Weird Animals VBS Church Decorations:
Decorating for VBS can be a huge undertaking, but with the adequate planning, you can decorate your church for VBS with ease. I am always excited about VBS, it's one of my favorite times of the year. As a child I didn't attend church regularly, but I almost always got invited to VBS. I can still remember the churches where I attended VBS. The adults always seemed so nice, the church looked like a fun place to be, and we even got to make crafts! 😉
My experience with VBS is probably one of the main reasons I always try to serve. That, and I mean come on, when else can you act like a total fool at church and have people love you for it!! Anyway, I generally serve in the area of music, drama, or as a crew leader, but this year I mentioned that I would be happy to serve anywhere they needed me. I had no idea that they would need me to head up the church decorating team! Boy, was I in for a surprise. We had a bumpy start, but I feel like we really pulled off an awesome atmosphere for the kids this year ( I just pray they feel the same way).
Without further ado, I would like to share our Weird Animals VBS decorations with you, and if you are planning to use this theme, hopefully these ideas will help make your decorating experience a little easier!
The Weird Animals VBS Nest was so easy to make. We used a kiddie pool, brown packing paper, hula skirts from the dollar tree, balloons, construction and tissue paper for the balloon eggs, pool noodle vines, and a pink flamingo that we spray painted. You can also see our carpet roll trees and a cardboard box we painted yellow as a stand for the nest.
The carpet rolls were great for doing all kinds of weird animals decorations. We used them for trees and to hold these "wild" flower arrangements. We painted them with latex paint and drilled holes in them for cute pipe cleaner curls.
For the doorways we made paper chains. We used brown and green for the "jungle" hall entrance and white and blue for the entrance to the "ocean" themed pre-school room.
For the main hallway we used indoor/outdoor grass carpeting. Note: It's cheaper to buy it in smaller rolls than it is to have it cut from a large roll. We also painted cardboard boxes green and made our own jungle grass for the bottoms of the walls. Our 3D flowers were made from poster board, and we printed the animals and cut them out to add to our walls. For the ceiling we used plastic green table cloths from Walmart and real ivy. We used bamboo sheets to decorate our other hall and used real bamboo that we cut to accent the sheets. We also used our posters all over the church. The lanterns came from The Dollar Tree.
For the stage we used carpet rolls for trees with real branches. We painted the carpet rolls with latex paint. I made one foam tree and it took forever. I got a horrible hot knife, so after getting the tree cut out I stopped using foam and just added some flowers that I got from The Dollar Tree. We used some more cardboard grass, and some foam pieces from last year were repurposed as crazy props. We put the posters for each day on tri fold boards, and added the animals to a painted cardboard box.
The waterfall was just two different types of fabric hung from a curtain rod that attached to the tree trunks.
So there you have it! We plan to do Everest next year so I will be sure to share our planning and decorations with you for that!
Have fun, and remember why you're doing it!