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How to Wreath on a Budget Using Upcycled Materials

Are you wondering how to wreath on a budget?

If you’re a wreath maker or crafter, you might already be familiar with UITC™ Wreath Making Boards. Our boards help you create a beautiful wreath, in less time and with less materials than traditional wreathing methods. And when you use less materials, you can save a lot of money!

Fortunately, you don’t always need to use brand new crafting materials, such as mesh, to make a gorgeous wreath on our boards! You can actually upcycle or repurpose many items found around your home to create something stunning.

We’ve always said that if you can get a zip tie around it, you can attach it to our wreath boards. This opens up the door for you to use many “outside-the-box” materials to make your wreaths inexpensively AND creatively! Let’s see how…

Laurie, founder and CEO of Unique in the Creek, showing off the Large Wreath Board

It All Starts on a UITC™ Wreath Board

Before you begin making your wreath on a budget, the first thing you’ll need is a UITC™ Wreath Board.

UITC™ Wreath Boards are the base for all your wreath making projects. They’re made entirely of 100% recycled plastic, they’re weather resistant and they can be reused! The best feature is the patterned holes to which you can attach all your materials easily and quickly. Our boards are easy and fun to use; no matter your skill level, you get gorgeous results every time.

As of September 2022, we have 11 wreath boards available:

We recommend using zip ties with all of our boards to attach your materials. From traditional crafting materials to upcycled materials, you can use any material you wish as long as you can get a zip tie around it. This helps you use fewer materials so that the wreath making process is much more cost effective and environmentally friendly.

And even though we’re about to tell you how to wreath on a budget, you can always check out additional supplies to help build out your wreath a little more, we’ve got tons of supplies and materials in our online shop: from mesh, to ribbon, to all kinds of accessories, it’s all there!

Wreath on a Budget by Repurposing Old Items

Get ready to turn something old into something new and beautiful! It’s time to search your closets, junk drawers, and storage boxes! Here are some items you could possibly find around your home that you could use to build your wreath on a budget:

  • Clothing – Denim
  • Clothing – Old t-shirts/sweaters
  • Clothing – Bandanas
  • Clothing – Fun socks
  • Clothing – Feather boas
  • Clothing – Footwear (baby shoes, flip flops, etc.)
  • Gift bags
  • Old photos
  • Fabric – old drapes, bedding, etc.
  • Tablecloths
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Buttons, wine corks, or bottlecaps
  • Book pages
  • Calendar pages
  • Greeting cards
  • Sheet music
  • Maps
  • Magazine pages
  • Patterned napkins (paper or linen)
  • Deflated balloons
  • Cotton balls
  • Stuffed animals or old toys

…and this list could continue on and on! If you can get a zip tie around it or decoupage it, you can attach it to a UITC™ wreath board. Let your imagination run wild!

So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some examples of upcycled or repurposed materials being used on our boards—both from us and members of our Unique Wreath Creators Facebook group—to make beautiful and creative wreaths.

Decoupage Something to Your Wreath Board

Want to make a wreath that features an image, but don’t want to spend the money on a peel ‘n stick vinyl? We’ve got you covered!

To wreath on a budget, decoupage something you already have instead of using a vinyl. Laurie has done just this in the above two wreaths with scenic images from a calendar. You could also use greeting cards, photographs, posters, maps, and other materials. If you can decoupage it, yo can add it to our boards!

Cheri Thrower’s tropical flower wreath made on the Large Board featuring a decoupaged centre.

Have the outer portion of a flower wreath completed and need a wreath centre? This is also where decoupage can come in handy. Cheri Thrower did this here with her super-summery flower wreath, featuring a patterned flamingo napkin decoupaged to a flat surface. It really ties the whole wreath together beautifully!

Use Old Clothing to Make a Wreath

Got clothing lying around that you’ll never wear again? Rather than throwing it out or making a thrift store run, give it new life by featuring it in your next wreath!

Bandanas were used to create this patriotic all-American flower wreath on the Large Board by Shayla Dowell McClure. We bet this wreath looks fabulous displayed on Memorial Day and the 4th of July!

Have feather boas you’ll never use again? Boas are great for adding bulk to a wreath, helping you cut down on other materials in your wreath—such as deco mesh—or eliminating the need for other materials altogether! They also give a wreath a fabulous flair.

