How I Setup A Wreath Shop In My Garage

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Many of my followers ask me how I have my wreath business setup in my home. Well here it is, welcome to my wreath shop! It’s not pretty and I’m sure it won’t be breaking any Pinterest repining records but it is functional.  I have my shop setup in my two car garage. I have to share the garage with yard tools and my husband’s Disc Jockey equipment but I’m fine with that; I just feel very blessed to be able to work from home.  I guess I could take the time to paint the walls, put in flooring, etc. but honestly, I don’t need a fancy space to be creative and no one sees this space but me. One day maybe I can spruce up the place but for now, I’m just happy that I swept the floor.

It is wonderful to work from home and to be here for the kids when they get home from school. However, I sometimes have a hard time transitioning from work to family life and I usually work longer than I should.  Plus it is much easier putting off housework to go make pretty wreaths. LOL  My workshop has no heat or AC, the garage door is insulated but not the exterior wall. But that’s okay, I use heaters and fans to help control the temperature. One day I hope to have insulation added to that wall.

Here is a walking tour video I made showing you the different zones of my wreath shop:

 

I clean the work area 3-4 times a year, typically when I transition from season to season or when it gets so cluttered that I can’t safely walk around. You can see more pictures of my workshop below including some additional notes.

Below is where I stock my shipping boxes.  I list where I purchase my boxes locally and places online in my ebook link here www.learndecomeshwreaths.com.

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I have two large shelves where I have clear plastic bins of ornaments, ribbon, ect. On the top I store wreath forms and on the bottom I store mesh sorted by holiday and/or season.

Wreath Shop Setup SouthernCharmWreaths Boxes

This is the area where I take my pictures. I use three shadow boxes to light the area and I use a piece of insulation to help reflect the light back up. I talk about how to edit photos in my ebook forum, www.learndecomeshwreaths.com I hang some of my premade wreaths on pegs from the ceiling. Hubs created a long hook for me so I don’t have to climb a ladder when I need to get one down.

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This is my work easel and table where I hot glue. You can find instructions for making a table top version of a wreath easel link here.  I keep containers full of seasonal flowers that I change out as the season does.  Most of these spring flowers came from Michael’s or Carolina Pottery. Under this table I store 10” mesh and grapevine wreaths.

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I’m supper excited about my storage drawers from Walmart! On the end by the garage door of this photo, I stacked two drawer units on top of each other. The plastic open shelving unit is where I store my current season ribbon (4th of July or St. Patrick’s Day) and is from The Container Store. The black rotating shelf organizer is from Harbor Freight Tools. You can see another video of this on my SouthernCharmWreaths Instagram page here.

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Another picture of organizing my ribbon by color in drawers. I love these drawers because they can be pulled completely out so I can take the whole drawer with me to the work table.

Wreath Shop Setup by SouthernCharmWreaths

I use an elevated card table with a utility mat on top of it for cutting ribbon and making the mesh wreath bases. The utility mat is green and I can use my rotary cutter on it without it damaging the table. I also have a brown piece of cardboard under the mat. I like to write down my wreath recipes in ink pen here, that way if I need to work on a wreath I haven’t made in a while, I just lift up the mat and find the recipe.  A wreath recipe is just like a cooking recipe, it has measurements of ribbon and mesh, number of ornaments, placement of elements, and pricing. I give out a lot of my wreath recipes for free to my ebook customers here.  I also use the step ladder as a form of shelving to hold my partially used mesh rolls. This helps me to remember to use these first instead of opening a new roll.

Wreath Shop Setup by SouthernCharmWreaths

I have another table on the other side of the card table where I lay out all of the seasonal signs, ornaments, flowers etc. that I want to use. I work better when everything is out in front of me and I don’t have to search. Many times as I am working on one wreath on the card table, I’m glancing over to the supply table to see what I have and contemplating my next wreath…always thinking ahead. I have a box of burlap mesh and paper mesh on the end of the table, under the blue wreath.  Under the supply table I store evergreen wreath bases and boxes of out of season supplies.  On the end of the table by the garage door I store long stemmed flowers in plastic garbage cans.

Wreath Shop Setup by SouthernCharmWreaths

Well, that concludes the tour of my wreath shop! I hope I was able to give you some tips for organizing your own craft room space. Let me know if you can think of a better way to organize mine as I’m open for any and ALL suggestions.

Happy Wreathing,

Julie

42 Comments

  1. Donna on January 31, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Julie, thanks for the tour. Love seeing how you organize your crafting area. Sadly my space is not as large as your, but I have a craft room and also use my kitchen bar and dining room area. It works out pretty good. I try(lol) to keep my supplies stored in clear plastic bins. They are pretty well organized at the start of a project, but not so much by the end!!!! I will try to incorporate some of your great ideas into my program. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks again for the tour.

