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Friday, December 5, 2008

Another No Sew Project -- Easy and Inexpensive Advent Wreath

It seems Advent sneaks up on me every year. I never have my candles ready. In fact this year, I don't have any candles at all, and now I'll be lucky if I can still find them in a store. But my intentions are always good, even to the point of making my own Advent wreath because I did not like the commercially available wreaths. It was a fun little project, even a bit of a stash buster as well!

Advent wreathI bought a styrofoam disk at Michael's using one of my 40% off coupons, 4 little glass candle holders and an evergreen/pinecone pick.

I went through my fabric stash and came across some leftover green velvet from my daughter's Irish Step Dancing dress that I made and embroidered many years ago. That would be perfect for wrapping the styrofoam.

Then I went up to the attic and searched through my Christmas ribbon and found a pretty gold ribbon just a bit wider than the thickness of the styrofoam disk.

I put the disk onto the wrong side of the velvet and cut around it so I would have enough to pull up to the other side of the disk and I glued the edges in place on the top, which will end up being the bottom. With the disk still upside down, I glued the gold ribbon so that the edge was even with the lower edge of the disk that will end up being the top. I folded the extra ribbon over onto the top of the disk and glued it in place as well.

Then I cut a piece of velvet just smaller than the disk and glued that in place over the edge of the ribbon and the edge of the velvet that covers the disk just to give it a neat finished bottom. Then I turned it over.

I glued the glass candle holders evenly spaced onto the velvet using a hot glue gun. Then I cut apart the evergreen pick and chose pieces that I liked. Using hot glue again, I attached them to the velvet in a way that was pleasing to me, leaving room in the middle for the Christmas Day white pillar candle.

Viola! There you have a quick and easy and not too expensive homemade Advent wreath. Now if I can only find candles before Sunday, we'll be all set!

Happy Stitching!

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