that spot on the pipes. Then we pre-drilled a hole into the marked spots on the pipes.
  • Next we drilled a screw through the pre-drilled hole of one of the pipes and continued to drill all the way through the wedge and into the wood frame. With one end of the pipe now secured to the wood frame, we carefully bent the pipe (as pictured) and proceeded to screw the other end of the pipe down through the wedge and into the frame.
  • Next we repeated the same steps with the other piece of pipe.
  • Then we brought the pipes together at the center and secured them together with zip ties (as pictured).

Roof and Walls Assembly

Now it’s time to give our hut a decorative roof and colorful walls. As you can see from the photos, we used green plastic tablecloths as the roof and walls of our hut/cabana. Since we used plastic tablecloths we were able to staple them to the hut/cabana. Keep in mind if you use a heavier weight material to cover your roof and walls, staples might not be enough to secure the material to the hut.

  • First we stapled plastic tablecloths to the outside of all the sides of the wooden frame, except for the “entryway” at the front of the hut/cabana.
  • Next we formed the tablecloth roof. To do this, we stapled 2 plastic tablecloths together along their seams. Then we draped them over our PVC pipe roof. Next we stapled the tablecloths all around the edge of the top of the wooden frame to keep them in place.

Frankenstein Monster Halloween Party Prop Project

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The Frankenstein Monster Halloween party project list below is everything you need to make a  Halloween photo booth that will provide some really fun photo ops for your party guests!

FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER HALLOWEEN  PARTY PROP PROJECT SUPPLY LIST

Frankenstein Party Prop

FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER HALLOWEEN PARTY PROP PROJECT


Everything you need to make a Frankenstein Monster Halloween Party Prop that will make your Halloween Party more fun than a barrel full of horror monsters!

 

 

Here’s What You Need to Create a Frankenstein Party Prop

  1. Universal Studios Frankenstein Monster Overhead Mask.
  • This latex mask is very realistic and is actually an awesome representation of the one and only Boris Karloff Frankenstein monster from back in 1931!
  • The Frankenstein mask was my biggest expenditure for this project, but the realism it provided was well worth the cost.
  1. Long Neck Styrofoam Mannequin Head
  • I already had the long neck mannequin head in the video in my home and it has a hole inside the base.
  •  Please be sure that the mannequin head you buy actually does have a hole in the base, as it is necessary for this party prop.
  1. Wire Clothes Hanger
  • I used a rather flimsy wire clothes hanger, which I lived to regret. I would suggest using a stronger, sturdier wire clothes hanger to support the t-shirt and especially if you are using a coat rather than a suit jacket.
  1. Safety Pins
  • Large and Medium size safety pins
  • The safety pins were used for:
    • Attaching the latex mask to the t-shirt
    • Securing the coat/jacket to the t-shirt
    • Securing the gloves to the coat/jacket sleeves
    • Closing the pants waist to secure the stuffing
  1. Stuffing for the Frankenstein party prop
  • I used various items that I had around my home for the stuffing such as:
  • Some heavy gauge plastic bags (which I used to stuff the latex mask)
  • Plastic bags full of shredded paper, other items such as bubble wrap and packing air bags to stuff Frankenstein’s clothing.
  1. Pipe
  • A small piece of light weight metal pipe to be used as the “body” and to connect the mannequin head to a base for stability.
  • The pipe I used was actually part of an old metal broom handle.
  • I cut the metal broom handle down to 17 inches, but you can do whatever size works for your project.
  1. Cardboard Box
  • Next, I used a rectangular cardboard box as a base to connect the mannequin head to the “body” of the party prop.
  • But first I placed something heavy in the cardboard box to stabilize it and make it strong enough to hold the head and “body” of the party prop without toppling over.
  1. Frankenstein’s Clothing
  • Men’s green colored t-shirt looks good with the Frankenstein mask
  • Men’s black coat
    • I used a men’s black suit jacket from Goodwill
  • Black Pants
    • I used an old black pair of yoga pants (I closed the bottom of the pant legs with rubber bands to secure the stuffing)
  • Big black boots (I actually used a pair of old beat up work boots that I found out in our garage)
  • Black gloves or whatever other way you may decide to do the hands.
    • I used a pair of black work gloves I had in my home.
    • Then I placed the gloves on a pair of plastic skeleton hands that were from last year’s Halloween decorations.