Drive-in movie theaters are so much fun, and these days they’re few and far between. Take all the fun of a drive-in movie to your campsite with this easy to make DIY outdoor movie screen! Relax around the bonfire and watch your favorite dvds, add some campfire popped popcorn and candy from the camp store and you have the makings for a fun and memorable summer evening. This project costs around $50, so it’s perfect for the budget minded camper.
For this project, you’ll need:
4 – ten ft long pieces of 1 1/2 inch pvc pipe
2 – 45% elbows (that fit 1 1/2 inch pipe)
4 – T fittings (that fit 1 1/2 inch pipe)
8 – 10 inch spikes (found in nail section)
1 full size white sheet
6 pieces of 3/4 grosgrain ribbon, 18 inches long each
You’ll also need:
compound miter saw (or handsaw to cut pipe)
Start by cutting the PVC pipe in these measurements:
Cut the first two pieces so you get a 7 ft piece and then a 3 ft piece
Cut the second two so you have a 6 ft piece and two 2 ft pieces
NOTE: If you use less than 1 1/2 inch it will not be very stable. I tried multiple types, but this kind will hold the weight and be stable enough to hold up well over and over again.
Complete instructions with pictures, along with a recommendation for an affordable projector can be found at:
Don’t want to make your own screen? You can buy one here: