If you've ever thought making an outdoor movie theater experience in your backyard, check out our tutorial for how easily you can make your own outdoor movie screen!
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We LOVE SUMMER!! We love the lazy mornings, eating meals on the porch, discovering new parks, wearing sandals, running barefoot in the grass, barbecuing, camping, riding our bikes...all of it! There are way too many months in the New Hampshire calendar year that are just too darn cold to want to spend a minute of it outdoors, so when the temperatures approach something tolerable, we cannot wait to get out of the house and the summertime weather is almost too good to be true!
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One of our favorite summer activities is setting up a projector for outdoor movies. Just because the sun goes down doesn't mean we have to come in for the night! If you've ever thought making an outdoor movie theater experience in your backyard, check out our tutorial for how easily you can make your own outdoor movie screen!
The supplies will cost you under $50, and even less if you have some of these things on hand. And, did you know you can buy PVC pipe on Amazon?! So you might not even have to leave home - but you might have to buy more connectors due to the measurements we used below. I wanted to make sure I created an outdoor movie screen that required NO POWER TOOLS and was something that could be put together by yourself. I seriously assembled this entirely by myself (my husband was out of town) with three little kids "helping" practically every step of the way.
Your supplies will include:
- four 10' PVC pipes (two of them cut into a 7' and a 3' piece and two of them cut into a 6' and a 4' piece)
- two 2' PVC pipes
- two elbow connectors
- four T connectors
- one full size white sheet
I used 1.25" diameter pipes, and I probably would have used 1.5", had they not been too high for me to reach at the store! I wouldn't use anything smaller -- you want this screen to be pretty beefy.
The four 10" pipes will each need one cut. I was able to track down a crew member at Home Depot who sliced them up in a jiffy, but if you can't find help at the hardware store, you could also saw them with a hand saw. You'll end up with this: two pieces 7' long, two pieces 6' long, two pieces 4' long, two pieces 3' long, and two pieces 2' long.
Here are the connector pieces you need: two "elbows" and four "t's".
The layout looks like this:
Girlfriend was very excited to help!
Connect the 2', the 3', and the 4' pieces to make these bases. You could also trim the long ends to match the length of the shorter ones if you like symmetry!
Next, eyeball how much you'll need to turn under the fabric to make a casing for the pipes. I've found that there is a wide variety of sheet sizes, even among strictly the "full" size, but only differing by a few inches. For my sheet, I turned under 3" on each side, and was able to use the pre-sewn casing finished edge for one of them.
With the four sides sewn shut, you'll need to cut out a small square so that you can slide your pipes in.
Slide the pipes through and connect them with the elbows and T's, then hoist it up on your pre-assembled legs. Done! No power tools required, minimal assembly, and only super basic sewing skills required for this outdoor movie screen. When you're done with it, simply take it off the bases, slide out the horizontal pipes and roll the sheet up like wrapping paper on a tube.
Movie night was so much fun! We invited the neighbors over and brought out the popcorn, peanuts, and drinks. After a long day of playing outside, it was great to be able to keep the family fun going after dark. Our outdoor movie screen is going to get a lot more usage this summer!
What fun memories we're making!
Thanks to TruGreen for helping us share this fun project!