Looking for some Four Candles DIY Advent Ideas? Wondering what you need to make an Advent Wreath? Here are the DIY Advent Decorations I did through the years. Still loving each one of them.
The Meaning of Four Candles Advent
Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means ‘Coming’ in Latin. The first Advent is always the fourth Sunday before Christmas. There are different Advent traditions all around the world. I am talking about the lighting of four candles in anticipation of Christmas. These candles are often placed on a Advent wreath or crown.
Advent wreaths are usually circular, representing God’s infinite love, and are often made of evergreen leaves, which “represent the hope of eternal life. Advent wreaths are in origin a Lutheran tradition although nowadays they are common in all Christian churches.
What do the four candles of Advent Symbolize? In different traditions the candles can have different meanings. But in the one I know best the candles specifically symbolize the concepts of hope (week one), peace (week two), joy (week three) and love (week four).
In my childhood church the candles on the giant Advent wreath in the center of the basilica were always white. Since then I have learned that in other traditions the candles are often either red or pink and purple. The candle colors have meaning too and are mostly related to the liturgical vestments that are worn during the Advent time.
Advent Wreath Centerpiece Ideas
When making an Advent wreath for your home, you’ll most likely use the Advent wreath decoration as an early Christmas centerpiece. I have used different kind of wreaths as my Advent wreath base. Because basically all you need to make an Advent wreath is one wreath and four candles. Of course adding a bit of extras just increases the fun.
This walnut wreath centerpiece for Advent was based on a Fall wreath I made from a straw wreath base and a bag of leftover walnuts. To turn it into and Advent wreath I replaced four nuts by candle holders and added some wooden stars and pearls as decorations.
This Evergreen Four Candles Advent Wreath was made using a ready made wreath from Ikea. In the middle I nested a four bottle caddy. The bottles (filled with some sand) were the perfect candle holders for my four Advent candles. Some additional faux greens were stuffed in the wreath and I crafted silver stars for additional fun.
This Rustic Advent Wreath DIY is quite fun and unexpected. I love the combination of vintage style candle clips, the natural twigs and the simple numbered pot. Of course when the second advent arrives, you simply turn the pot until the number 2 is visible. Rustic and natural Advent at its best
Simple Advent Decor Ideas
Of course you don’t have to make a wreath to have a four candles Advent decoration. Just a grouping of four candles will do. Add some numbers if you like and your simple Advent decor is ready. Here are some ideas for a little DIY Advent candle holders.
This quick and easy bottles Advent decor is beautiful in its simplicity. Four soda bottles, a little red ornament and some green twigs were al that was needed to dress up the plain white candles into a lovely Christmas / Advent decoration.
If you don’t have bottles, you could use jars. And instead of using numbers you could use little tags with the meaning of the four Advent Sundays. Easy, quick and very simple to make decorated Christmas jars.
Looking for a simple Advent decoration idea? Why not arrange four tall candles on an old baking tree, add some greenery and some ornaments and four rustic crate numbers. You can whip this up in 10 minutes and you’ll have a lovely little Advent display.
DIY Advent Decorating Ideas
If you have a little time on your hand. You might like to craft yourself an Advent decoration. From the ‘wreath’ to the numbers, the arrangement or the candle holders, there are an infinite number of Christmas craft ideas that can be reworked into an Advent decoration. Here are my favourites from years past.
I used basic floral arranging techniques to make this DIY Advent Centerpiece. The ‘enamel’ tags are lookalikes off the real thing and made with metal tags, embossing powder and stamps.
When I found these wide milk bottles I knew they could be turned into a perfect DIY Advent Decor with Bottles. The corks were crowned with tea lights and number tags were added to dangle inside the bottle. A bit of evergreen, some additional ornaments and ready was my DIY four candle / bottle Advent decoration.
My Upside Down Teacup DIY Candle Holders are a long time favourite of mine. At the time I didn’t use them as my Advent decor but I totally could have. Some numbers instead of ornaments and these would have turned into perfect Advent Candle Holders.
Modern Advent Decor Idea
My most recent Advent decoration is a combination of many of the things above. I fashioned a simple evergreen wreath, decorated some plain white buckets and came up with a way to add some numbers to the arrangement. My DIY Advent Candle Holder with Wreath is one of my favorite Advent decorations so far. And it was really easy and fast to create.
So how about it? Do you feel inspired to create your own Advent decoration. I hope so. I had fun getting this collection together and I am sure I will add new projects in the years to come.
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