When you sell wreaths, it can be helpful to choose one or two of your wreath design ideas and make multiples of them to put up in your store. Making duplicates of your wreath design can save you time and helps you build inventory even faster.
Hey, y’all! Do you have a plan of action for when someone happens to see one of your wreath design ideas and wants one for themselves? I don’t know about you, but when I create a new wreath design, I always try to make duplicates. This way, I have the wreaths ready to sell when someone wants to order a replica.
Now, I had to learn this the hard way when I realized that I was losing time (and business) when I was making them each individually as the orders came in.
Today’s topic will mostly benefit craftpreneurs – those of us who create an inventory to sell either online or at craft fairs. I’m going to give you some of my most vital tips for creating multiples of your wreath designs in a way that will save you time and make you more money.
Although I’m mainly speaking to craftpreneurs today, these tips really could apply to any creative who want to create multiples of their product to give to friends or family.
When we are creating an inventory, time management is key to making all of this work.
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t have extra hours in my day to create a completely unique wreath every time a customer orders one. I needed to find ways to be efficient with my time, especially while I’m building up a stockpile of wreaths.
How Can I Make A Wreath Design In Multiples?
The easiest way to do that is to create multiples of the same wreath design, in an assembly line of sorts. It took me a while to put this together but here is how I set up my wreath shop to fill multiple orders of the same wreath design and boosted my mass production efforts.
1. Prep All The Supplies You’ll Need In Project Boxes
Staying organized is crucial for success when creating multiples of the same wreath design.
Craft organization is simply creating ‘homes’ for all your tools and supplies in a way that makes sense to you and allows you to easily find and grab whatever you need when you need it.
Keep in mind: ‘A Home For Everything, and Everything In Its Home’. This will come in handy with today’s tips.
When creating multiples of the same design, I highly recommend designating project boxes for each of the following items that you’ll need over and over as you create duplicates of your wreath design.
When using multiple types or colors of greenery in your wreath making, I suggest separating them so you can just reach into your project box and grab what you want without needing to fumble through piles of greenery until you find just the style that you need.
Most of my wreath designs have at least 2 different types of ribbon weaved into the pattern. If you also use multiple types or colors of ribbon, it’s essential that you stay organized so you can find just what you need when you need it without wasting time searching.
I recommend pulling out the ribbons that you will be using for your project and putting ONLY those particular ribbons into your project box while you work on this project.
Have them nearby so you can use them when you need them. If you will be using different sizes, organize them by size so that you are able to quickly and easily grab what you need as you need it.
Are you using one sign for your design? Multiple signs? Make sure they are already made and stored in your production boxes (more on this in just a second). If you are using multiple signs, separate the designs so they are quick and easy to pull out as necessary.
If you’re making multiple wreaths, you will also need multiple wreath frames. Know where they are and have them ready to go once you start creating.
Any Other Supplies
2. Batch Production Steps
In case you aren’t familiar with the term ‘batch production’, it simply means to create multiples of the same thing before moving on to something else. Batch production is a big time-saver; here’s how it will help you when making duplicates.
If you didn’t know, bows tend to take some time to make. If you have to repeatedly stop your wreath production in order to make a new bow, then creating multiples of a wreath design will take that much longer.
Instead, be efficient by making all the bows you will need ahead of time. That way, when your design is ready to add the bow, you simply need to go to your production box to get it.
Add Attachments As If You Were In A Production Line
This idea is similar to the idea of creating all your bows at one time. It’s much more methodical (and therefore, faster) to do the same step on each of your wreaths before moving on to the next step.
For example, it’s much faster to add all your ribbon to each wreath before you start adding any greenery to any of the wreaths. Once all your ribbon is done, then you can add the next step onto each wreath, followed by the step after that.
Keep them simple
The more complicated a design, the more time it will take to create multiple wreaths in that pattern.
Instead, keep any wreath designs you choose to duplicate on the more simple end of the spectrum so that they are faster the create – helping you to create your inventory faster.
List Them As Your Lower-Priced Variations
Since you are creating your wreaths in a mass-production setting and saving time, you don’t need to charge as much for each of these wreaths as you would a complete new wreath design.
Another reason to charge less for these wreaths is that they are a more simple design and use fewer supplies. Charging less for the more basic design allows your customers to see the different levels of work between the basic and more complex versions.
A Final Note
One thing that has truly helped me create multiple wreaths at a time was making sure to have a large workspace. This allowed me to not only make multiple wreath designs but also have a place to store them until they were sold to a potential buyer!
If you can have, say 5 wreaths of the same design in production at the same time, then you’ll want to do the same step on each wreath (as if you are working on a production line) before moving on to the next step.
So, there you have it. These are all of my secrets when it comes to creating multiple wreaths of the same design. And, now it’s your turn!
Tell us in the comments below: Do you have any other tips for creating wreaths in multiples to help save time?
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