    • Sharon Myers on November 21, 2016 at 12:22 am

      Hello Julie, it is so nice to see others work areas. My husband would die if I took over his garage.(LOL). He said he had a dream that I did just that. So, he built me a shop 16×16 with an attic. And I have out grown it. I am now reorganizing and still do not know where I am going to put everything. I work in my shop until after dinner then i relocate to the kitchen, some nights until 4 am. But like you said, it was nice to be here for my kids, and now that my adult son is in a wheelchair, he really needs me at hand. However, I did get some more great ideas on doing a few things different. I guess this year I will add another 16×16 addition. I will have to post my work area, I think I have more flowers then Hobby Lobby.
      Thank you so much for the tour.

  2. Bonnie Heming on February 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Where did you buy your revolveing tool stand . I also paint i have been looking for something like this.

    • Julie Siomacco on February 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Harbor Freight. It was $20. You can purchase online too if you don’t have a store near you at Harborfreight.com. I thought it would look cute painted a bright color too but just don’t have time.

      • Mauro Horton on February 18, 2015 at 3:33 pm

        I bought some meshes, wraps and ribbons from http://www.papermart.com/HOME last Christmas to decorate my tree and now I am left with the remaining stuff. I was wondering if you could share some tutorials with us about making a wreath than I could use that stuff to make a beautiful wreath.

  3. Elizabeth Wells on February 9, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Julie,

    I thought it was interesting to see how you store things. We are very similar on our thought process. I don’t do this as a work from home business. I have just done it for fun over the years and made them as presents and done a couple of booths. Since people didn’t seem to want to pay what the wreaths were worth around here, I just kept to it for myself and friends, along with doing them as gifts.

    I have taken the deco mesh empty rolls and come them up into different sizes to help store my picks and tools in for more stacked organization. It was a way to recycle some of what I use and helped me get more stuff in less space.

    Thanks for sharing your stuff.

    Elizabeth

    • Julie Siomacco on February 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Great idea! I use the large tubes the ornaments come in from Hobby Lobby to do this too. Great idea though and thanks for sharing your tip!

    • Toni on March 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      That’s a great idea for the empty rolls!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Nikki Carter on February 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Julie, Thanks so much for sharing your space. I also appreciate the updates you do for those who purchased your e-book. You have really encouraged me. Thanks so much! Praying for many blessings and much prosperity for your family and business!

  5. Betty Cunningham on February 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    HI Julie ,

    Wow , you really do put a lot of stuff in a very small space. You are and will always be my hero!!! I wish I could give you a big hug for all you do to help all of us .
    It’s amazing what you do each and every day. I know the Lord is your guide as he is mine so I know you are constantly smiling and praising the Lord for all the gifts he has given you.
    You are incredibly talented and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your gifts with us.

    • Julie Siomacco on February 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Yes I’m very blessed and give Him thanks and Praise daily. Thank you!

  6. becky on February 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    WHAT A GREAT IDEA. I NEVER THOUGHT TO DO THAT, BUT GARAGE IS FULL BUT I LIKE THE IDEA ALOT. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS VIDEO.

  7. Carmella kappes on February 9, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you for the tour,I am 74 years olds and I just started to make the wreaths and now I can not stop,I am a snowbird in fl for now in April I will be going back home upstate ny and I. Have wreath for all seasons to show my kids and friends.thank you so much

  8. Yvonne Zanders on February 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Greetings Julie,

    I been a follower of yours for a year now and I must say that your “hands” have been trully kissed by God with such a graceful and loving talent that has touched the heart of many as your wrapping, curling, swirling, gluing, smiling and loving us through each strand of color , fabric and thread. Thank you a true precious southern charm.

    With warmest regards,

    Yvonne

  9. Ann Burks on February 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Where did you get the shadow box lights? I cannot get good pictures of my wreaths. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Theresa Delaney on February 9, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I love your wreath shop its very organized. It looks so fun, great that you are doing so well at your craft. I enjoy making wreaths, my mind just goes wherever I want.

    Thanks for the tour

  11. Jody Perry on February 9, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Julie,
    Just like your other readers and followers have said, I love, love, love your work. I noticed that some of the ladies mentioned all the help you give them. How does this happen. How can I get in the “loop”? Jody Perry

  12. Kim on February 9, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Julie,
    First I would like to thank you for your e-book and website. I have a couple of questions
    1. I’m having a hard time finding orange, coral, teal,Salmon ribbon and also more college and pro football ribbon.
    2. What would you suggest to help get the word out about the wreaths?

