When I was a kid, sometimes we'd drag the television out on the back porch and watch TV while we were eating supper. I used to love to do that, even if you did have to slap mosquitoes and dodge incoming June bugs. You can do that outdoor TV thing one better nowadays for not very much money.
What You Need:
- Digital projector
- DVD player, VCR or laptop with a DVD player.
- Plywood, cardboard, fiberboard, bedsheets, canvas or plastic tarps, Dazian stretch fabric, white blackout curtain fabric or vinyl billboard signs 6 feet high by 8 foot wide.
- Two ten foot posts
- Two 8 foot 2x6's
- Post hole diggers
- Hammer and nails
- Bungee Cords and a grommet kit if needed
Pick a spot for putting up the frame. A screen nailed over the garage wall or strung between two trees will work fine. For something a bit more permanent, build a wooden frame to attach the screen to. For a 6 foot by 8 foot screen, dig a pair of post holes 8 feet apart and two feet deep.
Set the posts in the ground and tamp dirt around them.
Nail the 2x6's to the posts, one on top and one two feet above the ground to make a 6 foot by 8 foot frame.
Note: Make sure the projection screen is not too reflective. Shiny or glossy finishes make poor projection surfaces. A nice bright white is best. If you can find an old home projection screen at a flea market - even better. Just mount the rollup carrier to the top of your frame, pull it down and voila!
Set up folding chairs or throw blankets for everybody on the ground, make up a big bowl of popcorn and some drinks and you're ready for your own drive-in movie (without the driving).
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