The Advent wreath is one of the essential Christmas elements, both as an ornament and as a symbol of Christianity.
Índice del artículo
- 1 What is the Advent wreath?
- 2 Origin of the Advent wreath
- 3 Advent wreath coloring pages
- 4 How to do a Advent wreath step by step
- 5 Christmas wreath for children
- 6 Advent wreath with recycled materials
- 7 How to make a minimalist Advent wreath
- 8 Prayers to light every candle of the Advent wreath
- 9 Video on how to make an Advent wreath
- 10 Advent’s Photos
What is the Advent wreath?
The Advent wreath represents the four weeks before Christmas and marks the beginning of the Christian liturgical year. For this reason, it is common that the decoration of this crown has four or five candles to lit, depending on the week we are in.
How to Make an Advent Wreath
Most often the crown is made with spruce or pine, which can give a wonderful smell to the house. However, it can also be made with other materials that we will show you throughout the article. For instance, have you seen a crown with the traditional Christmas plant, which is holly?
Beyond the religious meaning of the Advent wreath, it has become a decorative element used as a centerpiece, as an ornament hanging on the doors and as a welcoming Christmas symbol.
Another option that may be interesting is this last photograph that combines pomegranates, with pineapples and instead of Scotch tape (like the one that you will see in the following section) uses pentagram tape to represent the Christmas carols and chords.
Origin of the Advent wreath
The Advent wreath arose during the fourth up until the sixth century, in pre-Christian communities in northern villages. To adapt to the cold they suffered in December, they used to light fires with green branches, which way also a way to welcome spring.
Later, in the sixteenth century, Catholics and Protestants transformed these wreaths of green branches that they used to burn and turn them into what they called a seed of truth representing the supreme truth that comes with the arrival of Jesus. This is how the Advent wreath began to be used as a symbol of Advent. In fact, the candles are a countdown so that Jesus Christ comes and enlightens us with the light he brings.
Meaning of the candles in the Advent wreaths
The four candles that are placed in the Advent wreaths are lit every Sunday until Christmas Day arrives. These candles represent stages of the salvation of Jesus and the very light emanating from the candles symbolizes the sun of Righteousness.
In addition, we can find other symbolisms in the Advent wreath. For example, its circular form means eternity because it has neither beginning nor end. The green branches represent life and hope, and the red color that usually predominates in the Advent wreaths, conveys the love of God for all humanity.
Advent wreath coloring pages
A very simple and easy craftsmanship for children is to color an Advent wreath to trim later and hang it somewhere around the house or even in the Christmas tree.
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Moreover, we can play a game that shows the essence of each and every one of the Advent wreath candles. That way you can color an Advent wreath, taking into account you only have to color one candle every sunday.
Here we leave a gallery of Advent wreaths you can color, so you have enough variety to choose from:
How to do a Advent wreath step by step
Kind of materials you need to do the Advent wreath
- Foam or oasis. We use them to put flowers and keep them there. With a knife you give it a round wreath shape and empty its interior so that it stays like that.
4 pine cones or pine.
9 small red and yellow apples.
8 cinnamon sticks.
30 green sprigs: ivy, lavender or any wild plant.
3 branches of natural pine or spruce.
2 meters of wide fabric tape in Scottish tones.
A pack of green wires that are frequently used in florist.
How to make the Advent wreath?
Start by cutting small twigs from the spruce or pine branches you have. The green, ivy or other tree branches also cut smaller twigs to be able to put them in the wreath.
Try to leave a stick of hard branch so you can put it here. You can then start nailing and placing the green branches and the pine in the same direction, so that it looks well distributed.
You will also stick the pine or spruce branches in the inner ring of the wreath, making sure that the branches of ivy or white twigs (such as the ones in the video) are above the pine.
Pin the long wire through the middle of the block and fold it so the wire will come out on the other side. Thus, you will have two pieces of wire on each side of the apple to be able to nail the wreath. Nail wires in 12 apples and reserve.
If the cinnamon stick is too large, cut it into sticks that are about 10 cm long. Take four or five sprigs of cinnamon, the joints and tie them with raffia, as if it were a package. Keep doing so until you have 7 or 8 packages. Behind the raffia there is a wire that will be useful to nail it to the Christmas wreath. Leave at least 8 cm of wire so that they can be nailed without problems.
The green wire sticks the parts in two and nail two sticks per pineapple to attach it. The nails from top to bottom and to both sides of the wreath. You have 12 apples you put three nailed around each pineapple and you can nail the cinnamon sticks around.
You see around the crown from the center with the Scotch tape from the inner ring out and fix it with the wire sticks. It will look like this:
When you’ve finish turning the wreath with the ribbon you will have two ends of the ribbon that you can spare so that it can be hung from the door or put next to the fireplace, the furniture etc.
In addition to being pretty, you can also enjoy the scent of this wreath.
Christmas wreath for children
After having taught you how to make the Advent wreath or Christmas wreath step by step, now we explain how to make a wreath but this time, made by children. Easy, simple and beautiful!
Materials you will be needing for each child:
- A plastic or cardboard dish
- Red ribbon
- Macaroni and other types of pasta
- Green, red, and blue tempera paints
Paint the plate in green, let it dry and then paint all the pasta that we are about to glue in colors such as red or white.
