How To: Create a Backyard Movie Screen

How To Create a Backyard Movie Screen in 6 Easy Steps

For the past few months I have seen the picture above floating around on Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media sites. It is one of those pictures that epitomizes how much fun a backyard is during summer time.  After doing some digging I found the brains behind this wonderful idea and it turns out to be Pottery Barn!

After reading through their directions I learned this project is surprisingly easy and extremely affordable.

What You Need

  • 2 thick, white queen–size ironed flat sheets
  • Top pole 1.5″ diameter x 10′ long
  • Bottom pole 3″ diameter x 10′ long
  • Rope — 2 different thicknesses


1. Start with two queen–size ironed flat sheets. Sew them together with white thread so the long sides are joined creating a tube.
2. Insert the 1.5–inch diameter pole and let the fabric hang down.
3. Attach thicker rope to the ends of the top pole so that it can be attached to a tree.
4. Once attached to a tree, slide the thicker pole through the tube created by the sewn sheets so that it creates a weight at the bottom of the screen.
5. Attach thinner rope to the ends of the bottom pole.
6. Insert two tent stakes directly beneath the bottom corners of the screen, tie the thinner rope to both of the tent stakes and pull taught. This will insure that the screen doesn’t sway in the wind.

After you build the screen you will need a projector, a DVD player/computer, and speakers.

Once you build the movie screen and set up the rest of your backyard theater you can add comfy outdoor furniture and some lights for ambiance. We think this is a great way to have fun at home without breaking the bank and hope you enjoyed this idea.

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Lindsay is the the Director of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017 & 2018, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and rwelcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016.

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