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Clothesline Theater

Clothesline Theater

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

This simple theater sets the stage for hours of backyard fun.


  • 2 (6-foot) lengths of polypropylene clothesline
  • 3 old sheets
  • Paint
  • Clothespins
  • Dozen 1 1/4-inch binder clips


String up two parallel lengths of polypropylene clothesline 6 feet apart. Paint scenery on a background sheet, as we've done -- or pin on scenery cut from or painted on craft paper -- then use clothespins to attach the sheet to the line farthest from the audience.

Step 2 - Clothesline Theater

For the curtains, suspend two sheets from the front clothesline using 1 1/4-inch binder clips hung at 1-foot intervals. The clothesline should go through the clips' triangular centers, allowing kids to slide the curtains open and closed for dramatic effect.