How to Make a Rag Wreath

Turn Fabric Scraps Into Decor

Rag Wreath Craft Project

Erin Huffstetler

Welcome guests to your house with a colorful homemade wreath on the door. If you'd like a new wreath, but you don't want to shell out money for it, it's easy to make one from stuff you have lying around.

If you sew, raid your fabric scraps and create a quick, no-cost replacement or purchase some trendy denim or burlap for an updated look. It's easy to make a rag wreath to go along with any color scheme or holiday. You can make a rag wreath in about 30 minutes, and it's simple to do.

What You Need

  • Fabric scraps in a variety of colors
  • Metal hanger or wreath form
  • Duct tape
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors

How to Make a Rag Wreath

  1. Dig through your fabric stash and round up all of your scraps—the more colors and patterns, the better. If you have to go to the store to get new fabric, ask if they have a scrap bin or discounted fabrics in a variety of patterns. Pick out the fabrics that go with your front door or the chosen room's color scheme.
  2. Tear your scraps into pieces that are about 6 inches long and 1 inch wide. There's no need to be exact, so no need to pull out a ruler—you can eyeball the lengths of fabric.
  3. Use a pair of wire cutters to clip the hook off of the top of a wire hanger.
  4. Shape the remaining wire into a circle and tape the two ends together with duct tape. This will serve as the form of your wreath.
  5. Place the first piece of fabric over your wire form, so that you have an equal length of fabric on either side of the wire. Tie the fabric in place.
  6. Repeat steps 6 and 7 over and over until the entire wire is covered in fabric. Keep pushing the fabric together as you go so that you end up with a nice, full wreath.
  7. Hang your wreath on your door or wall and enjoy your handiwork.

Tips for Making a Rag Wreath

  • If you would prefer not to use a wire hanger, you can also use a store-bought wire frame wreath. Because the store-bought version has multiple tiers of wire to wrap the fabric around, it'll give you a fuller wreath. Wreath forms come in a variety of sizes, so if you want to make something bigger than you can make with a hanger, a wreath form is a way to go.
  • For a built-in hanging hook, simply leave the hanger's hook in place.
  • Create seasonal and holiday wreaths by using appropriately colored and patterned fabric.
  • Once you master round rag wreaths, try other shapes. Make a square- or heart-shaped wreath or create seasonal shapes such as a candy cane or Christmas tree. You could even string multiple round wreaths together to create a snowman.
  • Make matching garland by tying fabric scraps to a length of twine. Use it as a fun swag on your front porch or as a party decoration.