Sunday, June 14, 2015

Artsy entrepreneuers

The boys have continued trying to raise money for the local charity. They sold their pancake mix fairly quickly, so we thought their next attempt would be as successful. It's not been, but I'm sure we aren't marketing well.

For their next money-raising scheme, they decorated greeting cards. Since we're not the most artistic family, I decided to find easy, graphic things for them to do.
We ended up using toilet paper rolls and coke bottles dipped in paint to decorate the cards.
Baby Plum was my most willing artist. Little Elvis complains about everything, even if it's something easy and fun. He always has to be convinced. I told him he wanted credit for stuff, so he should do it. Baby Plum yelled, "I want credit! I want credit!" Oh well. There goes that lesson.
I included this picture for the pouting 3-year-old in the background. See that lip?
He got to help, although I tried to hold his hand as much as he would let me.
They decided to decorate the backs of most of the envelopes with smiley faces.
Baby Plum did these cards. He did different colors on each card.
This is a coke bottle flower. I think it turned out nicely. Little Elvis drew the stem and used his thumb as the center of the flower.
I was tired of toilet paper rolls and coke bottles for the last set of cards, so I found a set of Mardi Gras beads, and let Little Elvis dip them into the left over paint.
 
Here's how their cards looked once I tied them up. I think they turned out well. The boys have sold two packs, so they have four left. After that, we'll do the pancake mix again. My mom says the boys need to try to sell to our elderly neighbors who write cards. She says Little Elvis needs to work on his salesmanship. He says he wants to be a director, so he doesn't need to do that. I tried to get him to try to sell some this morning. Instead, he tried to get a cast together for his upcoming movie. Oh well.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ann Wyse said...

The cards look very cute! It's really cool that you are doing this with them!

I still use cards (although not terribly often), mostly for thank yous. So I guess I'm always more likely to buy cards around birthday and christmas time. I don't know if that helps in your marketing. Cuteness-wise, I think you're all set!

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inspired and creative. Wonderful lesson on taking an idea and making a product. Way to go Mom.
Grandpa Stew

2:47 PM  

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