Profit from personalised printed products
Printed products make thoughtful and impressive-looking
presents for family, friends and relatives. Whatever the occasion,
make sure you get your orders in early so that your goodies arrive
in plenty of time!
Mouth-wateringly good puds with personalised school labels will
make ideal presents for everyone to share at Christmas. The Ultimate Plum Pudding Company has an
established fundraising scheme and provides a range of delicious
products in bulk to be sold for profit - with triple chocolate,
sticky toffee and zingy lemon, as well as non-alcoholic and
gluten-free Chistmas puddings, there's something for everyone.
Paula Cullen, PTA chair, Saxon Wood School,
Hampshire, told us about their puds: 'Our school is a
primary school for physically disabled children aged three to 11.
The label on the top of the pudding is handmade so we usually get
the older children in the school to design the image. We sell the
puddings from October to January at various events, and even in
local shops and at the NSPCC fete - they are extremely popular! We
order the puddings in bulk and sell the 2lb pudding for £8, the 1lb
pudding for £5 and the 4.2oz pudding for £2. Each year we make a
profit of between £500 and £800. The puddings are always
This can be a great fundraiser to encourage kids to take an
interest in cooking and healthy eating. Whether it's 'family
favourites' or 'international food', be aware of copyright laws -
recipes should be your own. Gill Ramsey, PTA member at
Stowting Church of England Primary School, Kent ran a
successful recipe book initiative: 'Recipes were submitted by
pupils, siblings and teachers under different headings, eg,
starters, perfect poultry, veggie options, etc. We had books
printed in time for our Christmas fair and sold them at £9 a copy.
We made a profit of £4 per book and raised a total of about
Amanda Rafferty, PTA chair at St Anthony's RC Primary
School, Hertfordshire (286 pupils) told us about her
successful school calendar project. 'I took photos of the children
in their class groups, and we displayed one class per month,
filling the extra three months with other groups within the school.
Producing the calendar couldn't have been easier - I simply emailed
the photographs to be used for each month as jpeg files with a
class name as reference, with a completed layout instruction form.
Our supplier (Hampton School Calendars) produced a sample
calendar and we were able to make any changes required before we
placed our order. We sold 130 at £7 each or £12 for two and in
total we made £420 profit.'
One of the most popular PTA printed fundraisers has to be the
humble tea towel - a gift that can involve everyone in the school
and is easy to organise. Although popular at Christmas, they work
well at any time of year - with those adorable hand-drawn faces,
it's hard for mums to turn them down! Julie Davidson,
former PTA chair at Elgol Primary School, Isle of Skye (19
pupils) told us about her successful tea towel scheme: 'We were
keen to widen the boundaries of our fundraising by producing
something that would appeal to the many visitors who come to Elgol.
We used All My Own Work and decided to create a design which
involved all the children, rather than each child doing an
individual self-portrait. It was a great success! In the past four
years we have sold 384 tea towels at £5 each, giving us a very
Parents can enjoy a nice cuppa in their very own personalised
mugs! Try a company such as stuartmorris.co.uk, who will design your mug
for you, or hold a mug-decorating day - Baker Ross (bakerross.co.uk) sells packs of mugs and
porcelain paint pens to decorate them. Why not make it seasonal by
filling them with chocolate Santas for Christmas or mini eggs for
Create visual memories and boost PTA profits by inviting
families to have professional photographs taken, which they can
then distribute as gifts or keep as personal momentos.
St Andrew's Lower School, Biggleswade (400 pupils) told
us: 'We booked a local professional photographer for the
day and families reserved 15-minute slots for £5, which was ours to
keep. The photographer gave up her time for free, making money from
photo orders. We gave the photographer's flyers to parents with an
accompanying letter. After the shoot, she emailed everyone a code
to go online to view their proofs, and they then ordered online or
by phone. It's an easy fundraiser for very little work... Last year
we raised £225!'
Have you created printed products in your school? We'd love to
hear about it! Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you could help support
and advise other PTAs.
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