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6 simple steps to make an outdoor garden cinema this weekend

House Beautiful (UK) logo House Beautiful (UK) 2 days ago Lisa Walden
a room with a couch a table and chairs: With warm weather on the way and cinemas across the UK closed for the foreseeable, now is the perfect time to transform your garden into an outdoor cinema. © Cuprinol With warm weather on the way and cinemas across the UK closed for the foreseeable, now is the perfect time to transform your garden into an outdoor cinema.

With spells of warm weather on the way and cinemas across the UK closed for the foreseeable, now is the perfect time to transform your garden into an outdoor cinema.

Want to get creative during lockdown? Make the most of the balmy evenings and relax in style with your favourite film. While creating an outdoor cinema can be easily done using items you have lying around the home, remember you'll have to invest in a portable projector first.

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'If you have a projector at home, and some deck chairs, why not consider making your very own alfresco cinema?' suggest the team at Lights4Fun. 

Before you begin your makeshift garden cinema, you will need...

  • A washing line or two poles
  • 1 large white sheet
  • Lanterns
  • Comfy cushions, blankets and warm throws
  • Outdoor fairy lights
  • A projector to view films
  • An extension cord to reach the nearest plug

To create your outdoor cinema, follow these steps...

1. To begin with, find the right spot in your garden. Whether you have raised decking or a spacious lawn, consider where you want to set up your outdoor cinema first. You'll also need to make sure it's close enough to the nearest plug. An alternative idea is to use a tent for a snug and cosy film screening. This is especially ideal if it's cooler at night.

a close up of a green tent on a bed: Coleman Octagon BlackOut Tent © Coleman Coleman Octagon BlackOut Tent

2. Next, hang a large white sheet over two poles or a washing line, or if it's a tent, you can attach using some pegs. Ensure the sheet is large enough for the projection. 

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3. Set up your portable projector to ensure everything is in working order, and check it will work against the white sheet.

4. Now it's time to decorate! If in the garden, hang some outdoor fairy lights or festoon lights just above your sheet to create ambience. You can also place decorative garden lanterns or battery-powered candles on the ground for added atmosphere.

a glass of wine on a table: Get the full look at Lights4Fun © Oliver Perrott Photography Ltd Get the full look at Lights4Fun

5. Next, create your seating area using outdoor cushions, blankets and cosy throws. If you're watching with children, they might want to add a few toys, too. Deck chairs and garden sun loungers also provide a comfortable spot to relax.

6. Finally, grab your favourite snacks and decide on a film. Then sit back and enjoy! 

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Stay at home as much as possible to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.



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