When it comes to stage design, money matters. Unfortunately, when you are a part of a smaller church and have a low or non-existent budget, money matters even more. Money, however, does not have to dictate your design options.
Here are a few guidelines to creating unique stages on a budget:
Every church has an attic or storage area that is bound to contain things of the past. Old paneling can become a rustic backdrop, sheets can become curtains, and you can never go wrong with old, white Christmas lights. Wooden pallets are easy to find and can be pulled apart or painted to create endless stage props. If you need a common household item, ask for donations first. Lastly, take advantage of clearance aisles.
Take the time to walk through every aisle in stores such as Home Depot or Lowes and look at inexpensive building supplies. Adding lighting and spray paint can instantly change insulation, plywood, plastic pipes and even furnace filters from ordinary to unique pieces of art. The more you build or put together on your own, the less money you need to spend.
Don’t be afraid to use pieces from a stage design more than once. Make a place to store curtains, lights and other items that can be used again. Don’t forget to check that area before shopping for supplies so that you don’t spend money unnecessarily.