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Celebrating Advent + DIY Advent Wreath

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Get ready to celebrate the reason for the season with this DIY Advent wreath!

I am excited to share this post with you today and our DIY Advent wreath! We are in full-fledged Christmas mode over here with our decorations up and the music blaring! I love all the fun stuff this time of year brings like baking and lights and Christmas movies!

Each year with our kids, we look for ways to emphasize the Reason we celebrate Christmas. So, today I want to talk about Advent. Through the month of December, I will be teaming up with my hubby to bring you a series of posts on the Advent season!

advent wreath diy

Importance of the Advent Season

Advent comes from the Latin word that means “visit” or “coming.”

For centuries, God’s people awaited the arrival of the Messiah. Then suddenly, without warning or a grand entrance, God visited earth in the form of a baby.

If you think it’s hard to wait for Christmas morning and all the gifts and cheer, imagine waiting for a savior who would come and take away the sins of the world so we could have an unimpeded relationship with our God and Creator once again.

The Advent season reminds us of that special visit from our Savior and in a small way gives us a picture of what it was like to wait in anticipation for the coming of Jesus.

Each Saturday in December I will post a short family devotional that will focus on one aspect of Advent. It’s a simple gesture steeped in tradition that intentionally slows down the season and reminds us that Christ has come!

The devotionals will be written by my husband, Eric, who has a Masters in Theology and can explain the deep things better than I can! We love working together on all sorts of things and I’m excited for him to be part of this.

UPDATE: Find each week below!

Week 1: Advent Family Devotional – Hope
Week 2: Advent Family Devotional – Peace

Week 3: Advent Family Devotional – Joy
Week 4: Advent Family Devotional- Love 

DIY Advent Wreath

Now for the Advent wreath! This DIY is a great way to get the kids involved in the process as you explain the significance of Advent. We purchased all of our supplies from Hobby Lobby for about $25. Not bad when you consider how much a finished Advent wreath costs!

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advent wreath supplies

Supplies:

Garland
Advent wreath candle holder
Greenery pick, divided, for filling
Berry and pinecone sprigs, divided
3 purple and 1 pink tapered candles
1 white pillar candle
floral wire
hot glue gun
wire cutters

Directions:

Take your garland and lay it around the Advent wreath candle holder to measure how long it needs to be. Using wire cutters, snip the excess garland off. After fluffing the garland, position it around the wreath then use floral wire to attach it to the wreath.

diy advent wreath garlandadvent wreath attached with floral wire

Cut pieces of greenery from the extra pick and using a hot glue gun, attach the pieces, using them to fill in the gaps, and making it look fuller.

greenery for advent wreath

If your pinecones are attached to a wire like mine were, use your wire cutters to separate them and then secure them to various places around the wreath using a hot glue gun.

pinecones on wreath

Finally, separate the berry sprig into several pieces and use it to fill in the rest and add some color!

berry sprig

Now you are ready to place your tapers in the holders. The white pillar candle goes in the middle.

And here is the DIY Advent wreath all done!

candles for advent wreath

Eric will be going over the significance of the candles in the upcoming devotionals so I won’t go into that here.

We hope you’ll come back and join us for the family devotionals on each Saturday throughout the month of December leading up to Christmas to celebrate the long-awaited birth of our Savior! You can sign up to receive my latest posts so you don’t forget or miss one!

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!

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