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Byron local Lulu, who’s also an events and brand experiences manager + DIY Queen at Spell, shared four easy steps to creating a dreamy backyard movie setup that could be living in your backyard - or ours - in a flash! Go on. Make it ours!!
Backyard Movie Night DIY
I recently took a trip down memory lane and was reminiscing over all the set ups we've created in the past: a bohemian dinner party, backyard camping (a personal favourite of mine), the festival basecamp...
It’s been ages since we did something like this, and I love doing them because we never just set up a scene and take a photo. We always make sure we put the cameras away and enjoy the space too! In fact, I’ll be leaving my DIY Movie Night set up in my backyard over summer, ‘cause I know there'll be many more magic evenings to come here in Byron.
What you’ll need for this easy DIY:
If you don’t have trees or something else to tie your screen and lights to, you’ll need poles: two for the screen and two for the lights. which you can get from your local party hire company if you don’t want to buy them. Then you’ll need garden stakes, rope or string, wooden pegs, zip ties, fairy lights, a flat bed sheet or piece of white material for the screen, rugs and cushions and a projector. We used this portable LED one but you can buy one from Amazon/eBay for between $70-$100. You’ll also need a USB with the movie on it, or connect to your laptop.
How to set up a backyard movie night in 4 easy steps:
1. Set up the screen:
We did this by laying the sheet on the grass in the spot we wanted to hang it, so we knew where to put the poles. Use a mallet to peg the garden stakes in the ground and then attach the poles (we used bamboo poles) to them with zip ties. Then tie a piece of rope between the two posts at the top to peg your sheet to. Once the sheet is secured (use heaps of pegs as even the slightest breeze will turn your screen into a sail), tie another piece of rope between the posts at the bottom and peg the sheet to that too.
2. Add lighting:
Fairy lights are perfect because they give off enough light while being dark enough so you can still see the screen. We just strung our light between poles and the house, zig zagging back and forth over the backyard.
3. Make it cosy:
Lay down rugs, picnic blankets, sheets (or whatever you have) and add cushions, blankets or throws, or maybe bean bags and blow up lounges are your thing. Basically it’s anything you have that’ll make your movie night extra comfortable.
4. Set up the projector:
You’ll have to wait until it’s dark to be able to see the projection on the sheet so you can’t do this until the sun goes down. We watched Love Actually - it’s really not Christmas ’til you’ve watched Love Actually is it? It wasn’t on Netflix so we paid to rent it through Youtube for a few dollars.
Then it’s time to order the pizza, pour yourself a wine, and enjoy a night under the stars!