Whew. Mama needs a nap. Believe it or not, our church just wrapped up In The Wild Vacation Bible School for 2019. Every year our church holds VBS the very first week of summer vacation. It makes our week-long VBS a marathon as we wrap up the school year and dive right into a week of activities but it’s worth it. I wanted to take time today to share with you guys some of the cute decorations that different leaders decorated their In the Wild VBS rooms with. Maybe you haven’t done your church’s VBS yet or maybe a friend of yours is getting ready for the same theme and might like some of these ideas. If nothing else, you could always use them when hosting a jungle or safari themed party.
If you’re looking for In The Wild Craft Ideas, you can find them here.
First, let’s start with my room. I work with 3rd graders during VBS, which I love. At one point during the week we played a quick game where we had to shout out why Jesus loved us. Trust me when I said that their answers were so awe-inspiring that I almost asked a few of them to trade places and let me be the student and they could be the teacher.
In the past, I’ve gone overboard decorating my room. There was the year that I put part of it in blacklights with an underwater theme or the year that we made a galaxy in the hall leading to our room. But because of life and different things going on, this year it needed to be simpler and I’m thankful that it was.
We actually have two rooms and a hall to decorate. As you entered our room on one side we did a waterfall using bulletin board paper and streamers. We also added some flower die-cuts to bring in some color and also to give our kids something to do while we were on a ladder.
At the bottom we wrapped Styrofoam pieces in green paper and stuck in some pink flamingos.
Here’s a tip – you can get these pink flamingos right now in-store or order them online from The Dollar Tree.
Our plan originally was to cut a TV box in half and make a ledge for the flamingos to perch on. However, I was cutting this box by myself with a very sharp box cutter and rearranged a toe instead. So… we went to an easier plan B. My toe is fine but I did have a discussion with the pastor that gave me the box cutter about giving someone named CLUMSY Crafter a very sharp box cutter. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that drama play out in my stories.
In one corner we did a large tree using bulletin board paper for the trunk and the leaves are actually grass hula skirts from The Dollar Tree. The vines are plastic table cloths from The Dollar Tree.
We cut out large leaves from paper and hung those all over the room.
The butterflies I made using black posterboard. Then I cut out orange paper details and glued it on. Finally I used white paint to make details on the body and wings.
Our second room we decorated using bulletin board paper that we painted. The brown paper is supposed to be leopard spots but we had fun asking people entering the room what they thought it was…. We can’t always be winners.
Finally we decorated the hall with animal snapshots we painted on white posterboard along with vines hanging from the ceiling and a big tree that kids walked through to enter the room. Somehow I missed a picture of that.
That was my room but let me show you some other rooms and areas of the church:
Those are just a few quick shots I grabbed on my phone as I hobbled out of the church on the final day of decorating, with my foot in layers of a bandage and a giant hole in my shoe where I had cut straight through it.
We had a great week at VBS. The kids loved the games and crafts that we did. In fact, we made the bird lanterns from the In The Wild Craft Ideas post.
Aren’t the cute? The kids had so much fun with them and there were feathers everywhere.
That’s a wrap for VBS this year. Two more mission trips and one kid’s camp to go and then I get to take a nap…