In the above left, Michele from Monkey’s Creations used a pink feather boa for the body of her Breast Cancer Awareness Angel, made on the Triangle Board, while on the right, Jan Barker added an orange feather boa amongst her mesh to add bulk to her pumpkin Character Board wreath.

While using old items of clothing can be an effective way to save money when making a wreath, it can also serve another purpose: to create a tribute to a loved one who has passed on.

If you’ve lost someone special and have been tasked with disposing of their things, making a memorial wreath using treasured items of their clothing can be a great way to keep a piece of them close to you. Jennifer Jones Farley did just that with the above wreaths made in her late mother’s memory. Using items of her mother’s clothing that held special memories, from t-shirts to dresses, she created these beautiful wreaths that she gifted to her family members. What a touching sentiment!

Swap Out Mesh for Shelf Liner, Tablecloths, or Unused Fabric

Amongst our community of wreath makers, a favourite material to use instead of mesh is shelf liner. Shelf liner is a great material for filling out a wreath and is also very easy to work with. And from a distance, it can actually look a whole lot like mesh!

The above three wreaths by Charnella Rosas, Carol Otto, and Katherine Rine Stalnaker are terrific examples of how this material can look when added to our wreath boards.

Another popular item to upcycle for use on our wreath boards? Tablecloths, especially ones made from stiffer material such as vinyl or plastic. These are a fantastic alternative to mesh as they are often patterned, giving your wreath a little extra uniqueness!

The above three wreaths from Pat Richard Guidry, Nancy James, and Laurie are good examples of the different looks you can get when using a tablecloth to build a wreath on the Large Board.

If you have fabric you don’t know what to do with (e.g. bed linens, old drapes, fabric left over from a sewing project, upholstery stripped from old furniture), it can be used to make a wreath on a budget too!

In the above left photo, Kim Miller Decker created a festive Christmas tree wreath on the Triangle Board using scraps of fabric. On the right, Laurie created an eye-catching felt ‘n fabric flower wreath on the Large Board.

Hot tip: When using fabric, felt, or any other non-waterproof material to make a wreath, be sure to spray the wreath with Scotchguard if you’re going to hang it outside. This will help protect it from the elements.

Other Outside-the-Box Ideas

We’ve seen many other creative wreath on a budget ideas from our makers community. Here are just a few:

If you’re a bookworm or are making a wreath for someone who is, using an old book to make a wreath could be a fantastic project for you.

Above, Julie Sieger took a copy of The Secret Garden and used its pages to make the “petals” of this Character Board wreath. She then decoupaged the cover of the book to create the centre. Faux flowers and greenery were added to tie it altogether into a theme.

Faye Earl Hayes from Ducky Darling Creations used deflated party balloons to create the look of this celebratory Ring Board wreath. From afar, they kind of look like colourful flowers! Adorable!

Use Leftover or Economical Crafting Materials to Make a Wreath

Even if you don’t have anything around your home that you’d like to upcycle for a wreath project, there are still other ways to wreath on a budget. For instance, you could use leftover crafting materials you have, such as ribbon, or swap out your mesh for more economic materials, such as felt, foam, or tulle.

In the above left photo, Maia Place shows just how gorgeous an all-ribbon wreath can be! Her peacock wreath, made on the Large Board with NO mesh, only ribbon, is stunning. To make a wreath like Maia’s, take stock of what ribbon you have left over from previous crafting projects and see if you can come up with a theme or pleasing colour scheme.

In the centre, Debbie Bradford Samson has created an absolutely breathtaking lotus flower out of fun foam. No mesh required! Sheets of foam are much more friendly on the wallet than mesh, and you get such cool results, too.

On the right, Terri Poe made a cheerful sunshine wreath using felt. Just like foam, it’s much more inexpensive to use than mesh and you get a different and unexpected result. So neat!

And let’s not forget about tulle! In the above left photo, Michele from Monkey’s Creations brilliantly used tulle for a St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun wreath, made on the Ring Board. And on the right, Laurie used tulle instead of mesh for a black ‘n pink Character Board Christmas wreath. The ribbons help tie the theme together nicely!

In addition to being more economic than mesh, tulle is also a much lighter material, which means if you’re sending your wreath away to a customer or as a gift, it will cost less to ship too!

Wreath on a Budget with Tutorials & Replays

So now that you have some ideas for making a wreath on a budget, you might be wondering how exactly you go about the process of actually making your wreath. Fortunately, we have a YouTube channel full of replays and tutorials to help get you started!

