The brainchild of Perth mum Sonia Johansen, these heavy duty canvas tote bags are available as a fundraising product, complete with puffy fabric paints and brushes, and allow children to decorate their own bags. Suitable for children as young as playgroup all the way through to high school, the ‘blank canvas’ encourages creativity and fun. Although this post is sponsored by one of my advertisers, all opinions are my own.
In a nutshell
The product heavy duty natural canvas tote bags and fabric pens/paints for children to customise and decorate
Suitable for day-cares, playgroups, schools
Profit $10 per bag
While Blank Canvas Gifts stock an impressive range of ‘blank canvases’ from the simple (t-shirts, pencil cases, cushions and library bags) to the unique (bucket hats, bunting, Santa sacks and aprons) it is their popular canvas tote that is provided as a fundraiser to schools/Nor for Profit and registered charities.
Each heavy duty tote comes in its own calico drawstring bag with four Tulip Puffy dimensional fabric paints (green, red, yellow and blue) plus a Renoir hog hair brush for the child to decorate and customise their own special bag, and is suitable for even the youngest child. Measuring 40 x 30 x 10cm plus handle, the bag would be suitable for a wide number of uses.
The fundraising process and ideas
The simple objective is to sell as many gift bags as possible, ideally one per child at the school plus extras for siblings. Timing the fundraiser before Christmas, major school holidays or Mothers/Fathers Day and promoting them as potential ‘gifts for Mum/Grandma/Dad’ would prove successful.
While the bag is perfect as a sleepover bag, sports or swimming bag or shopping bag, you could run a competition within the school asking children to come up with the most unusual use for their tote and then design a poster with all the great ideas advertising the upcoming fundraiser.
Alternatively, they could be used for incoming Kindy or Pre-Primary students as a joint fundraiser and to decorate the totes as library bags for the year.
Costs and profit
There is a minimum order of 20 bags, with free delivery within the WA (contact Blank Canvas Gifts for delivery prices to other states).
The kits usually sell for $35 online, but for fundraising partners, they are sold for $25 which you then sell-on for market price, keeping the profit of $10 per bag.
Hand prints are good options for very small children who cannot yet draw recognisable pictures, such as for day-cares and play groups. For groups such as these parents, carers or other adults could also put their hand prints alongside the children.
Remind customers to prewash their bags before starting to paint, and not to use fabric softeners. Bags are washable after the paint is dried, although it is recommended waiting at least 72 hours to ensure the paint has completely dried and bonded.
Note: since this article was published, more ‘blank’ products have been released as fundraising options including a pencil case, tea-towel, library bag and for special occasions such as Fathers Day, screen-printed t-shirts. See here for the full details.
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or contact Sonia Johansen on 0417 733 357 or firstname.lastname@example.org