How To Make a Rag Wreath

Rag Wreath. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Is the wreath on your front door looking tired? Then, raid your fabric scraps, and create a no-cost replacement in a jiff. It's easy to make a rag wreath to go along with any color scheme or holiday.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes

What You Need:

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

Here's How:

  1. Dig through your fabric stash, and round up all of your fabric scraps – the more colors and patterns the better.
  1. Pick out the fabrics that go with your color scheme. Then, tear your scraps into pieces that are approximately six inches long and one-inch wide (no need to be exact).
  2. Use a pair of wire cutters to clip the hook off of the top of a wire hanger.
  3. Then, shape the remaining wire into a circle, and tape the two ends together with duct tape. This will serve as the form for your wreath. You can also use a store-bought wire frame wreath if you prefer. Since the store-bought version has multiple tiers of wire to wrap 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, they're definitely the way to go.
  4. 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. Then, tie the fabric in place.
  5. Repeat step 5 over and over until the entire wire is covered in fabric. Keep pushing the fabric together as you go, so you end up with a nice, full wreath.
  1. Then, hang your wreath on your door, and enjoy!


  1. For a built-in hanging hook, simply leave the hanger's hook in place
  2. Create seasonal and holiday wreaths by using appropriately colored and patterned fabric
  3. Make a rag wreath out of denim or burlap for an on-trend look
  4. Once you master round rag wreaths, try other shapes. Make a square or heart-shaped wreath, or create seasonal shapes like a candy cane or Christmas tree. You could even string multiple round wreaths together to create a snowman.
  1. Make matching garland by tying fabric scraps to a length of twine. Use it as a fun swag on your front porch, or use it as a party decoration.

More Fabric Projects to Try:

Here are some more fun projects that you can make with your fabric scraps and discarded clothing: