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DIY Movie Screen

This post is sponsored by Lowe's Home Improvement

One of our favorite fall activities is waiting until the sun goes down, making a bowl of popcorn, and watching a movie in the backyard. While you can purchase a movie screen online, we have found them to be flimsy and not hold up to the elements. Tim and I teamed up with Lowe's to build our own affordable movie screen out of PVC that is sturdy and can easily be stored off season!

outdoor movie screen

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patio with furniture

This easy DIY only requires a few materials and tools. And you can get everything you need for this project at Lowe's! Don't miss our post on how we styled our backyard with Lowe's for the coziest fall backyard movie night!

outdoor movie night

How To make a PVC frame

movie screen frame




1. Begin by cutting your PVC pipe into the below sizes with the PVC cutter.

directions for movie screen

pvc pipe
note: you will have scrap from each 10' pipe

dimensions for pvc movie screen

2. Use the below images to guide you through how to assemble your cut pieces. To connect stubborn pieces, use the rubber mallet to gently tap on the end to push them together.

specs for outdoor movie screen

move screen frame

Note: for the slip tees, simply insert the top 90" PVC through 3 of them. The tees will slide around for now. You will attach the back braces to them later.

pvc pipes

3. The back portion of the frame helps to keep the entire structure sturdy and will attach to the back 20" pieces of PVC as shown below. The remaining slip tees will be threaded onto the back 90" PVC.

specs for diy movie screen

4. Once your screen is assembled, drill 7-8 holes into the base of your frame. Use a drill bit slightly larger than the size of your ground stakes. For these linked, you would use about a 3/8 or 7/16 inch drill bit.

building a movie screen

pvc pipe base

building an outdoor movie screen

How to make a Movie screen Out of a Bed Sheet

We made our original movie screen out of a thrifted white bedsheet! You can find the simple tutorial below! Alternatively, our new movie projector from Lowe's came with it's own screen which PERFECTLY fits the measurements of our DIY frame! We used these velcro straps to secure the screen to the frame. DIY'ers choice which screen you use!

materials for DIY screen


1. Cut your sheet in half horizontally,

2. Lay the two pieces on top of each other

3. Measure out the width of your assembled movie frame and mark your sheet to be the same width. Sew or glue the left and right sides. You will now have a large "tube."

4. Turn it inside out to hide the seams and slide over your movie frame.

NOTE: slide the screen onto the frame BEFORE attaching the 3 back braces.

movie screen tutorial

movie screen tutorial

outdoor movie screen

outdoor movie theater

When the screen gets dirty and at the end of the season, I simply throw the screen into the laundry and wash and dry it just like a bedsheet.

assembling outdoor movie screen

We leave the pvc frame out all summer and fall and disassemble it to store when the weather becomes too chilly.

outdoor movie screen on patio

Don't miss all of our backyard favorites from Lowe's for the perfect outdoor movie night whether you're hosting the whole neighborhood or snuggled up with your family! We'll be sharing our Fall backyard transformation and favorite finds next week!

xoxo, L

A special thanks to Lowe's for sponsoring this post and partnering with us for this DIY! We're pretty proud of it!

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outdoor movie night in backyard


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4 comentários

09 de out. de 2023

Another vote for the 78” pieces being too short. Should probably be more like 86” or so.


02 de out. de 2023

BE WARNED if you make this, the 78” pieces are not long enough to connect the top piece to the back piece. Must have been a miscalculation on the author’s part. I had to cut the vertical pieces shorter so it would fit together.

27 de jan.
Respondendo a

Thank you! My husband was in the process of cutting the pieces when I read your comment. You just saved us from cutting too short.


Jan Hess
Jan Hess
23 de set. de 2022

it really does look cozy and would be a lot of fun

directions were easy to follow

great idea

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