DIY Backyard Movie Night
DIY Backyard Movie Night

DIY Backyard Movie Night

This party plan is a DIY blockbuster—plus you may not have to buy a thing!

Bring back the drive-in, in your own backyard! It doesn’t have to be hard—or expensive. Just follow this four-step script for success, and you’ll be sitting pretty (and comfortably) for the show.

Step 1: the casting call (invite your guests)

Get guests excited about the party by mailing or hand-delivering these free printable movie night invitations. The simple, classic design serves as a preview for what’s to come and sets a fun, festive tone. Add the party details using your computer, or add them by hand after printing on heavy paper or cardstock, and stuff them into size A7 (5.25” x 7.25” inch) envelopes. Done!

Backyard Movie Night Invitation

Step 2: scout your location and set the scene

You can host a movie night in your backyard, as long as you have a bit of space. It’s easy to set up a movie screen using a standard bedsheet, string up some lights to set the mood, and make your own sign to point guests in the right direction. Get the kids involved!

Bedsheet Movie Screen
Marquee Movie Night Sign


  • 36” x 5.5” piece of wood
  • Printable “Movie Night” template
  • Scissors
  • Pencil (a white grease pencil or light chalk)
  • Black craft paint
  • White craft paint
  • Foam brush
  • Small paint brush
  • Sandpaper
Movie Night Sign Materials


Step 1

Paint wood piece with black craft paint using foam brush. Allow to dry.

Movie Night Sign Step 1

Step 2

Print and cut out the “Movie Night” letters.

Movie Night Sign Step 2

Step 3

Center each letter on the wood evenly, and use a white grease pencil or chalk to trace each letter onto the wood.

Movie Night Sign Step 3

Step 4

Use a small paintbrush to apply white paint, using your traced outlines as a guide. Allow to dry completely.

Movie Night Sign Step 4

Step 5

For a weathered look, use sandpaper to “distress” the wood.

Movie Night Sign Step 5

Step 3: get comfy + cozy

Now that the scene’s set, it’s time to add extras that will make this a night to remember. It’s all about making your guests comfortable. Just try out these tips.

Movie Night Comfort Station
DIY Movie Night Mats


  • 5 standard size pillows
  • 5 standard size pillowcases
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
Movie Night Mats Materials


Step 1

Align the long edge of two pillowcases, with open ends on same end.

Movie Night Mats Step 1

Step 2

Every few inches, pin the edges of two pillowcases together.

Movie Night Mats Step 2

Step 3

Use a sewing machine to sew the two pillowcases together, removing pins as you go.

Movie Night Mats Step 3

Step 4

Repeat process to attach the additional pillowcases. Insert pillows and set up on the lawn.

Movie Night Mats Step 4

Step 4: Action!

Pass the popcorn and relax. You did it! And now you can do it every just know your friends and neighbors will be demanding an encore.

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