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Battle The Winter Blues By Making A Cheerful Wreath

The winter months of January to March can be difficult for many people. The winter blues can be a real hard truth. It’s not surprising – the weather is cold and unpleasant, and the days are so short. For lots of people, the end of the holiday season can be hard, too. In fact, the third Monday in January is commonly referred to as Blue Monday. Although there isn’t much hard science to back up this day as being the most depressing of the year, the winter seasons after the holidays are known for being the hardest for many people.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) impacts a lot of people during these months. SAD is a type of depression associated with changes in seasons. It can make you feel exhausted, tearful, depressed, and generally very low. Some people experience it more than others. 

Fight Back Against the Blues

If you’re looking to battle the winter blues, taking care of yourself is important. Experts recommend you don’t worry about setting yourself major new year’s resolutions that are challenging. Instead, focus on simple self care, and fit some fun and positive activities into your daily routine. That’s where crafting projects and DIY wreath making can really be a balm to the soul!

Focus on Self Care

The dark days of winter mean you probably aren’t getting enough sunlight That’s certainly true where Unique in the Creek is based in the Niagara Region of Canada. The grey skies are strongly linked with seasonal affective disorder, and can really make you feel low. 

A bit of colour around the house can really do wonders for your mood. While fresh flowers are nice, we all know how quickly they can die. That’s why making a flower wreath is so nice! You don’t have to water it and one wreath is impactful enough to equal a giant bouquet of flowers. Colour plays a strong role in emotions so this is a great time of year to make a bright pink, red, or yellow flower wreath for maximum impact. 

Looking forward to something, and planning fun activities or events help focus you on more positive times, to pull through the darker, dismal days. That could be something big, like planning a vacation, but planning crafting and wreath projects for spring and Easter can be equally as effective for your mood. 

Focus on Fun

Getting a little colour in your life and home is a great way to beat the blues, and experts suggest it’s actually surprisingly effective. Pair that with a creative activity that you enjoy and you can double down on the winter blues. 

Set aside a little time for yourself for some hands-on creativity. We recommend making a beautiful DIY flower wreath. It could be our signature rose, a sunflower wreath, a daisy, or another favourite flower. The resulting wreath will brighten up your home, and you’ll have fun doing it. Every time you look at it, you can feel proud knowing you made it yourself with your own hands and that satisfaction can also be great for your mood 

Hobbies keep you busy when it’s yucky out and doing something for yourself really does help you feel better. Crafts and wreath making are especially good for mental health. In fact, research indicates that crafts of any type improve your mood and self-confidence, while lowering stress overall. Win:win!

You can see why crafts like these beautiful flower wreaths are great for bolstering your mood. They look cheery, and will remind you of springtime to come. (Looking forward to things is another way experts recommend combating winter and seasonal depression). 

Be sure to check out our Wreath Kits to see what flowers and designs are currently in stock. 

Mood Boosting Activities in Winter

Wreath making is a great way to create a bit of “you time”, and that’s good for your mental health and spiritual health. It’s so easy to focus on responsibilities to everyone else, but trust us when we say that it’s important to prioritize yourself too.

In addition to decorating your own home, it can feel great to give at this time of year. You’re not the only one who is feeling low at this time of year. Perk up a friend who is also fighting the winter blues by making a wreath for their home. They’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness, and you can feel good about it too, while enjoying the wreath making process.  

So perk yourself up, and get wreathing! A flower wreath will make you feel boosted in no time.

Just getting started? You’ll find everything you need in our shop and be sure to check out our YouTube channel for hundreds of free tutorials and replays so you can follow along and learn our unique wreath making process.

And remember, you’re feeling depressed, be sure to talk to someone. You don’t have to go it alone. 

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Creative Halloween Wreath & Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Fall is one of the very best times of year to be creative with your home decor. With Thanksgiving it’s all about the abundance of the fall harvest and with Halloween you can go cute, creepy, or scary. There are just so many creative Halloween wreath and Thanksgiving decorating ideas that we’d love to share with you, so let’s dive in!

Are you more of a Halloween wreath type of person…

Here are just a few creative Halloween wreath ideas!

…or do you get more excited by the fall harvest and Thanksgiving decor?

And here are just a few Thanksgiving decorating ideas!

Or why not choose both Halloween and Thanksgiving? Around here, we love all of the fall holidays and all of the creative home decor possibilities associated with them.

Choose Your Own Halloween & Thanksgiving Adventure

There are just so many fantastic crafting opportunities this time of year and every decision you make is an opportunity for CREATIVITY. From your wreath board to your mesh, ribbon, colour choices, and all of your accessories like wreath signs and attachments, every item will contribute to making your wreath unique and personal.

At Unique in the Creek, we now have ELEVEN different types of patented wreath boards! The shape, size, and design of each wreath board lends itself to a new opportunity for your unique ideas. This is where the creative magic starts! Which wreath board will you use?

