Profit from personalised products
Selling products printed with children's artwork or a
school logo is easy to set up and manage. Here are some popular
Printed personalised products make a fantastic festive
fundraiser, producing special Christmas presents for family and
friends. Run it alongside a Christmas card project, or instead
of a gift room. For designs involving children's artwork you'll
need to enlist the help of teachers or parents to create the
artwork, but otherwise it's relatively quick and easy to run - and,
unlike many events, complies with social distancing measures.
Home cooks and bakers have thrived in lockdown. Ask your
community to submit their favourite new or perfected recipes.
Compile them into your school's own lockdown recipe book, splitting
up recipes into starters mains and puddings, and sub-categories
such as meat, fish and veggie. Get pupils to create colourful
illustrations for each recipe. Try asking a local printer to quote
for the job, taking payments in advance to avoid any losses.
Depending on how much you pay, you may be able to sell them for
double the cost price. Get a recommendation for a local
printer on our county Facebook groups at facebook.com/PTAgroupsUK.
It may be tricky to take the conventional class photos for your
school calendar, so why not run a competition instead? Ask children
to submit pictures of things they've seen and done over the past
few months. It may be a piece of artwork they're proud of, a meal
they've cooked, or even a photo of their cat. Make it interactive
by posting the entries on social media and ask followers to 'like'
Use the 12 top images or make a composite picture of them all
and get the calendars produced by a local printer. Winners can
receive a voucher, a book or a copy of the calendar as a prize.
Alternatively, send artwork to Countryside Art (countrysideart.co.uk) and it will produce a
calendar with up to 30 drawings per page, ideal for a self-portrait
of each class member.
Perfect on their own, or alongside a recipe book fundraiser,
personalised aprons make a great gift. Print the school logo, a
compilation of self-portraits, or create a unique funky design.
Class Fundraising (classfundraising.co.uk), Stuart Morris (stuartmorris.co.uk) and Countryside Art all
print aprons in both child and adult sizes, so all family members
can have one.
Reusable bags are a practical way to encourage eco-awareness
through your PTA. The Natural Bag Company (naturalbagcompany.co.uk) offers jute bags in
different sizes that can be printed in any colour. Stuart Morris's
cotton or canvas bags can be produced with up to 80 portraits on
each side or tailormade to each child's individual design. Class
Fundraising doesn't charge extra to print both sides of its
eco-bags. For a twist on a classic, Countryside Art offers peg bags
and carrier-bag tidies too, which might be a good option if you've
sold reusable bags in recent years.
A personalised mug makes a great gift for family members. Stuart
Morris and Class Fundraising both offer a variety of styles,
including mugs unique to each child's design, group mugs that
combine multiple pupils' self-portraits, or a simpler option
printed with your school's logo. Offer coasters at the same time
for more creativity and variety.
Who can say no to a cuddly mascot to cheer them through this
tricky time? School Bears (school-bears.co.uk) has a huge variety of
customisable teddies on offer. You can personalise tops, jumpers or
even the bear directly with a graphic of your choice to make the
perfect companion. From keyrings to fully-jointed bears, there's an
option for every price range.
The humble tea towel is a charming way to bring a class together
again. Collect a self-portrait from each pupil who will feature on
the tea towel - this could be a single class, year group, key stage
or the whole school, depending on pupil numbers. Encourage teachers
to join in too. The drawings are then combined and printed on tea
towels. Class Fundraising and Countryside Art are able to print in
multiple colours per towel. Class Fundraising is also offering
three glittery colours, which make a good option for Christmas.
Stuart Morris's tea towels are available in a choice of three
Coasters, keyrings and magnets are a more attractive way to
display artwork than creased paper stuck to the fridge door. These
small items make ideal Christmas gifts and are a cheaper option if
you're looking to make the fundraiser more inclusive. Countryside
Art offers keyrings and fridge magnets suitable for logo designs,
while Class Fundraising's coasters can be personalised to each
Hanging decorations are the perfect item to sell around
Christmas, as families can adorn their trees with their children's
artwork. Offer these every year so pupils can build up their own
unique collection as they progress through the school. All My Own
Work (allmyownwork.co.uk) offers both square and
circular hanging decorations.
Encourage pupils to drink more water with their own personalised
bottle. Class Fundraising offers bottles personalised with
individual drawings (ideal for avoiding mix-ups), or all printed
with the same design or school logo.
Choosing the design
Most printed products involve submitting a design or artwork.
What are the options?
- Original designs - pupils will often be
able to draw their design. Artwork may be printed individually for
a unique item, or put together in a compilation, such as several
self-portraits for a tea towel design.
- School logo - a popular choice, buyers
will be drawn to items sporting the logo of the school they
- PTA logo - if you have a memorable PTA
logo, it will act as free advertising when buyers are using the
- A design competition - ask pupils to
enter designs and use the winning entry on your products. Bear in
mind the design will need to have broad appeal. You might ask
entrants to create drawings around a theme; if you're raising money
for a minibus, how about 'wheels' or 'travel'?
- Local artist - approach an artist and
ask if they will create something for you. Is there anyone with
links to the school already? An original piece of artwork has the
potential to appeal far beyond the school gates.
Safety is paramount at the moment, so how can you get goods to
- Send items home with the kids: If pupils
are at school and the objects fit into book bags, ask teachers to
- Offer contactless drop-offs on
doorsteps: Bear in mind the practicalities - if
you're going by car, you may want to go in pairs (within your own
household/bubble) so you don't have to worry about parking. Another
option is to divide orders among a team of reliable volunteers who
can each cover a set area. This way, they can deliver products on
foot or by bike, and it's not too much for one person to
- Ask buyers to pick up from a collection
point: A committee member might offer their front
garden or garage. Sort orders first and bag them up for a quick
collection. As a precautionary measure, make sure there's someone
keeping watch and available to help with any issues.
For more information
Have you created printed products in your school? We'd love to
hear about it! Drop us an email at email@example.com and you could help support
and advise other PTAs.
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