handmade advent wreath

Advent wreaths are tradition here in Germany and are usually very colorful and most of all green. I posted a glimpse of the one my mom gave us last year here. The idea is to light a candle each sunday before christmas for 4 weeks, so when the fourth candle is lit it will be christmas.
This year I wanted to make our own advent wreath and make it very simple and elegant and scandinavian inspired. I put a lot of thought into it (my work colleagues will tell you I spent all lunch breaks for weeks pondering on the colors and decorations of this wreath) and in the end nearly everything about it is DIY.
handmade advent wreath. tidytipsy
I first thought of buying a wooden ring, but couldn’t find one I liked, so I made my own using willow twigs collected in the woods.
It’s easier than it looks and secured with wire holds up really well.
handmade advent wreath. tidytipsy
Next were the ornaments. I knew I wanted beeswax candles, so stitched red felt ornaments sounded right and I was itching to do a bit of handstitching anyway.
stitching. tidytipsy
stitching. tidytipsy
stitching. tidytipsy
The candle holders were only available in silver and gold, so we (meaning the boyfriend) simply spraypainted them white.
making christmas ornaments. tidytipsy
It turned out just the way I hoped and I love our handmade wreath which we will be using for years!
handmade advent wreath. tidytipsy

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11 thoughts on “handmade advent wreath

  1. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    As someone who grew up celebrating St. Lucia Day and would bring breakfast to my family complete with the wreath crown (with fake candles), I LOVE this advent wreath! In fact, I have a weekly Friday Five series where I share five pieces of inspiration from around the web. Would it be okay to include a photo and link back to this post? I know my readers would delight to see this, too! My email is thethinkingcloset {at} gmail.com.

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  2. Pingback: The Friday Five: A Scandinavian Christmas — the thinking closet

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