Once the paint in the plate is dry, make a hole in order to pass the red ribbon through the hole so that we can hang it later.
For details in gold, you can do it with a little bit of gold paint, with glitter or gold liquid gel.
Glue the pasta around the entire plate. Before doing so, you should have marked a circumference in the center, so that this part is empty, as we can see in the photos.
Advent wreath with recycled materials
Although you can make many kinds of Advent wreaths with recycled materials, here we are going to teach you one of the easiest ways of doing one. It consists on making an Advent wreath with plastic bags.
First we have to make a base out of wire. In order to do so, place thick wire in a circular shape, giving more shape to the tips to hold all the armor on which we are going to build the Advent wreath.
Then we have to pick some plastic bags, choose the color that we want or a few simple plastic bags that we can paint with a colored spray. Later on, we can start to cut them and put them in the central part of the Advent wreath that we are going to build.
You should cut the bags in equal strips of two and five centimeters. Then roll the bag strips around the wire base.
Finally, you must tie the wire, helping you with strings, the trimmings you consider necessary and the ones you like best. You can even hang Christmas balls from a loop. The ornaments help us to cover the union between the wires and the plastic bags, and also make it look more beautiful.
Advent wreath with corks
Another idea to make an Advent wreath this Christmas and to recycle is to try to make one like the one you see above and that has been made with cork stoppers.
To make this wreath you will need a good number of cork stoppers to place next to each other and you will also need the balls you see in the photo. You can make it yourself with plastic or foam, or buy tiny balls in any store.
To attach the caps, you must use the balls. You can do this with the help of a little hot silicone that you should apply carefully (and in small amounts).
Finally add to your Advent wreath a bow or garland that will allow you to put the icing on the cake to your creation.
Advent wreath with leaves
On the other hand, you can dedicate time to collect leaves of the park with your children and then put them all together. The result will be a wreath as pretty and leafy as the one you see above.
You have to collect a good amount of leaves of various trees and then put them all together. You have two ways of doing it. One way is by putting a little glue sheet to sheet (in the center) and the other is to pick up some thread that is resistant or a not very thick wool, and with the help of a needle go through each sheet.
Try to give it a round shape as you put the leaves together. Once you finish doing this you can pass it through a hanger. This same hanger will help you hang the wreath.
Here you can see more examples and photos of Advent wreaths made with recycled materials :
How to make a minimalist Advent wreath
And if what you like is to have an Advent wreath that is unlike anything you have seen before, we can choose an Advent wreath that has a minimalist style.
In order to do so, you can get inspired through several ideas and thus choose a wreath like the one you see above or, better yet, you can create it yourself.
To do the wreath you see above, take a thick scarf that you have and put it on the table, you can wrap some cardboard or some circular element that you have at home so that it has a certain form. To finish up you will only need to put a few candles that aren’t too big.
Prayers to light every candle of the Advent wreath
Before we can say a prayer while lighting each candle of the Advent wreath, we first need to know how to bless the Advent wreath. In order to do so, you can say the following prayer:
Oh God, we ask you to pour forth your blessing upon this wreath, so we can be reminded each sunday that we have to be awake for the coming Jesus that brings us salvation. Please, don’t let the evil surrounding us prevent us from being committed with changing our reality. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then you have to say a prayer with each candle. The moments we want to represent with each sunday prayer are different, so try to say a different prayer for each one of the candles. We leave this prayer for the first Sunday:
We light Lord this light, like that person that lights their lamp to come out at night to encounter a friend that’s coming. In this first week of Advent, we want to be awake, to wait for you and to be prepared. Many shadows are surrounding us. Flattery makes us numb. We want to be awake and vigilant, because you bring the brightest light, a profound peace and the most authentic joy. Come Lord Jesus. Come Lord Jesus!
For the second Sunday, here is another prayer option when you light the relevant candle of the Advent wreath:
The prophets kept the flame of hope of Israel burning. We light these two candles as a symbol. The old tree trunk is regrowing, the desert is blooming. The whole humility shudders because God has been sown in our flesh. May each one of us, Lord, open our life to you so that you may spring, so that you may bloom, so that you are born and keep the flame of hope in our hearts alive. Come soon Lord. Come Lord our Salviour!
For the third Sunday, just before Christmas, we suggest that to say the following prayer, which you must perform in front of the Advent wreath, with all the members of the family holding hands:
In the darkness a light was lit and a voice cried out in the desert. The good news is announced: the Lord is coming. Pave the way, for God is near. Embellish your soul as a bride that is getting ready for her wedding day. The messenger arrives. John the Baptist is not the light, but the one who announces the light. When we light these three candles, each one of us wants to be your torch to shine, to be flame so you can warm up others. Come and save us Lord, wrap us in your light and warm us with your love!
Finally, the last Sunday of Advent, we end up lighting the candle and saying the following prayer:
Lord Jesus, today the liturgy invites us to look at Mary pregnant, who has carried you in her womb for nine months and will soon give birth to you. Help us to live with faith this mystery called “Incarnation”. You, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Do not forget, that after each prayer, you must keep in mind the petitions that each family member wants to make and spare a minute to do them.
Video on how to make an Advent wreath
Here he leave you a video in which you can see how to make an Advent wreath in motion and not only with the instructions we’ve indicated before:
Here you can see many photos of Advent wreaths that might help you get some ideas:
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