Celebrate the 4 weeks leading to Christ’s birth with a candlelit crown
Step 1: Start by attaching three purple candles and one pink candle to a 10" grapevine wreath (from the craft-store) using hot glue. Then weave a handful of fresh-cut pine sprigs through the twigs of the wreath, as shown.
Step 2: Trace a dozen stars (using a star-shaped cookie cutter) onto a sheet of craft-store foam, then cut out the shapes with scissors. Place shapes on newspaper and spray with pink and purple metallic paint. On another sheet of paper, spray 4 pinecones with light pink paint.
Step 3: Once wreath decorations are fully dry, secure stars, pinecones and a handful of ornaments to the wreath as shown, using hot glue.
total time: 25 minutes (including dry time)
Joyfully waiting for Jesus
The Advent wreath is a Lutheran tradition that was picked up by the Catholic church in the 1500s. Today many other Protestants also incorporate the lighting of the wreath in their Christmas traditions. The circular wreath symbolizes eternity; each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord: hope, love, joy and peace. Starting November 29, light the candles nightly, using one candle the first week and adding a candle each Sunday.