Advent has started and as I said in my 20 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas post one of the first decorations to go up is the advent wreath. I made one to sit on our dining table, but I’ve been so pleased with it I’ve often put it on our mantle piece.
I chose to use tealight holders with electric tealights as we have young children, and our youngest likes to climb and touch; not so good with naked flames. I also put it on a glass pedestal – not necessary, but it gives it a bit of height and that’s always good for a centrepiece I think.
I love the angel announcing the Good News don’t you?
I was going to do a step by step, but I got carried away with gluing flowers and forgot to take pictures about halfway through. However, I’ve taken a few close ups to show you how I arranged things.
You will need;
- Heavy duty, spray fabric glue.
- A glue gun/superglue/gel glue. This is an odd list, but I started with the former which broke, but it was late and I was really enjoying what I was doing, so I carried on with some superglue I found (yes, really). Then the next day I wasn’t completely satisfied and wanted to add more flowers on the sides, found some gel glue like this and carried on. I’ve got to say they all worked, so use what you’re comfortable with.
- A straw wreath.
- Velvet ribbon about 2-3 inches thick (I had a beige colour, which was good as it didn’t stand out, but choose the colour you like).
- Four tealight holders; three in purple and one in pink (to represent the penitential element of advent and the joy of Gaudet Sunday).
- Silk roses in purple, pink and white (the additional white represents Christ come). I used some that I had from other projects, but you can find similar here.
- Some silk blossom flowers, greenery and lavender sprigs.
If you want;
- A glass pedestal cake plate like this, though again I didn’t spend that much as mine came from a discount store.
- An angel.
Although I’m making suggestions of what you can use it isn’t prescriptive as I used a lot of what I already had and you’re going to find different things close to where you are.
A Vague How To
- Take your ribbon and place about a three inch line of glue on the reverse side, then start to wind it around the straw wreath. Keep gluing and winding until the wreath is covered. This way should you have little gaps between the roses you glue to it you won’t see it, just the ribbon.
- Next take your glass tealights and glue to the top of the wreath in a cross/square shape.
- Cut the heads off the rose stems with an inch or two of stem to spare and start to glue and place them on the top rim of the wreath. You will see I’ve tried to ensure that there aren’t two of the same colour flower together here (apart from little rose buds, which I grouped to make the same size as one ‘open’ rose).
- Next I just took as many extra leaves and filled in the gaps. This is when I ran out of foliage, but as I came down the next morning and saw only the top rim of the wreath covered I was unsatisfied, so I went to buy some additional silk flowers to continue with. Something like this hydrangea branch, a branch of leaves similar to this and a bunch of lavender like this will do, though I didn’t pay that much so shop around.
- Snip small bunches of hydrangea, about three or four, and (as you can see in the first picture below) glue them on the outside of the wreath. Do the same with a grouping of about three leaves, again with the same amount of hydrangea, then follow with a sprig of lavender. Continue like this all the way around the outside of the wreath.
- On the inside of the wreath I mainly used lavender, which I glued in a tighter knit pattern round the inner wreath, and just the blossom. I didn’t need the filler of leaves. (See the second picture below).
- Once it’s all dried and if you want extra height place it on the glass pedestal. I placed the angel in the middle, though it’s not necessary of course.
It may not be the most traditional of advent wreaths, but it does represent the colour of Advent and as the tealight holders are coloured I don’t have to worry about the right shade of candles. What do you think?