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How To Make an Advent Wreath

There’s no reason to pay big bucks for an Advent wreath when making one yourself is cheap and easy.


  • Step 1: Prepare wreath Place a wreath flat on a table.
  • : Use a flame retardant artificial wreath. Using real greens near open flames is an unnecessary fire hazard
  • Step 2: Space candles Evenly space four candles—three purple and one rose—on the wreath. Tapered candles are more traditional, but pillar candles are fine, too.
  • TIP: Buy candles that are several inches higher than the wreath. You don’t want the garlands, even artificial ones, anywhere near the flames.
  • Step 3: Attach candles Attach the candles with floral candle holders, available at craft stores.
  • Step 4: Center white candle Place a white pillar candle—preferably one that is higher than the other candles—into a candle holder, and set it in the center of the wreath.
  • Step 5: Decorate wreath Decorate the wreath with anything you like. Use wire or floral sticks to attach pinecones (plain or spray-painted gold), holly berries, small fruit, and so on.
  • Step 6: Light first candle Light one of the purple candles on the first day of Advent, which is the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This candle symbolizes the hope that the coming of Christ brings to the world.
  • Step 7: Light two candles The next Sunday, light two candles—first, the candle from the previous week, then another purple candle. This second candle symbolizes the love God demonstrated when he sent his son to the world on Christmas Day.
  • Step 8: Light three candles On the third Sunday, light the previous two candles in the order they were originally lit plus the rose-colored candle, which symbolizes the joy of anticipating the coming of the Savior.
  • Step 9: Light four candles On the final Sunday of Advent, the previous three candles are lit in order plus the final purple candle, which represents the peace Christ brings to the world.
  • Step 10: Light all candles On Christmas Day, all five candles are lit in order, including the new one in the center, to celebrate the arrival of Christ.

You Will Need

  • Wreath
  • 3 purple candles
  • pillar or tapered
  • Rose-colored candle
  • pillar or tapered
  • Tall white pillar candle
  • Floral candle holders
  • Decorations for your wreath
  • such as berries and pinecones
  • Wire or floral sticks

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