Here are just a few of our #MakeitlikeLaurie YouTube replays that cover some of the ideas you saw above:

Learn to make a wreath using shelf liner!
Learn to make a wreath using felt & fabric!
Learn to make a wreath using ribbon!
Learn to make a wreath using tulle!
Learn to make a wreath using a tablecloth!
Learn to decoupage an image to the Character or Rail Board!

If you need more help creating your wreaths or are just looking for more inspiration, browse our YouTube channel for more replays and tutorials. And don’t forget to hit the subscribe button! More replays are being added all the time, so you don’t wanna miss out!

Be Sure You Are “Authentically Unique!”

Before you make your wreath on a budget, we unfortunately need to give a little attention to knock-off boards. They’re out there, and we’ve been seeing them more and more. These boards are lower quality, are typically made overseas, and won’t work with our replays.

Authentic UITC™ Wreath Boards:
👍 Always have the UITC™ logo embossed on the back.
❤️ Are weather-proof and durable, made to withstand the elements.
👍 Have the holes laid out in a clear pattern.
❤️ Have clearly numbered rows of holes.
👍 Are the *only* boards that will work with #MakeitlikeLaurie replays & tutorials.
❤️ Are made here in North America!

Remember, when in doubt, genuine UITC™ Wreath Boards can be purchased through our online shop or through one of our Authorized Distributors. When you purchase your boards one of these ways, you are guaranteed to be “authentically unique!”

Here at Unique in the Creek, we really do believe that wreath making is for everyone, regardless of your budget. You don’t need any previous crafting experience OR fancy materials to have fun and create something beautiful for your home or to give as a gift. All you need is one of our wreath boards, some materials, and a little inspiration!

So now that we’ve shown you how to make a wreath on a budget with upcycled and economic materials, are you ready to get started? Click here for wreath boards, materials, supplies, kits, and more, and don’t forget to tag us in your photos on Instagram so we can see and share your creations!

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The Best Easter Wreaths: All-Time Favourite Easter Designs

Are you looking for the best Easter wreaths for some Easter crafting inspiration?

Easter is one of our favourite holidays. We’re based in Niagara Falls, Canada, and as you can imagine, it gets pretty darn cold in the winter! But soon, spring will breeze in, with warm air, sunshine, blossoming flowers, and cute critters out and about. Because of this shift in season and the approach of Easter, it’s one of the most enjoyable times for DIY home decorating.

And with the UITC™ streamlined wreath making system, anyone at any skill level can make gorgeous Easter home decor using fewer materials and less time than traditional methods. From wreaths, to centrepieces, to topiaries, let’s take a look at some of our all-time favourite Easter designs made on our boards!

What Are UITC™ Wreath Making Boards?

If you’re new here, you may be wondering what UITC™ wreath making boards are and what all the fuss is about.

Not that long ago, wreath making could be a frustrating experience. Traditional wreath making methods took a lot of time and materials; the process wasn’t that fun and the results could be hit-or-miss. That’s when Laurie, an avid crafter and wreath maker, got to thinking about how the system could be improved. She got to work and came up with the wreath making boards everyone was waiting for!

UITC™ Wreath Making Boards are the base for all your wreath making projects: They’re made entirely of 100% recycled plastic, they’re weather resistant, they can be reused, and they feature patterned holes to which you can attach all your materials. And yes, they’re easy and fun to use, and get you stunning results every time!

As of early 2022 we offer 10 wreath making boards of different shapes and sizes that can help you get a variety of different results:

We recommend using cable ties (zip ties) with all of our wreath making boards to attach your materials. You really can use any material you wish as long as you can zip a cable tie around it! This helps you use fewer materials so that the Easter wreath making process is much more cost effective and environmentally friendly.

And speaking of materials, everything you need to create the best Easter wreaths is located in our online shop: from mesh, to ribbon, to wreath signs, to vinyls for our Character & Rail Boards, to all kinds of accessories, we have it all!

So, with all of that out of the way, let’s get into our all-time favourite Easter designs!

The Best Easter Wreaths Featuring Wreath Signs

A wreath sign is a great way to add a greeting or message to your wreath, or just a little extra personality! Here are some of our all-time favourite Easter designs featuring wreath signs:

The Best Easter Wreaths on the Character Board

Our Character Board, like our Rail Board, is designed to have an image insert affixed to it, whether that be a picture of scenery, a greeting, or a character’s face, e.g. the Easter Bunny!

