INSIDE: DIY outdoor movie night or picnic blanket from a $5 flat bed sheet.
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My husband will occasionally surprise us with a “family gift”. I can usually tell he’s up to something because he’s feverishly researching, I find random product numbers written down on scraps of paper, and he gets all mysterious when asked what he’s up to.
So after weeks of acting all sly, he surprised us with a projector for outdoor movies. (He even went so far as to be Mr. Crafty with a DIY movie screen.) Needless to say, his secretive surprise has brought our family together as we sit under the stars – mom and dad staying summertime “cool” as we share an ice cold Coke – watching the latest kid-friendly movie.
With summer upon us, backyard movie nights will become part of our family’s summertime routine. Here’s how to make an easy outdoor movie night blanket for the kids…
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How To Make an Outdoor Movie Blanket from a $5 Bed Sheet
Sometimes the best times are the simplest times, don’t you think? Whether it’s our little family or the kids and their friends, there’s something special about just being home and hanging out. It sure beats loading three kids into car seats when it’s 100° out!
So grab your favorite movie and munchies. Then your crafting scissors to make this easy $5 movie (or picnic) blanket!
– Flat bed sheet
– Craft scissors
DIY Outdoor Movie Night Blanket from $5 Bed Sheet
Lay the bedsheet down on a flat surface. Use your craft or sewing scissors to create slits every 1″ along the bottom of the sheet.
Repeat the same process for the opposite end of the bedsheet.
Form small knots by tying two slits together. Repeat this along each end of the bedsheet.
If desired, add some anti-fray spray to the end of the bedsheet to prevent unraveling.
DIY outdoor family movie nights
There’s nothing quite like putting on an outdoor movie to get the kids motivated to eat their dinnertime veggies! When the sun goes down, get them settled on your DIY outdoor movie blanket.
For me, it’s any excuse to head to my nearest Target store. I set the kids up with their own self-serve refreshments in fun melanine outdoor glasses on a BPA-free plastic serving tray. And probably most important, they all had access to their own popcorn in individual popcorn bowls found in Target’s Dollar Deals section.
Meanwhile, mom and dad can sit back and chill in patio chairs with deep seat cushions !
Summer is all about making moments and memories with your family. What simple ways do you celebrate the summer?
Other DIY Summer Projects You May Enjoy:
- Turn an umbrella stand into a patio side table
- DIY swim shirts using freezer paper and FREE templates
- Make a canvas tote bag waterproof for swim or beach
- Build the kids a sandbox with covered canopy from redwood fence posts
- Get the kids outside with fence-mounted DIY chalkboard