Plaid Wreath with a Clothespin Bag

Plaid Wreath with a Clothespin Bag

A few months back, I found a clothespin bag at a local thrift store. I definitely didn’t NEED it but I couldn’t exactly pass it up, either. Right away, I had this vision of a unique Christmas wreath for my front door.

Clothespin bag or vintage peg bag

Not only was it plaid, but it was in fantastic condition. And even better, it was filled with vintage clothespins!

Vintage clothespins inside a peg bag

Now, is this the first time I’ve used plaid in my holiday door decor? No- y’all remember this flannel wreath that I made, right?

Plaid Christmas wreath from recycled flannel shirts

But, back to the vintage clothespin bag! It seemed destined to become a plaid Christmas wreath. And I had a fairly good feeling that I wouldn’t need to do anything permanent to it, either.

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Transforming a Clothespin Bag into a Rustic Christmas Wreath

All I planned to do was cover up the opening of the clothespin bag with Christmas greenery and florals.

First, I took a quick trip to Michael’s and gathered some evergreen stems, as well as some artificial poinsettia.

Greenery and floral stems for a unique Christmas wreath

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 holiday wreath to life.

I gathered some fiberfill (a little more stuffing for the clothespin bag) and wire cutters (to cut the artificial poinsettia and evergreen stems).

Wreath making supplies for a unique Christmas wreath

NOW, I could get to work on my unique Christmas wreath!

After filling the bag with a little fiberfill, I arranged the poinsettia and evergreen stems in the opening of the clothespin bag.

Making a plaid Christmas wreath by upcycling a peg bag

Best part? I used some of the wooden clothespins from the peg bag to clip the stems in place! Easy, handy, and temporary.

And while my unique Christmas wreath was off to a good start, it still needed something else.

So, I did some blog-style yard work! I gathered a few twigs from the yard and spray painted them gold

Spray painting sticks with gold spray paint

White flocked branches would have looked nice, too, but I already had gold paint in my garage.

Once they dried, I added them to the clothespin bag. They were the perfect touch of brightness and festive shine.

Decorating a clothespin bag as a rustic Christmas wreath

NOW my holiday wreath was really coming together!

Plaid Wreath with a Clothespin Bag

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 ribbon and my favorite crafting shears to create a simply, but elegant, bow. Burlap bow on a rustic Christmas wreath

I simply threaded a short twist tie through the back of the bow and attached it to the hanger.

And that was it- my holiday wreath in a clothespin bag was done!

Who would have ever thought that a clothespin bag could become such an unexpected, but perfect version of a Christmas wreath?

Upcycling a clothespin bag for a unique Christmas wreath

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 holiday wreath and rustic Christmas decor!

Unique Christmas wreath with a clothespin bag

Well, what do you think of this unusual Christmas door decorating idea? Front door decor by upcycling a clothespin bag is DEFINITELY not something you run into everyday!

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for Christmas decor from thrift store items, please check out this idea using chambersticks to hold a small tabletop Christmas tree!

chamberstick as a christmas candy dish

Also, don’t forget that my first book, “Crafting with Flannel”, has an entire chapter dedicated to Christmas projects! You can find it for online purchase at Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart.

diy christmas ornaments from flannel shirts

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Love it! I did something like that once, but I was lucky to find wooden hangers at 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. 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!

  15. What a wonderful idea. So unusual and pretty. Thank you for tutorial.

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