Say goodbye to a blah classroom with
these 19 quick and cheap makeover ideas.
Ugh. The bleak walls. The boring layout. The
stale carpet. The blank bulletin boards. You have a job ahead of
you — transforming your Sunday school classroom into an exciting
learning environment that kids will flock to. But just as you let
your imagination roll, reality reminds you that (of course) there’s
always The Budget to consider.
You can transform your room on a tight budget — and here are 19
ideas that’ll cost you next to nothing and make your students say,
•Back Pockets-Storage is often an issue in classrooms,
especially those prone to clutter. So purchase (www.spacesavers.com) or sew a hanging
over-the-door pocket bag. To sew the pocket bag, you’ll need a
7X2-foot piece of durable fabric. Cut out pockets of different
fabrics in varying shapes and sizes, and sew them on the larger
• Outside the Box-Don’t just decorate your door, make it
part of the big picture! Use butcher paper for a temporary scene or
latex paint for a permanent scene. For example, re-create John 20:1-9 by making your door the tomb
entrance. Make your door the opening to the tomb, and create the
scene outside the tomb on the walls. Then write the verse above
• Cliffhanger-Choose an event from the Bible and
illustrate it on your classroom door — storyboard-style. For
example, depict four scenes from Noah’s Ark. Leave the conclusion a
mystery, and tease visitors with a sign that says, “What happened
next? Come in to find out!”
• Border-Have kids lend a hand — and character — to
this fun ceiling decoration. Create a handprint border around the
top of the wall or the ceiling using several different colors of
• Mobiles-Mobiles are an easy way to liven up any drab
room, and they make a creative class project. For easy, inexpensive
mobile ideas, go to www.cmmag.com.
• Colors Galore-Trade the institutional white on your
walls for something more contemporary. A trip to a home improvement
store will give you an idea of the vast range of cheery color
combinations available. Recruit parents or preteens to help as you
give your room a face-lift.
• Go Dark-Dramatic colors can add depth and interest to
your room, and they make the perfect background to display kids’
art projects. You don’t want to paint every wall and the ceiling
magenta, but a single dark wall with a display at the back of the
room is inviting and will draw people into your room.
• All Aglow-Glow-in-the-dark paint (www.hometownpaint.com) and stickers (www.spacetoys.com) are a less obvious way to
spice up your room, but kids love them. You can design a biblical
skyline or scene, then decorate the walls and ceiling with stars.
Kids will be captivated as you dim the lights to read passages from
• Sticky Stuff-What will they think of next? Magnetic
paint (www.teachersstore.com) is a unique addition to
the painting palette — and you can cover it with your color of
choice. Consider “striping” your room with the paint. You can
easily attach pictures, art projects, and decorations with magnetic
• Murals-Murals never go out of style, and they’re always
a fun, cooperative effort. You’ll need an artistic person to create
the outlines of the mural, but just about anyone with a paintbrush
can fill in the rest. Or bring your classroom to life with a
custom-painted mural from www.wackyworld.tv or www.painteroffun.com.