Step 1: Under the Big Blue Sky
Using pipe & drape, magnets, PVC pipes, or your preferred method, first hang your Blue Sky fabric backdrop. Make sure to center your fabric and leave plenty of room in front for more Yee-Haw fun! We’ve used 4 panels here–2 in front and 2 in back to fit our high ceilings. Adjust accordingly to fit your church’s needs.
Step 2: The Mountains are Calling
It’s time to start adding some depth to your stage! Using cardboard, light weight brown packing paper, and spray glue, we created these mountains to be placed in the background. Tip: Using extra cardboard, create a t-stand on the back of each piece so they stand on their own.
Step 3: Gettin’ Down and Dirty
Because we have a colored stage, we decided to cover this up using grass mats. Depending on what your church is like, you may want to do the same. We also added our buddy, the pig’s, mud pit to the center of the stage. To create the mud pit, we simply painted on a paper painter sheet with dark brown paint.
Step 4: Rolling, Rolling, Rolling… Hills
By golly, we need some more color in this stage! Again using cardboard, Green Grass Meadow Backdrop, and spray glue, we created these rolling green hills for some additional color and depth. For the larger pieces, we created a t-stand; but for the shorter, longer pieces, we simply folded them like an accordion. At this time, we also added painters tarp to cover up our patterned carpet.
Step 5: Havin’ a Hay Day
It’s time to start adding in all those eye-catching details! To create the fence posts, we used long, square cardboard boxes with a dry-brush finish to create that wood look. We also added these colorful hay bales and a wooden barrel. If you’d like to see how to make the hay bales, leave us a note in the comments below!
Step 6: Moo-ving In
No stage is complete without our Buddies moo-ving into to their new homes! Simply cut out each animal from the large poster packs and adhere them to cardboard or foam to help them stand. They’ll fit right in, and the kids will love seeing the buddies come to life!
Step 7: The Grass is Always Greener
Okay, friends, this one’s real simple! Place the Tissue Paper Grass Mat around the animals, fences, barrel, and any other areas that might need a little somethin’ extra. It will really help tie it all together!
Step 8: Lights, Saddle, Action
We’ve made it! Well, almost… For the finishing touches, we added flood lights, bandannas, cowboy hats, cowboy boots, a saddle, and lasso! If your church doesn’t have these things just lying around (and who does, right?), ask your congregation for help! You’ll be surprised what people have stored away.