By General Crafts Contributor Tasya from My House and Home
It’s that time of year again, when our kid’s school puts on their annual fundraising auction. Each year there are unique and interesting projects that each class puts together for the community to bid on. This year I am in charge of the first grade auction project, yikes!
I say hats off to anyone who has ever accepted the challenge of overseeing a class-made auction item! Especially for the younger grades who aren’t exactly fine tuned in their artistic skill set yet! So, what is a parent to do?? Just go for it, it won’t be perfect, but it will be meaningful and something parents will want to bid on and that is what it is all about, right?!?!?
This year our theme is the Love Boat, so we went with a nautically inspired project.
And, what garden wouldn’t love to have this painted rain barrel in its corner?
The ombre effect was done with 3 different colors of blue spray paint. We basically visually divided the barrel into thirds and spray painted each section while lightly fading the paint into the next section….a learning process, but not too difficult at all! You can always paint over any mishaps! 🙂 Here is a look at how my talented hubby helped me create the look, he freehanded the sailboats, sorry wish I had a stencil to share with the class!! Remember, you can use chalk and erase over and over and over till you get it just how you like it!!
The little sailboats are named after the students who then painted their very own flag. Once that was complete we finished the rain barrel with 2 coats of polycrylic, so that it can withstand all the outdoor elements.
I think it turned out really cute! Rain barrel success! If you would like the same rain barrel we used you can find it here!