These backyard movie night ideas will inspire you to create an outdoor movie night that your friends and family will love. You'll create an oasis in your yard: a place to relax and have fun in.
There are ideas here for creating your own outdoor movie screen, making a projector that works with your phone, DIY seating options for both adults and kids, movie night decorations, and lots of ideas on how to serve food and drinks to your backyard theater-goers.
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Easy DIY Outdoor Movie Screen
Take an ordinary bed sheet and turn it into a movie screen with this easy DIY project. After you're finished, you'll have a movie screen that you can put anywhere, like a fence or the side of the house. When it's not in use, just roll it up to store it.
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A Portable Outdoor Movie Screen
If you have $20 and an hour, you can build this portable outdoor movie screen. The frame is made from PVC pipe, making it an inexpensive project that can be put together without any tools. A sheet, tarp, or drop cloth is then hung on the frame to act as the screen. This movie screen can easily be moved and taken apart and put back together again.
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A Home-Built Outdoor Theater
Take your backyard movie night to the next level with this project. If you're looking for a more permanent solution for a movie screen, this tutorial will show you how to build a wooden frame for a movie screen.
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A DIY Movie Projector for Your Smartphone
Now that you have a screen to watch the movie on, you need something to play the movie with. You could purchase a movie projector or you could take on this unique project and make your own projector. The tutorial will take you through the process of building the box and then you'll place your phone inside. The movie will then be projected.
How to Make a DIY Movie Projector for Your Smartphone from Thrift DivingContinue to 5 of 14 below.
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Comfortable Outdoor Seating
This dreamy backyard movie night is made extra special with a variety of comfortable seating options. There are chairs, blankets, bean bags, and pillows so movie-goers can create their own comfy seats.
String lights, lanterns, and candles add to the ambiance, creating a space that you'll never want to leave.
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DIY Movie Seats
Kids and adults alike will love sitting in these DIY movie seats. Made with a cushion and a few pieces of plywood, these seats are easy to make and would really make your next backyard movie night special. The marquees added to the back of the chair really make everyone feel welcome. These could easily be folded up and stored in between movie nights.
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Fun Seating for the Kids
If this is a family movie night or maybe a child's birthday party, you'll want to come up with some creative seating ideas for the kids. These seats start out with a cardboard box. Let the kids decorate and design their own seats with paints and markers. Add some pillows and blankets and you have some adorable movie night seats. The kids will feel like they're in a real drive-in!
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Family Movie Night Picker
Not sure what to watch on your next movie night? This movie-night picker will help you decide. You'll start off by writing down eight movies on the free printable. Follow the instructions to fold it and you're all ready to let fate decide which movie you're going to watch. Take turns letting the grown-ups and the kids play so everyone has a chance of seeing a movie that they love.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Printable Family Movie Night Tickets
What do you need to get into a movie? A ticket, of course! These free, printable tickets will admit one to a family movie night—and offer an invitation to enjoy all-you-can-eat popcorn.
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Create a Red Carpet Entrance
Give your guests the VIP treatment they deserve with this red-carpet entrance. Just create a sign and borrow or purchase a red carpet. It will make all your guests feel special. Make it extra special by having some movie treats on the other side of the entrance. Who doesn't want to be VIP?
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Movie Night Decorations
Add some movie night decorations to the backyard to make the night even more special. Here's a great way to create a special entrance into your backyard movie night. A chalkboard welcomes the guests to movie night and the movie props just add to the ambience.
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Portable Concession Stand
Forget about a table full of goodies, and create a portable concession stand instead. You can stick with the traditional popcorn and candy or you can try something a little different, like a DIY dessert or nacho bar. Arrange everything nicely on a tray and then bring it out and sit on a pillow or blanket. It also makes it incredibly easy to pass the tray around so no one misses out on the treats.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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DIY Popcorn Toppers
Add some flavor to that plain popcorn while creating an interactive station for guests with this DIY popcorn topper bar. There are guides for cinnamon, kettle, white cheddar, and salt seasonings, but you can also create whatever flavor you think your guests would like.
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Inflatable Drink Holder
Here's an innovative way to keep drinks cool during a summer movie night. Take an inflatable raft and add ice. Place your favorite beverages on the ice and wait until they're ice-cold and ready to drink. You'll love how easy the setup and cleanup are.