Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Fair Trade

Hello everyone,

Fair Trade fortnight is coming up and I've been a bit busy lately, making up some hot chocolate packages for the school my daughter teaches in. They are in the process of becoming an accredited Fair Trade School and during Fair Trade fortnight, my daughter runs a cafe after school serving Fair Trade drinks, cakes, chocolate etc, and provides literature to show what we can do to encourage Fair Trade. I found some bright mugs in the sales after Christmas and filled them with Fair Trade Hot Chocolate and a Fair Trade Kit Kat, along with some mini marshmallows (we couldn't find Fair Trade marshmallows but it wouldn't be right to leave them out would it?)


I just popped it all in a cello bag and made a label using a stamp I got free some time with a magazine and coloured with Le Plume markers. I then cut it out with a circle punch and layered it onto a lacy circle cut with a  PTI die. I made 40 of the bags up and below is a picture of a few of them looking bright and cheerful massed together



The children are taking part in a competition to draw a poster to advertise Fair Trade and the two winners will receive one of the mugs and a bookmark I made for them:-



For the bookmarks I used a PTI die and a gorgeous stamp showing a child reading under a tree from the All Booked Up stamp set. I made the bag topper with white card stamped with Polka Dot Basics, and layered on a Fair Trade logo and a sentiment from the stamp set saying  'There is nothing like a good book.'

I hope you are having a good week and thank you for looking in.

Hugs
Carol x

7 comments:

  1. You're a star and they're fab! The children will love them xxx

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  2. Those mugs are so lovely and cheery and with your fab tags and packaging I think they will sell out very quickly. Love the bookmarks too.
    Lynn x

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  3. Love the colorful mugs and the way you've packaged everything, ADORABLE project!

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  4. Hi Helen,

    Wow you have been busy! I love the mugs - what a great idea and the bookmarks are beautiful - great choice of colour.

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  5. Carol I love the mug packages and tags! They are so bright and cheery. Your bookmarks are beautiful and I'm sure the winning children are going to be thrilled to receive them.

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  6. Hi Carol, these look great! I'm thinking of making something like this for an extra famine fundraiser at my own school. How much would you recommend selling the fairtrade packets at?

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  7. I'm sorry I can't reply directly but hope you see this answer. I managed to get these mugs for 25pence each(a bargain never to be repeated I fear) and the kit kats were bought in multiple packs when they were on offer. The hot choc was bought in multi packs too and the bags were bought from Lakeland, so as I donated the card and already had the stamps, each pack cost 80p and were sold for £1 because this was meant to be a consciousness raising exercise rather than a fund raising one. Yo won't be surprised that they sold out very quickly and I received requests to do some more. The next time I did it the mugs cost between 50p and 80p each and the packs were sold for £1.50. If you were fundraising you would need to factor in a profit so I would then charge a minimum of £2.50 a pack and if you are hoping to sell to children, I would suggest that before Christmas or Mother's Day would be good times to sell them. Hope that helps.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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Thanks,
Carol x

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