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Recently I just reorganized my tool kit and was left with such a great feeling. It was like the closet organization equivalent for a florist. I’m sure in a few weeks time, it will be back to half rolled tapes and loose boutonniere pins, but for now it feels really good to have just the essentials in there. I put together a checklist for the florist or the hobbyist with some new found favorites and some old faithfuls.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive. There are so many other tools and trinkets that could make their way on this list, but think of this as your back to basics check list. If you had to grab 15 things and put them in your tool kit (without knowing the project or ask) what would they be? These are mine.

  1. Florist Knife // I’ve recently started to use a knife more and this one is great. I still almost always grab for clippers, but I’ve enjoyed using this one.
  2. Florist Shears
  3. Green Bind Wire
  4. Gloves
  5. First Aid Kits // Never leave home without one
  6. Florist Pruners
  7. Fabric Scissors
  8. Florist Wire
  9. Waterproof Floral Tape
  10. Collapsible Trash Can // A recent find! This one is so incredibly sturdy and very packable.
  11. Canvas Tool Bag // My absolute FAVORITE. I love this bag so much. I’ve only had it for a few weeks, but it’s incredible and holds so much. I have another one to keep all of my clippers and scissors in. It’s washable, not too bulky or heavy…it’s a win.
  12. Foam Knife
  13. Corsage and Boutonnière Pins
  14. Wire Cutters
  15. Zip Ties
  16. Chicken Wire // A really cost effective option for chicken wire. I used this on a recent wedding and only used one roll! I used for all the mechanics on two installations and a few centerpieces and we didn’t open the second roll.

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After 11 years working with flowers, I can honestly say, I'm still not over them. This career has been the happiest accident of my life and I can't imagine  a life without flowers. What started out as hobby became my dream career. It has taken me all over the world, introduced me to new people and to new cultures, challenged me, and has given me the opportunity to be a fly on the wall to the most beautiful celebrations of love. It has been a joy.   

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