What do you REALLY need when it comes to wreath supplies and tools in order to make the perfect wreath? Today, I’m breaking it all down for you into two categories: basic must-haves and nice-to-have supplies to make wreaths.
Hey, y’all! I have been getting so many great questions lately related to selling wreaths. Keep ‘em coming! I love helping people learn how to make money from making and selling wreaths.
To say I’m “passionate” about it is an understatement!
That’s why I make so much content geared toward helping you start and grow your business. I had to learn from other people. And I had to figure out a lot of it myself through trial and error.
It makes me feel good to help you by sharing insider knowledge that will make your learning curve less steep.
Recently, I talked about how to set up an Etsy shop and sell on Etsy and even shared all of my tips for taking great photos to sell on Etsy. But, lately, the most-asked questions are related to wreath-making supplies!
So, today I want to focus on showing you all the wreath supplies that every wreath maker should have! I’ll cover the very basic supplies as well as slightly more advanced supplies for anyone who is a little further down the road and wondering how to keep moving forward.
Also, be sure to check out our posts on Bow Maker Tools, and Must-Have Tools And Tips To Cut Artificial Flower Stems for even more help around specific wreath-making tools.
The Best Must-Have Supplies To Make Wreaths
There are just certain wreath supplies you need to make any kind of wreath. Here is the list of everything you must have to make a wreath!
I’m going to break this down into several categories so that you can easily find what you need. I suggest using this list as a sort of checklist to help guide you to acquire the tools you need.
You need a base to make a wreath, y’all! There are five basic types of frames that you can use:
- Evergreen base
- UTIC boards
- Foam bases
When it comes to frames, I typically use wireframes (for deco mesh), grapevines (for florals), and UTIC board frames (for mesh). Occasionally, you’ll see me use an evergreen base or (rarely) a foam base.
Tip: If you want to create a wreath with greenery and florals, you need to make a grapevine wreath.
There are several different sizes of deco mesh that you can purchase, but I recommend sticking with the 10” and 21” sizes. They work the best with wreath making.
The ribbon is one of the best parts of wreath-making! It’s on the list of must-have supplies for wreaths because you use it in so many ways to add color and texture to a design. Use ribbon to make bows or ribbon tails, and more!
Make sure to buy ribbon that is 1.5,” or 2.5,” or 4″. Large ribbons can be a little tricky to work with, so I recommend starting with the smaller sizes and working your way up to 4″ ribbon after reading How Can I Use 4-inch Wired Ribbon?
You’ll want a hefty supply of pipe cleaners (aka Chenille Ties) to attach signs, florals, and other items to your wreath! I also use them for making bows to hold the bows together.
Zip ties make the list of must-have wreath-making supplies because I use them to attach additional items to your wreaths since they are sturdy, effective, and affordable. I recommend primarily using 6” and 8” sizes.
Nice-To-Have Wreath Supplies To Add As Budget Allows
Once you start selling a few wreaths, reinvest some of that money into your business to purchase more supplies. Doing that is essential to continue growing your wreath-making business!
Once your wallet can afford to add another tool or two, check out the list below of optional (helpful) tools you may want to add to your collection.
- Signs– Signs and other attachments really make a statement on your wreaths! They are worth the investment once you are starting to make money because they will help you sell more wreaths.
- 1” Cable Mount Squares– You’ll need these to securely attach those signs to your wreaths.
- DAP Rapid Fuse Glue– Quick-drying glue comes in handy more often than you may realize. It’s a major time saver for helping to hold items in place while you work.
- Hot Glue Gun– Saves time and improves the quality of your work when it comes to attaching flowers and other items to your wreaths. If you buy a hot glue gun, don’t forget to buy glue sticks for it!
Tools Every Wreath Maker Should Have
In addition to the basic supplies above, there are several tools that every wreath maker needs just to get the job done. Here are some of the basics that I highly recommend having on hand.
- Scissors– Only use these for ribbon and deco mesh, so they stay sharp.
- Rotary Cutter– Use a rotary cutter for fabric and mesh to prevent fraying and save time.
- Cutting Mat– If you use a rotary cutter, you also need a cutting mat to protect your workspace.
- Wire Cutter– These are needed to cut wires and floral stems (because they have wire in them).
- Staple Gun– This is for attaching wires to wood signs so they can be attached to your wreaths.
- Needle Nose Pliers– I use these for just about everything. A definite must-have!
- Metal Hole Punch– Huge time-saving tool for quickly punching holes into metal signs so you can attach them to your wreath with wire.
The Best Supplies For Selling And Shipping
For any wreath maker who wants to sell online, there are a few basic tools and supplies you need to have simply to get the job done.
Here’s the list:
- Basic Kitchen Digital Scale– Save on shipping costs (and keep more profit) by knowing exactly how much to pay for shipping your wreaths to your customers.
- Boxes– Choose the right size so that your wreaths aren’t squished and damaged.
- Shipping Tape– Gotta have it to secure those shipping boxes!
- Labels– Definitely a business expense and a must-have to look professional.
- Camera or Smartphone– Without great quality photos, your products won’t sell online. Thankfully, smartphones have good cameras that you can use for great photos.
Nice-To-Have Wreath-Making Supplies and Tools
Here are a few supplies that are useful to have once you have a little extra budget for additional supplies.
Once you start selling a few wreaths and making a little money, reinvest it in these 3 items. They may sound slightly extravagant at first, but trust me – they will make your job SO much easier!
- EZ Bow Maker– You can make bows by hand. However, making bows is hard for new wreath makers to master, which means this tool is a no-brainer. It’s simple, but it will help you learn how to make bows easier, cut down your production time, and help make a better, more professional-looking product.
- Stem Cutter– This tool is definitely pricier and can feel hard to justify the expense. But, when you see how fast and easy it will cut flower stems and thicker wire, you won’t hesitate to purchase it.
- Pick Machine- If you are attaching greenery or florals to your wreaths, you’ll want to invest in a pick machine.
That’s it! I hope this guide helped you to narrow your shopping list so that you are only purchasing the wreath-making supplies you really need until you can afford to add more to your collection!
Here are a few questions we see from readers again and again about wreath supplies. If you don’t see your question answered below, please leave it in the comments!
Where can I buy supplies to make wreaths?
Supplies can get expensive quickly, so it’s important to find an affordable supply store you can trust. We’re here to help!
If you can’t find what you need at DecoExchange, you can also try Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Amazon.
How do I store all these wreath supplies?
Finding enough space can be a challenge (did you ever wonder why we have an entire warehouse?). But with a little bit of organizational help, you can create enough space to hold all your supplies.
More Business Help For You!
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