DIY Outdoor movie theater projection screen using Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape and items found at a dollar store. These easy to follow step by step instructions show you how to create a low-cost projection screen and home outdoor movie area in the backyard.
I have been wanting to make any outdoor theater for the longest time. The idea of being outdoors at night watching a movie or even a sporting event has always seemed so cool, ever since my first trip to a drive-in movie theater outside of Baltimore, MD. It was such a fun experience. However, going to the movie theater is pricey. Let’s face it, as a family, going to the movies, it’s about $100 for a family of 4. That’s expensive. But when a friend gave me a mini projector for as a gift, I knew I had to do this. So I’ve come up with a really inexpensive solution that you can use in your own backyard. Imagine, date night, movie night with the kids, and entertaining during that summer BBQ all from the comfort of your own backyard. Also, you can set this up in under an hour.
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Things you should know when working with Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape
- It is a permanent adhesive. So don’t use this on any delicate surfaces.
- This works best on material that is less than 3/4 in. thick and it holds up to 15 pounds (7 pounds for squares).
- This is waterproof. So this can easily be used with outdoor projects.
- And this can be applied to smooth or rough surfaces. Just keep in mind the tape has to touch the surface in order to bond with it.
- It bonds to plastic, metal, wood, glass, brick, ceramic, stone & more.
Now let’s get to the fun part.
1. Establish your location. This works well on a fence or the side of the house.
You need a flat surface from which to hang the shower curtain. Measure and mark the width and length of the area you will place the screen. Mark the placement with a pencil. This screen is 54″x36.”
This Gorilla Mounting Tape supports 7 lbs. in squares. I only need a fraction of that strength. I am working with really lightweight material. So I cut the mounting tape down the middle to stretch its use. Once I placed the tape on the surface of the fence I removed the backing using a 5 in 1 multi-tool. You can use your nails to remove the backing but I found that this tool made it very easy to remove.
3. Adhere the shower curtain to the surface.
4. Spray paint the border.
I am using scrubbing pads to create a border around the projection screen. This is a great and easy way to clean up the look of the screen, giving you that finished theater effect and look. The spray paint I decided to go with is a dark blue that I thought complimented my gray fence. You can leave the pads green or paint it. It’s a total preference.
5. Attach the border to the surface around the screen.
The scrubbing pads are really rough in texture, but the Gorilla Mounting tape performed wonderfully. Simply press down on the pad with the tape for about 10-30 seconds and it adheres to the scrubbing pad.
With the adhesive attached to the scrubbing pads, I lined the shower curtain screen, creating a border around the edges. It’s also a great way to hide any ugly trim marks from cutting the curtain with the scissors. Another great feature about the Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape is that it stretches. When you remove the backing from the tape it’s pliable and allows you to stretch it. I did this when attaching the tape to the scrubbing pads. Keep in mind stretching it does reduce the strength. Again, I am working with very lightweight material so this holds perfectly. But I don’t recommend this for larger thicker items.
6. Dress up your area. Add chairs and a table for the projector and Enjoy.
Using an old chain stool that I had in the backyard I attached a dinner platter that I got from the dollar store to the stool using the Gorilla Tough & Clear Mounting Tape. And with everything in place it was time to enjoy this space.
Now that’s #GorillaTough 😉
Till Next Time. ~T.