The Ultimate List of Class Project Ideas for Your School Auction

School auctions represent a great opportunity for a variety of people to get involved at any level they are able.

For the teachers, their contribution can be to coordinate a class project that can be sold at the auction as an instant heirloom. What parent wouldn’t want a lasting memory of their child’s third-grade experience?

Why Class Projects Make Effective Auction Items

If properly designed and constructed, a class project represents the best elements of the most desirable auction items:

  • Unique
  • Has strong emotional appeal
  • Has a ‘‘priceless’’ quality (no perceived upper limit of bid expectation)
  • Broad appeal across attendees
  • Can (often) be sold more than once

Moreover, class projects get the entire school involved in the fundraiser. Not only do class projects build school camaraderie (and friendly competition), but they also create hundreds of little marketers for your event.

TIP: The best class projects are handcrafted by students and clearly represent each student’s contribution. Include a legend if necessary to show which part of the project each child constructed, painted, or designed.

Class Project Ideas

Coffee tables

Place settings, chargers, serving dishes or trays

Toy boxes, craft boxes, or keepsake trunks

Chess sets

Display art or frames

Story quilt

Silhouette quilt

Planting workbench

Patio tiles

Collage of silhouettes or fingerprints

Table linens with handprints

Decoupage chair

Wall hangings

Ceramic bowl

Puzzle pieces

Tote bag

Ceramic wind chime

Decorated throw pillow

Tile squares table


Step stool

Collage of students holding chalkboard listing their favorite thing

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