After being inspired by all the lovely advent candle wreaths out there in blogland I got to work creating my own thrifty and creative version for our home.
Although purple and pink are traditional for advent, I decided to go with white candles. The candles I bought from the supermarket for $2.50 each and then I bought a 'mercury glass' lookalike candle holder for $4 from the thrift store. I rummaged around in the kitchen cupboards and found a large platter instead of a wreath. I placed the four pillar candles in a circle around the perimeter of the plate and I put the candle holder in the middle for the special Christmas candle.
I already had some Spanish moss from another project and some other decorations in my Christmas box, so that kept the cost down too. I sprinkled some Spanish moss on the platter around the candles, and added a few felt stars, a piece of starry tinsel and a garland of beads that I borrowed from the Christmas tree and Voila!
This is what it looks like on our kitchen table.
And here is a closer look at the candles:
To decorate the candles I wrapped some coloured wire around each one, added some Christmas charms that I had in my bead stash and numbered the candles from 1 to 4 with self-adhesive foam numbers that I also had in my craft drawers.
Today is the third Sunday of Advent, so we get to light candle number 3 tonight. The cub-a- lubs are looking forward to that already.
So what do you think? I'd love to hear your comments and see photos of your Advent candles too!