How to Make an Easy DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

Transform your backyard into an open-air movie theater with this easy DIY screen made from PVC pipes and a white sheet.

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Make your own collapsible screen for outdoor movie nights.

Materials Needed

  • 2 planters
  • 2 PVC pipes
  • 2 wooden rods
  • glue gun
  • duct tape
  • scissors
  • 2 screws hooks
  • cement mix
  • decorative pebbles
  • white sheet
  • iron

Fill Planters With Cement

Fill two planters about 2/3 of the way with cement mix.

Insert Wood Rods

Place your wood rods in the center of each planter and use duct tape to secure them in place. 

Mix Cement

Add water to the cement mix and let set for several hours until it is hardened.

Insert Pipe Into Sheet

Insert one PVC pipe into the top fold of your sheet.

Glue Sheet Over Second Pipe

Take your second PVC pipe and lay it on the bottom of your sheet to measure enough sheet to cover the pipe.

Cover the pipe with just enough sheet to make a sleeve.

Use your hot glue gun to attach the bottom of your sheet to the PVC pipe. The bottom pipe with help weight the sheet and make your movie screen tight.

Iron the Sheet

Iron your movie screen so all of the wrinkles are gone.

Add Hooks to Posts

Insert the screw hooks close to the top of your wooden rods to hold the top of your screen.

Hang Your Screen

Insert both ends of your top pipe into the screw hooks and lower your screen.


Add pebbles to your planters to cover the concrete.

Surround the planters with potted plants for natural color, and add simple paper flags above the screen for a festive touch.

Host a Movie Night

Cozy up your outdoor chairs with pillows and throws. You can even bring the cushions from your indoor couch outside for additional seating. Don't forget the popcorn!

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