Back to the auction, each class also donates either a themed basket full of goodies, or a group art project. I helped with T's class project. One of the other families had a bookshelf to donate, and I was asked for ideas on how to make it into a group project. I immediately thought of this bookshelf that I decoupaged a few years ago. My idea was to let the kids decorate leaves that I would then decoupage onto the shelf. I cut out all the leaves, brought in a collection of papers for them to use, and let them go crazy making collages / drawings on the leaves. Then I decoupaged them onto the bookshelf in a vine pattern. I love the way this turned out. I love how every leaf is a little work of art, and I love the overall design on the piece. I hope it does well at the auction. Big money big money!
|Here you can see the top of the bookshelf plus some of the individual leaves.|
|The sides of the bookshelf have leaves running up in a modern pattern. Each leaf is an original collage or drawing by one of the first graders in T's class.|
UPDATE: This post is tardy; it took me a while to get the pictures together. The auction is over. Bookshelf went for $110. A bargain, if you ask me, but at least it had several bids in the silent auction. A tough sell, perhaps, because there were only a handful of parents there from T's class, and of those, it would need to be someone with room for a bookshelf. :)
The embroidery portrait only had one bid and, I will admit, my pride was wounded. I think the examples could have been displayed better and that maybe then there would have been more bids. I think I'm going to offer one again at an upcoming church auction and see if it does better there. That is all.