Celebrating Advent + DIY Advent Wreath

Get ready to celebrate the Reason for the season with this DIY Advent wreath!

I published this DIY Advent wreath tutorial a couple of years ago and it’s become my most popular Christmas post! I pray this DIY and accompanying devotionals bless your family. Merry Christmas!

We are in full-fledged Christmas mode over here with our decorations up and the music blaring! I love all the fun stuff this time of year brings like putting up the tree and watching Christmas movies!

We, like many, have family traditions like drinking hot chocolate while driving around looking at Christmas lights and opening a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve. But the Christmas season is so much more than that.

Each year with our kids, we look for ways to emphasize the Reason we celebrate Christmas. It’s the season of Advent, sharing the good news of the birth of Jesus, the light of the world.

A few years ago we made our own DIY Advent wreath and I’m sharing the steps below.

Also, through the month of December, I’ve teamed up with my hubby to bring you a series of posts on the Advent season!

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diy advent wreath
DIY Advent wreath

Importance of the Advent Season

Advent comes from the Latin word that means “visit” or “coming.”

For centuries, God’s people awaited the arrival of the Messiah. Then suddenly, without warning or a grand entrance, God visited earth in the form of a baby.

If you think it’s hard to wait for Christmas morning and all the gifts and cheer, imagine waiting for a savior who would come and take away the sins of the world so we could have an unimpeded relationship with our God and Creator once again.

The Advent season reminds us of that special visit from our Savior and in a small way gives us a picture of what it was like to wait in anticipation for the coming of Jesus.

Each week in December we have a short family devotional that focuses on each aspect of Advent. It’s a simple gesture steeped in tradition that intentionally slows down the season and reminds us that Christ has come!

The devotionals were written by my husband, Eric, former youth and college pastor turned high school Theology teacher. We love working together on all sorts of things and I’m excited for him to be part of this. For more on the history of the Advent wreath, check out this article.

Find the weeks of Advent devotions below!

First Sunday of Advent: Advent Family Devotional – Hope

Second Sunday: Advent Family Devotional – Peace

Third Sunday: Advent Family Devotional – Joy

Fourth Sunday: Advent Family Devotional- Love 

Christmas Day Advent Devotional – Christ Candle

DIY Advent Wreath

Now for the simple Advent wreath! This DIY is a great way to get the kids involved in the process as you explain the significance of Advent. We purchased all of our supplies from Hobby Lobby but you can find them at any craft store or on Amazon.

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advent wreath supplies
Supplies to make Advent wreath.


Advent wreath candle holder wire frame
Evergreen branches or picks, divided, for filling
Berry sprigs and pine cones, divided
3 purple and 1 pink taper candles
1 white pillar candle
florist wire
hot glue gun
wire cutters


Take your garland and lay it around the DIY Advent wreath candle holder to measure how long it needs to be. Using wire cutters, snip the excess garland off.

After fluffing the garland, position it around the wreath then use floral wire to attach it to the wreath. You can also use fresh evergreen cuttings, if preferred.

diy advent wreath garland
Garland for Advent wreath.
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Securing greenery to wreath frame with florist wire.

Cut pieces of greenery from the extra pick and using a hot glue gun, attach the pieces, using them to fill in the gaps, and making it look fuller.

Again, feel free to use fresh greenery and you can also use green pipe cleaners to secure the pieces in place.

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greenery for advent wreath
Evergreen for Advent wreath.

If your pinecones are attached to a wire sprig like mine were, use your wire cutters to separate them and then secure them to various places around the wreath using a hot glue gun.

pinecones on wreath
Attaching pinecones to wreath.

Finally, separate the berry sprig into several pieces and use it to fill in the empty spaces and add some color!

berry sprig
Adding berry sprigs to wreath.

Now you are ready to place your purple candles and rose candle or pink candle in the holders. The white pillar candle goes in the center of the wreath.

candles for advent wreath
Advent wreath with candles.

Each candle has meaning. The first candle symbolizes hope. The second candle symbolizes peace. The third candle signifies joy and the fourth candle stands for love. The fifth candle is the Christ candle symbolizing Jesus’ birth.

For more on the meaning of the Advent candles, check out devotionals linked above.

I hope this easy Advent wreath craft blesses you this holiday season. It’s a lovely way to celebrate the spirit of Advent, Jesus Christ coming down to earth in the form of baby to save us.

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DIY Advent wreath