An Advent wreath is used in lots of churches. Many families also use an Advent wreath as a focal point for their daily devotions. Advent wreaths can be simple or complex, inexpensive or relatively costly. This Instructable will show how to make your own Advent wreath in a couple of different versions, depending how much you want to spend and what tools you have available. In addition, a couple more alternatives will be suggested to fit your needs and resources. 

Advent is a fundamentally Christian season of preparation before Christmas. Its four weeks represent the four thousand years between the first promise of a Savior in Genesis 3:15 and the coming of Jesus. The word "Advent" means "coming." It prepares to celebrate the coming of Christ as the baby born at Bethlehem at the first Christmas. It also anticipates Christ's Second Coming as the judge of all things. And, it reminds that Christ comes dailly through using His Word and Sacraments. Advent begins the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday of December, depending on which day of the week Christmas (December 25) falls. 

Materials and tools needed will depend on whether you choose to make the relatively simple version based on a Styrofoam wreath or the wood and wire wreath form also shown here. Items with an asterisk are those needed exclusively for the wood and wire version.

Styrofoam wreath form
Candles: three violet, one pink, (optional: one white)
Fish line, wire, or pins for attaching greenery
1/2 x 1 1/2 Poplar wood three to four feet long*
Two wire coathangers*
Wood glue*

Marking pen
Electric drill
Spade bit
Twist drills*
Dremel tool and burr bit*
Masking tape
Fine tooth saw (hand or electric)*
Wood file*
Wire cutters*
"C" clamps*

Note: I had to prepare this Instructable several days before Thanksgiving because we were traveling out of state on Thanksgiving for a week. I agreed to publish this on December 2 as a part of an Advent Calendar Guide by Robot Lover. Now I notice two others have published Instructables for an Advent wreath within the last few days. You will see those Instructables listed in the Related Instructables. If that ever does not work, they are here and here.

Step 1: Select the candles

Before beginning to make an Advent wreath, it is important to choose the candles you will use so you can fit the wreath to the candles, especially at their bases.

In my early experience, Advent wreaths always had three purple candles and one pink candle. Later I saw that some come with three blue candles and one pink candle, or with four blue candles.

But, back in the late 1980s I heard a German shortwave radio interview with a candlemaker who spoke about candles for Advent wreaths. I was surprised to learn candles for Advent wreaths can come in quite a variety of colors; including red, silver, and gold. And, I was surprised to learn that Advent wreaths can have candles entirely of one such color. This gives you quite a bit of freedom to find suitable candles almost anyplace in any price range. If you want a set of four red candles, try Wal-Mart. (Check on-line for availability in stores near you.) I also saw some available at Michael's craft stores.

Some Advent wreaths add a fifth white candle at the center of the wreath to be lit on Christmas Eve. It is referred to as a Christ Candle.

Candles for an Advent wreath with three purple and one pink are usually sold in sets. Check church supply stores where you live, or church supply catalogs. Here is an inexpensive set of stearic taper candles great for home use. Scroll down at the link in the last sentence to see a listing of candle sets other customers have purchased.  The stearic set candles are 12 inches high and 7/8 inch in diameter. If you want beeswax candles, you will pay more. While working on this I found some lavender candles and pink candles at our local Wal-Mart. Lavender is pretty close to purple. These candles are straight, not tapered and are eight inches high. You will see them in some of the later steps that are part of this Instructable.

(The image is from Toninni Church Supplies.)

Nice...here is Amherst
Diane, welcome to Instructables! Most who join "lurk" and never post anything. I am confident those who think they have nothing to offer really do. But, if they are not ready to post something, that is OK, too. Anyway, whatever your interests, someone here is posting about it. An exception to that is a couple of problems I had. I came to Instructables looking for a solution. There were no helps for my problem. I had to solve my problem myself and then post it for others to read and use.
It looks great: simple and beauty! In Germany you often see these wreath' overloaded with decorations, but sometimes less is more.
I have seen photos of wreaths with various kinds of accents on the greenery, like leaves of a lighter color, etc. Thank you for looking and for commenting.
Thanks for sharing! I learned something! "Dir ein besinnliches Fest,"Sunshiine
Thank you for your comment and for looking at this Instructable. German uses one form of pronouns for people with whom you are well acquainted. These are the 'Du' forms, or which 'Dir' is the dative singular (to you). Dative plural would be 'Euch.' If you do not yet know the person very well, the form would be the more polite 'Sie' forms, in this case &quot;Ihnen&quot; for both singular and plural. <br><br>While &quot;Dir ein besinnliches Fest&quot; often appears on Christmas cards, the more usual equivalent for Merry Christmas is &quot;Frohe Weinachten&quot; or &quot;Fr&ouml;hliche Weihnachten.&quot; Google both simultaneously for a puzzle of opinions on which is used in what circumstances. (You probably already knew all of this.)
Thanks for sharing! Your post is very interesting. I learn so much here! I will take a look thanks. Sunshiine
While this Instructable understandably is more likely to appeal to feminine interests than to masculine, most of my Instructables are very much oriented to guys in blue jeans who like to get dirty huddled over a workbench. Yet, it has long puzzled me that even those Instructables often draw more than the expected number of female readers.
I read things that my husband, son, daughter,and friends might find interesting. I share links from Instructables to those that might find it valuable. Instructables is the best place on the net to do this. My husband had a problem figuring out something on his pickup one day. It baffled him. He was very frustrated. I had him explain his problem to me and went on the internet and found a diagram that solved his problem. It saved him a lot of frustration and time! I love the internet! It has so much to offer. Instructables is just another wonder of the internet! Rimar2000 has a lot of interesting post that I have shared as well. Sunshiine
Rimar2000 is Osvaldo. He and I have become Internet friends. We are both interested in some of the same things. We also both grew up with more time than money. <br><br>At times I have gone looking on the Internet for a solution to a problem and found I was the one who had to develop the solution so I could post it on Instructables for others.
I hear you. Your post and Osvaldo's will continue to help people. From the way things look financially (everywhere) Instructables started at a good time. Post like these are saving people money and it is Interesting to see the ideas people come up with by using stuff we usually throw away. It is good to see young people concerned and acting on it. Keep up the good work! Sunshiine
Thank you.
Great Job Phil B! - Not only beautiful, but educational.
Thank you. I am looking forward to your contribution to this series, as well as Jessey's. (I neglected to mention that in my response to her.)
Very nice! Thanks for adding the history and links - I'm sure lots of people will enjoy that. :D
Thank you. There is even more information on the Internet about Advent and Advent wreaths, but I did not want this Instructable to become a small book, either.
I particularly enjoy the wood and wire one! Beautiful!
Thank you. It was fun to recreate something I did almost 50 years ago. The wires would be especially helpful with mounting pieces of live greenery.
Wow, I would've just gone and bought a wreath, so Kudos to you Phil for a fantastic reengineering!
Thank you.
Great addition!
Thank you. I will be waiting to see your Instructable for this series.

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