One of the best ways too personalize a wreath is by adding a sign. The sign may even be the deciding factor in a wreath purchase. Types of signs I often add to wreaths include the always popular “welcome” or “home sweet home” signs, seasonal or maybe even the customer’s initial. Here I will show you how to add a sign to wreaths.
First, realize that there is more to consider when adding a sign to a wreath than just attaching it with pipe cleaners. It needs to not only look nicely, but also remain secure. In my Etsy shop, the majority of sales go to the southern states. When it’s 100+ degrees outside, I need to be sure that the wreath sign is not coming off. I need to insure the sign looks nice and is also secure.
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First, you will need to choose a sign. It needs to be appropriate in style and size to the wreath you want to make. Be sure to consider scale. You wouldn’t place a huge sofa in a tiny living room. The same concept applies when choosing a sign for your wreath. Some signs have a hanger, or like the one in my video below, may have an easel backing. You could leave it or use it, if you wanted, but I generally go ahead and take it off. Sometimes you end up with a rough spot where you take the hanger off. In that case, I usually just stick one of my business cards to cover it. It will hide the spot plus give the buyer a reminder where they bought the wreath.
Once you have decided on what sign you want to use, you will want to decide on placement. One thing you want to be sure of is that you have at least three points for your sign to be secured to the wreath. If only two places are used to secure the sign, it can wobble or lean to an awkward angle. So you want to be sure you have three points of contact to the grapevine.
Another thing you need to consider when putting a sign on a wreath is placement. Of course, you want the sign to look nicely. However, if you are shipping a wreath, sign placement could make a huge difference in your shipping cost. Take it from me, I didn’t know to think about sign placement when I first started selling my wreaths online. If the sign is hanging over the edge of the wreath too much, your shipping cost WILL skyrocket!
Next, place the sign up to the wreath selecting the desired three points of contact to the base. I like to use a marker to mark those spots.
That’s going to show me where to place the pipe cleaners that I’m going to use to add the sign to the grapevine. Next I attach the pipe cleaners to the sign with a staple gun. I generally put three staples in each spot. Also, when you’re getting ready to put staples onto your sign, make sure that you’re not going to run your staples through the sign. The staples should not be visible from the front. If your sign is thinner than the staples are long, I place a piece of foam or folded ribbon in between the pipe cleaner and the sign to make the space a little more thick. Next, place hot glue over each staple.
Some signs are metal. To add a sign to a metal wreath, you will need to use a metal hole punch to make a place to run your pipe cleaners through instead.
Now you are ready to attach the sign. I do not advise wrapping the pipe cleaners all the way around the grapevine. If you do, the grapevine can get drawn in so tight, you can have trouble placing your stems. Instead, I like to run the pipe cleaners straight through the grapevine. Once the sign is secured, I wait to completely tighten the sign until I’m sure that I’m completely happy of my placement. Most times, I am nearly done with the entire wreath before I finalize the sign placement.
Next, I check to see if the pipe cleaner is showing from the sides of the wreath. If so, I cover that up either with a leaf or a piece of moss. I don’t want the mechanics in my wreath to be showing. Again, I want the wreath to look professionally done. Next, I check to see if the sign is secure. If it is wobbling, I can take a piece of moss and tuck it into the crevice. The moss works to act as a shimmy. For example, if you had a a door that was out of balance, sometimes you can put a shimmy in there and that makes it a lot more still.
How to Add Signs To Wreaths
Now…Step back and admire your work!
If you liked this post on how to add a sign to wreaths, you may want to check out this blog post about my favorite wreath making tools.
Good luck on your wreath making ventures!
Till next time, Teri