PTO/PTA School Fundraiser Projects Using Silhouette ® Cameo


Looking for ways to raise and save money for your school?

As a parent, I don’t enjoy the typical overpriced fundraiser products like wrapping paper and cookie dough but I love our school and I really want to support fundraising efforts. As a school volunteer, I’m discouraged by fundraisers that yield a skimpy 10%-30% return for our school like so many fundraising companies do. The primary mission of most PTOs is to raise money for the school and to foster relationships among the parents, teachers, and school. Here are four ways you can support your school using your Silhouette ® Cameo and Pink Craft Heat Press:

Open a “school store”

  • Make and sell your own custom school spirit wear, cups, car decals, pennants, bags, holiday ornaments, nail decals, and key chains.*
  • Take and fill orders continuously or establish a few “campaigns” on set dates where you promote the sale, take orders and payment for a 2-week period and then allow no more orders. Be sure to allow enough time for production when establishing delivery dates. You’ll need to schedule volunteers for design and production as well as for packaging/distributing orders. If you focus on accuracy and honoring commitments, you’ll have customers anxiously awaiting the next sale.
  • You won’t need to share your profits with a fundraising company.
  • You’ll also enjoy the flexibility of only creating the items you need rather than being stuck with customized inventory that you can’t sell.
  • Include customized school spirit wear in a silent auction to gauge interest in potential new ‘school store’ offerings. Your cost will be low and it can bring in big profits from bidders interested in custom school spirit wear. This also is a way to advertise your school store.

Make your own teacher, staff, and volunteer appreciation gifts

  • Create personalized mugs, cups, shirts, decals, tote bags, clipboards and classroom signs using heattransfer vinyl, decal vinyl, wall vinyl, and rhinestones.
  • Thank staff for using removable wall vinyl signs for doors and staff lounge walls.
  • Give each teacher a sheet of their name in decal vinyl or wall vinyl to label their classroom supplies.
  • Design custom hallway and bathroom stall door vinyl signage with encouraging sayings for students and staff like “You Matter”, “Nothing is Impossible”, “If You Never Try, You’ll Never Know”. Don’t forget custom wall vinyl designs for the cafeteria listing rules, names of staff, and mascot.

Promote your organization

  • Provide custom t-shirts for your members to wear that designate them as “PTO volunteers” or “Join theAthletic Boosters at www…com”.
  • Make sure visitors are aware of your fundraising efforts by using oversized thermometer signs in high traffic areas to indicate your goal progress.
  • Create custom corrugated plastic yard signs at the homes of students to recognize a special achievement or to welcome new students to your school.
  • Use more lawn signs to promote upcoming events with date/time/details, fundraiser deadlines, and important news like “Silent Auction this Friday Night!”.
  • Hang banners welcoming students and teachers back to school and announcing student performance accomplishments.

Support Your Proven Fundraising Efforts

Don’t abandon your tried-and-true annual fundraisers that you can count on. Just make them even better:

  • Make carnival/festival booth signs for your concession stand, bake sale, (and donation jar!), ticket booth, selfie-stations, dunk tanks, fortune teller, ring toss, duck pond, bowling, etc. Clear signage can mean more sales!
  • Cut custom wall vinyl or sign vinyl for special events like Donuts with Dad, Muffins with Mom, Movie Night, Spaghetti Dinner, Ice Cream Social, Pancake Breakfast, Trunk or Treat, etc. Buying these from sign companies can get very expensive but the vinyl lettering is less than $1/sq. ft. if you do it yourself.
  • Label small and large plastic garbage cans for as collection points for redemption programs (labels, tops of boxes, etc.) for classrooms, front office, and events.
  • Create custom tablecloths and banners for events like open house night, parent-teacher conferences, and other onsite events.




*Consult a tax professional regarding IRS regulations for non-profit organizations selling goods.  


About Author

“There’s no place like home.” Susan Evans is a Creative Project Instructor for The Rhinestone World. She enjoys making crafts, running, and spending time with her family. She has a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from USF.

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