Hi ya’ll! I have to admit this was the first DIY Boho Rag Wreath I have ever made and I am super happy with how it turned out! I’m not sure what I was expecting it to look like, but it exceeded my expectations. It’s delicate and classy, without being overly feminine, because you can easily add any floral you choose to change its appearance.
You may be thinking “there’s no way I can make that, I’m not a crafty person”. When I first started looking at image pins on Pinterest I sort of thought the same thing. They looked so complicated and time consuming. But I must admit that out of all of the wreaths I have made over the years this Boho Rag Wreath was one of the easiest! No keen eye for design or crafting super-power required!
TIP: I want to point out that you can easily swap out the material for the blend, color, or pattern of your choice! You can also use random scrap fabric from around your house, such as- curtains, sheets, or flannels.
What is a Rag Wreath?
A “rag wreath” is simply a wire wreath frame with multiple strips of fabric tied to it.
In this tutorial I make a Boho rag wreath. However, a rag wreath can be made for many different home decor styles. Changing up the type of fabric changes its entire appearance!
Rag Wreath design style guide
Boho and Shabby Chic
When making a Boho Rag Wreath you will want to use a lightweight or sheer fabric in a plain/neutral color such as:
- Gauze or any Lightweight Cotton
- Frayed rope or yarn
Farmhouse and Rustic
I must admit this is one of my favorite styles! You can use a wide range of material in either a solid or pattern.
- Duck Cloth
- Canvas (a painters drop cloth)
Americana and Primitive
This style is very similar to Farmhouse or Rustic, but you will generally use a striped or patterned fabric in deep reds, blues, and beige.
- Striped Ticking
I can’t bring myself to spend $50 on a wreath that I will display for only 2-3 months out of the year so I love to make my own!
- Lightweight fabric in neutrals or pastels
- Add spring floral and/or branch stems for added character
- Any fabric in neutrals or bright colors
- Add flowers or leafy stems for added character
- Flannel, Canvas, and Ticking in muted neutrals (solids and plaids)
- Add floral stems, mini pumpkins, and pinecones for added character
- Festive Ribbon
- Flannel, Striped Ticking, Duck Cloth, and Gauze (or lightweight cotton) in reds, greens, white/cream, and buffalo plaids.
- Add pine stems, pinecones, bells, and seasonal decor for added character
What you need to make a Boho Rag Wreath
This has to be the easiest supply list for any DIY I have ever done!
What you need to make this Boho Rag Wreath:
- Fabric (see the guide above for suggested types of fabric)
- Wire Wreath Frame (I used a 14″ frame from Dollar Tree. But if they would happen to be out of stock, these ones on Amazon are a great price. )
- Floral (Optional) (I used the 9″ Orange Cattail)
TIP: The amount of fabric strips you need will depend on what size wire wreath frame you use, as well as, the type of fabric.
I used a total of 258 2″x6″ strips from an old gauze-like cotton curtain. (See graph below for more details.)
How to make a Boho Rag Wreath
Step 1: Cut fabric into strips
I cut my fabric into 2″ wide by 6″ long pieces. However, I cannot cut a straight line to save my life so some of the pieces were a little off. You won’t be able to tell once the rag wreath is finished so don’t stress out about not having perfectly straight and even cuts!
Step 2: Tie fabric onto wreath frame
You will first need to flip the wreath frame upside down.
*Tying the fabric from the underside will put the knot on the outside.
Then fold the strip of fabric in half and slide it under the outer ring and between the first inner ring.
Once you have the fabric slid through, place your finger inside one end of the loop. Then take the open ends of the fabric and run it through the loop, on the opposite end of your finger. Once the ends are worked through the loop, pull tight to create a knot.
Boho Rag Wreath Graph
Step 3: Fluff, Trim, Decorate
Once you have all of the strips of fabric tied onto the the wreath ring, flip the Boho Rag Wreath over and fluff. After you fluff it up you may notice a few strips that are too long…no worries, they can be easily trimmed!
If you are happy with how your rag wreath looks you can leave it as is. BUT if you want to add some pizazz simply separate two rows of fabric and insert your choice of floral.
Then carefully flip the wreath back over. Run a strip of the same fabric under the floral stems and between the wreath frame rings. Then tie the strip of fabric into a knot to secure the stems.
Ways to display your Boho Rag Wreath
- Front Door
- Living Room Wall
- On an old shutter or pallet (indoors/foyer)
- Office Wall
- Bedroom Wall or Closet Door
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