Silicone bracelets, also called rubber band bracelets or awareness bracelets, are a unisex fashion craze and an excellent choice for raising money – whatever the cause.
Lance Started it All
They sprang onto the scene when Lance Armstrong, world-renowned (and de-throned) cyclist and cancer survivor, designed and began selling them as part of a fundraising effort to assist other cancer survivors (LiveStrong).
Soon after, other charities embraced the personalized wristbands as the “perfect” wearable item to support their cause or organization.
People who shudder at the thought of wearing a ball cap or t-shirt, even for a good cause, are happy to wear their “heart on their sleeve”… or rather, “cause on their wrist”.
Your Own Message or a Generic One
With this money-making fashion accessory, you essentially have two choices: going with stock designs or with custom bracelets printed or debossed with your logo or message. Going with a stock design is less expensive, of course, and involves no mold or set up charges. But if you have a unique message to convey or you want support for a specific organization, you probably won’t find that in a stock design.
Suppliers usually have the items in stock and can ship them within a few days. Common themes such as “Support our Troops“, “Tree Hugger“, and “Class of 2015” are readily available from several suppliers and cost in the .85 to .99 cent range.
If you have more time to prepare and a little more money to spend, then the customized wristband may be a better bet.
You have any number of bracelet colors to choose from, including new camouflage and glow in the dark versions.
If you plan to purchase 1000 pieces or more, you can usually get the mold charge waived and your cost will be anywhere from .75 to $1.15 each. Suppliers quote delivery times from 2 to 5 weeks.
Debossed, Embossed, Printed or Laser Engraved; It’s All So Confusing
Besides the choices you have for color and message, you must also choose the style of your wristbands. Here’s a brief description of each one:
- Debossed – With this kind, the wristband is made from a mold and your message is recessed so the letters are hollow, as if they were dug out of the bracelet.
- Embossed – This type is less common than debossed, though it’s also made from a mold. But rather than recessed down into the rubber, your message is raised up so the letters are solid.
- Printed – this is usually the least expensive choice. Your message is simply printed onto the surface of the bracelet. This doesn’t mean it will easily wear off though. Higher quality manufacturers these days produce ink that penetrates into the silicone rubber so it will last a long time.
- Laser Engraved – This is very similar to debossed because the end result is the same, with letters that are recessed. Although not always cheaper than debossed, some manufacturers charge less because a mold doesn’t have to be made first.
Where to Buy Rubber Bracelets
Silicone Bracelets at Reminderband – You Pick the Colors, Phrase / Logo, No Minimum Orders & No Mold Fees!, In Under 10 Days
What others say…
Bracelet Fundraiser Great for College
I have done the bracelet fundraiser several times for various organizations. The one that stuck out the most to me was for my college service fraternity. We were trying to raise money so that we could host service projects and keep the cost of the dues to the brothers down. To make the fundraiser a success, we had each of the members purchase one and wear it around campus. We also set up tables on campus and made flyers and announcements. Because the bracelet was about school spirit at our campus, they sold incredibly well, as almost everyone wanted one.
We even had our alumni association advertise it in their newsletter. The more that you can advertise the better off you will be. Through excessive advertising we were able to make a profit of around $500. We also knew our market and researched places to buy quite well, so that we could make the most without overcharging.
We asked every member to take an equal amount of bracelets and sell them. It worked well, and we could’ve sold more!
Bracelet Fundraiser for BeadForLife
BeadForLife is an organization to help women in Uganda rise above poverty. These women make beads by hand from used magazine pages. They then sell the beads to organizations in the United States and elsewhere.
Our church, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, was searching for a mission project to help others overseas. The idea was planted that this organization might be the one for us, and this continues as an ongoing mission project for our missions committee.
One of our missions committee members orders the beads from BeadForLife. We have sessions where interested church members come together in the evening and use the beads to make bracelets. It is a fun time for all, as it quickly becomes a time of fellowship for the women of my church.
We display the bracelets we have made at church functions, i.e., fellowship suppers and social times in our fellowship hall. They are great sellers around Christmas time and Mother’s Day. The best part of our bracelet sales comes from the fact that people at our church can shop for a nice gift for someone at church, without having to make a special trip to the mall, and knowing that all the profits go to the women in Uganda to help them rise above the poverty level.
Over the course of the last six to eight months, we have raised close to $1,000.00 for BeadForLife.
The key to making this fundraising a successful campaign is the fact that the women in our church get a chance to fellowship together while creating the bracelets. It is a chance to come together and share daily concerns and uplift each other while promoting a great cause. Also I feel it has been helpful to have the bracelets for sale at church during church functions, as they receive a wider target group of potential buyers in that way.
Although these bracelets are not made of silicone or rubber, they are quite attractive and excellent fundraisers.
Bracelets For a Cure
I do a Relay for Life event where all the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to help fund a research for a cure for cancer. In a fundraising effort we sold pink breast cancer plastic bracelets. Before the day of the event I spoke to my gym, i go to a female only gym, I priced each one at $1, I totally sold them out there and had to order more.
All I did was talk to the managers of the gym, put up a simple sign saying Pink Bracelets $1 all proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society. Maybe because it was a womens gym, or because cancer, expecially breast cancer is something that affects many women, and most people can relate in some way, either knowing someone, being a survivor or a friend of a friend. But we sold $750 worth of bracelets before the event even began.
Then the day of the event (Relay for Life) we also sold them at our booth, this time 1 for 50 cents or 3 for a $1 we raised an additional $200 that day. All in all it was an extremely successful effort. We were very proud and happy 🙂