At Unique in the Creek, we offer a wide selection of image inserts. No matter what character or theme you choose for your Easter wreath, we probably have an insert for it! Our inserts come in two types to best suit your needs: Vinyl (the most popular), and Digital.

The Best Easter Wreaths that Incorporate Plushies

Easter wreaths that incorporate a stuffed animal are among some of the best Easter wreaths out there! And certainly among the cutest too! From bunny heads to bunny butts or duckling butts, there’s so much you can do with this idea. Let your imagination run wild!

The Best Easter Wreaths to Celebrate Your Faith

If you’d like to celebrate your faith this Easter through your DIY decor, our Cross Wreath Board is a great choice. However, it’s not the only board that can be used to celebrate faith! With the right wreath sign, image insert, or other accessory, any board can be a fabulous base for these Easter wreaths.

Easter DIY Home Decor Ideas

In addition to wreaths, you can also make some fabulous Easter home decor on our boards, such as centrepieces and topiaries. The only limit to your Easter creations when you use our boards is your own imagination!

Amazing Easter Creations from Our Friends

Need more inspiration? Check out some of these delightful Easter creations from our friends and creators!

Jan Barker created these carrot wreaths on the Triangle Board. Perfect for double doors!
Faye Earl Hayes from Ducky Darling Creations made this bright and cheerful Easter wreath on the Large or Small Board.

Learn to Make the Best Easter Wreaths With #MakeitlikeLaurie Replays

Now that you’ve seen some of our all-time favourite Easter designs, you might be wondering how exactly to put together one of these gorgeous creations.

Well, you’re in luck! We have a YouTube channel packed with hundreds of replays and tutorials where you can learn to “Make it like Laurie”. We also have an entire Easter replays playlist for you to browse. Here’s a taste of what you can find in our Easter playlist:

Subscribe to our channel to make sure you don’t miss out on any upcoming replays or tutorials. And 👉 click here to browse the entire DIY Easter Wreath video playlist!

Be Sure You Are “Authentically Unique!”

Before you get started on your Easter creations, we unfortunately need to give a little attention to knock-off boards. They’re out there, and we’ve been seeing them more and more. These boards are lower quality, are typically made overseas, and won’t work with our replays.

Authentic UITC™ Wreath Boards:
👍 Always have the UITC™ logo embossed on the back.
❤️ Are weather-proof and durable, made to withstand the elements.
👍 Have the holes laid out in a clear pattern.
❤️ Have clearly numbered rows of holes.
👍 Are the *only* boards that will work with #MakeitlikeLaurie replays & tutorials.
❤️ Are made here in North America!

Remember, when in doubt, genuine UITC™ Wreath Boards can be purchased through our online shop or through one of our Authorized Distributors. When you purchase your boards one of these ways, you are guaranteed to be “authentically unique!”

Here at Unique in the Creek, we really do believe that wreath making is for everyone. You don’t need any previous crafting experience to have fun and create something stunning like a DIY Easter wreath as part of your spring decor. Make it for your own home or to give as a gift!

So now that we’ve shown you how to make the best Easter wreaths, are you ready to get started? Click here for wreath boards, materials, supplies, kits, and more, and don’t forget to tag us in your photos on Instagram so we can see and share your creations!

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Decomesh: Will the Fray Ever Stop?

Decomesh is an amazingly versatile waterproof plastic-based material and is one of the biggest industry design materials in the wreathing world. Decomesh comes in hundreds of colours, textures, sizes and styles; it is literally one of the most adaptable tools a wreath maker has and it can be used to create just about anything one can imagine. At Unique In The Creek™ the majority of our wreath designs are made using some form of decomesh and while it isn’t the easiest material in the world to work with, we love using it and have prepared tips for making the most of your decomesh by preventing fraying on your edges and completed designs. 

As with any project you undertake, preparation is key. One of the most important steps in creating a gorgeous wreath is making sure you’re ready to create. Have a plan, have your supplies and materials pre-cut and neatly organized, ready to attach to your board / frame. Because decomesh is a weaved material, the less you handle it, once it’s been cut, the better. Now, I know that sounds impossible but, if you have the steps and materials for your creation prepared ahead of time, you know exactly where your decomesh is going and the positioning; hence cutting down handling time. Think hot potato!

