Sometimes all you need for an amazing evening. . .
. . . are a few simple materials. . .
. . . a few good friends. . .
. . . and a little. . .
. . . imagination.
10 Min DIY Backyard Movie Theater
- White bed sheet
- 1/4" rope or clothesline (about 20' or more)
- Ribbon (or more rope if you don't have any)
- Burlap or whatever fabric scraps you have on hand
- Black permanent marker or black fabric paint
While it can be really nice to dig into a complicated craft project and slowly work your way to a beautiful result, there is also something so very satisfying about a project that only takes 10 minutes. Especially when the results are as exponentially rewarding as this.
My original plan was to sew a theater with special rope ties and stitch quilted letters to the pennant flags, all of which would have been lovely, had I not forgotten that my sewing machine was currently 50 miles away in someone else's closet. After a moment of frustration I thought about what I really wanted out of the project and realized that not only could I still have it, but that I could have it right away.
Instead of careful cutting and intricate sewing, I grabbed an old bed sheet, tied pieces of clothesline to the corners and voilà, a movie theater screen. For the banner, I cut a few pieces of burlap into squares and put slits in the top so I could weave through a little ribbon. After a few quick stokes with a paintbrush (you could also use a permanent marker) I was done, and I have to say, I don't think it is any less lovely. And since it was finished so quickly, there was plenty of time for a shadow puppet show as we waited for the sun to set and the movie to begin.
With the Kids:
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