    Again thank you for all your hard work!!!

  13. Beth Yates on February 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Julie, thank you so much for the inspiration and knowledge you have shared. I feel so blessed that I have been able to make these beautiful wreaths. God has opened this door during a difficult time in my life, and I thoroughly have enjoyed coming up with new wreath ideas. A local gift store in my area is selling my wreaths, which has encouraged me even more. Thank you again.

    Beth

  14. Christy Campbell on February 9, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you so much Julie. I am so excited at how much I am learning from you and all the incredible ladies on your forum, I so wish that I had all your talent. God bless you so much and please keep up the awesome work!!

  15. Ann Burks on February 10, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Thank you very much Julie.

  16. Becky on February 11, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Julie, Thanks so much for sharing your work space with us. It couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I’m spending time this week reorganizing my craft space and supplies. I definitely picked up a few good tips from your tour. You are such a talented lady and I thank you for taking the time to share that with others.

  17. Josie on February 11, 2015 at 3:39 am

    I was wondering where you buy all of your mesh and wreath work from and do you buy it in a bulk or Lot … I love all of your awesome videos i just wasn’t sure if you have a website that you buy your stuff
    Thank you so much for your help

  18. Mary on February 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    The most important thing that you did not mention are your rubber mats. These are great when standing for long periods of time on concrete. You are one talented lady!!!

    • Julie Siomacco on February 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Oh you are SOOOOO right!! I wish I could afford to do the whole floor!! I purchased these at Home Depot and I’ve seen them at Tractor Supply too.

  19. Sandra Shaw on February 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Ladies, I was just telling my husband about how giving Julie is. She truly blesses us all with the information she shares and ‘gives’ away. Others are interested in making money even though they purport they have been blessed by God and thank Him every day for their blessings ($s) and want to share their talents (however, we pay for it if we want the knowledge). I really have a great deal of respect for Julie because she’s, I think, kind of like me and many of you, in that I/we don’t have a lot of $’s. That makes me respect what Julie is doing for all of us that much more. She is a giver. Thank you Julie for your loving kindness and generosity.

    • Julie Siomacco on February 22, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      This truly brought me to tears. Thank you, thank you Sandra! I very much needed this message this week.

  20. Maria Morrison on April 1, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Hi, I love your work! You are really talented. I like the fact that you give God the glory for your talent! I was wondering where you got your easel that you put your wreaths on while you work.
    I love to makwreaths! I have a building that I am working on getting it set up to work out of. All my wreath making stuff has taken over my house. Thank you for all the tutorials and helpful ideas that you give.

    Thank you!
    Maria

  21. Tracey on July 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    hi Julie
    Where do you get all of your embellishments?

    • Julie Siomacco on July 23, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Hey Tracey, Thank you for visiting my blog. I purchase them from all over really. I love Hobby Lobby for signs and ornaments, Carolina Pottery and Sims Pottery for ribbon and flowers; to name a few. I list over 100 vendors in my ebook, http://www.learndecomeshwreaths.com.

  22. Marilyn on August 17, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Where do you buy your boxes from.

    • Julie Siomacco on August 20, 2015 at 11:47 am

      I buy locally from a manufacturer but you can purchase online at staples.

  23. Laura Zambrano on August 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing usally craft rooms I see they have a petty separate room . And i also work from my garage and I got some great ideas thanks. I try to balance my family stuff and with my things from the shop in the garage. And I also live in the state of Nevada and the garage gets petty hot in the summer that’s another thing I have to work on.

    • Julie Siomacco on August 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      I’m glad you found it useful! It gets really hot here too. I use fans for now but hopefully one day I can install an AC unit.

  24. Susie Moore on December 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you so much for all of the info you have passed along. I am retired but still need some income. I’m thinking sbout creating wreaths, swags, garlands, etc, anything to do with mesh and ribbons. I LOVE to create and love when I make people happy with them.
    Unfortunately, I give away most of my creations and now realize that I could supplement our SS by selling things.

    I also love that you are a Gamecock fan! That’s the first thing I spotted on your fridge in the garage!

    I live in Charlotte NC and don’t know if I can heat or cool my garage enough to work but I am sure I can come up with a solution.

    Thanks again.

  25. Deana McKinzie on March 7, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Loved the tour, gives me hope that for now since I’m not going to be able to hold a real full time job for a good a while (just found out i have cancer) and I’ve always enjoyed working with flowers, ribbon, ect. I might be able to still contributed to my family and have something to make myself keep going. Lovin your whole blog thank you

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