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…
I work with so many social and religious groups, that I believe, fundraising is my appointed second job.
Those silicone bracelets, that everyone was wearing are such a great fundraising idea.
We just needed to have some extra money in the club for incidentals that the corporate office usually would not provide. We made it a habit to keep around $300 for things like a spur of the moment ice cream day, or barbecue. Our funds were getting low and we had no idea how to replenish them. It was then that one of the parents suggested we have those silicone bracelets made with the Boys and Girls Club imprinted on it and sell them. Wasn’t a bad idea we thought. Some of the teens were wearing them like bangles as it was. So we ordered 500, in various colors, and put them on display.
Normally, we could barely get a kid to buy one cookie, here they were, buying a bracelet everyday. We were out of bracelets by weeks end. We got a call from corporate, asking what it was we were selling that the other two clubs had called to get purchase order numbers to purchase some to sell. We told them, just bracelets.and that we,the parents and staff had invested our own personal money to get and we made it back on the first order. The President was floored. He had known that Westside was the smallest club in building structure ,with the largest population, and the biggest heart. Now he has come to realize, after 4 years, we are the most motivated. We are devoted to the children, and will do what it takes to help them grow up happy.
So if you see an organization selling those little silicone bracelets, buy one. Then go to your own organization and say, lets make some money, this will work.
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 Fund Raiser for Diabetes
My sister was diagnosed with diabetes. She is six and I felt I had to do something to help. So me and 2 of my friends made friendship bracelets and went around different neighborhoods selling bracelets and we were going to give the money to the diabetes foundation.
We made $207 in 2 months and we donated every penny of the money to the foundation. I felt really proud and was happy that I did something to help my sister. She is now slowly getting better and better.