Monday, April 28, 2014

Auction Time? Great Idea for Fundraiser (or Gift)

Barn Wood Alphabet Name Plaques

Every year I've taught kindergarten, I photograph the students using their bodies to form individual alphabet letters. It is a lot of work. It involves copious amounts of sweat and silliness. And, as I've gotten wiser, at least two additional adults and a ladder.

This year I decided to take advantage of all of that work and create our auction project using the letters that were already done. The proverbial two birds with one stone. Cost is minimal, no more than $10 a student, IF you have access to old wood and basic tools.

Have children tear strips of scrapbook paper and glue onto poster board strips

Measure poster board to longest name; Some names have wide letters, so it may not be the name with the most letters; Glue on letters to form names

Cut and sand barn wood pieces (measure against poster board names)

Choose which side is the front and which is the top; Add ring screws and wire for the hanger; Regular hangers with the sawtooth edges are not strong enough for the wood

Paint the thin trim (I used the thinnest and most interesting trim I could find)

Add one coat of decoupage medium to poster board names (like Modge Podge)

Nail poster board names onto barn wood first; Measure, miter corners, cut, and nail down frames around outside edges of names; Touch up nail holes

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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