Making wreaths is such a fun way to get creative and add a touch of beauty to your home or front door. But if you’re new to the craft, it can be confusing trying to figure out which supplies are essential for crafting the wreaths that will withstand both indoor and outdoor use! That’s why today we’ll be taking an in-depth look at some of my favorite wreath making supplies; from my glue pot and wreath stand to the EZ bow maker for making the best bows, I’m sure there’s something here that will soon become one of your go-to tools for wreath making.
Favorite Wreath Making Supplies To Help You Make Amazing Wreaths Every Time
Now, I have been making wreaths for quite some years, since 1995, and I have really fallen in love with some amazing supplies over the last decade or two (yikes). That has really helped me in making some amazing wreaths.
After finding my all-time favorite wreath supplies, I thought it would be perfect to share with you just exactly what those tools have helped me make centerpieces, seasonal wreaths, and let’s not forget those fabulous swags and funky tail bows.
My glue pot is nothing more than a kitchen skillet that I originally bought from the kitchen section at Walmart. It is still the same concept, however, nowadays technology has made it easier and I get it from Amazon now.
That little change did open my eyes to a difference in skillets. The glue pot I originally had as you will see on the older tutorials was large. Sadly that one broke on me but luckily Honey Bunny ordered me a new one from Amazon and it was much smaller.
That change in size took a little getting used to, but I have to admit, for camera angles and workspace, the small glue pot works well.
These make attaching items to your wreath much easier and give a stronger hold than traditional glue. Yes, you can buy glue sticks from anywhere but we sell these right here in my shop and they work great in standard glue guns or in a glue pot.
If you are wondering what a floral pin is I sometimes refer to these as U pin on my lives. You will see me dipping these pins into my hot glue pot. They are so helpful to hold in something small. A floral pin and hot glue can really help you in your wreath making designs.
When you notice that hot glue isn’t doing the trick holding your picks and stems into your grapevine wreath it means it is time to call in the big dog! Gorilla Glue I have been using it for a long time. I back the brand and they aren’t even paying me to say that!
I have been using Gorilla Glue with my hot glue for years to glue down pieces of Styrofoam Sheets.
Serrated Chef’s Knife
I cut pieces of these foam sheets with a kitchen Serrated Chef’s Knife– it cuts best to use as a base for my florals. Really gives the stem something to stick in. Be sure not to get the floral foam that you can wet.
A true game changer in my business was my Wreath Stand. These allowed me to work while standing, on multiples and doing it in sections. This allowed me consistency in my design, giving me excellent customer reviews. That really catapulted my Etsy shop and changed my future!
Flower and Bush Easy Cutter
From doing this for years, my wrists really did take a beating and I have had to have several surgeries on them to repair the damage. From this, I now seek cutters that don’t overuse my wrists and have found that the 8” mini bolt cutters from Lowes do a great job for most stems. But for those big boys that give me trouble, I have been known to bust out the Flower/Bush Easy Cutter.
EZ Bow Maker
Due to all that wrist trouble, I had to find ways to make things easier on my hands. That is when I discovered (and fell in love with) the EZ Bow Maker. This bowmaker made it easy for me to make beautiful bows and to give my team members recipes for bows that were easy to understand and replicate.
When making a good bow, ribbon matters! You want it to be a good, wired ribbon, like all of the ribbon here. With that good ribbon, you are gonna NEED some GOOD scissors. The kinda scissors that you will only want to use on the ribbon. (If you know you know, if not you will). Hands down, my favorite brand is Fiskars and they have never let me down.
Now, what I use to make my hanger for my wreaths is different. For this, I use 18 gauge covered wire. I like the finished look it gives my designs and it makes a great way for my customers to carry it around the craft show when they buy it. For me, it’s those little details that elevate one’s work.
When I first started making my bows, I would use wire to hold them together, but again, it would bother my wrists. That is when I discovered that zip ties (also known as cable ties) worked great in holding my bow together! They also made attaching the bows to wreaths easy! Once I learned that I was instantly hooked on them!
I usually use three different sizes 8” zip ties for my bow centers and 12” zip ties for attaching to the wreath or 14” zip ties for my big wreaths! Could you use a 12” to attach? You could, but then you will be struggling to be able to grasp and pull it. I have found that those extra few inches help!
These are just a few of the supplies I think are essential for wreath making. With these tools, you’ll be well prepared to create beautiful and unique projects that will last for years! Whether you’re a beginner or have been crafting for many years, having the right materials on hand is key to successful wreath making. So get your supplies ready and start creating something amazing today!