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4 Steps to Build Your Own Green Screen

In this DIY tutorial, we show you how to make your own green screen with frame. Learn how to build the frame, attach the cloth and prep the materials for your own Do-It-Yourself green screen fun!

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Now, not all of us have access to pro-grade equipment, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we can’t use a green screen. This time, we’re gonna take a look at how to build our very own green screen with use of our simple steps. First off, we’re gonna take a look at gathering the right materials and then we’re gonna take a look at measuring and cutting our PVC pipe. This is gonna then lead to building our frame for our screen. And lastly, we’re gonna attach the screen to that frame. I’m Tom Skowronski and this is how to build a green screen.

Now, the first step to this process is to make sure you have the right materials. First off, we grab 2 10-foot long PVC pipes that we’re gonna cut in the middle, that we’re gonna align our screen with. This is gonna help build our frame so we can have a moveable green screen that we can take outdoors or use indoors.

Now, some other materials you’re gonna need to pull off this effect are a tape measure so you can measure actual PVC pipe correctly. You’re gonna need a saw so you can saw it in half, and you’re gonna also need some duct tape so you can help tape up your screen. Lastly, you’re gonna need to make sure that you buy some elbows and some couplings for actual PVC pipe to help create the frame.

The next step in this process is to make sure that you measure and cut your materials accurately. Now, you can use whatever dimensions you want, but for us, we had a rectangle screen, so we went with 6 x 4. Now, the most accurate way to measure your PVC pipe is with the help of an assistant. You’re gonna have them hold the PVC pipe together while you measure it with a tape. If you don’t have an assistant, one of the best ways to go about this is to actually use duct tape and tape the edges of your PVC pipe together, that when you saw through it, you’re basically killing two birds with one stone.

Now, next up is the fun part. This is where we get to actually cut through the actual markers we made on our PVC pipes, and what we did to be safe is used a cardboard box to prop our PVC pipe on top of, and then we taped down the sides of our PVC pipes on the table so they don’t move anywhere. This is gonna be the safest thing we can do when we’re cutting through those pipes.

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Now, after cutting and measuring our pieces, we’re left with two six-foot pieces of PVC pipe and two four-foot pieces of PVC pipe. So, we are now ready to move onto the next step and build our frame.

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Now, another thing you can do is you could always use your duct tape to help build a support for your beam. This is gonna help your frame be a lot more sturdy. Now, the last step to this process is to make sure we attach our cloth to that frame we built.

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Now, how we pulled off this effect is by using a partner to help us assist us in taping down each corner of the green screen. Then, what we did is made sure we went back and stretched out that green screen and used even more duct tape to tape it down. The last thing we did is check for errors. We went back and made sure we had no ripples or anything that we missed originally.

Now, that we’ve attached our frame to the screen and reinforced the back of the screen with some duct tape, we have a very useful and mobile screen that we can use indoors and outdoors.

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IDEAStraining's picture

Some suggestions...


Get a simple PVC pipe cutter; it is cheaper and much safer than a saws-all used in video. Of course, if you already have a hacksaw, you can use that, but use a fine-toothed blade.


PVC pipe comes both as flexible and stiff pipe. It looks like you used the flexible kind; the stiff kind will give much better support. 


Unless you want to dismantle the screen for transport, you can get a small can of PVC glue for the corners. Keep in mind that the glue is permanent.