Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

Have you ever made a wreath out of a coat hanger before?

Well, when you really want to make a wreath, but you don’t have a form for a wreath, you make up your own.

So why am I making a wreath today…

Well, last week, when I was working up at the store in Boerne, I noticed that one of the vendors had brought a gorgeous old, white, chippy door into her booth.  

Before I walked over to look at it, I already had plans for it.

I couldn’t wait to bring it home and decorate it for Fall.  It would be the star of my Fall Home Tour this week.  I just knew you would love it too.

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

When I had a chance, I walked over and looked at it.  I admired the glass knob, the little glass windows, the chippy paint, the rounded top, the price tag….

THE PRICE TAG!!  Eeeek!!!  

And then I almost cried.  The tag read $250!

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

I’m not saying the door wasn’t worth $250.  In fact, it was lovely, but no way was I going to spend $250 on an old door.  It’s just not going to happen.  

Now, my former self would not have even batted an eyelash at the price, and instead would have just pulled out the money and paid for it… whether I had the money or not.  

BUT, over the years, and through a lot of hard lessons, I have since learned that if I am obedient with my finances, then God finds ways to bless us in the most unusual of ways.  (I could share story after story about this, but I’ll save those stories for another time.)

So, with a sad heart, I went back to my place at the register and dreamed up other ideas for Fall decorating.  Ideas that didn’t involve an old chippy door.

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

Or a glass knob.  Or a rusty lock.

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

And then, I worked up at the store yesterday and there it was again…  

My door.  

It was calling my name, but I refused to listen to it.  I refused to walk over to it.  I refused to the entertain the idea that it could be mine.

I thought…it must be meant for someone else, and please, oh please don’t let that someone else come in here and buy it while I’m here!

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

Later that night, about 5 minutes before we closed, the lady who owns the door walked in with her husband to check on a few things.  

She came up to the counter and said, “Hey, I heard you like my door.  You want to buy it?”

I chuckled and said, “I love it!!  I can’t do $250 though.  It’s totally worth it, but it’s just not something I can spend now.”

She smiled and said, “Could you do $125? AND, you can just pay for it a little at a time, whenever you want, however you want, you can take as long as you want…”

I tried to hold back the tears and screamed, “YES!!!  Oh my goodness!  YES!!  Are you sure?  That would be great!!  YAY!!!”

Honestly, that’s what I said.

She laughed and her sweet husband carried my old chippy door out to my car.

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

As I drove my door home last night, eager to get it into my house, I was reminded that when we are obedient to God with our finances, he finds a way to work things out.

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

Did I need this old door?


Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

But I love Psalm 37:4 that says…

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  

Does this mean that God will give you everything you ever wanted?  No, but I can’t tell you how many times this verse has held true for me.  From my husband, to our church, to coming back home after 13 years, I know that God has found ways to bring me the desires of my heart.  He may not have always brought it when I wanted it, or exactly what I wanted, or in my timing, but God has always worked things out for my good.

I truly believe that God wants to bless us with the little and the big things in life.  

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

I think we all need reminders from time to time that God is still working, especially in this crazy world we live in.  Maybe your reminder is a new job, or a promotion at work, or an answer to that prayer…

Or maybe, it’s in an old, chippy door.

PS- For the full tutorial on the how to make a rag wreath of your own, click here.

Much love,




My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. I think God smiled on you when you hung that cute rag wreath off that old chippy door. Don’t you think it makes Him happy when such simple things make US happy? xo Diana
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  2. Oh how true… and thank you so much for the reminder.
    Sigh… what a perfect door. A perfect need to read post for sure.
    Hugs, Gee
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  3. Claire bear!!! I love it! I saw that chippy door a few days ago in a post and thought it was new. Precious! And I love the reminder that if we wait on God things are perfect in His timing. Love! Now, how do I pin this cutie wreath. I want to make one for Christmas. 😉

  4. Yay! What a wonderful story. I love the door and I am so glad you stuck to your guns with your finances! God has a wonderful and mysterious way of providing for us. Your wreath looks great too. Any tips for bending the wire? I tried to use a hanger wire to do the same thing and I could barely bend it!!!!

