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DIY Advent Candles and Wreath

Light the way to Christmas!

Light the way to Christmas!

Have you ever heard of Advent candles? The idea is to light one new candle every Sunday all the way to Christmas. Different Christian traditions use Advent candles differently. Sometimes the candles are blue and white, sometimes purple and pink, or sometimes red and green. This is what the candles mean:

  1. Hope/Prophecy
  2. Love/Bethlehem/Preparation
  3. Joy/Shepherds (This candle is usually pink)
  4. Peace/Angels
  5. Christmas Eve/Christmas/Christ (this candle is optional, and is usually white)

I really wanted to create a traditional Advent wreath for my family to use at the dinner table this December, but I didn’t want to spend any money. The whole point of The Advent Conspiracy is to spend time with your family making memories, instead of spending dollars on cheap junk from China.

So I decided to be creative and see what we had laying around the house.

What I came up with was jam jars, beans, and brown paper bags. You probably have those things at your house too!  If you’ve got twenty minutes (and the vacuum handy), this is a fun project with kids. You can be as secular or religious as you want. Unleash your creativity and have fun.

Simply fill the jars with pasta, beans or lentils. Then cut out a symbol for each week out of your brown grocery bags, and tape the paper labels to the outside of the jars. I wrapped my jars with clear packing tape to make sure the labels stayed put.

A layer of glue on the top will help prevent spills.

A layer of glue on the top will help prevent spills.

The candles on their own are really pretty. If this is as far as you want to go with this project, that’s dandy.

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But if you want to create an actual wreath, that’s easy to do too (if you’ve got the greenery). Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have every type of Christmas tree imaginable growing in our backyard. All I had to do was head to outside.

A $2.30 wreathe frame and some backyard greenery

A $2.30 wreathe frame and some backyard greenery.

Winding cedar into the frame.

Winding cedar into the frame. (Note: I should have bought florist wire but I forgot.)

Add a tray for the bottom so my dining room table doesn't get scratched.

A tray for the bottom so my dining room table doesn’t get scratched.

Last step, add the Advent candles!

Last step, add the Advent candles!

My plan is to eat dinner in our dining room every Sunday night, all the way to Christmas. Each Sunday we will light a new candle and talk about what they mean to us. We are using Hope, Love, Joy, Peace, and Christmas Eve as our themes.

A last thought is to not get hung up on the candle colors. If you don’t have the “right” colors, don’t worry about it. This can be a special family tradition no matter what.


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