Candles and their colour meanings
Candles are a vital part of the advent wreath, but how you choose your colours depends on whether you favour tradition or design.
Historically, purple is the colour of the advent candle for the first, second and fourth Sundays of advent. These might be called the Prophecy Candle or Candle of Hope on the first Sunday, then the Bethlehem Candle or Candle of Preparation on the second Sunday, and the Angel Candle or the Candle of Love on the fourth Sunday. The third candle is usually pink, and is called the Shepherd Candle or Candle of Joy, while the fifth and final candle is white and is known as the Christ Candle.
A traditional advent wreath is therefore rich in colour and symbolism. However, for a more pared-back and modern wreath, you may prefer to stick to white candles, which look more contemporary and work with all kinds of interior design.
Other supplies for a DIY Christmas wreath
Once you’ve chosen the candles for your DIY Christmas wreath, it’s time to think about the body of the wreath itself. You can buy pre-prepared bare straw wreaths as a foundation, which is the best way to make sure the wreath is strong enough to hold your candles.
You can then customise your wreath by adding wintery foliage, for example pine twigs, holly leaves and berries. These ingredients don’t need to be real – indeed, fake versions will work just as well and last longer. If you want, you can also gather seasonal finishing touches like stars, snowflakes, bells and ribbons for extra decoration.
Finally, you’ll need some practical bits and pieces that help to hold the whole thing together. Gold thread, thin pliable wire, glue and string are all useful when it comes to assembling your wreath.
Creating and using your wreath
Now all you need to do is bring all the elements together. Once you’ve wrapped your wreath thoroughly in greenery, you can secure the candles with wire and then add all your other elements around them.
Lighting the candles should be done every Sunday in the lead-up to Christmas, beginning on the fourth Sunday before. After the holidays, you can remove this year’s candles and store your advent wreath for next year.
Christmas wreath ideas that reflect the aesthetic of your home or your personality are growing in popularity. Therefore, whether you go the traditional route or opt for a more modern design in creating your DIY Christmas wreath, the most important thing is that your holiday decorations feel personal to you and your home.