As American as apple pie, baseball and the Fourth of July, rag wreaths have been around forever. Originally made from, uh, rags, they were an easy and inexpensive way to decorate. Not much has changed as you can make these from any sort of fabric scraps and pull one together in an hour for a couple of dollars!
I’ve played around with a few versions of these – some a little more polished, some a little more rag-tag. Forgive the pun.
Round styrofoam wreath form
Red, white and blue bandanas
White cardboard or craft foam
Cut each bandana in half, I found a full bandana was too thick to wrap around the wreath form. Fold the half bandana in half, place under wreath form and pass the ends through the loop. Okay, I know that made no sense, so just look at the photos…
Got it?! Alternate red and white (remember to start with red and do 13 of them if you want to be accurate). Fill the rest of the wreath with the blue bandana. Cut out a few stars from the craft foam and attach them with a dot of glue.
Wire wreath form
Various red, white and blue ribbons
Cut the burlap into strips approximately 3″ wide and 12″ long.
Fold in half and tie onto outer rings of the form using the same method as for the bandana wreath. Put them close together to get a solid outer ring.
Cut your ribbon into slightly shorter lengths (aprox. 8″-10″) and use the same method to tie them to the inner ring. I used an open weave red ribbon and alternated it with a blue and while polka dot ribbon.
Since I didn’t want to break the bank, I placed them a few inches apart from each other.
Then go back with more burlap strips and fill in the empty spots between your ribbon using a simple knot.
To finish it off and to add a pop of color, I wove a thiner red gingham ribbon in and out around the inner circle.
Cut your denim into 2″ x 8″ strips.
Bend your coat hanger into a circle and simple tie your denim strips into knots around the coat hanger. When it’s reached the desired fullness..add a bow!
LONG LIVE RAGS!!!