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.

How to Make Life Size Frankenstein Monster Halloween Horror Party Prop

Step 2

Long Neck Mannequin Head and a Wire Hanger

Before I could put the Frankenstein mask over the long neck foam mannequin head, I needed to consider how to make the t-shirt and jacket hang from the mannequin. So, I used a hanger.

insert wire hanger into mannequin head
Insert wire hanger into mannequin head
  • I took a wire hanger and twisted the wire hook at the top 90 degrees.
  • Then, being very careful not to damage the Styrofoam, I did my best to cleanly insert the wire hook of the hanger into the center of the back of the mannequin head.
  • On the particular mannequin head I used, I inserted the hook of the hanger approximately 6 inches up from the center of base of the back of the mannequin skull.

Step 3

Fitting the Frankenstein Monster Mask Over Mannequin Head

The mask will only be partially stuffed as it needs to fit over the mannequin head.

partially stuff Frankenstein mask

  • First, I crumbled up a couple of heavy gauge plastic bags and stuffed them into the Frankenstein latex mask so it will hold its shape really well. I did not stuff the mask completely because it will still need to fit over the mannequin head.
    Gently fit Frankenstein mask over mannequin head
  • Next, I carefully placed the stuffed mask over the mannequin head. I had to add and takeaway some stuffing in the mask a couple of times before it fit over the mannequin head just right. 

 

Frankenstein Monster Mask Boris Karloff

I think that this is an awesome Frankenstein mask! I used this Frankenstein Monster mask because I think it’s realistic and a truly authentic representation of the one and only Boris Karloff Frankenstein Monster from back in 1931! I don’t how many of these Universal Studio Frankenstein masks are left, but if you’re lucky you might still snag one here. And if you’re planning on throwing a classic horror movie theme party, this Frankenstein movie collection would be really fun! Ha! I wished I would have thought of having a brain like the one in the Young Frankenstein movie.

 

Step 4

Dressing Up Frankenstein’s Upper Body

With the mannequin head setup on the chair, here’s how I dressed up my Frankenstein.

Gently pull t-shirt over Frankenstein mask and hangerCardboard for Frankenstein Monster Chest

 

 

Frankenstein party prop t-shirt stuffing and safety pins

Frankenstein monster tee-shirt

Frankenstein monster party prop mask coat jacket clothes costume

 

 

  • First I placed a dark colored tee-shirt over the mask, mannequin and hanger.
  • Then I used safety pins to secure the latex mask to the t-shirt, front and back.
  • First, I placed a dark colored t-shirt over the mask, mannequin and hanger.
  • Next, I stuffed the t-shirt with plastic bags full of shredded paper.
  • And I secured the plastic bags inside the t-shirt, with the safety pins outside the t-shirt,
  • Taking care to place the safety pins in places that would be covered up by the coat/jacket.
  • Then to give Frankenstein a broad chest, I inserted a long flap from a cardboard box inside the t-shirt over the “chest” area.
  • I secured the cardboard chest flap to the t-shirt with large safety pins.
  • Next, I pulled the t-shirt all the way down.
  • Then I secured the bottom of the t-shirt with safety pins, front, back and sides, to keep the stuffing inside.
  • Next, I carefully put the coat/jacket on Frankenstein, taking care not to bend the hanger out of shape.
  • Then to keep the coat/jacket in place, I used safety pins on the inside of the jacket to secure the collar and shoulders to the t-shirt. 

Step 5  

Making the Lower Body for Frankenstein Monster Party Prop

 

 

  • I found an old pair of black yoga pants for Frankenstein’s pants and and stuffed them with plastic bags full of shredded paper and other items such as bubble wrap and packing air bags.
  • Then I closed the bottom of the pant legs with rubber bands to secure the stuffing.
  • Next, I placed the top of the pants on the chair, setting them in front of the upper body and pulled the tee-shirt over the pants.
    frankenstein monster Halloween party propFrankenstein Halloween party prop
    frankenstein monster party prop

 

 

 

  • I thought I might have to pin the pants to the t-shirt, but it wasn’t necessary, the pants stayed put during the party.
  • For Frankenstein’s shoes, I found a very old pair of work boots out in the garage. I guess if you want to get fancy you could buy a pair of men’s black boots that look more like the ones worn in the Frankenstein movie. I set the boots on the floor in front of the chair and just barely set the rubber-banded pant leg bottoms into the tops of the boots. The boots stayed put through-out the party as well.
  • Lastly, I used a pair of black work gloves for Frankenstein’s hands. I fitted the gloves on a pair of plastic skeleton hands I found at my local dollar store. Then I stuck the gloved hands into the sleeves of Frankenstein’s jacket. The gloved hands stayed put throughout the party.                                                      Frankenstein ready for lots of Halloween party photo ops!  Frankenstein Horror Movie Theme Party Prop

 

 

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  • It was very easy to transport my Frankenstein party prop to and from the party in two pieces instead one. At the party, all I had to do was put the upper body on the chair and then place the pants on the chair and put the pant legs in the boots.
  • So that’s it! That’s how I created a Frankenstein party prop for my Halloween photo booth.
  • Along with all the other Halloween horror party decorations, scene setters, and photo backdrops, Frankenstein was a big hit at the party!
  • My guests loved him and posed with him all night long!