November 20, 2019

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

Advent is a Latin word that means coming; during the Christmas season, many Christians recognize the four weeks prior to Christmas day as the Advent season. To mark the time, for many, they will count down the weeks of Advent by lighting a candle on an Advent wreath. For Christmas this year, I wanted to get a little creative with some of my gift-giving and decided to make Advent wreath kits that the recipients could use and enjoy throughout the season. Here's a little d.i.y. and inspiration should you like to make them yourself and give to your loved ones too! To learn more about Advent and what each week celebrates, check out this website here!


Each advent wreath kit contains the following...
  • A tablecloth that is winter or Christmas themed
  • A quilted table runner using holiday fabric scraps and squares
  • A tabletop wreath
  • Weekly candles for each Sunday in the Advent season
  • The Christ candle and its' own holder
  • Labels
  • Ribbon for adornment and packing purposes

The first part of creating the kit was to quilt a patchwork table runner in winter/Christmas themed fabrics. I used this tutorial here for making mine. If you really want to take these kits to the next level of decorating enthusiasm, include a new holiday tablecloth as well. 

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

I bought plain votives in bulk and painted labels on them using chalkboard paint, as well as writing out each theme for the four weeks of Advent:

  • Week 1: Hope
  • Week 2: Peace
  • Week 3: Love
  • Week 4: Joy

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

Traditionally the Christ candle sits in the center of the wreath and is lit of Christmas Day to celebrate the birth of Jesus. For these kits, I went with two different styles depending on the recipient--a fancier mercury glass holder or the crown candle holder pictured on the right. Whatever you choose to do, I think it is helpful if you pick something that sets the Christ candle to stand out more than the weekly candles. 

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

Next up is the making of the wreath! I went through my fake floral stash and found bits and pieces that looked wintery that I had from previous projects, but you can find those at your local craft stores if you are not a crafter hoarder like myself. 

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

Then it is just a matter of layering the bits and pieces as you deem pretty with a hot glue gun...

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

Viola! 

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

Then it is time to package everything up. Since this is a kit that will likely get used for more than just once, I wanted to make sure I was packing everything in an organized manner that could take some wear and tear (i.e. going beyond a basic cardboard box). Target had some heavy-duty smaller plastic containers in the perfect size for everything. If you want to go in a different route though, I think layering all these items in a basket would be pretty on the presentation front too.  

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

I rolled up the tablecloth and table runner then tied them off with some ribbon or twine to go in first along with the candles for each of the Sundays in Advent. Putting these in first is important if you do not want to gift a crushed wreath in your kit. 

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

Next goes the wreath and Christ candle!


After everything is all snuggled in, I went ahead and made two different labels: The first is for the inner walls of the container so that if it is kept in a closet somewhere you can see what its contents are without having to open it up. The second is the much larger one shown below which explains the kit in detail along with a Christmas message. 

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

Then it is all set and ready to be gifted during the holiday season!

DIY Gift Giving: Advent Wreaths

If you liked this post and found it helpful help encourage me to make more posts similar to it by sharing on your social platform of choice! And if you make a kit yourself tag me in it on Instagram (ngrimm07) or Pinterest (nataliegrimm) so I can your version of it! 

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