There are so many traditions surrounding Christmas. When you start going down the list, however, not all of them are related to Christianity or the Bible. They all have different roots. For religious, worshipping families, however, the traditions that matter most are the ones that relate to their religion the most. And today we are going to talk about one of them. Celebrating the four weeks of Advent is a big tradition in the Western Church. That is exactly why, in this article we are going to show you how to make an Advent wreath with 5 easy DIY tutorials plus a few more ideas you can try. Count down the days to Christmas with this wonderful tradition and make yourself a great decoration for your home.
Advent wreaths are a beautiful addition to your decor
What is an Advent wreath?
The tradition of the Advent wreath symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent, leading up to Christmas. The wreath is made up of an evergreen foliage with four candles. Some also contain a fifth, white candle, placed in the middle. On the first Sunday of Advent, the first candle is lit, with another candle being lit every Sunday until Christmas. If you choose to make an Advent wreath with a fifth candle in the middle, it is lit either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Although, this is a family tradition, it can also be found in some public places of worship.
Now that we know what an Advent wreath is, let’s get to crafting
How to make an Advent wreath – DIY #1
- four candlesticks (if you can find brass ones, they look best)
- a serving tray
- four taper candles
- artificial greenery (for this tutorial cedar and pine greenery was used)
Everything you need can be found at the dollar store
- Arrange the candlesticks on the tray. It doesn’t matter what kind of candlesticks you have, you can arrange them together, even if they are different heights.
- Arrange the greenery around the candlesticks in the tray to form a wreath around them. Mix the cedar and pine greenery and use the tray to keep them together. Fill the space in between the candlesticks in the middle as well.
- Add the candles to the candlesticks.
- Finally, if you want, you can get creative and add even more decorative elements to your Advent wreath.
Source: Wrensted Interiors
Twist the sprigs around each other to secure them around the candlesticks
Now it’s time for a DIY for a gorgeous lantern centerpiece
DIY Advent wreath #2
- Metal lantern with a LED candle inside
- 18-inch Advent wreath with greenery and candlesticks
- 2.5 inch red burlap ribbon
- small decorative picks
- christmas ornaments
- four 8 inch white taper candles
- floral wire
Here’s the supplies you are going to need
- Wrap the burlap ribbon around the wreath tucking an tufting as you are making your way around it.
- Decorate the wreath with the decorative picks and the Christmas ornaments. Secure each with some floral wire.
- Make a bow out of the rest of the burlap ribbon, place a decorative pick in the middle and tie it to the handle of the lantern.
- Place the wreath on the table with the lantern placed in the middle of the wreath. Then, add the candles into the four candle holders on the wreath.
Source: Positively Splendid
Use your imagination to make the ribbon look good when wrapping it around the wreath
There’s more DIY tutorials coming your way
DIY idea #3
- 1 small tart dish
- 4 beeswax candles
- assorted greens, berries and pinecones
You can use evergreen sprigs you can find in your own backyard
- Melt the bottom of the candles and attach them to the tart dish.
- Trim the greenery and snip it into small pieces. Arrange them around the candles to make the wreath and fill the space in between the candles.
- Add more decorations to the wreath, such as berries and small pinecones.
- You can place the tart dish on a cake stand, so that it can serve as a centerpiece for your table.
Source: Roots and Boots
Don’t worry, the tutorials aren’t finished yet
How to make an Advent wreath – DIY #4
- faux greenery garland
- greenery pick for filling
- berry and pinecone sprigs
- Advent wreath candle holder
- 3 purple and 1 pink tapered candles
- 1 white pillar candle
- floral wire
- hot glue gun
- wire cutters
These are the supplies you are going to need
- Position the faux greenery garland on the wreath and secure it with floral wire. Cut off the excess of the garland.
- Attach the pieces of greenery you’ve picked to the garland with hot glue. That way it will look fuller and you will be able to fill in any gaps there might be.
- Hot glue the pinecones and berry sprigs onto the wreath the fill it in and add some color.
- Finally, place the candles into the candle holders with the white pillar candle placed in the middle of the wreath.
Source: Dori Turner Interiors
Don’t go overboard with the pinecones and berry sprigs, just a few is enough to add some color to the wreath
And one last final DIY, just in case you didn’t like the other four
- a styrofoam wreath
- 3 candlesticks
- 1 large candle
- green felt
- floral pins
- eucalyptus or other greenery (it can also be artificial)
- pairing knife
- hot glue gun
- Use the pen to trace the bottom of the candles onto the styrofoam wreath at even lengths from one another.
- Cut out the holes for the candles.
- Cut the felt into strips and cover the wreath with it, securing it with hot glue.
- Arrange the eucalyptus or greenery around the wreath and secure it with floral pins.
- Place the candles into the holes you cut out in the wreath.
- Decorate the candle that’s going to be in the middle with your favorite ribbon.
- Place the wreath on a flat surface with the big candle in the middle.
Source: Atonement Design
Using felt is optional, but the darker color compliments the wreath more, plus you get to hide the styrofoam
Now here’s some more ideas of Advent wreaths you can actually try and recreate at home
Mix in different evergreen sprigs you can find in your backyard
You can also get creative and not use greenery