I was fixin’ to get my craft on last Friday, but as life goes with four little ones in the house, that didn’t happen until a couple of days later.
Cut some burlap into strips.
With a glue gun, glue one end of the strip to your 12 inch styrofoam wreath.
Wrap the burlap around, overlapping it a bit and glue the other end. Keep going until you cover the entire wreath.
Then stick in four plastic candle holders. I got mine at a garden center that also makes floral arrangements. They have a sharp plastic point on the bottom, so you should be able to push through the burlap and all the way into the styrofoam with some force. If not, try snipping a small slit in the burlap.
I made these candles with a fabulous Beeswax Advent Candle Kit from Illuminated Ink.
Cut some felt squares into strips. Fold them in half and sew them down one edge. If you don’t have a sewing machine, use some craft glue.
With your scissors, cut toward the stitch from the folded side. This DOES NOT have to be perfect!
Start rolling the felt, using a bead of glue from your hot glue gun along the way to keep it together.
Attach the flowers to the burlap wreath with big giant gobbs of hot glue. Don’t burn your fingers!
Cut some leaves out of green felt.
Put a little dab of glue on one end.
Squeeze it together until it dries to add dimension to your leaf.
Tuck the leaves in here and there around your flowers.
You’ll have to imagine this with a couple of rose-colored felt flowers around the rose candle. I had to special order some felt from Etsy. I just couldn’t bear to use the cotton candy pink or hot pink felt they sell at my crafts stores for this pretty little project. Have you ever gone up to a priest with your kids after Mass on Gaudete Sunday? Hmmm? “Hi Father! I like your PINK vestments!” Typically the response is, “They’re not PINK. They’re ROSE.” So rose it shall be for our Advent Wreath.
It will store well, ready for use year after year in our home!
I’m telling you, this is such an easy project that requires time, but not precision or perfection! And the end results make it worth your time.