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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. 

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 free tutorials, you can make an impressive DIY Christmas Wreath in no time at all. 

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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 video tutorials 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 tutorials 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!