How to Make Wreaths Out of Coat Hangers & Plastic Bags for Kids


Making a coat hanger wreath is an uncomplicated craft project that even young children can successfully complete. The project doesn’t require buying expensive materials or learning complicated crafting techniques. The only skill required in making the wreath is tying a simple knot. If you have wire coat hangers and plastic trash bags, you can make a wreath for almost any holiday or special event. Completing a coat hanger wreath only takes about an hour, making the project a good option for younger children with shorter attentions spans.

How to Make Wreaths Out of Coat Hangers & Plastic Bags for Kids
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Things You'll Need

  • Wire coat hangers
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Bows
  • Hearts
  • Small Flags
Step 1

Hold the hooked part of the coat hanger in one hand and use the other hand to pull on the bottom edge of the coat hanger. Pull on the coat hanger until the hanger is in a circular shape.

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Step 2

Cut plastic trash bags into strips measuring 2 inches wide by 6 inches long with a pair of scissors. Use a ruler to ensure that all strips are the same size. If you are working with young children, you may want to precut the trash bags.

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Step 3

Tie the strips onto the coat hanger. Center the knot on the coat hanger so that an equal amount of the trash bag strip extends from either side of the coat hanger.

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Step 4

Push the strips to one side of the hanger as you continue to add more strips. Add strips to the coat hanger until the wreath is as full as you would like it. Put enough strips on the hanger so that the hanger is not visible beneath the strips.

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Step 5

Extend the strips over the curved part of the hanger, covering as much of the curved portion as you can. Covering the curved portion is necessary to achieve a completely circular wreath.

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Step 6

Use the curved hook at the top of the hanger to hang the wreath after you add bows or other items to decorate it for the appropriate holiday.

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Tips & Warnings

  • White trash bags can be used for a variety of holidays, such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day and the Fourth of July. Add decorations color-coordinated to those events, such as bows, hearts and small flags. Use black trash bags to make Halloween wreaths.
  • If you use kitchen-size trash bags, you may need three trash bags to complete one wreath. Fewer bags will be needed if using large trash bags.
  • Cut several strips at once by folding the garbage bag before you begin cutting.
  • While buying thin trash bags may save you money, your wreath will look fuller if you buy thick, heavy-duty trash bags.


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