One of the most important tools for any wreath maker is their scissors or rotary cutter. A sharp cutting tool is simply a must have; not only will it cut down on accidents from dull tools slipping, it prevents sloppy edges on your decomesh ensuring clean lines with precision cuts. Sharpness is perhaps the biggest factor in reducing fray while preparing decomesh, the duller your tool, the more uneven the edges of your decomesh will be and the more they will fray. We’ve prepared a video on how to cut decomesh with a rotary cutter HERE.

Another practice that has become quite popular in the wreathing word is burning or melting the egdes of decomesh to “seal” them altogether. While these methods are guaranteed to completely prevent decomesh from fraying, they are not without issue. Burning / melting methods, because they are using a source of heat, produce toxic fumes as you are basically burning plastic. It is an absolute must that you use some sort of ventilator if you choose these methods and complete the burning / melting in a well ventilated area. We recommend using the bag sealer method at UITC™, this method melts the edges of your cut decomesh to seal it and prevent fraying, we have prepared a video on using one safely HERE.

Another way you can prevent fray is to “hem” the edges of your cut decomesh. That means folding over the cut edges and sealing them with glue or some sort of adhesive that will keep the edge of the cut decomesh from fraying. This method works wonderfully for sealing decomesh but, it is time consuming and can be visible if you are not extremely careful with the amount of adhesive you use in the “hem”.

Last but certainly not least, the quality of the decomesh you purchase is also imperative in preventing fray. Basic deco polymesh will fray more as there is less material in the weave to keep it together. Higher quality or premium decomesh will have more material woven throughout it and that alone will help with fray prevention in keeping the edges together once they are cut. Not to mention, better quality mesh produces a more polished finished wreath.

Decomesh is one of our favorite tools despite its challenges! We hope you’ve found this information helpful, we can’t wait to see what you create! Happy wreathing!

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Decomesh Hacks: Types and What They’re Best Used For

Welcome to the Unique In The Creek ™ definitive decomesh guide. Decomesh can be one of the most frustrating materials in the wreathing industry! Even for seasoned wreath makers, it is confusing, it is volatile, it is not always easy to work with and there are just so many different types.It’s hard to know where to begin as a new wreather and we want to help! You know we love to make things simple here at UITC™, so this is our comprehensive guide to decomesh, types, styles and the best use for each! Find our free video tutorial of this resource HERE. And if you’re looking for tips on safely and effectively preventing decomesh fray, we’ve got you covered with a video tutorial HERE and a written resource HERE! Our best resource on hacking all Things Unique In The Creek ™ is the playlist we’ve put together on our you tube channel where we post all our best Tips And Tricks. You’ll find videos on upcycling  paper gift bags for decoupaging on our character board, decomesh prep and cutting tutorials and a full tutorial on all the Petal Techniques Laurie uses!

Value Mesh – this is a more economical material with a loose weave. It frays a lot but, it comes in a wide array of colours and is perfect for rustic flowers. Because of the loose weave, if you are using this with our boards, you should double it up to prevent the board from showing through or prep your board with a like coloured spray paint. This mesh is perfect for Ombre Designs as the layering of colours hides the loose weave. It is also waterproof and durable. Sometimes it can be a little stiffer but, it will hold shape well. This mesh is great for ruffles, cruffles, poofs and curls.  It also works well as a filler to add color, with added ribbon tails and bows.  And this mesh works great for Flower Designs that use folded petals like the Startrek PetalGerbera PetalCarnation Petal.   

Border Mesh – this is a value mesh that has a border around the outer edges, it comes in a wide array of colours and multiple colours in one. It is best suited for making ruffles, it is not an ideal material for flowers or for poofs. Not ideal for petals designs because of the border but, works well in a Ruffle Petal for our Christmas Tree, or a Carnation. It’s also great for Character Board Designs

Foil Mesh – this is a value mesh and is best suited to poofs ruffles, cruffles and curls. It is not ideal for flowers unless you seal the edges or use for a layered design like the Ombre Flower Or Sunflower.

Two Tone Mesh – this mesh can be value and it is best suited toward Ombre Flowers and Roses. It doesn’t usually come with foil and it will say two tone on the package. It is a great way to give colour and dimension for Flowers.   Orange/gold is perfect for fall flowers and pumpkin wreaths and blue/green is perfect for Lighthouse and Beachy wreaths and Peacock designs. The apple/moss green most popular for leaves, it adds life like dimension. Can be sealed in various ways.

