The Thrifty Egyptian Series
In Children’s Ministry (especially in smaller/mid-size churches), it seems we are always looking to squeeze a little more out of our budget. For many of you, Vacation Bible School (or the Big Event as we’ve renamed it) takes a big chunk out of the yearly funds. I’ll be running a series over the next few weeks on ways to cut down costs for Group’s Egypt VBS. Be sure to check back often and share your own ideas!
Main Egyptian Outfit:
We use bed sheets (aquired by donation, thrift stores, garage sales, rummage sales, etc). Cut a hole in the top for your head. Lift arms straight out so hands are free and then tie a colorful piece of fabric around the waist. Experiment a little with folding the sheet around the arm if you want the sleeves shorter or longer.
Grab some different colors of Felt Sheets at Michael’s or Amazon. Either the firm or regular kind would work. Cut in half and make semi circles out it. Add some of those jewels from Oriental trading and some yarn, and you’ve got an authentic looking collar! Check out full instructions (and more fun projects) at the Joyfully Weary blog.
You could also make some out of cardboard and pasta like the picture below. Check out Cassie’s blog for more Egypt art and instructions.
Get someone to braid a few strands of hair and then stick some ponybeads at the end. Easy and economical! You can use the leftovers for the Barbershop in the Marketplace or to make bracelets.
Add a little eyeliner and you’re all set!
Check Out the Whole Series:
- Thrifty Egyptian Marketplace
- Thrifty Egyptian Crafts
- Thrifty Egyptian General Supplies
- Other Egyptian Sites to Check Out
- What I Bought From Group Publishing
- Great Egyptian Books to Use
- More Ideas from Egyptian Books
More Sites to Check Out:
- VBS Tips: Decorating Ideas
- Craft: Joseph’s Wristbands
- Lots of homemade costume ideas
- Egyptian Art Lessons
- Ancient Egyptian Bracelets