Painted Rain Barrel

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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?

Make a statement in your garden with this nautical painted rain barrel - ThinkCrafts.com

Blue Spray Paint, Acrylic Spray, Paint Brushes, Chalk, Outdoor Paint for your DIY Rain Barrel

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!!

Prime your rain barrel, create an ombre effect by lightly spraying different layers, use chalk to outline design

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.

Create a custom rain barrel for your garden - ThinkCrafts.com

Ombre effect rain barrel with little sail boats.

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!

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About tasya

Tasya (as in Fantasia without the “fan”) will be sharing her DIYs for the home, garden, and more! She is a housewife and mother of two very busy boys ages 5 and 6. They live in the beautiful Emerald City of Seattle. Her favorite Past time is getting creative and sharing it with people on her blog My House and Home. At any given moment, you can see her armed with a glue gun, a can of spray paint, or in the aisles of her local craft store! She hopes to bring everyone inspiration to go our and “get their craft on”!

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