Easy DIY Advent Wreath
What is this? A DIY Advent wreath rather than a recipe? Well, it's not always sweet or savory at All that's Jas. Some days are crafty. When I started this blog, my intent was to share DIY projects along with recipes, photography, and short stories. Somehow food became the focus, probably because we do have to eat every day. Although I've done many since the blog launch, they've never gotten published here, but you may have seen them on my Facebook page or Etsy shop with digital art.
I've been crafting since an early age and it's time to share my creations. Mind you, I'm not inventing sliced bread. My creative juices get inspired by other amazing bloggers and do-it-yourselfers. My bloggy friend Mary can re-purpose anything you can think of! Who doesn't like a good DIY project, especially when it's easy and inexpensive like this Advent wreath?
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Every house in Germany owns at least one Advent wreath and ever since I moved to the States I’ve been looking for one. But what I found was short a candle. Or the holders were for skinny tall candles, which I don't like much. Traditionally, a German Advent wreath has four candles. One for each Sunday of the Advent, each carrying their own symbolism. But what to do with three? Nothing, I tell you. You make your own wreath with four candles.
DIY Advent Wreath
I am fortunate that our yard has a wooded area and access to all kind of branches and wood. That's where I found this piece. (Sorry the photo is not the best, it was dark out).
Originally I planned to cut it into slices and use them as candle holders, but that has been done so many times and, quite frankly, it looked like too much work. So, I gave the log a good rinse with a water hose and let it dry. Then I recruited my husband to drill the holes. I'm the brain behind the project and he is the muscles (thank you, honey).
Considering how old this brain is, the project didn't go as smoothly as it should have.
First DIY Advent wreath issue:
We he drilled holes 1 3/8-inch wide. The candles were 1 1/2-inch wide. No biggie, I thought, I'll just trim the candles down a bit. Lo, and behold, candles kind of crumbled in my hand. The one that didn't, was uneven and ugly.
We thought long about how to fix this issue (remember, old brains) until my husband had a brilliant idea to buy a larger spade drill bit. Duh! Off to the hardware store we went. Another bad photo. There's just no way around working in a garage during winter.
Second DIY Advent wreath issue:
He couldn't use this new bit as the smaller holes were already made and he lost the anchor point (don't ask me, some technical terms he threw around). Anyhow, he had to fill the holes with some thickening agent and wait until it was dry and solid to drill again. Phew! I was getting tired just watching the process. But finally, the holes were drilled. The depth of each hole is gradually bigger. The tallest candle will burn four times and so on, respectively.
As you can see, there is some damage around the holes due to drilling with a larger bit without the anchor point. Since I wanted this to be a quick and easy, as well as natural looking project, I wasn't planning to stain the wood. I decided to add fake snow around the candles, which would cover the imperfections. I also needed new candles. Another trip to the store.
Third DIY Advent wreath issue:
I came home with a can of blue snow. Speaking about a senior moment. Ugh. The next day my daughter came to the rescue when she called and said she was at Hobby Lobby. GET ME WHITE SNOW!!! Who in their right mind wants blue snow? Good news is, I changed my mind about the color of my candles. I like the off-white better in this setting than red.
I added some decoration I already had and here it is. If I don't count the cost of the drill bit, I spent less than $5 on this Advent wreath. Also, when I think of wreath, a round shape comes to mind, which symbolizes the eternity of God, but I couldn't find another name for it. Yule log? Advent log? Snowy log advent candle holder thingie? Anyway...
Do you have an Advent wreath? What is your tradition as far as shape, color, size, etc. Are your candles tall, skinny, and purple? Do you have four or three with a larger one in the middle? I would love to hear from you.
Did you make this project? Drop me a picture so I can see what creative spin you put on it!
]Cozy fires and Christmas songs always get me into the holiday spirit. What gets you in the holiday spirit?
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