Wide Foil Mesh – this mesh is metallic and the foil is double the size of regular foil mesh.  This mesh can be sealed but the foil will have to be cut manually, it will not melt. It is not suitable for flowers as the main material but it is great for poofs, ruffles, cruffles and curls. 

Wide foil mesh in matte – the stripes in this mesh are dull, it is not shiny but offers great coverage. It isn’t a value mesh but, it is a lower priced mesh for the quality. This mesh can be sealed and it makes gorgeous fall roses. We also love it in the Gerbera and Daisy flower design. 

Deluxe Foil Mesh – UITC™ Favourite! This mesh is a very showy mesh, it’s very sparkly all over.  It is all foil and has no gaps in the weave, you can even skip a row on the rose design it’s so full.  This mesh is more pricy so you don’t want to cover the mesh. This mesh is not suited to poofs, it is ideal for the Rita Petal and in one of Laurie’s favourites. It doesn’t seal well due to the foil but, it is durable with not fray a lot. It makes beautiful Poinsettias and is very popular with the Rita Petal design, the sunflower petal and the poinsettia petal. It is available in a wide variety of colours, solids and pattern designs are available. 

Poly Jute Mesh – this mesh is plastic and has strips of burlap running through it. It is best suited to rustic designs, it has no foil and is not sparkly. It is available is a wide array of colours. This mesh can be sealed, you have to cut the burlap parts manually. Natural is most popular, it has a burlap look. Great to use as a wreath base, poofs, ruffles, curls and cruffles. By adding ribbon tail bows with attachments/signs it is great for the UITC Scarecrow, pumpkins and Autumn décor inspired wreaths. It is available with stripe and wide stripe color patterns as well as some with metallic stripe patterns.

Fabric Mesh – UITC™ Favourite! Laurie loves this one for Roses! This mesh is very poplar right now, it really will work for any Flower Design. It’s expandable, soft and bonds well. It is very similar to poly jute with a much tighter weave. It can come with foil and does not seal well, it tends to get stuck and frays really badly. It is available in a wide variety of colours and metallic options. Overall it has beautiful color saturation. Popular in yellow for Sunflowers and red for Poinsettias, works great for poofs, ruffles, cruffles and curls. Also available as stripe fabric mesh or buffalo check fabric mesh. The main difference being the direction of the jute that runs through the mesh.  Stripe is more of a straight line and check looks more like a square pattern.

Snowball Mesh – this mesh has snowballs or rounded balls within the mesh weave pattern. This mesh is not completely solid.  This mesh comes in a wide variety of colours. White is very popular with the snowman and Mr And Mrs Claus Designs on the UITC Character Board. It’s perfect or poofs, cruffles, ruffles and curls.

Snowdrift Mesh – this mesh is similar to snowball mesh, the snowballs are connected all the way around the mesh and it is more solid.  This mesh is very popular in the winter time and makes gorgeous winter Flowers and the UITC snowman and mr and mrs clause designs. It is a very pricey mesh, you can alternate with another mesh of he same colour to save money in designs where you use this mesh. You can heat seal this mesh and is available in a wide array of colours. 

Tinsel Mesh – this is a value mesh and can have a border strip of tinsel at the ends or throughout.  You can seal it, cut the tinsel manually if it doesn’t quite melt. It’s not an overly popular mesh but, it has a lot of great uses and is easy to work with. Full tinsel mesh has the fuzzy tinsel foil running all the way through the mesh usually as a strip or stripe pattern. It’s great for poofs, ruffles, curls and cruffles. This is a great mesh for Halloween Designs. Tinsel border mesh has the fuzzy tinsel strip on the ends and is a newer mesh not readily available but the most common right now is the halloween colours with fuzzy tinsel.

Poly Deco Mesh – this is a plastic mesh.  It is cheaper than poly burlap and has a tighter weave. It seals well with various methods. It is similar to regular value mesh but, is a much better quality. It’s available in lots of colors and is a very popular mesh. It can be used for petals, poofs, cruffles and ruffles. Great for your base mesh in your wreath and adding ribbon tails, bows signs and attachments. It is great for most petal folds and Flower Designs.  Some of the lighter colors are thinner, consider doubling your mesh or adding an extra row of petals.

