How to Make a Coat Hanger Rag Wreath

How to Make a Coat Hanger Rag Wreath

I know what you’re thinking… “Surely, I’ve seen this post already!” or “Am I losing my mind?”

Well, I promise you’re not losing it.  I don’t think you are anyways!  🙂

Last week I shared a Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath I had made, but mostly, I shared my story about how I acquired a lovely old, chippy door I had been eyeing for a few weeks.  Little did I know that so many people would love the wreath so much that they wanted to make their own and that my pictures weren’t good enough of a tutorial.  So, after answering several questions, I decided I better show a complete tutorial on how I made it.

So, here’s how to make a coat hanger rag wreath…


One wire coat hanger

1/2 yard of two different types of fabric in colors that go with the season or your home



Deco Mesh Ribbon

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath


Step One:  Find a wire hanger.  (It’s funny how many people commented and told me that over the years they had slowly gotten rid of their wire hangers in favor for the plastic ones.)

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

Step Two:  Using pliers, straighten out the wire hanger.  

Once it is straight, use your pliers to bend it into a circle and hook the ends together at the top. 

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

Step Three:  Cut strips of fabric.  I chose a solid beige fabric and a patterned orange and white fabric.

I cut the strips about 8-10 inches long and about 1 inch wide.  The whole point of a rag wreath is to make it “raggy,” so don’t worry about being too precise on this part.

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath Step Four:  Begin tying your strips around your wire hanger. 

I alternated by strips of fabric by tying on two solid strips and then one patterned strip.

As I tied, I pushed them close together.  The tighter you push them together, the fuller your wreath will be.

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.

Step Five:  As you get closer to the end continue to push the strips together and squeeze in those last few strips.

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

Step Six:  Finally, using some Deco Mesh ribbon, tie a bow at the bottom.

Coat Hanger Fall Rag Wreath

Step Seven:  Finally, hang your rag wreath and enjoy!!

OR, make another one!  🙂

I hope that helps to answer some questions!  If I left anything out, please let me know.

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  1. I love this!! My sister used to make wreaths like this with clear sandwich bags. She did them at Christmas time and added red bows or ornaments. The bags gave it a gauzy like look, but I prefer this rag look much better!
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  2. I could have sworn I commented on this post before. Great tutorial and what a cute,fun wreath- xo Diana
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  3. I loved this project so much that I made one of my own but I totally linked back to you! Yours looks amazing!
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  4. I loved how your scrappy wreath looked so I set out to make a similar one for our bedroom…but in the crafting-while-hungry-process I ended up making a candy corn inspired scrappy wreath out of felt scraps. Still want to make a fabric scrap one for the room…might have to wait until Halloween is over, though!
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  5. Sherry Deese says:

    I really like the wreath, the only question I have is did you tie it in a knot? I am going to make these a Christmas gifts, thanks.

  6. Do you mean 1/2 yard of each color or a total of 1/2 yards? Also, did you tie each strip in a knot)

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