Down here in Texas we don’t get a lot of pleasant outdoor weather that doesn’t include hungry, mammoth-sized insects. When Fall and Winter come around we try to make the most of it.
This instructable will show you how to make a quality, affordable, stowable, movie screen for outdoor viewing—for under $50!
Things to note.
1. This is NOT a free-standing screen frame. It mounts on the wall of your house or garage. I used the wall of my house that is on the patio as I have 16+ feet between the screen and yard which produces a sufficient sized picture.
2. This will achieve a screen height of 4 feet. Beyond that size, you are special ordering cloth or would need to stitch two pieces together. The former is expensive; the latter, sloppy-looking.
Step 1: Materials
• (1) 1 3/8” wooden dowel @ 96” length (approximately $12)
• (1) sheet of blackout cloth from fabric store. It comes at 4.5 ft. width, and I had it cut to 9 ft. overall. ($20)
• (2) 1 ¼” wood screws ($0.30)
• (2) small “D-ring” picture frame hanging hooks
• 26 ft. of non-shock absorbing cord, trotline or similar. I used ¼” cord for the stays and trotline for the center support (about 1 ft. of it).
• (1) Bostitch grommet kit (includes punch tool, washers, grommets, and flange tool)
• (3) 1 ¼” screws and plastic anchors suitable for brick (or wood as your case may be)
• Drill with masonry bits (I used 1/8 as a pilot and ¼ to widen appropriately for the anchors)
• Sewing machine
• Straight edge
• Straight pins
Below is an image of the D-rings used.