Vintage Clothespin Bag Christmas “Wreath”

Vintage Clothespin Bag Christmas “Wreath”

If you read through my recent round-up post on upcycled Christmas wreaths, then you may have noticed that I mentioned a new non-wreath wreath that I was working on. And, well…today’s the day I share it with you! A few months back, I found this vintage clothespin bag at a local thrift store. I definitely didn’t NEED it but I couldn’t exactly pass it up, either.

Vintage plaid clothespin bag at Habitat ReStore to be repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Well, well, well- what do we have here?

It was plaid, it was in fantastic condition, and even better…it was still filled with old wooden clothespins!

Old wooden clothespins inside vintage clothespin bag from the thrift store to be upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Treasure inside!

I didn’t have a project idea in mind, but when I brought it home, I hung it on the back of the door of our garage (to remind myself to put it out in storage). But after seeing it hang on the door for a couple of days, it dawned on me that it would seriously be the PERFECT thing to repurpose into a Christmas holiday “wreath”! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

The best part was that I wouldn’t actually have to DO anything to the clothespin bag. All I planned to do was capitalize on the opening- which I would fill with Christmas floral stems. And a quick trip to Michael’s gave me everything I needed- velvet poinsettias and natural looking evergreen stems…even one with faux juniper berries!

Gathering Christmas florals to place inside upcycled vintage clothespin bag as holiday wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Michaels always comes through with the florals!

Because the clothespins gave the clothespin bag some nice weight, AND because I was a tad lazy, I simply left them in there! But I grabbed a couple of more items to help me bring my non-wreath wreath to life- fiberfill (a little more stuffing in the bag) and wire cutters (to cut the floral bushes into easy-to-work-with picks/stems).

Upcycling a vintage clothespin bag into a festive Christmas wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A few extras, just to help pull this together.

NOW, I could get to work! After fluffing the bag with a few handfuls of fiberfill, I selected three velvet poinsettia flowers and four greenery stems and arranged them in the clothespin bag. For the two pieces of greenery underneath the flowers, I clipped them to the opening of the hole in the bag. Ironically, though, I had to use small binder clips as the clothespins were too bulky! But don’t think I didn’t try…

Stuffing a retro clothespin bag with poinsettia and greenery to repurpose it into a Christmas wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ohhh…I like where this is going…

I was off to a good start, but it still needed something else…subtle, but lighter colored. So, I did some blog-style yard work! I gathered a few twigs from the yard (we have a messy river birch that drops sticks daily), and spray painted them gold.

Spray painting branches gold for DIY Christmas wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Free and festive- can’t beat that!

Once they dried, I added them to the floral design…just a touch of light color and festive shine.

Adding gold painted branches to DIY Christmas wreath from an upcycled vintage clothespin bag by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I love shimmer without glitter!

Last but not least, I added a subtle bow at the top- partially to hide the bottom of the hanger but also to finish off the entire look. I used a gold-flecked (no glitter!) burlap wired ribbon and my favorite crafting shears to create a basic, but elegant, bow.

Adding a rustic gold burlap bow to DIY Christmas wreath from an upcycled vintage clothespin bag by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The final touch to finish it off!

And that was it- I loved it! The plaid and natural greenery give it the rustic, cabin-y look that I love but the velvet flowers and gold accents fancy it up a bit.

Upcycle and repurpose a vintage clothespin bag into a non-traditional but festive Christmas wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!!

I also love that I didn’t have to alter the clothespin bag at all- nothing is permanent. Of course, I’m not sure what I’ll do with a clothespin bag after the holidays, but until then, I’m just going to enjoy it as my non-traditional but oh-so-Sadie Christmas wreath!

Upcycle and repurpose a vintage clothespin bag into a non-traditional but festive Christmas wreath by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

100% love it!

And don’t forget to check out my full collection of repurposed Christmas projects if you’re in need of more festive inspiration!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Love it! I did something like that once, but I was lucky to find wooden hangers at ikea..so I chgd my hanger to wood, of couse had to paint a little and then distress…thanks for always sharing! Your the bestest!

  2. Amanda Lake says:

    I love this idea. My mother used a clothespin bag all the time. Wish I had it now. My dryer broke last summmer and I bought an umbrella type clothesline for my backyard. Hung my clothes out all summer and fall. They smelled so good. I’ll keep the wreath idea in mind next trip to thrift store. Thanks. I love your projects.

  3. A tartan clothespin bag – how freakin’ cute is that??!

  4. Clever and beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a fabulous idea! Love the way this looks!

  6. That is a great idea! I love that vintage plaid

  7. Too cute!

  8. Wow! It’s perfect! Especially since it is plaid. But what a great idea! You are so creative!!

  9. Robyn Wright says:

    I LOVE IT!!!

  10. Marianne R says:

    Hi Sadieseason good. Great project. FYI I have a crafty idea for you. I saw that you sprayed the branches gold a timeless look. A few years back I made my dad a Christmas stocking and embellished it with long pine needles, they were so old and brittle that I sprayed them a matte evergreen, using rustolium. 6 years later the needles are still vibrant. Enjoy.

  11. That plaid clothespin bag is wonderful. Love how the wreath turned out. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  12. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  13. acraftymix says:

    Oh look your peg bag exploded with festive gorgeousness 😉 Seriously though Sarah, I love your unconventional wreath and the way the poinsettias and greenery just pop out like that. It’s so unique

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hahaha, that’s what I thought, too- that the pretty fleurs were exploding from the bag! 😉 Thank you, my friend!

  14. Love the wreath! Such a clever repurpose using the clothespin bag!

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