I wanted an Advent wreath this year, but I didn’t want to spend much! I also don’t have a lot of storage space for Christmas stuff, so I really wasn’t sure what, if anything, I’d be able to find here in Southeast Asia that would work for us. Even though we’ve been here a year, we’re still getting settled, so I didn’t have any candles or anything that might work, and it’s not like I could go out and collect ever-greenery from nature here a few miles north of the equator! There are also only a few stores here that carry Christmas stuff and it’s usually a VERY small section, so I guess you could say I had myself a challenge!
I was so excited to be able to find a lot of pieces, mostly in the non-Christmas section, that I could use to put together what I think is a beautiful Advent wreath! AND, I can use most of the pieces throughout the year (including to make a Lenten wreath), so I don’t have to store them with the “Christmas stuff.” WIN-WIN!!!
Materials you’ll need:
- 1 pillar candle
- 1 pillar candle base
- 4 taper candles (I opted for simple, white ones. I learned on Wikipedia that there are traditions that use 4 red and others that use 3 purple and 1 pink. Blue is also sometimes used.)
- 4 taper candle bases
- 6 or so small sprigs of evergreen (Mine has red berries and little pine cones.)
- platter or something round to put it on (You can put it directly on your table, but since our table serves multiple functions including homeschooling and family game nights, our “wreath” needed to be portable.)
Put the pillar candle and base in the middle. Arrange the evergreen around it in a circle that resembles a wreath. Place the 4 tapers and bases outside of the wreath. Could that be any easier??? My kids had so much fun being a part of making our advent wreath, and I’m so happy with the results!