Every year children raise money through bake sales, craft shows, and school-sponsored catalogues for trips, playground equipment, or school supplies. Selling crafts is popular with children because they can create the items themselves and feel a sense of accomplishment both for making the things and for raising the money. Kids of all ages are able to create special wreaths, scented sachets, and bookmarks for a profitable fundraiser.
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Holiday wreaths are popular all year because children can create wreaths for Halloween, Christmas, and Easter or any other special day. A simple wood round or grapevine wreath works well for children because the material forms a strong bond with glue and is easy to handle. Young children may create their wreaths with craft glue, while older children may prefer a hot glue gun with adult supervision. For Halloween wreaths, children can glue mini pumpkins to the wreath base. Colourful ornaments make festive Christmas wreaths and plastic Easter eggs are fun for spring wreaths. Adults can help children glue the pumpkins, ornaments or plastic eggs covering the base for a striking holiday display.
Children can easily create potpourri sachets from commercially available products. Sachets provide lasting scent in drawers and closets. The supplies needed are large bags of scented potpourri, small drawstring organza pouches, and satin ribbon from an art supply store. Colour-coordinated potpourri, bags and ribbon create an elegant look, or holiday colours add a celebratory look if your fundraiser occurs before a major holiday celebration. The filled bags are sold singly or in small groupings placed in gift bags or baskets. Sachets will remain fragrant for three to six months.
Kids of any age can design bookmarks to sell that show off their creativity. The bookmarks can be made out of unwanted greeting cards, paint colour strips, or coloured index cards. Children can design the bookmarks in favourite shapes such as school mascots, religious symbols, or holiday themes and decorate them with drawings, stickers or stamps. Bookmarks sell well as an accessory at book fairs and holiday craft shows.
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