If you are a wreath maker that sells bows then you need this step-by-step video tutorial for how to pack a wreath bow for shipping.
Properly packaging and shipping your wreath bows in good condition is essential to keeping customers happy and preserving all of your hard work. The main goal when shipping your wreaths is to provide your customers with a pristine, ready-to-use wreath bow, right out of the box!
How to Pack a Wreath Bow for Shipping
First, I want to share with you the required tools and materials I keep on hand in my workshop for shipping. Then, I will give you step-by-step instructions on how to package and ship your wreaths in a way that is both professional and cost efficient.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS NEEDED
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- Shipping boxes
- Shipping tape & Tape gun dispenser
- Pipe cleaners or Zip Ties
- Thermal Label Maker Printer & Thermal Labels
When it comes to choosing a box for shipping, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind, such as weight and durability.
Boxes often get tossed around and beat up quite a bit in transit, so you want to make sure that you’re using a box that is sturdy and well-constructed. Corrugated boxes are great for shipping wreaths because they are durable and lightweight!
A little later, I will share the exact dimensions of the boxes that I use for shipping wreaths.
A tape gun dispenser is not essential, but using a tape gun to seal up boxes for shipping is much easier than fumbling with a bulky roll of shipping tape.
If you plan to ship items frequently, investing in a tape dispenser would be wise.
You will need either pipe cleaners or zip ties to secure your wreaths and other items to the inside of your box.
An awl is a small pointed tool that you will use to poke holes in the bottom of your shipping box.
If you don’t have an awl, a screwdriver will also work.
Using a label maker for shipping wreaths is incredibly easy and efficient. With just a few simple steps, you can print out clear and legible labels that will make your shipping process smooth and organized.
All you need to do is load the label maker with the appropriate label size, type in the recipient’s address and any other relevant information, such as a return address, and then print the label. The adhesive backing on the label ensures that it will stay securely in place during transit, and the clear, concise text will make it easy for postal workers and couriers to quickly identify the destination and contents of the package.
With a label maker, you can save time and eliminate the hassle of hand-writing labels, making the shipping process for your wreaths much more streamlined and stress-free.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE BOX FOR PACKING WREATH BOWS
Everyone always wants to know What size box do you use to ship wreaths? And the truth is . . . choosing a box that is the appropriate size for your wreath is crucial! Not only will it prevent your wreath from shifting and becoming damaged during transit, but choosing the right size box will also help to reduce the cost of shipping.
It’s very important that you make sure your wreath is snug in your box. This will best be achieved by choosing the smallest size of box that will comfortably fit your item.
These are the box sizes I use when packaging my wreath bows:
10″ x 10″ x 4”- I use this size box for shipping one small round bow.
12″ x 12″ x 4” – This size box is perfect for one large bow.
16″ x 16″ x” 6” – I use this size box to ship two large bows.
20″ x 20″ x 6” – This size box can be used for multiple wreaths bows.
I store all of these boxes underneath a folding table that has extensions on the bottom to elevate it, allowing me to store flattened boxes upright for easy access.
HOW TO SHIP A WREATH BOW WITH WIRED RIBBON
Boxing a premade bow is very similar to packaging a wreath.
Read more about How to Pack and Ship a Wreath HERE!
Step 1 – You are going to use your awl to poke one small hole in one of the inner flaps in the bottom of your box.
Step 2 – Gather the pipe cleaners attached to the back of your bow, and together, pull them through the hole. This secures the bow tightly to the bottom of the box.
When I make bows, I always finish them off by attaching pipe cleaners to the back to make them ready for use. If this is something that you don’t typically do, simply thread a pipe cleaner through your bow to secure it to the box.
Step 3 – Once the bow is secured to the bow of the box, it can be taped securely with shipping tape.
Don’t forget the shipping label!
Here’s two video tutorials showing how I put the bows into the boxes for shipping to my customers.
How to Ship a Wreath Bow (Part 1)
How to Ship a Wreath Bow (Part 2)
THE COST OF SHIPPING WREATH BOWS
There are a variety of factors that will determine how much it will cost to ship a wreath bow – the distance of travel, the weight of the package, and the dimensions of the box.
One of the main ways that you can help to minimize the cost of shipping is to keep the weight of your packages as low as possible.
While you may be tempted to take extra steps such as adding a filler to the gaps around your wreath or adding extra tape to secure the box, keep in mind that these steps are going to add extra unnecessary weight that you will be paying for.
If you carefully follow the steps I have outlined for you, these extra steps are needless. Trust me, I’ve shipped a lot of bows over the years!
YOU CAN DO IT!
Properly packaging and shipping your wreath bows will wow your customers and keep them coming back for more. Great packaging is one of the things that customers truly appreciate, and it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Do you have any useful tips for how to pack wreath bows? Let me know in the comments!