Christmas Designs

CD Flakes

Tracy Grubbs from Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, NC brings us this fun use of leftover CDs.

The idea for a major part of their set came from the title and graphic for their Christmas series: the Original Christmas Playlist. In the series, they were looking at the first ‘recorded’ (as in written) Christmas songs around the birth of Jesus.

Mary’s Song (the Magnificat) Luke 1:46-55
Zechariah’s Song (the Benedictus) Luke 1:67-80
the Angel’s Song (the Gloria) Luke 2:13-14
Simeon’s Song ( the Nunc Dimittis) Luke 2:29-3

As they thought about all of this, they decided to use CDs as a major design element on the stage, because of the music connection plus they are so shiny. They combined that with trees made of pallet wood (jumping on their incredible trendiness and because they are free) and since the series is about music, they decided to focus all of their creative energy for the elements of each service around music. They stripped down their sound, going more acoustic and at Harrison’s suggestion, added some big rugs for the coffee house vibe.

The trees were easy breezy for the master builders on the team.

They cut 4×4 pallets into triangles and pieced together the trees using all the pallet pieces, stacking some. The tallest tree was about 12′ tall and was attached directly to the grid. Smaller ones were off grid and connected with extra pallet wood to give them a 3D look.

They bought over 1500 CD-Rs at Staples for the backdrop. They debated on how to install the CDs. They could have just stapled them to their grid, but they wanted movement. They settled on hanging the discs from black craft thread that Tracy got at Walmart. They drilled holes in two places on each disc.

Then they threaded the holes and and tied the CDs in strands of different lengths and attached them to the grid.

They put little pallet trees at each of their 4 prayer stations and finished the design out by taking the design to the gathering space.

Cost for the series was approximately $100 in CDs and $12 in black string.












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