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Reindeer and snowman poop

You might have heard of reindeer poop, or even snowman poop? Small, clear plastic bags with edible 'poop', a printable tag, and an endearing poem about the slightly-disturbing contents. Like puppies, this fundraiser isn't just for Christmas. After all, bunny poop at Easter, and ghost poop at Halloween works, right?

Poop in a bag might not be the most obvious gift choice at seasonal events... but it's guaranteed to get children giggling and it's pretty easy to make. It can be a quick fundraiser, and an easy way to show pupils that even PTA parents have a sense of humour (as if that was in any doubt)!

If you're looking to create bags of poop for Christmas, Easter or Halloween, follow our guide to work out what you will need, how much it will cost and the potential profit you could make.

Bagging it

What are you going to use to hold your poop? The ideal bag would be a 10 x 10 cm clear cellophane food bag with an open top, that you can secure your printable tag on with staples. 

Hobbycraft sell 50 x clear treat bags for £4, costing 8p per bag. Alternatively, eBay traders have some great deals - we found 100 bags for £2.30, working out at just 2p per bag (see here). Bearing in mind you may only be selling these poopy gifts for around 50p per bag, you want to keep costs as low as possible.

The poop

What edible treat will you be using as poop? 

Reindeer poop: A popular reindeer poop treat is milk chocolate raisins. For example if you buy a 2.75kg bag for £11.98 of these from Booker, put 30g of chocolate raisins in each bag, you could fill 92 bags, costing only 13p per bag! Other ingredients that may be slightly cheaper could be Coco Pops cereal, or Nesquik chocolate cereal balls!

Snowman/Ghost poop: Mini marshmallows, white chocolate buttons/sweets, yoghurt-covered raisins... the list could go on! Booker sell a 550g tub of mini white marshmallows for £2.59. 

Easter bunny poop:  This is where you could get creative, what colour poop do Easter bunnies have? Is it brown (milk chocolate), white (marshmallows) or multi-coloured (mini eggs)? Searching on Pinterest, it's clear that there are a whole host of options, even the use of multi-coloured skittles! Buy a 2.75kg bag of coloured mini eggs from Booker, which will cost around 13p per bag, depending on how many you want to include.

Printable tags and poems

Cardboard, printable tags can be used as a template - fold in half over the top of the clear bag, then staple. Luckily, there are many websites that do the hard work for you, and have printage tags, ready made, for you simply to print off:

http://christmas.organizedhome.com/crafts/christmas/reindeer-poop

http://familycrafts.about.com/od/makinggaggifts/ss/SnowmanPoopPoemBagTag2.htm

http://www.squidoo.com/easter-bunny-poop

Some general poems you can use on your labels:

"Heard you've been naughty, so here's the scoop, all you're getting is _____ poop!"

"Santa checked his list not once, but twice, he found you've been naughty not nice, since coal is expensive, here's the scoop... he's filled your stocking with snowman poop!"

"The Easter Bunny came last night, so listen, here's the scoop, he left a special treat for you, a bit of bunny poop!"

Pricing and advice

Not sure how much to charge? If the bags cost 2p each, and your contents cost around 14p each, you could make over a 50% profit per pag even if you sell them for 50p.

When we posted this thread on Facebook it was one of the most popular we have ever had, with over 100 comments from PTAs, here is some of their advice:

Karen Bointon: A kind parent donated chocolate raisins and we sold them for 50p a bag. We sold them at a bunny racing night as bunny poo... no one was offended, it was a bit of fun.

Claire Treanor-Smith: You need to price up the cost of all the products. I would make 100 of each if I were you. Do the snowman poop and reindeer poop and charge 75p-£1 a bag. Everybody is always looking for unusual stocking fillers. If you go to the website Organised Christmas you will find free toppers that you can download. Other popular ones are Bah Humbugs - humbugs in a bag for the scrooges in the family!

Carol Hughes: We've done reindeer poo, charged 50p a bag, but we used chocolate cereal (it was cheaper), can't remember what it was called but it's the little round balls - might have been Nesquik. Never done snowman poo but like that idea. Not sure how much we made but maybe a couple of boxes worth. Thought it was best to sell out than be left with loads.

Vicki Holton: We also did elf poo (rainbow drops) and elf donuts (small box of Cheerios dipped in icing and topped with hundreds and thousands), charged about £1 each I think. 

Tanya South-Fitzhugh: We sold ghost poop at our Halloween party, same thing as your snowman poo. We sold them in units of approx 30-40g which gave each child a lot. Sold them for 50p. We got the 1kg bags of Chamallows through a sweet shop-owning parent, direct from the whol esaler so paid just under £4 per kg. This made them affordable but still delivered a fantastic profit. Good luck with it all and allow yourself a good chunk of time to bag them all up... it takes longer than you think!

To see the whole Facebook thread, click here.

Thinking of doing some reindeer poop? Or any other kind of poop? Email us your ideas and pictures!


RSPCA warns against selling 'reindeer food'

Planning to sell bags of 'reindeer food' at your fair? Think again! With birds and other wildlife falling foul of this festive fundraiser after eating oats and glitter sprinkled outside for Rudolph, the RSPCA suggests that even using 'edible' glitter in your oaty mix is a no-no: 'Certain foods that are harmless to humans, may cause serious digestive problems if accidentally eaten by animals, or could even be fatal if toxic to that species. Glitter is not intended for consumption and even if a product is certified by the FSA as being safe for humans to eat, e.g. edible glitter, this does not mean it is safe for animals to eat. We would advise against this activity to prevent accidental ingestion by animals.' 

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