Here are some ideas to help you create your swamp:

  • Use green cellophane to cover windows to help give your room that “swamp” feel.
  • Use wooden pallets or skids to help create a dock.
  • Plan on using grasses, ferns and cattails to help create your look. Talk to a local nursery to see if they will let you borrow some plants. If not, find artificial ones at your local craft store.
  • Roll up brown paper to create trees. Have limbs going across the ceiling and hang Spanish moss on the paper.
  • Make a swamp using a kiddie pool or goldfish pond. Surround the area with real greenery. Maybe even put in real fish and frogs – or just artificial ones!
  • Ask congregation members if anyone has an old row boat. This would make a great prop.
  • Twinkle lights easily become fireflies.
  • Put “crocodile footprints” down on the floor. Click here for a free template.
  • Hang cardboard lanterns going down the hallway. 

12 Responses to “VBS Decoration Ideas – Bayou/Swamp”

  1. 1
    Patty Davis

    Excellent! You added to my thoughts. I wlll use the croc feet to show how to get from room to room. (Yourh Director, Crafts Manager)

  2. 2
    mblake@guildcraftinc.com

    I am glad we could help! :)

  3. 3
    Brenda

    Wonderful ideas, thanks.

  4. 4
    Linda

    Thanks for the ideas. I already had the idea of the trees with the branchs hanging from the ceiling and moss hanging from them, but I like the idea of the crocodile footprints and the lanterns.

  5. 5
    Anita

    I like the croc feet idea, too – and using the wooden pallets for the dock. I was going to have my handy-dandy-set Committee make a dock, but what an easy way to make that happen. We just happen to have a pallet company in the neighborhood!

  6. 6
    ANNA

    These are all great ideas for decoration. With the pallets for the dock, be careful that the kids (and adults) don’t hang their feet in the front of the first pallet since they are open. We are going to take the pallets apart and make the dock flat. We are also going to try to get enough pallets that we can make the dock run the length of the aisle in the middle of the church. Another idea is to use two different shades of brown carpet (a light and dark) and make strips and alternate the colors to make a dock by duck taping them on the back to connect. This makes a great area in the pre-K and K areas for softness on the floors for them to sit on.

  7. 7
    Alison

    Thank you so much. My head is swimming with things to do and how to decorate. This helped me out so much.
    Thank you so much!

  8. 8
    Kara

    Thanks so much! It is my first year doing this and I needed help for my pre-k class, and this helped so much!!!!

  9. 9
    Tammy

    I can breathe!!! Thank you for the idea. I was feeling completely lost because some plans that I had for decorating with a dock fell thru. I stopped and just prayed about it. Found your idea and am so relieved. Ideas are flooding in now! Thank you again!!!

  10. 10
    Milsap Riordan

    Hi , it is Thanksgiving Day! I’m happy with my extra day off, and I am planning to doing something fun that will probably involve a car trip and seeing something new in Lake Monticello I haven’t seen yet.
    You write something new at Thanksgiving?

  11. 11
    ostrov

    Thank you,
    very interesting article

  12. 12
    Intextsep

    I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.