Whether you’re a hobbyist wreath maker or a Craftpreneur, there are certain wreath-making tools you need in order to do the job the right way. Here are Damon’s top wreath tools and small business supplies to help you grow your business.
Hey, y’all! So, there are a few questions I receive from readers A LOT. One of them centers around the best (or at least my favorite) wreath-making tools to use when I put my creations together. A few of you even asked for me to help explain what some of these items are and why I like them.
Our sister post about bow-making tools was so popular that we knew we had to make this one too! Of course, we added a little section to help out the Craftpreneurs, too, by including small business supplies.
Favorite Wreath-Making Tools From The Wreath Chateau
Saving time or money doesn’t suck, right? In most cases, items made my favorites list because they save either time or money. Sanity is a blessing, so I try to keep mine intact as much as possible. I’m sure most of you can appreciate that. 😉
So, what wreath-making tools made the list and why?
Stuck Like Glue Tools (and other fasteners)
Silicon Protection Mat – This mat lays underneath your glue to protect your work surface from the high temps of the glue gun! The mat also protects your utility mat from warping if you put your hot glue pot/glue gun on top of it. It’s a definite sanity-saver and worth every penny.
Glue Sticks – Just go ahead and grab a case (which will save you money) because you’re definitely going to need them.
A Glue Skillet – This little device will completely change your life if you mess with a lot of florals or picks/sprays. Make sure you grab some glue, too!
Light Duty Staple Gun – I use a staple gun to attach pipe cleaners to the back of my wooden signs so that I can secure them into my wreaths. It makes the process of preparing wreath signs quick and painless. Don’t forget the staples!
Zip Tie Mounts – These work great for attaching signs to your wreath. Just stick the mount onto the back of your sign and thread a zip tie (or pipe cleaner) through to securely hold your sign and wreath together.
Tabletop Wreath Easel – This awesome contraption sits on your work table so that you can easily decorate your wreaths AND save your back at the same time! You can also use it to display your wreaths while you take a great photo for your sales page.
Pick Machine – Do you work with florals? If so, this little gem is worth its weight in gold! The pick machine adds a little metal pick to your stems which makes securing them into your designs a snap.
26-Gauge Wire – I highly recommend you use the 26-gauge wire when wreath-making. This thinner wire allows you to fluff out the bow so much better and it doesn’t interfere with your loops!
Great Pair Of Scissors – A word of advice: don’t underestimate the power of a good pair of scissors. In my opinion, the sharper you can get, the better (and make sure you only use them on the ribbon so they don’t get dull)!
Wire Cutters – Wire cutters are must-have wreath-making tools! They’re used to cut your floral wire, flower stems and so many other things that you shouldn’t use your scissors on! I’ve found that wire cutters designed for electrical use are the best and they easily cut through even the thicker flower stems!
A Cutting Mat – This is a non-negotiable! Having a 24×36 cutting mat will have you reaping some major time-saving rewards! The mat will protect your work surface while ALSO extending the life of your rotary cutter. I even write some of my most used measurements and formulas right on my mats!
The Rotary Cutter – It was designed to cut fabric, but it works just as well for cutting deco mesh! Leave those scissors behind and only use a sharp rotary cutter to avoid additional fraying and damage to your mesh.
Metal Hole Punch – A metal hole punch allows you to quickly and easily add small holes to metal signs so that you can wire them into your wreaths! This to will take the place of the drill or old hammer and nail trick, saving you time and preventing injury.
Stem Cutters – These are another major time saver. When you’re making a crap ton of wreaths, you want to make the production process as easy as you can and stem cutters make that possible.
Top Small Business Supplies For Craftpreneurs
Shipping Boxes – If you’re in the business of selling wreaths you’ll need to make sure you can ship them! 75% of my wreath sales have to be shipped! I use two box sizes: 22x22x8 and 24x24x12. You may need different sizes depending on how large you make your wreaths.
Square Reader – If you only sell online, you won’t need this. However, if you sell anything in person, you need a way to process credit card sales! Almost 90% of my in-person sales are done by debit/credit card.
Umbrella Bags – Yes, you read that right – umbrella bags! Store your opened rolls of mesh inside an umbrella bag and they’ll never get tangled up again. This trick reduces waste and keeps your opened mesh from getting damaged! You’ll thank me later for this one! 😉
Tagging Gun – I use a tagging gun to add price tags and business cards to all of my wreaths.
Wreath-Making Tools FAQs
Here are a few questions I see often from readers. If you have any questions, please check to see if I’ve already answered them. If you don’t see your question, be sure to leave it in the comments so I can answer it for you!
What do I need for wreath making?
One of my favorite things about making wreaths is that you don’t need a ton of supplies in order to do the job. In addition to the wreath-making tools I mentioned above, you need a wreath form, ribbon, a sign (optional), and deco mesh.
What glue is best for making wreaths?
Every once in a while I’ll use a dab of super glue for something. But for the most part, I use and recommend hot glue. Grab a glue gun, a bunch of glue sticks, and go to town making wreaths!
More Wreath-Making Tools And Resources
- 5 Reasons You Need To Hire A Virtual Assistant
- 5 Sanity-Saving Small Business Shipping Tips
- How To Calculate The Cost Of Goods Sold For Crafting
- Great Product Photography Tips For Selling On Etsy
If you’re in need of any help with bow-making, wreath-making, or crafting in general, be sure to check out more of our tutorials on How to Make Wreaths.
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