Spring, summer, winter, fall, we love the outdoors, don’t you?
From bonfires, outdoor patio parties, family nights, to movies under the stars, our yard is an extended living area, that gets us OUT of the house!
So, I am about to show you how to craft a really big DIY outdoor movie screen that you can use indoors too when the weather is just not cooperating for movies under the stars.
Like you, I’ve searched endlessly online for a ‘real’ review and a quality screen that will work and not break the bank.
And so, here’s the funny thing, after ALL the reviews I’ve read about gigantic outdoor movie screens, and all the DIY videos I’ve seen, none are as simple as the one I made.
To be clear, I am about to share how to make a really big DIY outdoor movie screen.
But, you can use this really big DIY outdoor movie screen inside too!
Additionally, as an added bonus, I will share with you, how to make this screen for Under $20, properly store it, and how to make it bigger or smaller to suit your needs!
In short, I am all about simple DIY projects!
DIY Outdoor Movie Screen
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In today’s times, if you are going all in to craft a DIY, then you need to be able to use it in more than one application right?
Therefore, crafting a DIY Outdoor Movie Screen is only as good as it can be used indoors too.
Versatility is key in getting the most bang for your buck in a simple DIY.
Are you with me?
First, I’ll share a few different options you COULD use, but as you read on, more to the bottom, you will see what I used.
Hopefully, this will give you a good springboard to try out your DIY skills, plus it offers you a full set of options for every budget.
Remember, when the weather is bad, you can use this indoors, or you could even use it in a theater room, without spending thousands!
Don’t forget a movie projector.
Things You Could Use To Make a DIY Outdoor Movie Screen.
A Very BASIC Outdoor Movie Screen That You Can Leave Outside
The one I crafted is at the bottom of the post, so skip there if you want what I made and exact directions.
So, think crafty, and be an upcycle kind of person.
In short, for some, this will be easier than others, so I am going to help you!
To that end, what do you have around your that costs zero dollars?
Perhaps it might cost as little as Under $5 to make?
Put a budget number on it and build it from there.
Let’s start with Wood Pallets.
CONS: This project is heavy to move around, and it will be lower so you’ll have fewer seating options.
PROS: Make it and leave it outside, it’s waterproof and very budget-friendly.
You can get your hands on these for FREE at a lot of stores.
For this particular movie screen, you would need a double pallet and 3 Shower Curtains (Dollar stores will work, one in black and two in white).
Building this DIY Outdoor Movie Screen
Place the pallet atop maybe foundation blocks and definitely against a tree, or sturdy table.
The whole project is U$6.
Do consider that this screen with the shower curtain won’t surpass 72″ so it may not be the ideal size you were looking for.
However, it is waterproof, which is a bonus, if you don’t want a versatile screen (meaning one you can bring in and outdoors!).
This screen will get the job done.
Gorilla Tape($3), Dollar Store Shower Curtains ($3), and a double wooden pallet(free) with a place to lean it against.
Now if you are intrigued, let’s get into what I made as a DIY outdoor movie screen!
Options for Hanging a DIY Outdoor Movie Screen
A Curtain Rod Valance with A Sheet.
PROS: Can be hung inside or outside, and used every day (indoors). It’s washable.
CONS: Requires drilling, hanging, and a long pole (which can be expensive), plus the hooks for hanging are not inexpensive.
By now, you’ve been online and Googled so many different ways to hang a DIY Outdoor movie screen, right?
I did that, way back too, then I got practical and said, none of it works for me and went to work with 5 simple materials.
You could use a wooden fence (if your yard has one).
Hang a simple valance on the fence, with curtain drapery rod brackets.
But, not so great if you don’t have a way to mount it.
Covered Patio and Building a DIY Outdoor Movie Screen Option
However, if you have a covered patio, deck, etc, you’ve got a ceiling.
Get a WHITE Sheet (Queen 90″ x 102″ or Full 81″ x 96″)
Consider using the ceiling to mount, ceiling curtain drapery rod brackets.
Naturally, you will need the really big curtain rod too that extends from 72″ to 144″.
Don’t forget multiple curtain rings with clips to keep the screen hung tight and not sway.
Last, if you use this method, you will need to run an additional curtain rod at the base.
Therefore, just repeat all the above steps to hang a curtain rod and pull the sheet you use tight!
My Solution for a really big DIY Outdoor Movie Screen that can be used Indoors too
First, I long time ago, I purchased a backdrop support system for all the photos I take.
You might not have one, but they are NOT expensive and it takes about 2 minutes to set up! (yep, timesaving, and not back-breaking).
The backdrop support system offers me options that range from the smaller big screen to a larger big screen as it’s adjustable.
Consequently, I can adjust the width from 4 feet to 10 feet (48″ to 120″).
As a result, I can put a really big DIY Outdoor movie screen on this.
Accordingly, I don’t need any help setting it up, but if someone is around, I ‘borrow’ them to go faster, lol.
Next, because I use a backdrop support system, it’s totally portable, I can tote it, in its carry bag anywhere I go.
To that end, I can move it from the upstairs to the downstairs of the interior, or I can take it outside because it collapses and comes apart!
Last, I use some incredible clamps that hold my material in place, no second bar required!
Use the directions below to build your own Really Big Outdoor movie screen that can be used indoors too!
Really Big DIY Outdoor/Indoor Movie Screen
A Package of 6 (or more) Heavy-Duty Clamps for Material
(this really depends on how 'taut' you want it.
3 Yards of WHITE black-out lining material. (54" x 108")
Adjustable Background Backdrop System (10 ft) or check out the one below