The UITC™ Wreath Board is the beginning of your wreath making journey. The principle is simple but brilliant: Use zip ties to load your board and then you’ll be able to attach any materials you’d like to create your Halloween or Thanksgiving wreath.

Here you can see Laurie attaching yellow mesh to a board that she has loaded with zip ties to create a beautiful sunflower, perfect for fall:

With this clever and easy system, you’ll get beautiful results every time!

Halloween Wreath & Thanksgiving Decor Materials

Next you’ll pick your colours and materials, which usually begins by choosing up to three colours of mesh. You may just choose one colour of mesh, while designs like our Ombre Flower Wreaths use three colours. Also remember that you can make your wreath with other materials like ribbon, fabric, etc.

Keep in mind that the mesh that’s shown here is simply a default selection of the most recently added to our shop. We add new mesh and materials to our shop every day and we have literally THOUSANDS of products to choose from with a massive selection for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving designs.

Next, choose your other materials, ribbons, and accessories. Again, please keep in mind that the products displayed here are simply the most recently added to our shop. Browse our huge selection and be inspired by the extensive selection!

A perfect finishing touch to a Halloween or Thanksgiving wreath is often a Wreath Sign. You won’t be disappointed by our selection here either! There are so many options to choose from and your choice will help add personality to your finished design.

Types of Halloween Wreath & Thanksgiving Designs

Some of our favourite styles of wreaths for fall are the ones that incorporate a cute and seasonal face into the middle, like our signature Scarecrow Wreath.

This type of wreath is usually made on a UITC™ Character Wreath Board! If you ever see a cute pumpkin wreath or a bewitching witch wreath with the face set back in the centre, the maker likely achieved that look by applying a vinyl decal to the centre of the Character Board.

Here are just a few examples of some fall and Halloween vinyl decals:

Be sure to check the latest selection of Vinyl Decal Centres here.

We’ve written an entire blog specifically about how to Make a Halloween Wreath Using the UITC™ Character Board so we won’t go into all of the details in this blog. Be sure to check out the Character Board blog here.

But the possibilities don’t end there! Again, we have ELEVEN different wreath boards to choose from and each type of board lends itself to new creative possibilities. We recently added the new UITC™ Rectangle Board to the shop, which we’re really excited about. With this new “swag” board, which comes in a 2-pack, not only can you create rectangle-shaped wreaths, but you can also put the rectangles together to make new creatively-shaped wreath designs and centrepieces too!

Just look at this stunning piece of Thanksgiving home decor that Laurie made made using the Rectangle Board! It can also be placed on your dinner table as a centrepiece.

Halloween and Thanksgiving Tutorials & Live Replays

Laurie has made hundreds of videos showing how she creates her unique designs. These are often live replays where she explains and shows everything step-by-step. Have a look at this video where she makes a turkey wreath for Thanksgiving. Isn’t it cute???

Here’s an absolutely adorable and stylish fall wreath that has been a big hit on Facebook and Pinterest:

And everybody just loves this Trick or Treat wreath for Halloween!

Follow along with Laurie’s video replays below to learn how to make your very own Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Autumn wreath designs from our YouTube channel.

CLICK HERE for the Fall, Autumn, and Thanksgiving playlist:

CLICK HERE for the Halloween Playlist:

More Thanksgiving & Halloween Decor Examples

Laurie isn’t the only creative mind at Unique in the Creek. We recently held our second edition of Wreath Wars, this time between Tanya and Tina Kelly. Though Tanya isn’t even a wreath maker herself, she gave Tina Kelly a good run for her money in this friendly little competition!

Tanya’s wreath on the left used the UITC™ Rail Board and Tina Kelly’s used the UITC™ Rectangle Board. Which one is your favourite?

And just to get your creative juices flowing, here are a few others we thought you’d enjoy!

As you can see, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating fun and creative Halloween wreaths and Thanksgiving decorations. So now we’d like to know, what will you make???

Get started now and let your creativity run wild! Click here for wreath boards, materials, supplies, kits, and more. Don’t forget to tag #uniqueinthecreek in your photos on Instagram so we can see and share your creations!

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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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Make Unique Home Decor with UITC™ Wreath Board and Design Modifications

Do you want to take your unique home decor projects to the next level?

If you’re a wreath maker or crafter, you might already be familiar with UITC™ Wreath Making Boards. Our boards help you create a stunning wreath, with less time and less materials than traditional wreathing methods.

But here’s a little secret, you can actually modify our boards OR our signature designs to create almost anything you can imagine! For instance, maybe you’d like to make a wreath in an unconventional shape. Or perhaps you’d like to make a large, show-stopping wall art piece. We can help and we have dozens of free videos to help you on your creating journey HERE.

