Second, consider using posters
and signs to accent your stage set and promote your theme.
Mount your posters, signs, and even designer wallpaper to foam core
posterboard for durability and easy set up.
You can hang some from the wall or ceiling.
You can also create self-standing ones similar to the celebrity stand-ups
you find in stores. These
self-standing posters add so much dimension and pack flat for storage!
Third, think about lighting. Even a few portable colored floodlights shining up on the
back wall will create lots of atmosphere.
Fourth, if you want something
different that a cloth background, maybe you could design your set from foam
insulation board. Itís easy to
cut with a knife, melt with a soldering gun or blowtorch, and carry off to store
flat against a wall. And it can be
painted with latex paint, though it will take some time to dry.
Fifth, if youíre looking for
space to display props for object lessons, etc., take a walk through the
furniture section of those Mart stores. There
are oodles of shelving units that will fold up flat and easily store during the
week, and still have a nice presentation for displaying items for you lesson.
Sixth, use the ceiling.
You can hang most anything from the ceiling to create more impact and
even carry the theme throughout the whole room. (posters, signs, inflatables, toys, plastic
birds/fish/fruit/etc., party decorations, fabric, fun noodles)
Seventh, use sound effects and
background music! It creates tons
of atmosphere and takes a tiny bit of room.
Eighth, use lightweight colorful
props such as: fun noodles, inflatable objects, posters from the teacher supply
Ninth, use computer projection! Consider using a projection system for more than just words
for your song service. Use it for
displaying pictures for your sermon, backgrounds for your puppet skit, and movie
clips for your life application stories.
take a road trip to the local building supply/home improvement store.
Walk the isles just to see whatís there!
You may surprise yourself in what you find!