I made this beverage tub to use while tailgating before Bears games! It was really simple and this was one project that even my husband got excited about. I purchased a simple galvanized metal tub from Michael's crafts store, and made a paper stencil using Microsoft Word, and cut out the letters with an X-acto knife. I used masking tape to tape off the top and bottom for the Navy stripe and used a hairdryer to speed up dry-time between the 5 coats it took to cover the metal.
After it was dry, I used the stencil to paint the letters and outlined them freehand in white. To finish, after it was dry, I coated the entire painted surface (and a little off the edge) in a sealant so it won't flake or peel. If I had it to do over again, I would make the stencil out of plastic- maybe one of those thin cutting boards or one of those overhead transparencies- because the paper tended to get soggy and stick in some places. All in all it was a fun and sucessful project! Next I would like to make a preppy version of a Bears tablecloth and maybe some other tailgating accesories... let me know if you have ideas!!!