Lights and Lights

Karina Rosales from Calvary Chapel Chino Valley in Chino, California brings us their not-so-traditional Christmas design.

Their focus for this Christmas season was “Born is the King,” taken from Matthew 2:2. For the design, they drew inspiration from the “Starbacks” entry from Alpine Chapel.

Their stage has large mantels on each side, with stones that cover the entire backing. They covered the stones using black felt from Joanne’s that they treated with fire retardant.

Before the fabric was hung, their women’s ministry got together and helped to create the “starry” back drop. They purchased strands of Christmas lights that had 6″ between each light, cut a small hole into the fabric, pushed the light through, then set it in place using a hot glue gun. They used about 20 strands of 100 ft. lights, lots of hot glue, and made sure there was enough length leftover to plug everything in.

They created the “Born is the King” backdrop by measuring, cutting, and sewing a banner to fit the area. Before it was hung, they projected the image that was created by their graphics developer onto the fabric, traced it, then painted it using opaque white fabric paint (3 layers total). The banner had a 2″ loop sewn into the top so it could be hung using a pole and pulley system they have in place.

In the scaffolding above the stage, they hung one 100 ft. strand of indoor/outdoor clear bulb lights.

On the wings of the stage, they used 6 trees (3 on each side) wrapped in lights. The trees were free: they were trimming trees around their church campus and saved some of the 8ft branches. They let the branches dry out, spray painted them with a flat gray paint, then stood them up in 5 gallon buckets. They used packed sand to keep the trees standing, then wrapped them in white mini Christmas lights.

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