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Christmas Wreaths $$
« on: April 09, 2016, 07:31:26 PM »
How many of you make Christmas wreaths? Ive wondered if it is a good way to make some side money but don't know where to really start. Is it worth the effort can you buy all the materials and still make a profit that's worth while? What are your experiences with wreath making?

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Re: Christmas Wreaths $$
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2016, 08:48:15 PM »
Do you have balsam on your land ???

I make 5-10 a year. Big ones. Unless you have a machine, it's rather labor intensive.
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Re: Christmas Wreaths $$
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2016, 11:15:21 PM »
We make a few. Up here, with a plentiful supply of balsam fir and a good market, we make good money at it. I harvest the boughs and trim them for the wreaths, my daughter crimps most of them (we have a machine, it was around $200 I think).  For all my time I have invested, I think I average over $20/hr. Plus, it is something the whole family can take part in and make money at. I sell them, undecorated, to a friend who likewise has a family operation. They decorate them and ship them all over the U.S.
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Re: Christmas Wreaths $$
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2016, 02:22:35 PM »
No I don't have the balsam on my own property would have to buy it. Id have no problem spend 200 bucks for a machine I'm sure its well worth it. What is your average size 12" ring? 

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Re: Christmas Wreaths $$
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2016, 02:36:17 PM »
I can't remember for sure what size rings, I'll have to measure when I get home. I can post a link to where I got the crimping machine. You have to build a simple stand for it. It is a minimal investment for the income you can generate.
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Re: Christmas Wreaths $$
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2016, 02:40:20 PM »
http://www.mitchellwreathrings.com/products-clamp-wreath-making-machines-c-1_5-l-en.html

     I have the "no hammer clamp" crimper, I've used the hammer type and I like the no hammer much better.
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2016, 10:38:03 AM »
thanks for the link

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Re: Christmas Wreaths $$
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2016, 07:53:00 AM »
I've made wreaths for the last 2 years and it's been a decent little side deal, plus it's something to do indoors on the bad days.
Mine are 2 layers of juniper cookies in a circle fixed to a ring from the back with brads. I can make 4-5 an hour pretty easy, start to finish.
Then they go to my girlfriends house and she decorates them. She gets between $25-40 a piece.
Just a different twist on things and about $5 a piece to make.
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Re: Christmas Wreaths $$
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2016, 08:14:56 AM »
Those wreaths are very nice.   smiley_thumbsup
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