If you have access to a projector (or want to invest in one) you can EASILY set up your OWN outdoor movie theatre! We borrowed one to use for our movie night. Check out how we made our own movie “screen” for FREE!! It made an awesome family night!
First you’ll need a large flat piece of plywood – this will be your movie “screen”. We found this one out in someone’s front yard in the trash because the board was a bit warped. FREE!
Next you’ll need some white paint. We found this old bucket of leftover white semi-gloss paint on the side of the road after a house update project. FREE!
Then you’ll need yourself a good painter or two!! 🙂 I found two – for FREE! My boys had a BLAST painting their very own movie “screen”!!
It was an awesome and easy way to get them involved since it really didn’t matter what the paint looked like when it was done. As long as it’s all covered in white paint you’re good to go!
Then you’ll need somewhere for your “screen” to go. You can prop it up against a fence or a tree. My husband bolted ours up onto the side of our pool deck so that it was elevated. The higher off the ground you can get it is better.
We also affectionately called our DIY outdoor movie screen the Cherry Bowl II after our favorite family activity place – an old fashioned diner/drive-in in Michigan. (Check out the real Cherry Bowl here!)
Once you have the movie “screen” set up and your projector/laptop everything else is up to you! We set up our fire pit, blankets, drinks….
AND DON’T FORGET THE POPCORN!!!! Now snuggle up and enjoy some family time together! Invite some friends! The more the merrier!! When the weather is nice every Friday night we invite anyone that wants to come and we show a movie!
Thanks to our friend Teresa for the inspiration!