Easy Cutout Gears – Maker Fun Factory

Easy Cutout Gears – Maker Fun Factory

We made A LOT of gears this year... like, a lot.  I felt like Bubba Gump's million kinds of shrimp... we have gears cut out of tablecloths, gear posters, gear toys, gears that look metallic, gears that actually work... One of the types of gears we made were paper plate cutout gears.  These were one of the projects we used during our volunteer work day.  They're a great project to send home with someone, too! This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for helping support Borrowed Blessings! Supplies: Paper plates Scissors Permanent marker…Read more …
Interactive Ball Maze – Maker Fun Factory

Interactive Ball Maze – Maker Fun Factory

One of my favorite things about Maker Fun Factory VBS is the amount of interactive possibilities!  We used mostly supplies the church already had to make an interactive ball maze.  We actually made two of these - one for the back of the sanctuary (which was interactive) and one for on stage (that was filled with balls - not interactive).  Links in this post may be referral links.  Thanks for helping support Borrowed Blessings! Supplies: -Concrete form (ours were 12" across and 3-4' tall) -Poster board (4 sheets per concrete tube) -Clear packing…Read more …
Group Publishing VBS 2018: SHiPWRECKED

Group Publishing VBS 2018: SHiPWRECKED

Am I the only person who's been waiting on the edge of my seat for the 2018 Group VBS theme reveal?  I mean sure, my "waiting on the edge of my seat" is more of an exhausted slump since our Maker Fun Factory VBS just finished... but still... I'm excited! The "Easy" VBS theme {emphasis on the quotes there - Group calls it easy, not me - haha!} is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. The "Holy Land" VBS theme is Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity. The "Weekend" VBS theme has not been announced yet.…Read more …
Bible Verse Coloring Sheets – Maker Fun Factory

Bible Verse Coloring Sheets – Maker Fun Factory

If you're looking for an advertising activity before VBS, something for younger kids during VBS or just a time filler if a station finishes early, bible verse coloring sheets are a great option!  These Maker Fun Factory coloring sheets can easily fill time between stations or even go home with students in an activity pack before or after bible school. Download the coloring sheets individually below!  They are all in the NLT, except Monday's verse which is in both NIV and NLT. Day 1 -Psalm 139-14 outline (NLT) -Psalm 139-14 outline (NIV) Day 2 -Romans…Read more …
Upcycled Station Signs – Maker Fun Factory

Upcycled Station Signs – Maker Fun Factory

This weekend, I used free supplies to make some awesome upcycled station signs!  One of our church members (who is a former architect) donated a whole stack of old blueprints.  I used blue paper leftover from another VBS project to make some large (and FREE) station signs! This post may contain affiliate links (I earn a small percentage of anything you purchase but you don’t pay anything extra).  Thanks for helping support Borrowed Blessings! Supplies: -Blueprints -Blue paper (I had some left over from our other blueprint project) -King sized Sharpie Instructions: 1.…Read more …
Blueprint Backdrops – Maker Fun Factory

Blueprint Backdrops – Maker Fun Factory

I am super excited to share this easy (and large) backdrop idea!  Using tarps and white tape, you can quickly make large-scale backdrops.  These would work well on stage or in other areas of your building.  I'm planning to use these on four walls in our foyer (entry) area. This post may contain affiliate links (I earn a small percentage of anything you purchase but you don’t pay anything extra).  Thanks for helping support Borrowed Blessings! Supplies: -Blue tarps (I used 6'x8') -Packing tape -Skinny white artist tape or off-white masking tape Instructions: 1.…Read more …
Gear Floor Decals – Maker Fun Factory VBS

Gear Floor Decals – Maker Fun Factory VBS

Did you see the Giant Gear Decorations post earlier?  I've had some great feedback and ideas from other VBS leaders and have another table cover-based gear idea to share.  Get excited - this is another decorating for a dollar idea!  We are going to use the table cover method to make floor decals {think stepping stones, except obviously not made of stone}. This post may contain affiliate links (I earn a small percentage of anything you purchase but you don’t pay anything extra).  Thanks for helping support Borrowed Blessings! Supplies Table covers Plastic carpet…Read more …
Giant Gear God Sightings – Maker Fun Factory VBS

Giant Gear God Sightings – Maker Fun Factory VBS

I am not super crazy about the God sighting lights on stage with this year's VBS curriculum, so I came up with a fast, easy and colorful alternative! This post may contain affiliate links (I earn a small percentage of anything you purchase but you don’t pay anything extra).  Thanks for helping support Borrowed Blessings! Supplies Giant Gear Decorations Adhesive Gear Labels Permanent Markers Instructions 1. Make several giant gear decorations (they're about $1 each and super easy to make). 2. Hang the giant gears in your God sighting area.  We're going to…Read more …
GIANT Gear Decorations – Maker Fun Factory

GIANT Gear Decorations – Maker Fun Factory

I love decorating for a dollar!  My last decorating for a dollar project was the blue paper decorated as blueprints.  These giant gear decorations are even faster and easier... and each one is a whopping SEVEN FOOT gear! This is a great way to decorate large spaces without investing a lot of time or energy.  I'm planning to use these in our snack area and possibly crafts or bible verse stations. This post may contain affiliate links (I earn a small percentage of anything you purchase but you don’t pay anything extra).  Thanks for…Read more …
Master List of Craft Ideas – Maker Fun Factory

Master List of Craft Ideas – Maker Fun Factory

The Maker Fun Factory curriculum is my favorite in YEARS.  I think the message speaks to the identity confusion that most (if not all) kids experience at some point or another.  The points shared through this curriculum are ones that we ALL will benefit from hearing and sharing!  I love that the Imagination Station activities reinforce the daily bible points, but I am a strong proponent of more old-school crafts rather than the gimmicky science gizmos that Group suggests using.  I've come up with a master list of alternative craft ideas that still mesh…Read more …