We’ve always said that your imagination is your only limitation with our boards! This is even more true when you utilize board and design modifications to create a truly unique creation!

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

Make Unique Home Decor with UITC™ Wreath Boards

UITC™ Wreath Boards are the base for all your wreath making and DIY home decor 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 stunning results every time!

As of April 2022, we have 10 wreath boards available that you can use as-is or modify:

We recommend using zip ties with all of our wreath boards to attach your 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 speaking of materials, everything you need to make creative home decor is located in our online shop: from mesh, to ribbon, to wreath signs, to vinyls for our Character & Rail Wreath Boards, to all kinds of accessories, we have it all! We’re your one-stop shop for all your DIY home decor and wreath making needs.

Safety First While Modifying Your Wreath Boards

Before we dive into all the ways you can modify your UITC™ Wreath Boards, we must provide a little disclaimer.

When you’re cutting a board, drilling in extra holes to a board, or taking apart a board in any way, please remember that sharp, jagged edges and/or areas that are prone to snagging can be created in the process.

We recommend sanding down any areas where the board was cut or punctured to make those areas smooth. Not only will this stop materials from snagging or tearing, but it will also reduce the risk of anyone harming themselves on any sharp edges. UITC™ cannot be held liable for any injuries that may occur during or after the board modification process.

Make Unique Home Decor by Modifying a Wreath Board

So, what are some of the ways our wreath boards can be modified? We’re glad you asked! Our incredibly talented group of creators in the Unique Wreath Creators Facebook group have posted so many creative design ideas over the years using modified boards. We’d like to share some of them with you!

Cut the Wreath Board to Create a New Shape

Probably one of the most popular ways to modify a UITC™ Wreath Board is to simply remove a piece of it, creating a new shape.

In the above wreath, Laurie, founder and CEO of Unique in the Creek, started with the Oval Wreath Board. She then cut off the bottom section, creating a horseshoe shape. Laurie then built a wreath upon the newly-modified board to celebrate the Kentucky Derby. It looks just like a wreath that could be hung around a winning horse’s neck. Beautiful!

In the above photos, Wing Wreath Boards were used. Both boards were modified differently by two separate creators to create two distinct designs. Note that with both designs, the Wing Board was rotated 90 degrees.

For her basket of flowers wreath, Julie O’Brien cut down one side of the Wing Board so it would resemble a basket. She left the other side of the board unmodified so that the flowers and greenery could be attached in such a way that make them look like they were bursting from the basket!

For her patriotic American wreath, Robin Shuler Downe cut off one entire side of the Wing Board, making it one wing instead of two. This gives the wreath a completely new shape!

If you’d like to make creative home decor in “straight line” design, you can chop off the sides of the Cross Wreath Board. Joan Kendall Ward did just that here to create this Christmas swag. Such festive results!

Two modified Triangle Wreath Boards featuring two bird designs, but the results couldn’t be more different! Jan Barker trimmed the sides of her board to create her iridescent peacock wreath, while Pat McEvoy McDonald cut off the tapered end of her board to make her amazing owl wreath. Both Triangle Boards were also turned upside down.

Cut the Wreath Board & Reattach the Pieces

Another way to create a different wreath board shape? Cut your board into pieces and reattach those pieces into an entirely new shape. You can literally create your own shapes to match your unique home decor!

To make this gorgeous floral swag, Carla Halvorson used the Oval Wreath Board. She cut it into two parts, then reattached the two halves in a new spot with zip ties and hot glue. This created the swag’s “s” shape.

Add Extra Holes to Your Wreath Board

Maybe your wreath board is exactly the right shape for the design, but you’d just like some extra space to attach your materials. This is why some people add additional holes to their wreath boards. Remember, if you’re going to drill in extra holes, be sure to sand down the plastic that accumulates.

In the above right photo, Debbie Telford Carr used the Small Wreath Board, adding additional holes to better create the basket idea she had in mind. The results are beautiful!

Use Two or More Wreath Boards in One Design

Want to create a design that’ll really get noticed? Make something attention-grabbing by using two or more wreath boards. Not only will this effectively create a new shape, it will also make your designs BIG!

On the left, Laurie created a flamingo using both the Oval Wreath Board and the Large Wreath Board. And, of course, a whole lotta mesh! The result is a show-stopping piece of wall or fence art that that would look fabulous displayed outside during the summer.

On the right, Linda Lizzio made a cute black cat using both the Small Wreath Board and the Large Wreath Board. This wreath would be perfect for Halloween. However, you could also take the concept and apply it to other design ideas. For instance, a snowman for Christmas/winter, or a bunny or duckling for Easter/spring. The possibilities are truly endless with our boards!

If you’re familiar with our Wing Board, you know it’s very popular for making butterfly wreaths. However, if you want to make a butterfly or other winged creature that’s extra large, you can attach two Triangle Wreath Boards together, like Laurie did with her Butterfly! See how she did it HERE.