  5. Claire, what a great story!! I have found the same to be true in my life.. God is faithful, and I can’t out-give him!! So neat to see the blessing you received. That door is stunning!!
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  6. Claire, that is awesome! I love your thoughts and the beautiful door. My husband and I recently decided we wanted to find a door to make a desk out of. We found the perfect door with chippy green paint and beautiful hardware. When we asked how much the man said $348….his wife immediately said $248. We walked away. When I was telling my dad about it (his house is 104 years old) he told me he has a stack of 5 old doors. Score for free. 🙂

  7. Sherri Smith says:

    Good morning Clair,
    I just found your blog yesterday ( thankfuly). I am already inlove with it! I love your love for our Lord. Great reminder in your post about obedience to Gods word. I look forward to your next post!


  8. What a great idea and it looks so pretty!
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  9. How fun, I love this idea. Hugs, Marty
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  10. Beautiful……….

  11. This is beautiful, Claire. I love your heart and your obedience. Such hard lessons we learn through such ordinary things. I’m so glad we’re friends! And I’m totally pinning the wreath 🙂
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  12. I too have a love of doors, and just swoon whenever I see one that speaks to me. A couple years ago we lived in Morocco where my love of doors became hard to resist with all the variety and interest, not only on the magnificent doors still being used in homes, but also in salvaged doors that were for sale. I began collecting them! And returned to the US with 6, yes six!, antique, hand carved, solid wood works of art. These doors have now found permanent prominent places in my newly constructed home as functional doors, but also as special reminders of our time overseas! The house isn’t complete, and we won’t move in until sometime in Nov, but I cannot wait to enjoy these portals each and every day to come!

  13. I love this! Makes want to take some clothes to the dry cleaner so I can get some of these ugly hangers and make one of these….LOL The fabric you picked makes it so soft and pretty looking. Genius as always Claire. Have a fabulous weekend.
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  14. Hi! found your blog over on hometalk – love your rag wreath, but LOVE the door it’s on – sweet idea! Rag Wreaths must be the rage right now, I’ve made one as well. new follower 😉
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  15. I found your blog while looking up pictures of welcome signs on google. Loved your ironing board sign. Anyway read this post and I needed the reminder of trusting God and obeying him. We are going threw a transition in our lives and we have gone threw alot in the last week. Very excited i found another sister in Christ who has an amazing talent and had the right words to say when I needed to hear them the most!!! I am looking forward to more of your posts

    • Shantel,
      I love how God works through others to give us exactly what we need to hear when we need to hear it! Here’s what I’ve learned… when you are in the valley, just know that the mountain top will come. Once you get on that mountain top, you’ll be able to see that valley and then you will understand why you had to go through what you went through to get to that mountain top. Just know, it’s coming. Trust that God will get through it. In the meantime, remember that Satan will speak his lies to you. Refuse to listen. I’ll be praying for you to reach that mountain top soon! Hugs!!! Your sister in Christ, Claire
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  16. so simple… so pretty!



  17. Wonderful post, beautiful door and super cute wreath! I hear happiness and contentment in your voice! I hope all is turning out well for you!!~~Angela
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  18. Hi Claire, just popped over here from Hometalk to get another look at your pretty door and wreath! I’m smiling over the story of your door : ) I’ve experienced these kinds of things many times as well, and I do agree about obedience and God’s blessings. I love how He sometimes brings us something ‘new’ to encourage and bless (the door) and sometimes He gives us new eyes toward something we already have (the things to make the wreath). He is amazing! Thanks for sharing your lovely things and for the inspiration to see what we can do with what we already have!
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  19. Cheryl Robbins says:

    Claire, You certainly deserved to get the door! You always say the sweetest and most encouraging things and are a wondeful witness! Enjoy the door and the wreath is great. I’m going to make one even if i don’t have a door…i’ll find a place! Have a blessed week, Cheryl

  20. Thank you so much for sharing your story it has help me more than you know! I needed that reminder today! I have had a hard month and its awesome to read different blogs from creative women that share their story and creative ideas to encourage others! Love your blog and will be following you (I’m a newby to blogging) but have found so many incredibly creative women here!

    • Hi Rose! Congrats on taking the blogging jump! You will meet so many amazing and wonderful women in the blogging business. I always love how God uses us to speak to others at just the right time. So happy to have you following along! I’ll keep you in my prayers! Hugs!! Claire
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  21. I love your chippy door so much and your rag wreath makes it even more lovely!
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  22. I was just following a link about a wreath (super cute) and stumbled upon some lovely spiritual encouragement for the day. It brightened my day to see how God is using even crafts for HIS purposes. Thanks for being a willing tool!


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