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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Advent Wreath Kids Craft

My oldest son brought this Advent Wreath home from preschool two years ago, and since then it has become a regular Christmas season decoration in our house.  I thought it was the cutest thing, and especially love how the kids "light" the candles.  And it's so simple.  You could easily make your own with your little ones!

This advent wreath is made from a 10" cardboard cake platter with a scalloped edge, like these from Wilton.  You could probably also use a circle of cardboard cut out of a leftover pizza box or something, but the scalloped edge is nice.  Looks like these were spray-painted gold.  This becomes the base of the wreath.

Around the rim of this gold circle base, are holly leaves and berries cut out from construction paper.  This one has alternating light and dark green leaves.  The kids could cut these out and glue them on themselves.

Four toilet paper tubes and one paper towel tube become the candles.  Three of the small ones are painted purple, and the fourth is painted pink (for the four Sundays of Advent, symbolizing hope, love, joy, and peace).  The taller one is painted white, and becomes the Christ Candle in the center of the wreath, for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  The kids could paint the tubes, and then have a grown-up glue them onto the cardboard base with a hot glue gun.  The tall white one goes in the center, and the shorter purple and pink ones go evenly around it.

My favorite part, is how the candles are lit! 

You take a square of yellow tissue paper,
and stuff it down inside each "candle" tube, so that it is hidden from view.

Then, when it is time to "light" the candle, you simply reach down and pull up the corner of the tissue paper so that it becomes like a flame coming out the top of the tube.  So sweet!

Ooh!  And now I have a pair of these on display, because my middle child moved up to the class that makes these and brought his home today : ) 

Slightly different, this one is on a green-painted heavy paper plate.  And the holly "berries" are little balls of red tissue paper!  I love it!

Here they are side-by-side

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