Advent Wreath DIY – Trial By Fire …

… I’ve long since given up the self destructive habit of comparing myself to crafty moms, those MacGyver’s of Motherhood. I’ve burned enough meals, killed enough plants and set enough household items on fire to know my limitations. In the evolutionary nature in which God made us humans, I’ve learned to adapt.

It is through these adaptations that I’ve learned quite a few perfectly acceptable short cuts, because there’s really nothing wrong with “good enough”, especially when it comes to arts and crafts. Being “crafty” really is unimportant in the grand scheme of parenting. You don’t need to be a master at the glue gun in order to be a good parent and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making mistakes and setting a few things on fire. It’s just an opportunity to learn how not to do something. So when I set my Advent wreath on fire one year [FYI-fresh greenery is flammable] I did not take it to heart. I adapted. And got fire insurance.

To make a fire-proof, and now last minute, Advent wreath you can use any greenery you have in your yard. One year I used clippings from a holly bush. It looked very nice… prickly as hell, but nice. You can use bottom branches of your Christmas tree, if you have a real one and it’s already up. However, learn from me! Learn! Replace this greenery at least once or it will dry out and become table top kindling.

You know what. Skip the greenery. Someone suggested taking a cookie tin or nice bowl and filling it with sand or rocks and putting the candles in that. Orthodox style.

Ta da! Fire proof. You can add greenery to the outside of the bowl if you must. And if the stores are old sold out of purple and pink candles, which happened to me one year, purchase cheap-o white candles and use ribbon to tie around each candle.

The end result might look something like this.


Advent wreath by Katie Harris O’Keefe.

Very pretty. And nobody visits the burn unit of the local hospital.

*nota bene: flameless candles are anathema on this blog.

Related Link: Area Catholic Offended By The Phrase “Merry Christmas”

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  • Ellen

    Our parish Advent wreath has white candles with purple and rose ribbons. It looks very nice.

    One year I used votive lights when I couldn’t find any purple and rose ones. They looked nice, but the purple ones were hyacinth scented and that about choked me.

  • Lydia

    I don’t put them in a wreath. I simply line them up on the mantelpiece. I have a kind of pretty mantelpiece throw-thingy, and that’s it. There’s a wreath with the candles at church, but I don’t have a convenient space that would accommodate a circular shape anyway (the table being full of books for the kids’ schoolwork), so the mantelpiece it is.

  • Cordelia

    Around this time of year, especially, I’d be wise to mount your words in a prominent place and repeat them twice daily: “Being ‘crafty’ really is unimportant in the grand scheme of parenting. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making mistakes and setting a few things on fire.” See, I can cook reliably, and garden almost tolerably, but my homemade-craftiness doesn’t quite extend even to tying ribbons neatly around candles… Yes, I’ve now set Advent wreaths on fire TWICE. And that’s twice in just the four years I’ve been a Catholic! I like Lydia’s idea of just dispensing with the wreath altogether…


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