Mystery Island: Decorating Theme Ideas

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Back-to-school items are now featured in nearly every store—and that’s really good news for you! That means all the summer items are marked at a steep discount. It’s the perfect time to start gathering beachy summer items for Mystery Island. Here are some theme ideas, in no particular order, to get the creative juices flowing:

It’s the perfect time to start gathering beachy summer items for Mystery Island.

  • Bottles/message in a bottle
  • Treasure chests
  • Tiki huts and torches
  • Surfboards
  • Souvenir/surf shops
  • Palm trees
  • Orchids
  • Volcanos
  • Waterfalls
  • Pirate ships
  • Floaties and life jackets
  • Treasure maps
  • Tropical birds
  • Lizards
  • Sea gulls
  • Hammocks strung between palm trees
  • Sand toys
  • Leis
  • Tropical fruits (pineapple, coconut, mango, papaya, banana, etc.)
  • Fish and other sea creatures (whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles, jellyfish, corals, barnacles, anemones, kelp, seaweed, octopus, etc. Dig through your Ocean Commotion archives to see what you still have that can be repurposed!).
  • Camp/beach chairs
  • Beach towels
  • Lighthouses
  • Butterflies
  • Scuba gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Monkeys
  • Jungle vines

Hopefully those ideas give you some direction and a few out-of-the-box ideas as you prepare to turn your church into a tropical island paradise next summer for Mystery Island. We also encourage you to check out Pinterest.com/answersVBS to get more Mystery Island decorating ideas. Preorder your 2020 Answers VBS today at AnswersVBS.com.

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