Many families use the Advent wreath as the centerpiece of their daily devotions. Advent wreaths can be simple or complex, inexpensive or relatively expensive. In this tutorial, we will show you how to make your own Advent wreath with stick candles.
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Remembering Christ through a DIY Advent wreath with stick candles
Advent prepares to celebrate the arrival of Christ as the child born in Bethlehem on the first Christmas. Advent begins on the last Sunday in November or the first Sunday in December, depending on which day of the week Christmas (December 25) falls on.
An Advent wreath as a whole is meant to remind us of both the immortality of our souls and God’s promise of eternal life for us through Christ. The materials and tools needed, as well as the steps to crafting an Advent wreath, are relatively simple. Follow our step-by-step instructions to make your own Advent wreath with stick candles and delight your family for the holidays.
Materials and tools needed
- Styrofoam wreath form
- Candles: three purple, one pink, (optional: one white)
- Fishing line, wire, or pins to attach the greenery
- Marking pen
- Electric drill or knife for the openings
Step-by-step instructions for crafting
Step 1: Choose the candles
Before you start making an Advent wreath, it’s important to choose the stick candles you want to use so you can match the wreath to the candles.
In the late 1980s, there was an interview on German shortwave radio with a candle maker talking about candles for Advent wreaths. Word was given that there are candles for Advent wreaths in many different colors, including red, silver and gold. And that there are also candles for Advent wreaths that consist of only one color. So you have the opportunity to find suitable candles almost everywhere and in every price range.
Step 2: Design of the wreath
You can use old newspaper and a felt-tip pen to create the patterns. Draw two lines that are exactly perpendicular to each other. Center the wreath . Measure several times from all directions to be sure the wreath is centered on the two perpendicular lines. Mark the intersections of the lines for the candle holders in the Styrofoam wreath. Note the marking pin that is in the Styrofoam.
If you don’t have a drill, you can use a serrated knife to make a socket for each candle. If there are any inaccuracies, you may need to use putty to fill the voids. Be careful not to break the styrofoam wreath. You can also use a custom candle holder with a spike on the bottom that is punched into the Styrofoam. These should be available at craft stores.
Step 3: Prepare the wire supports for the greenery.
Straighten the wire from two ordinary coat hangers. These will form circles to which the greenery can be attached. Use a compass to draw arcs where the wire will be embedded. The wire pieces will be hidden by the square blocks. However, a hole will also be drilled through the square blocks for the bottom of each candle. So the wire needs to be far enough away from the bottom holes, but also not too close to the outer edge. It’s possible that something will still pop out. You can use wood putty to fill the holes created by the knockouts.
Step 4: Finish and add greenery
It’s up to you whether you use live or “plastic” greenery. The “plastic” greenery is definitely easier because it never needs to be replaced, just fluffed up a bit so it looks fresh and not like it’s been in a box for a year. You can attach live cuttings from a needle-bearing tree, and the live greenery has a pleasant scent. The choice is yours.
If you have access to an evergreen tree, you can simply cut off a few small pieces without making the tree look like it’s missing anything. With or without greenery, the green color represents something alive. It’s an allusion to eternal life. Wrap the greenery around the wreath until you like the craft.