Today’s post is a special one for me. It shares a tradition that my family does every year during Advent. That is the Advent Wreath. For each of the four Sundays before Christmas, a candle is lit and prayers are said to help prepare our hearts for the birth of Our Savior. It creates special and peaceful family moments, as we ponder the miracle that we celebrate on Christmas Day. So this project is especially joy-filled for me, because it shares a very precious tradition.
Let’s start with the box. Take an 8″ x 8″ piece of card stock, and score at 2″ on all four sides. Using a ruler, make a score line from where the 2″ lines intersect straight out the the corresponding corner. Then, cut the corner off by cutting from score line to score line across one corner. Repeat for all four corners, then fold and burnish the score lines.
In the corners between the “candle clusters”, I cut the three leaves off of the leaf punch, and stuck them on with glue dots careful not to cross any of the fold lines. Using a 1/4″ punch and cherry cobbler card stock, I punched a couple of “berries” to glue on as well. This filled out the “wreath” and made it appear to go all the way around. I arranged the leaves and berries different in each corner, but always took care not to cross the folds so the box would still fold up properly.
For each “cluster” under the candle, I used two old olive pine branches, two cherry cobbler branches, and two leaf punchies. The “clusters” were glued on with Tombow liquid glue, lots of it, and given enough time to dry. I did not want them to come off, and was relying on them to hold the candles on. I also used one banner from the Bunch of Banners in whisper white. Each banner was stamped with the appropriate prayer, and in the appropriate color,and then the edges were sponged with the same ink.
- 1st week is HOPE in Fresh Fig
- 2nd week is PEACE in Fresh Fig
- 3rd week is JOY in Powder Pink
- 4th week is LOVE in Fresh Fig
Purple is a color of repentance and preparation, so during those weeks we focus on preparing our hearts. Pink is a color of celebration and rejoicing, because we are more than half-way through our Advent, and we will soon celebrate the birth of Our Savior.
The candles are from IKEA, but any candle ~1 1/2″ diameter will do. These are ~5/8″ high. Three candles were wrapped with a purple ribbon for the first, second and fourth weeks (Fresh Fig Finely Woven Ribbon); and one candle was wrapper with pink for the third week (Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon) using tear and tape. When the “clusters” had a chance to dry for around 20 minutes, I used a ring of dimensionals (6 on the bottom of each candle) to stick the candle to the center of the “cluster” on the corresponding side. If the dimensionals don’t readily stick, use some rubbing alcohol to wipe the bottom of the candle, let dry, and they should stick like champs. If the candle slides out of the votive, just stick a couple of glue dots on the bottom, and stick it back in. I only had one that slid out, but the glue dots kept it in place.
For the top, I used a “shim” of two layers of card stock, and butted the Year of Cheer DSP to it on the left side of the score board. Then, I scored at 1″ on all four sides, careful not to let the top slide under the shim. Cut up each score line, then miter slightly into each side of the square tab. Using a strong adhesive, glue the four tabs into a box. Decorate with die cuts as shown, or as you desire, and adhere stitched circle sentiment to scalloped layering circle using fast fuse, and to box using dimensionals. The Year of Cheer DSP makes everything made with it quite beautiful.
I hope your enjoy this project as much as I enjoyed share it with you.
Until we meet again, may our days be blessed. ~Darby
- Supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless stated
- Stamps: Carols of Christmas, Christmas Pines, Labeler Alphabet
- Dies: Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles, Bunch of Banners, Pretty Pines
- Ink: cherry cobbler, fresh fig, powder pink
- Card Stock: old olive, cherry cobbler, early espresso, chocolate chip
- Ribbon: finely woven ribbon in fresh fig and powder pink
- Leaf punch, 1/4 circle punch