Every year our church has a Summer Children’s Workshop where we invite our friends and neighbors to learn about God in our everyday lives. I have often enjoyed decorating the building for this event as it requires building large scale decorations on an itty bitty budget – My kind of challenge. Here are two of the pieces I built for the stage area. A 4 ft tall test tube made from foamcore, posterboard and balloons was accompanied by a taller test tube and a beaker of similar design. The mad scientist’s machine was made from a giant flat screen TV box salvaged from the dumpster, PVC pipe donated by our resident plumbing and electrical genius, and some flashing and blinking gizmos purchased from my favorite off the wall online science shop, American Science and Surplus.