Saturday, June 2, 2012

Oak Barrel Planter for Relay for Life

For years now I have been involved in Relay for Life which is the main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.  Every year as part of the fundraising most teams sell tickets for raffle items at the event.  It's a fun way to raise money and gives participants something to check out at each booth as you walk around the track.  Last year I built and donated a Hall Tree to raffle which I posted about here.  This year I wanted to build something different.

My Relay for Life team and I decided a planter would be a great item to raffle off and while I was searching pinterest for inspiration I found this pin.  

It is a tutorial by Kate of Centsational Girl blog where she created a beautiful planter from half a wine barrel.  I follow her fabulous blog and loved the planter back when I originally saw it last year.  Everyone agreed it would be perfect!  My version looks more like her inspiration but I love them both.

For a tutorial and some tips on making your own check out Kate's post she lays it all out for you.  For mine the barrel is cut in half and the cut pieces are used to make the back of the top triangle. 

I can't tell you how many hours of fun I had with Charli dropping her ball in it every five seconds.  It was such a nice day I just couldn't put her in the house.

 (fancy blue cart not included, this thing is heavy)

These photos were taken right after I planted it.  The flowers have really filled in the past week.  There are dark pink geraniums blooming now.

Any local friends that want to buy a ticket can pick them up at the Relay for Life event held at Shelton high school on June 22nd, 23rd or you can email me and I will hook you up with tickets, you don't have to be present to win.  Hopefully we will be able to raise some money for this great cause.  Have a great weekend!

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MixedMolly said...

That's so cute! And I bet it is heavy with all those pretty flowers in it.

crosstown said...

What a lovely idea. I am participating in my first relay for life on June 15 near Cornwall Ontario. As a cancer survivor I know how important these fund raisers are.

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