Holiday Wreath with a Clothespin Bag as Rustic Christmas Decor

Holiday Wreath with a Clothespin Bag as Rustic Christmas Decor

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 holiday wreath that would look like cabin Christmas decor or rustic Christmas decor.

Clothespin bag at thrift store to be upcycled into the rustic Christmas decor and holiday wreath

Not only was it plaid, but it was in fantastic condition, and even better…AND it was filled with old wooden clothespins!

Wooden clothespins that are in a clothes pin bag that will be upcycled into front door decor

It seemed destined to become a holiday wreath or front door decor – and I wouldn’t need to do much to it, either!

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Upcycling a Clothespin Bag into a Holiday Wreath

All I needed to do was cover up the opening of the clothes pin bag with Christmas greenery and florals.  I took a quick trip to Michael’s and gathered some evergreen stems, as well as some artificial poinsettia.

Artificial poinsettia from the craft store to go in a holiday wreath and rustic Christmas decor

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- fiberfill (a little more stuffing in the clothespin bag) and wire cutters (to cut the artificial poinsettia and evergreen stems).

Fiberfill that will go inside a clothespin bag to create the plaid Christmas decor

NOW, I could get to work! After fluffing the bag with fiberfill, I arranged the artificial poinsettia and evergreen stems in the opening of the clothespin bag.

Best part? I used some of the wooden clothespins from the bag to clip the stems in place! Nothing permanent and everything put.

Clothes pin bag with the artificial poinsettia for holiday wreath and rustic Christmas decor

The holiday wreath / rustic Christmas decor was off to a good start, but 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 goldWhite flocked branches would have looked nice, too – but I already had gold paint in my garage.

Spray painting branches with metallic gold paint to use in cabin Christmas decor and holiday wreath

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

NOW my holiday wreath was really coming together!

Gold branches with artificial Poinsettia in a clothespin bag as cabin Christmas decor

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 ribbon on a holiday wreath that is made from a clothespin bag for rustic Christmas decor

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

Clothespin Bag as a Holiday Wreath for Rustic Christmas Decor

Between the plaid and the greenery, the front door decor had the look of cabin Christmas decor – which I LOVED!

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

Rustic Christmas decor with a clothes pin bag that has been upcycled into a holiday 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!

Clothespin bag that has been transformed into Rustic Christmas decor and front door decor

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

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!

Chambersticks that have been upcycled into a tabletop tree and Christmas candy bowl by Sadie Seasongoods

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  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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