It’s starting to get to be that time of year again (at least in Texas) where the weather is great for backyard movies. I used to just hang a sheet on the shed at our old place but when we moved into current home I needed to come up with something different. We no longer have the same wall space and now have a sloped backyard which means we need to put the screen somewhere toward the bottom. After some Google searches I felt like PVC pipe would be the most economical and easy to assemble/disassemble option.
- 1 1/4″ thick PVC pipe 10 ft long (5)
- 1 1/4″ PVC pipe connectors:
- + shaped (1)
- L shaped (2)
- T shaped (6)
- 1 1/4″ PVC pipe ends (6)
- Saw (electric, hand, or PVC pipe cutter will work
- Sewing machine and thread
- 3 yard of 54″ wide blackout curtain lining in white
The pipe and fittings cost approximately $54 before tax. Blackout lining ranges from $7-12/yd at Joann’s. However if you download their app there is almost always a 40% off coupon you can use. I think the lining already happened to be on sale when I got it.
STEP 1: Cut the PVC pipe.
I used my chop saw to cut mine.
- 48″ lengths (7)
- 24″ lengths (9)
Step 2: Assemble!
STEP 3: Cut your fabric
STEP 4: Sew your fabric! You’ll be making pockets for the poles along the side and top. Each pocket is about 3″ wide flat. The blackout lining doesn’t fray so there’s no need to turn under your hem. I left the bottom of the screen completely unfinished.
I would suggest completing the two top sections and then one side. That way you can then put the screen onto the frame and pin the last side pocket to ensure that it’s tight enough.
STEP 5: Put it all together!
Once put together this screen is essentially a giant wind sail so I drilled some holes into each of the feet so I could insert tent stakes into the base to keep it in place. If you live somewhere extra windy you might also want to anchor it with some cord.
If I were to make one of these again, I would probably consider adding some velcro or a strap to the screen to make it easier to wrap up and carry. But for now this works just fine.