Welcome to Matt’s toolbox – an extensive list of wreath making tools I strongly recommend. I have personally used every recommendation on this page.
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Wreath Making Tools
Crafting and scissors go hand-in-hand and when it comes to wreath making, they are essential!
I use The Original-Handled scissors made my Fiskars. Not only are they reliable, but they’re also contoured to the shape of your hand and after a long day of wreath making – ergonomics matter!
While there are a million pairs of scissors out on the market, I’ve found that these work extremely well for the price, cutting wired ribbon, tags and packaging effortlessly.
If you plan to make deco mesh or burlap wreaths, this tool is simply a must-have!
Rotary cutters aren’t just for cutting fabric – they’re for cutting deco mesh as well. If you’re anything like me and can’t cut a straight line to save your life, this is one of the two tools you need to change that!
An added bonus is that your deco mesh will fray less when cut with a rotary cutter versus scissors too.
Self-Healing Cutting Mat
This tool goes hand-in-hand with the rotary cutter and possibly one of the most important wreath making tools on the list.
I’d like to think of the cutting mat as the swiss army knife of wreath making tools – it actually does quite more than what meets the eye.
For starters, it does protect your work surface from being cut to pieces with a rotary cutter, but aside from that – the grid is very handy to have when measuring out strips of deco mesh, measuring bow loops and ribbon tails.
Another thing I really like about this mat is that it can act as a dust pan as well thanks to its flexibility. Rather than picking up all your scraps, simply bend the mat into a funnel like shape and slide everything on it into the trash.
Another wreath making tool that you certainly need is a good pair of wire cutters.
Not only are these great for cutting floral wire, rustic wire, pipe cleaners, etc – but they are excellent for cutting floral bushes and sprays that have wire in the stems.
The diagonal blade on these really help with cutting in those those tight spaces (in between branches) and after using these for over a year now, they are still as sharp as when I first purchased them.
Hot Glue Gun
Remember the saying, “you get what you pay for?”
That saying holds true to just about everything, except glue guns. I probably should have bought stock in them prior to crafting. Lol
Truth is I’ve went through – realistically – about 6 different glue guns within the past several months and finally stumbled across one that gets the job done.
This particular glue gun heats up very quickly and doesn’t leak glue out of the nozzle like a lot of other ones do when sitting upright.
I wouldn’t recommend spending an absolute fortune on a glue gun given their nature, but if you’re in the market for one – save yourself the headache that I went through and get this one.
Another great wreath making tool to have is a good quality staple gun; a must-have when attaching wood signs to your wreaths.
Typically to attach a sign to a wreath, you’d staple pipe cleaners or floral wire to the back of the sign, this stapler makes that a breeze thanks to the metal pieces near the staple ejection site.
I also like that its not too difficult to pull the trigger like it is with a lot of other staplers; after all – you shouldn’t have to go to the gym just to use a staple gun. Lol
If you’re in the market for a staple gun, you can get one like mine here.
Metal Hole Punch
This may look just a little bit different than a regular hole punch, but if you plan on working with metal or tin signs – this tool is a godsend!
This handy tool puts holes in metal in nothing flat rather than getting out the dreaded hammer and nail and messing up the sign attempting to do it yourself. Lol
Since the Farmhouse trend doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, you might as well add this to your toolbox.
A wreath making tool that I’m liking more and more by the day is my glue skillet.
Rather than dealing with the hassle of a glue gun, all you do is throw about 8 or 10 glue sticks into the skillet, turn it on and wait for them to melt. Once ready, dip your floral stems in the glue and add them to your wreath – that’s it!
This skillet is 7 inches, heats up very nicely and does exactly what I need it to do with no issues.
This is ideal if you’re needing a lot of glue quickly for a project – especially during the Holidays.
Another essential when it comes to your arsenal of wreath making tools is florist wire.
Florist wire has a lot of different uses, but typically with wreath making its primary use is to attach signs, ornaments and other elements to a wreath frame.
Florist wire comes in all different gauges, however I’ve found that 18 gauge wire works the best for most projects.
Another essential when it comes to securely adding floral stems to your wreaths.
These rolls of tape come in a variety of different colors as well as various shades of green to help you camouflage the mechanics of your wreath (i.e. floral stems).
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