DIY: Advent Wreath
This coming Sunday starts the first week of Advent and the beginning of my liturgical year. It is so fun having four weeks to prepare for the Christmas season and to start a whole new church year. I don’t start decorating for Christmas until the first week of Advent, so it’s something I really look forward to every year.
I’ve always loved Advent wreaths but never had one at home. A few years ago I tried to make a DIY Advent Wreath and it didn’t go as planned.
First off, it took me FOREVER to find three purple candles and one pink one. It doesn’t seem like a hard thing to do but that is one reason I put it off for so long.
I used tiny green garland balls to anchor the candles, but every year a few more would go missing until the candles started flopping around the vase and dripping candle wax everywhere. It also didn’t look nearly as cute as I had imagined.
I decided to try something different this year and got the idea from a bunch of youtube videos I’ve seen recently using cranberries for decoration.
I started with three bags of cranberries and an old glass vase I had lying around. I wasn’t sure how many cranberries it would take to fill it and anchor the candles, so I bought three. I ended up using two and a half, which worked out perfectly!
I filled the vase about halfway with cranberries, inserted the candles, and put the rest of the cranberries around the candle bases.
Then I lit the candles to see how it looked. It was seriously that simple! I am so happy it came out as nicely as I hoped.
The big question I have now is what if the cranberries start disintegrating and the vase begins filling with rotten cranberries? Well, I’ll have to let you know! For now, I think it looks great. It was also SO inexpensive. I love simple DIYs that require only a few supplies to make a big impact.
What are you doing to prepare for Advent this year? Do you have an Advent wreath you like? Is this a tradition your family celebrates? Let me know in the comments below!