Poly Burlap Mesh – this is a plastic mesh that is very thick, has the burlap look but is plastic and waterproof. It also seals well and sealing is recommended, as it frays very badly.  After your flower is finished it is highly recommended to also seal your flower by spraying with clear gloss sealant krylon or rustoleum brands are popular. This gives extra protection from the color fading. This mesh is most popular with the UITC Sunflowers and is perfect for the sunflower petal, Dean Michael Petal and the Rita Petal and is popular with the Sara Flower as well. We do not recommend this mesh for roses as it is too thick. It comes in a variety of colors and is available in a few patterns. However, at certain times of the year and during holiday seasons poly burlap is very hard to find in specific colors and sells out very quickly.

Metallic Net Fabric Mesh – this is a brand new style of mesh, it’s very light weight and will not fray. It is available in a wide array of colours but, it’s only in 9.5” instead of 10. It’s very shiny and would be great for a Christmas Tree on the Triangle Board

Poly Burlap Check Mesh –  this is a large poly burlap weaved mesh. Similar to window pane mesh and is a little pricey. It is very thick and durable and the weave resembles a wide basket style weave. It seal well using various methods and is gorgeous as an accent petal in the Sara Flower design.

Window Pane Mesh-  this is very similar to poly burlap check. It’s a little less stiff and is a cheaper version of poly burlap check mesh. 

Burlap Deco Mesh-  this is very similar to poly jute mesh.  It has the burlap look with jute running through the plastic. It is a softer look and look and is very popular in the Denim Blue. It’s very hard to find this mesh in metallic and it does not seal well.  Good for poofs and ruffles but it frays really badly.  This mesh comes in solid colors, checked colors, wide and thin strips and buffalo check pattern.

Want more resources like this? Find all of our free step by step video tutorials on hundreds of our designs HERE. Remember, these are our best suggestions and our favourites, every wreather will develop their own style and preference for every part of every wreath they make, that’s part of what makes your creation yours! Happy wreathing!

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How to Make the Best Christmas Tree Wreath

Have you been inspired by the many beautiful Christmas Tree Wreath designs on Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook? 

Or maybe you’re looking for the best Christmas Gift for someone you love this holiday season?

Well, you’ve come to the right place! 

With the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder, there’s nothing more cheerful than a beautiful Christmas wreath to greet your neighbours and guests. 

Christmas Tree Wreath as seen Pinterest!

Our standout Christmas Tree Wreath Kit is so stunning and popular that it went viral on Pinterest! And the wreath is so easy and satisfying to make, too! We send you everything you need to make a gorgeous Christmas Tree Wreath, right to your door. With our easy-to-follow instructions and live replays, you can make an impressive DIY Christmas Wreath in no time at all. 

You’ll love the feeling of hanging this showstopping DIY Christmas Wreath on your door. The result is truly Christmas perfection! 

Or, if you’d like to express your own creative Yuletide ideas, the UITC™ Triangle Wreath Board provides the base for your very own Christmas Tree Wreath design. We have an extensive library of free live replays for guidance and inspiration. If you’re ready to unleash your Christmas creativity, you’ll love this board!  

The Latest Christmas Decorating Ideas!

If you love Christmas as much as we do, then you know that a little decorating goes a long way to spread the Christmas cheer. We always stay up on the latest trends in Christmas decorating… and we like to be trendsetters ourselves! 

An artistic Christmas Wreath on your front door can make such an impact, not just to elevate the curb appeal of your own house but also to spread joy to the entire neighbourhood. And decorating with fresh, bold, and elegant Christmas designs livens up your home and really pushes the holiday cheer to a whole new level. 

Holiday Wreath Making and DIY Christmas Decorations have never been this on-trend, beautiful, and easy! At Unique in the Creek, we’ve streamlined wreath making down to a science. We’re your one-stop-shop for dazzling Christmas decorations and wreath making supplies. Let’s take a look… 

DIY Christmas Tree Wreath Kit – As seen on Pinterest!

When something goes viral on Pinterest, you know it must be good! If you’d like to make the same gorgeous Christmas tree wreath that went viral on Pinterest, you can duplicate it with our UITC™ all-in-one Christmas Tree Wreath Kit. It includes everything you need to make the same popular Pinterest Christmas Tree Wreath that everyone is talking about and loves so much.  

