When y’all have been busy making wreaths, and are sending them off, you want to make sure you know how to ship a wreath efficiently. The last thing you want is to work hard on your product only to have it arrive damaged or smashed.
Whenever we talk to wreath makers on our Facebook page or our business coaching programs, we get a ton of questions about how to ship a wreath. In fact, it may be the most commonly asked question we get! The whole shipping process stresses everyone out, but the good news is there is no need to stress. Take a look at these tips to help you learn how to ship your wreath safely and effectively every time.
Video: How To Box And Ship A Wreath
First things first, you will need a wreath shipping box. That may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to just grab whatever y’all have lying around and it often will not work.
If you’re running a business, you’ll want to have several specific wreath shipping boxes handy to choose from. The basic measurements I use are:
How To Prepare The Box For Shipment
I’ll explain the steps below, but it may be helpful to watch this video first.
When I’m getting my wreath ready to ship, I usually prefer to tape the box so it has the measurements on the outside. Then at a glance, I know which wreaths will fit in it. You don’t have to do that, but it saves me time. Here are the other steps to prepare the box.
- First, run 2 pieces of tape the entire width on the bottom of the box at the seam. Using 2 pieces of tape ensures that the wreath shouldn’t fall out. Having a sturdy tape dispenser helps tremendously.
- For the bottom sides of the box, you can just use a single piece of tape in the center of each side.
- Use an ice pick or screwdriver to make holes in the bottom corner of the box — about 2 inches from the edge.
- Tie in a pipe cleaner in the holes you made. Simply stick them in like you’re putting in a shoelace. I prefer pipe cleaners with the wire in them, because they work better.
- Repeat those steps on the opposite corner with the pipe cleaner.
- Insert the wreath into the box and tie pipe cleaners on the metal part of the wreath.
- Always pull the pipe cleaner really tight and make sure it’s twisted as tight as possible too. This is what keeps the wreath from moving anywhere.
- Fluff the wreath, so it looks just like it did when you took the photos. You want the person who receives the wreath to fall in love the second they open it. It’s important that all they have to do is take it out of the box and hang it.
- Add a packing slip to the inside flap of the box. Include some of your business cards, so hopefully, you can get repeat business as well as new customers. Add the printed packing sales slip as well.
- Fold over the tops of the box, then add a personal and touching thank you to the customer. This will make them feel special, and they will know how much you appreciate their business. It’s the little things that keep people returning.
- Finish closing and adding tape to the top of the box. Do 2 pieces in the center and 1 one on each side, just like the bottom.
- Put a piece of tape over the top of the pipe cleaners too. This will keep them from snagging on something. It will also prevent damage.
- Weigh your box with a shipping scale. Print your shipping label from Etsy or whatever store you use. Use a label printer like this one. You can put in the dimensions of the box as well as the weight and purchase the label right from them. Stick on your label and cover it with tape, so it’s protected from elements during shipping. Schedule a pick up with USPS.com, and you are good to go!
Final Tip On How To Box and Ship a Wreath
Being a business owner is tough. There is a TON of competition out there. The more you care about your business and more importantly, your customers, the more you will thrive.
Give each customer the best service you can, as well as a fantastic product, and they will keep coming back to you. This includes the final delivery of the product. Plus, it’s even better when they tell their friends and family.
Learning how to ship a wreath may seem small, but if you don’t keep the customers happy and appreciated you won’t have any orders for wreath boxes to ship.
I hope y’all found some helpful and useful tips on knowing precisely how to box and ship a wreath.
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