We just finished decorating our set for Vacation Bible School 2015 at First Baptist Church in Somerset, KY. We are using the Journey Off the Map theme from Lifeway. Here are a few pictures from our set, and some notes about how we made each item, plus a video of a flying monkey that we put in as well!

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The waterfall base is made out of stacked Easy Risers that we use for seating in our children’s church area. We then overlaid it with brown paper and put acrylic blue paper on top. The “rocks” on the sides are crumpled brown paper, hot-glued on the brown paper base. We then lined the outside with plants we found around the church.


The “legs” of the treehouse is made out of painted Quikrete Concrete Tube Forms. The house is made out of painted sheets of foam insulation, with the top of the treehouse having grass-skirts for a roof texture.

Jeep Standee

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Wall to Hide Monkey

This was made out of 2×4’s, lined with palm tree printed paper. We also later covered the hole with a green grass skirt and placed twisted brown paper on the wall to look like vines.

Flying Monkey

We made the flying monkey out of rope threaded through a piece of PVC tubing. The monkey hangs from the tube. We later wrapped the tube with brown tape to make it look like a stick.

This set was a lot of fun to make, and I’m sure it’s going to be even more fun to use! Thanks so much to all of those who helped!!!

Do you have any good pictures of your VBS set? Share them in the comments on social media!!! Feel free to leave questions about our set design, if you have any.

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.