A typical scene unfolds: VBS has come to a conclusion. All of those colorful VBS decorations, streamers, cardboard cutouts, and life-size backdrops are ruthlessly torn from the walls and stuffed into utility-sized trash bags. Or, all that decor is relegated to a dark, spidery closet in the church basement to be forgotten about until they're no longer reusable. Good thing we're here to save your VBS decorations and other useful material from that gloomy end! Breathe new life into your old VBS decor with these ideas.
Save VBS decorations for future programs
Reuse VBS props and materials for future VBS programs. With a little creativity, a cardboard boat can be turned into a Roman chariot, and vice versa. Craft materials, Bible stories, and any supplemental Bible studies are good basics to save. Take inventory of what props you think can be stored and reused. You'll save time and money for future VBS programs.
Repurpose in church programs and events
VBS materials are great for your children's Christmas and Easter programs, Fall festival, or Reformation Celebrations. While reusing VBS decorations depends on the program and story being communicated, the backdrops and other props can be used in several ways. Check to see if extra costumes from VBS skits are lying around, and pull concepts and content from previous VBS weeks.
Incorporate into Sunday School
Many of the decorations and props could be used for your Sunday School.
- Add some flair for your Sunday School Kickoff this Fall
- Decorate a Bible storytelling area and transport students into Bible history
- Spiff up your Sunday School room with Bible memory verse posters
And don't forget the little ones! Check with your toddler and preschool teachers and ask if the VBS early childhood items would come in handy.
Loan VBS decorations to other churches
You can help other congregations have a fantastic VBS experience, too. Reach out to other churches in your area or find VBS groups on Facebook, like this one, and ask what type of supplies others need. Even if VBS season is over, you may find churches who can use the materials as part of their year-long children's ministry program or reuse this year's VBS program next summer! Once you've found a match, head over to our decorating downloads page where you'll find our supply request tags. These make it easy to share VBS decorations and materials with other churches.
So much time, cost, and energy goes into your VBS decorations and materials. Instead of getting rid of your investment, we hope that these ideas provide easy ways to reduce waste and reuse that decor so that it can be well-loved and used for years to come. God's blessings on your children's ministry!