Movie Project: Create a Custom Theme for Drupal 7

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In this exercise you will demonstrate your ability to create a custom theme as a subtheme based on Zen and use Sass.


Create custom theme for the site.


You will need the following knowledge and skills. If you need a review, check out the Additional resources section at the bottom of this page.

  1. Download the Zen theme and create a subtheme.
  2. Use Sass to generate the CSS.


Install the Zen theme.

Read the README file and create a custom subtheme named movie.

Alter the info file according to the theme name.

Enable the subtheme.

Compile the Sass into CSS.


  • It’s easier to write a theme from a "bare bones" starter theme.
  • Some themes are pre-installed with more functionality than others, e.g. Bootstrap.

Further your understanding

Additional resources

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Hands-On Exercises: Movie Project