Sunday, December 2, 2018

DIY Advent Candles

easy advent candle tutorial by refabulous

It was Saturday night, I realized I didn't have any Advent candles.  And Advent was starting the very next day.  I was unprepared.  Which is a tad ironic, being that the whole purpose of Advent is "preparation."

Purple and pink candles, the ones used for Advent wreaths, are notoriously elusive here.  Why?  I don't know.  But trust me, they are.

So I decided to make my own Advent candles, and very inexpensively!  Here's my tutorial on how to make your own Advent candles, and it's super-easy.

Gather. . . .

4 plain glass candles, like the religious-style ones found at dollar stores (I found these at Dollar General for $1.50 each.)
purple and pink tissue paper, 1 sheet of each (you'll probably have plenty left over)
scissors
Mod Podge
foam brush

*You could buy 5 candles, and leave 1 uncovered, and use it as the traditional white Christ Candle for Christmas day and the following Christmas season.

easy tutorial for advent candles, by refabulous

Prep. . . .

Cut the tissue paper into strips, into whatever width you prefer.  I cut mine about 2.5" wide.  Then cut those long strips again into smaller pieces, about 3" or 4" long.

easy tutorial for advent candles, by refabulous


Glue. . . .

Next, you'll dab a little Mod Podge onto the glass container with your foam brush.

easy advent candle tutorial, by refabulous

easy advent candle tutorial by refabulous


Then, paper. . . .

Place a piece of the cut tissue paper onto the Mod Podge-covered glass, gently smoothing out the large bubbles and wrinkles as best as you can.  It's OK if you have some small wrinkles or bubbles.  Some will smooth out later, and they really aren't that noticeable anyway.

easy advent candle tutorial, by refabulous

Add more glue, and add more tissue paper, slightly overlapping the edges of the paper blocks.  Continue until you've covered the entire candle.  Add a few additional blocks here and there for depth and extra color, if you'd like.  Smooth down the edges of the paper by gently adding a coat of Mod Podge over the entire candle.  (This also helps smooth down small wrinkles.)

easy advent candle tutorial, by refabulous
diy advent wreath candles, easy tutorial, by refabulous
looks a little wrinkly here, 
but the finished result doesn't look as crinkled... (see below)

You'll cover three candles in purple paper, and one candle in pink for the traditional Advent wreath.
Allow candles to dry completely.

diy advent wreath candles, easy tutorial, by refabulous

Ta-daaaa!

And that's it.  It's really that simple.

diy advent wreath candles, easy tutorial, by refabulous

For the greenery, I used a length of garland that I already had, and just twisted it around and made a wreath.  :)  I like how it turned out.  Some people adorn their wreath with a purple bow or ribbon.  I've done that in the past, too, but I liked this wreath plain.

diy advent wreath candles, easy tutorial, by refabulous

I hope you'll give them a try!  I've already had a couple of friends make these, and theirs turned out so beautiful.  This really is an easy, cheap project!
If you have any questions, just leave me a comment below.  I'm always happy to answer them! 
Talk to you soon.

UPDATE:
Another bonus: these candles have lasted a long time.   It is now after Christmas, and we used them throughout the entire duration of Advent.  The candles are hardly burned down even two inches!  We'll be using them next year for sure.

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