Do you prefer a traditional Christmas Tree or a more modern design? Well, we have a kit for both! We send everything you need right to your door with easy instructions, plus we have free online live replays on YouTube

Christmas decorating has never been this beautiful and easy. 

Whether you prefer the traditional tree or the Modern Christmas Tree, you’ll LOVE the results of each DIY Christmas Tree Wreath Kit. It’s got to be one of the prettiest Christmas decorations we have ever seen, and it makes every house look so charming and Christmassy. We get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it! The Christmas kits are easy, fun, and help you get beautiful results every time. Your home has never looked this good!

And if you’re looking for something a little bit different, we also have a lovely DIY Poinsettia Wreath Kit!

Now we’re really getting into the holiday spirit! These are Christmas decorations that make an impression. By adding that little bit of merriment to your home you’ll definitely be sending good celebratory vibes into the world. (And we could all use a little merriment this year, right???) 

Be Inspired with the Triangle Board

Christmas decorating gets more creative and beautiful every year, don’t you think? There’s just so much to be inspired by! Whether it’s a new colour palette you saw in a magazine or a cute Noel idea you pinned on Pinterest, there are so many innovative ways to bring holiday cheer to your front door and into your home. 

If you’re a crafter with your own imaginative ideas for decorating this Christmas season, the UITC™ Triangle Wreath Board could become your best friend and most valuable asset! It’s used in all the UITC™ Christmas Tree designs, as well as in our Candy Corn, Gnome Wreath, and Country Girl designs. This is the secret crafting accessory that makes creating a gorgeous DIY wreath so easy and successful! 

The UITC™ Triangle Wreath Board is a 20″ x 16″ triangular form constructed entirely from 100% recycled plastic. This wreath making board creates a finished wreath approximately 24″ x 20″. 

At UITC™, we are passionate wreath makers and that dedicated craftiness led us to make these specialized wreath making boards. They are the secret ingredient to beautiful, durable, and enjoyable wreath making. Each board is designed to create endless possibilities; if you can picture it, UITC™ boards can help you create it! The Triangle Wreath Board is particularly popular at this time of year because it’s the perfect base to make a Christmas Tree, but don’t forget about our other boards either! (Hint: the Horse Board also works as the base for an amazing reindeer wreath!)  

Best Christmas Crafts for Adults

The best Christmas crafting for adults always leaves you with a feeling of deep satisfaction with the gorgeous results of your efforts. 

What’s great about DIY Christmas wreath making is that it’s both fun and easy with just the right amount of cleverness and surprise. What we mean by that is DIY Christmas wreath making isn’t so simple that it feels juvenile or like a kid could do it—there wouldn’t be much satisfaction in that! With our Christmas Wreath Kit or DIY Christmas creations using the Triangle Wreath Board, as you build up the elements the resulting design starts to reveal itself in stages—and it’s truly marvelous to watch it all come together!

DIY Christmas Wreath making can be fun for the whole family but it’s not a simple kid activity for a child to do alone. Think of it like Christmas baking—a deeply satisfying activity that a child can support, but the adult will be guiding the process and taking the lead. Because some things should really be fun for adults too, right??? Christmas Wreath Making is one of those things! 

Christmas Crafting: Get It Right the First Time 

If you’ve ever picked up a lot of crafting materials with grand ideas for a project that didn’t turn out right, we feel your pain! There’s nothing worse than having high hopes for your homemade Christmas decorations and then having them not turn out nicely. Not with our Christmas Wreath Kits

Just say “no” to wasted materials, messy pipe cleaners, and results that look cheap or sloppy. Our materials fit perfectly in the UITC Wreath Boards, which include pre-drilled guide holes to securely and reliably affix your materials. And all of the materials and designs have been carefully planned and organized so you get a beautiful result the first time. Yes! 

With our unique streamlined wreath making system, anyone at any skill level can make a stunning wreath every time using fewer materials and less time than traditional wreath making methods. You’re going to love it!

Deck The Halls with Unique in the Creek Christmas Decorations

At Unique In The Creek™, we love Christmas and live for Christmas crafting! That’s why we design and manufacture patented innovative wreath boards and kits that simplify DIY wreath making.

DIY wreath making has never been this fun and easy while getting you such beautiful results. So what are you waiting for? GET YOUR UITC™ ALL IN ONE WREATH CHRISTMAS TREE KIT NOW!