Make Unique Home Decor Modifying Traditional Designs

When we talk about modifications, we don’t just mean wreath board modifications. We also mean making modifications to the traditional designs you might see on our wreath boards!

Take our Signature Flower Designs, for instance. These are single-flower designs (e.g. a rose, daisy, or daffodil) made on our Large or Small Boards, using mesh folded to look like petals. These are very popular amongst users of our boards, but they aren’t the only style of flower wreath that is possible on our boards!

For some great outside-the-box thinking on traditional designs, we’d like to introduce you to Sharon’s Door Decor…

Featured Creator: Sharon’s Door Decor

One of our favourite creators for taking our traditional designs and modifying them into something new and beautiful is Sharon from Sharon’s Door Decor, who invented the Double Clematis Flower Wreath design.

While traditional flower wreaths made on our Large and Small Boards just feature one flower, Sharon took things to the next level! Sharon made TWO (and more) flowers on our Large Wreath Board with her Clematis Wreath design.

Suffice to say, this eye-catching design has been a huge hit in the wreath making community!

But she didn’t stop there, she also found a way to add even more flowers to our wreath boards:

Sharon created a beautiful fall wreath featuring four flowers, and also a gorgeous bouquet of tulips! And would you believe these designs, different as they are, were both made on the Large Wreath Board?

Sharon always has so many imaginative wreath and home decor ideas, and uses our boards so creatively to bring them to life! If you’d like to make your own Double Clematis Flower wreath, be sure to watch Sharon’s tutorial below:

Sharon from Sharon’s Door Decor shows you how to make her Double Clematis Flower Wreath design

For more wreathing and home decor inspiration, follow Sharon’s Door Decor on Facebook and Instagram!

Be Sure You Are “Authentically Unique!”

Before you make your creative home decor on our wreath boards, 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 and DIY home decor is for everyone. You don’t need any previous crafting experience 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 crafting materials, and a little inspiration!

So now that we’ve shown you how to make creative home decor using modified wreath boards and modified designs, 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 Patriotic Wreaths: American & Canadian Wreath Designs

Americans and Canadians, how do you love celebrating your country?

When it comes to patriotic holidays like Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Canada Day, you might like inviting over your family and friends, getting outside, lighting up the barbecue, and/or enjoying some fireworks. But of course, you can’t celebrate these holidays without also doing a little patriotic decorating! It’s the perfect way to show your love of country, to honour the troops, and of course, to flex your creative muscle while making something gorgeous!

So we thought we’d show you some of the best patriotic wreaths to inspire your home decorating and party planning. After all, America and Canada sure are beautiful, and you should have decor to match that beauty! Patriotic decorating ideas start here!

The Best Patriotic Wreaths Start on UITC™ Wreath Boards

All the patriotic wreaths we’re about to show you have one major thing in common (aside from being gorgeous, of course!): They were all made on UITC™ Wreath Making Boards!

UITC™ Wreath 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!

We offer several 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 patriotic wreath making process is much more cost effective and environmentally friendly.

And speaking of materials, everything you need to create the best patriotic 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! We’re your one-stop shop for all your crafting and wreath making needs.

The Best Patriotic Wreaths: American Designs

So with that, let’s dive into some of the best American patriotic wreath designs… featuring our dear friend, Michele at Monkey’s Creations!

Michele, the owner and creative genius behind Monkey’s Creations, is an amazingly talented crafter and wreath maker from Texas who’s made a variety of wreaths on our wreath making boards over the years. And some of our most favourite of these wreaths are her patriotic American wreath designs!

Patriotic Flower Wreath made using the Large Board, but you could also make a similar wreath on the Small Board!

And Michele’s patriotic wreath designs don’t stop there! You can find many more of her best patriotic wreaths on the Monkey’s Creations Facebook page, and replays of her making them on the Monkey’s Creations YouTube channel.

Of course, Unique in the Creek’s Laurie has also made her fair share of patriotic American wreaths. We may be a Canadian company, but we love the USA too! Here are just a couple of Laurie’s patriotic American wreath designs:

Pro Tip: When you’re including stars in your patriotic American wreath, make sure they’re never on the bottom of the wreath, but towards the top. This is proper flag etiquette. For more hot tips on creating your patriotic American wreaths, read this blog post!

The Best Patriotic Wreaths: Canadian Designs

Canadians, we haven’t forgotten about you! We are Canadian, after all, so we know how much Canadians love their country. We love it too!

Some of our favourite Canadian wreath designs come from Liz at Crafty Liz CreeAtions. Liz is an incredible Indigenous crafter and wreath maker who takes great pride in her country. You can really see this in Crafty Liz CreeAtions‘ gorgeous patriotic Canadian wreaths: