One of the pitfalls and blessings of being an artist is zero to little money coming in. I am very blessed. My husband is employed and despite having an art degree and several years experience of graphic design, I haven’t been continually employed over the last 5 years. So celebrations are usually limited to food and very little decorations. I usually just use the same ones over and over. This year I wanted an advent wreath. I have wanted one for several years but did not want to spend a great deal of money on them. So I took a trip to the dollar store to see what I could find. For six dollars I came up with a pretty cute wreath.
Now I already had the candles and the ribbon so it would cost another $6.00 to make if you made it but most of us have candles in storage and purple and pink ribbon hanging around, right? I actually am a candle hoarder, yes I admit that but I also collect candle holders. I have several rules about it and one day when we finally quit moving and we purchase our last house, I will be able to light my whole house with them including my porch and outside kitchen. At last count I had 4 dozen plus candles both battery powered and real ones and at least 6 pair of candle holders(must be pairs) that hold tapers and pillars. Plus I have several battery powered sets.
So back to the dollar store. While there I purchased 4 glass candle candle holders, 4 battery powered candles, a 9.8″ Styrofoam wreath, green ornament hangers and a 9 ft garland. The battery candles come 2 to the package and my husband prefers them but I prefer real candles. I also bought purple ribbons because I could not remember if I had purple ribbon. Now you only need the candle holders or the battery candles so you could save two to four dollars there.
I wrapped the 9″ foam wreath with the 9 foot garland and secured them with green ornament hanger wires that I bent into U shaped wires that I pushed into the foam. I then tied the ribbons into bows and again used the ornament hangers to twist the bows together. I tied the bows to the glass candle holders and fit them into the wreath and my advent wreath was finished.
Simple, quick, cute and not too expensive. Have a blessed Advent everyone.