Everything You Need to Know — And MORE!

The Details:

What:  Make and sell fully handmade wreaths to support Pathfinder School’s Outdoor Education and Camping Programs

When:  November 19 – December 10

Who:  All Pathfinder families and friends

Where:  The wreath workshop is set up in Pathfinder’s covered play-court. Farmers Markets take place on the corner of California and Alaska in front of Key Bank.

What Do Wreaths Cost?

Medium wreaths cost $25. Large wreaths cost $35. Prices may be higher at Farmers Markets.

How Do I Make a Wreath?

Anyone can make a wreath! Come during your classroom’s Wreath Night to learn from your peers or on a Saturday when there will be other wreath-makers in the workshop. There will be instructions in the workshop for do-it-yourselfers or for those who need a refresher. You need not sell every wreath you make; we always need wreaths for pre-orders and for Farmers Markets on Sundays.

When Can I Make a Wreath?

The shop can be accessed via a lock during school hours and weekends, but the overhead lights will only be available when there is a custodian on the premises. The only reserved times are for class wreath nights (see below). If the workshop cage is locked, ask at the front office or text the number on the cage door for the combination. Be sure to lock up when you leave.

How Do I Sell a Wreath?

There are three ways to sell a wreath:

  1. Make and Sell Wreath: Make and sell your own creation. Collect cash or check and submit tags with your money to the front office. Make sure your name and child’s class is listed as both the maker/seller on the tag. Alternatively, the buyer can pay online by pre-ordering the wreath.
  2. Sell Wreath Only: Have someone else make the wreath and you sell it to a friend or family member. Pre-order online or fill out a paper form and turn it into the office or to wreaths@pathfinderk8ptsa.org. Pick a date close to your delivery. We will notify you when your order is ready for pickup in the wreath workshop. Orders will be filled in the order in which they are placed.
  3. Sell a Wreath at a Farmers Market: Pathfinder will be selling wreaths at the West Seattle Farmers Markets on three consecutive Sundays from 10am-2pm. Working a shift (or helping with set-up or take-down) is a great way to earn credit for your class!
    >> Sign up TODAY for a shift on Dec. 3 and/or Dec. 10

This year’s bow selections can be found here. Supplies may be limited.

How do Online Pre-Orders Work?

Making the Order: Online Pre-Orders can be made at https://pfk8.schoolauction.net/wreath2017. We need 48 hours advance notice to complete the order. The purchaser should fill out the online form in its entirety and include a classroom to get credit for the sale, a bow choice (if they have a preference), and whether a specific person is making their wreath. Online orders are the only orders that can be made with a credit card.

Pick-Up & Delivery: All wreaths must be picked up by the seller or the purchaser. The purchaser will select a delivery date. The wreath team will then alert the seller about when that date is. The seller will come to school on the delivery date and find the wreath with a PINK TAG that has the purchaser’s name on the Pre-Order wreath workshop wall. If the purchaser makes prior arrangements, and is not affiliated with Pathfinder, they can pick up their wreath in the entryway to the school during school hours.

Clipping Greens & Ornamentals

We can always use evergreens and ornamentals! Begin dropping off clippings as early as Nov 17 at the Wreath workshop. We need lots and lots of evergreens: firs, pines, spruce, arborvitae and more. These provide the base of every wreath. Then we spice up the wreaths with berries, seedpods, cones and other interesting ornamentals. Ideas and photos of ornamentals to clip can be found here.

Logging Your Time

Your child’s classroom can get credit for the time you spend foraging for wreath goodies, picking up greens, clipping greens, cleaning or organizing the workshop, making bows, and setting up or breaking down for Farmers Markets. You may tally your time in the logbook in the wreath workshop. Wreath-making should NOT be logged.

How Do I Get Credit for My Child’s Class?

Each wreath will have a tag that needs to be filled out completely, including the name (and classroom) of who makes the wreath and the name (and classroom) of who sells the wreath.

Green tags are for wreaths you sell or which are available to anyone. Pink tags are for Pre-Orders only.

When you deliver your wreath, make sure you keep half of your tag to turn in with the money you collect. The other half goes to your customer as a receipt.

Please seal tags and checks/cash in an envelope together before you turn them in. Wreath tags and money need to be turned into the office by Tuesday, January 9 to ensure your child’s classroom gets credit.

Wreath Schedule

  • Online and paper pre-orders:  Nov. 20 – Dec. 4
  • Sunday Farmers Markets:  Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10

Classroom Wreath Nights: 5:30-8:00pm unless otherwise noted

Mon. 11/27:          Open

Tues. 11/28:          Eagle/Elk

Wed. 11/29:          Octopus/Owl

Thur. 11/30:          Frog/Spider

Fri. 12/1:               Snake/Wolf

Sat. 12/2:               Seal (10am-12:30pm) and Salmon (1-3pm)

Mon. 12/4:            Raven/Falcon

Tues. 12/5:            Bee/Fox/Lynx

Wed. 12/6:            Blue Heron/Kingfisher

Thur. 12/7:            Bat/Turtle/Otter

Fri. 12/8:                Bear/Coyote

Sat. 12/9:               Open 10am-12:30pm

  • Dec. 11: Last day wreath workshop open. Any remaining wreaths will be donated.
  • Dec. 12-13: Break down and cleanup of workshop.
  • Jan. 9: Final day to turn in tags and money for classroom credit.

How is My Child’s Classroom Credited?

Your efforts directly benefit your children’s classrooms: 40% of the price of a wreath goes to the maker; 40% of the sales price goes to the seller; 10% is reserved for people who take to collect greens, make bows and clean the workshop; and 10% goes towards expenses.

Questions? Like to Volunteer?

Send an email to: Wreaths@pathfinderk8ptsa.org