Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Advent wreath ... errr ... box ... kinda thing ...

Sorry, I completely forgot that I had said on Sunday that I would show you more photos of my beautiful Advent wreath on Monday... which was yesterday ... 
But here they come. The photos of my Advent wreath.
Which really is not a wreath at all ... but anyway ...

I actually do not know whether this is a German thing or whether other countries do this, too. Here traditionally people have an Advent wreath which kinda looks like this.

Basically a green wreath with four candles. 
It can of course be decorated differently. This is the wreath I had two years ago. Very basic. Not much decoration. Just some hand decorated candles - which I totally loved!
I had made the candles myself. 

Each Advent-Sunday you light one more of the candles ... so the first of Advent one candle is lit, the second two ... You get the idea.

I totally love this tradition. But this year I kinda gave it a new twist.

Instead of the usual wreath I used a box. So this is my Advent box. 
This box actually has several advantages over the usual wreath - apart from being ... well ... UNusual! ;-)

1. You can move it EASILY around. Without any needles falling off! Major advantage if you have small kids around!!!

2. It is put together VERY quickly. Okay, if you just buy a regular wreath and only put candles on it - then the wreath would be quicker. But if you decorate a wreath it will most likely take longer than decorating the box.

3. You do not have to buy a wreath. So if you missed buying one ... 

Which of course would never happen to me! I totally did not buy one on purpose! *clear-throat* 

... THIS is your option! ;-)

I totally love that I did not have to buy a single thing to make this. I just worked with everything that I had at home:

1 small fruit box thing (the one that tangerines come in)
red paint (white one would work, too)
moss from the yard
pinecones, nuts and stuff that we collected on our daily walks
4 candles - which luckily I still had from last year


I also added some paper snowflakes that I made with a snowflake-shaped hole punch. I would like to glue some of those to the outside of the box but did not get to it yet.

What do you think?
Or crazy?

Do you have an Advent wreath or something similar to this?


Johanna said...

Ah, coole Idee! Und wirklich süß :)
Ich habe leider nur einen ganz normalen Adventskranz, allerdings aus Filz und ohne dass Nadeln sich im Haus verbreiten :)

Sue said...

I LOVE, love, love your box!

Kathryn said...

I think it's definitely cute, not crazy. :) I love advent, unfortunately I don't have an advent wreath yet...I need to make one, stat!

Emily said...

love it!!! I think the box looks so cozy!

Darcy said...

I love the box! We do the advent candles during the advent season at church, but I never really thought about having our own candles at home! Nice tradition. (I think an elf or two snuggled next to your candles might make a nice addition!) :-)

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [10 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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