Have you ever wanted a Rear Project screen only to find out that it can cost upwards of $800-1500 depending on the size and portability? What if I said you could make your own video screen with a few items from Amazon or Home Depot.
Here is the basic essentials for Making your own rear project screen for MUCH less than the cost of a real screen.
Step 1: Gather Materials
The first step to make your own video screen is to get all the needed elements. Here is a good shopping list for you:
- 108″ x 72″ Frosted Vinyl Shower Curtain – Link
or White for Front Projection
- 2×4’s for wooden frames.
- Staple Gun
- Black Gaffers Tape or Black Duct Tape
- Razor Blade or Box Cutter (scissors if necessary)
- Saw, Hammer, Nails, Tape Measurer, and other Misc Tools.
The first thing you’ll do once you have your shower curtain is to cut off the grommets on the top of your shower curtain. All we want here is the fabric.
Next, take your 2×4’s and make a frame. The key here is to cut the corners in a way to make a perfectly square (or the size you want) without having to layer the boards on top of each other. Some people recommend getting a Metal corner bracket to screw into each side… This is an area you will want to experiment with. Just make sure your frame is slightly smaller than your curtain.
Once your frame is built, you’ll want to staple the curtain to the frame. You may want someone to help you here as you will need to make sure that it is stretched as tight as possible without ripping the screen. The tighter the curtain is, the flatter the image will appear on the surface once projected.
There are two ways to do this… For a screen with a Black Frame, just staple on the front of the frame every inch or so. Make sure there are enough to keep the tension uniform.
In theory you’re done… However if you did choose to make a black border, this will be the process of cleaning up your work. For this step we’re going to take our box cutter and remove any excess shower curtain that is hanging over the screen. We don’t want anything hanging off the wooden frame.
Finally take your Black tape and cover the edge of the frame (and staples) to create a black frame for your screen. Again this isn’t “required” but the reason screens have these borders is to increase contrast on the edge and the human Eye has better clarity on the image when those edges are there.
That’s it! You’re Done.
If you plan on hanging these screens, you can screw in two eye bolts on top. Another option would be to make legs for standing this up on the floor.
Find a projector and enjoy a video screen for only about $30-40 instead of nearly $1000!
When I was doing a quick search online on how to make your own video screen, I found this youtube video that impressed me. Check out what this guy did to make a very legit screen with a dress kit for only $40 or so. The possibilities are endless: