Saturday, September 1, 2012
Outdoor Advent Wreath
The oldest two girls were perusing Pinterest this morning trying to come up with themed basket ideas for a wedding shower Caitlyn has to plan. As I was looking at the amazing things creative people have come up with, I realized that I had been pretty creative myself just last year. (This is not easy for me).
Last November I made an outdoor Advent wreath. Although I would try to find a less expensive way to do it, if I had to do it again, I was really pleased with the results so I thought I'd share. I realize it's only September 1st but, I've seen Halloween stuff out for at least a week so I think I'm good. Some people like to plan ahead.
For the base I used a small table that we keep next to the bar-b-q. It is really nice because the legs are supported by a bar. I used tent stakes on the bars to hold the table steady in the wind.
I bought four pretty sturdy, tall, rectangular candle holders here: http://www.quickcandles.com/Pillar-Candle-Holders-s/41.htm. Luckily they also had the purple and pink candles. I got six purple and two pink to make it through the four weeks.
ACO had pink and purple colored sand. Michaels had the wreath greenery and red ribbon.
I filled the candle holders with pink or purple sand (3 purple, 1 pink). The sand holds the candles nicely and since the candles were shorter than the holders, it brought them up to a good height.
One of the kids wrapped the greenery around the candle holders and Liz made a lovely bow.
Last Advent was especially rainy and so I had to devise a way to keep the rain off of the candles. I put some perforated tin foil over the openings and used large rubber bands to hold it on. Here are a couple of photos.