With candlelight and fir green, the Christmas spirit arises. If you like it individually, you can make your Advent wreath and pretty decorations. Tips and ideas.
Whether lush green made of fir and boxwood, simple and reusable made of willow, or playful with lots of glitter and bows: Just in time for the first Advent, many shops have a large selection of Advent wreaths ready. Plain spruce or fir wreaths without decoration are significantly cheaper than wreaths that have already been decorated. They can be individually designed and decorated in just a few simple steps.
What material do you need for an Advent wreath?
You should have the following materials at home – depending on your taste – to design an Advent wreath yourself:
- One straw or styrofoam wreath
- Branches of your choice, e.g., spruce, pine, cypress, boxwood, or ilex
- To trim the branches: 1 secateurs
- For wreaths without green: cones, seeds, and nuts
- To attach the branches: craft wire
- To attach the decoration: hot glue
- Candleholders to stick (alternatively lanterns or glasses) and candles
- As decoration: spices such as cinnamon sticks or star anise, small balls, nuts, pine cones, bark, wooden or cinnamon stars, decorative ribbons
As a basis: 1 fireproof plate or one wooden board
If you don’t want to make a classic wreath, you can place the candles directly on a tray or piece of wood or use a metal wreath with candle holders and decorate them nicely.
This is how Advent wreaths and flower arrangements last until Christmas.
For the decoration to look beautiful until Christmas, using material that will last a long time is advisable. The branches of the noble fir are well suited – this variety hardly needs any needles. Wreaths made of mixed green, such as conifers or boxwood, last a long time and look particularly pretty and lively. The green stays particularly long in a plug-in aid because it stores water. The shelf life is also extended if the arrangements are as far away as possible from the heater or fireplace and are placed on the balcony or terrace overnight.
Protect flower arrangements from fire
Spray the arrangements regularly with a bit of water from a spray bottle, preferably with a simple saline solution. It protects against the wreath catching fire quickly. In no case should you use hairspray to fix it. Otherwise, if the wreath catches fire, it will burn even more. Necessary: Make sure that the decoration is not too close to the candles and attach the candles to the wreath on holders. If you don’t always want to keep an eye on the wreath, you can also use LED candles or place the candles in lanterns.
1. A little light is burning – and that doesn’t always have to be attached to a classic fir wreath. A mood can also be conjured up with four simple bottles, nicely decorated and equipped with candles.
2. If you like it a little more lavish, place thick candles on a wooden board or a low stool and decorate it all around with Advent decorations.
3. A pillar candle, a few decorative branches of thistle, pine, or sloe, plus a porcelain deer or another original accessory – this decoration is quick to make and a real eye-catcher.
4. If the candle has a special shape, it looks almost without further decoration – here, for example, only with a network of twigs and a decorative ribbon.
5. A beautiful wreath without a fir tree can be made from pine and willow branches. To do this, fix the bent branches with some wire. Decorate with balls, stars, or flowers of a Christmas rose.
6. Many decoration shops already offer ready-made willow wreaths. With a few pine branches, cones or balls, they can be quickly transformed into a festive Christmas decoration.
7. This Advent decoration is made in the classic Christmas colors red and green. Candles, jewelry, and fir branches are arranged on a wooden tray.
8. Nice effects can also be achieved with moss. Larch cones, nuts, colored balls, and red pillar candles go well with it.
9. This combination is original: small pewter mugs and tin baking tins serve as candle holders, moss, and cookie cutters as decorations. Optionally add Christmas decorations.
10. This creation with four Christmas roses in glass bottles is simple and, at the same time, original. If you don’t want to do without candles, just put one next to it.
11. This variation is even more rustic. To do this, drive four long nails into an old log and carefully skewer the candles on it. Then decorate with simple number pendants.
12. This Advent wreath offers lush greenery, in which, in addition to fir branches, colored branches, rose hips, boxwood, and ilex have also been used.
13. An arrangement with small succulents like this wreath is very original. Candles in delicate tones go well with this – here in dusky pink, for example.
14. Arrangements with a lot of silver look very noble. To do this, spray cones, nuts, or dried inflorescences with a bit of silver spray and drape them on a silver platter with fir green and candle.
15. If you like, you can arrange the candles asymmetrically. The decorative piece of bark is a particular eye-catcher in this example. Such an arrangement is also a beautiful decoration for the terrace or house entrance without candles.
16. The attractive mixture of different softwoods works with this door wreath even without much decoration – a few berries and cones are enough to set accents.
17. With this simple arrangement, the beautifully bound fir green comes out big. Balls, stars, and ribbons are arranged symmetrically around the candle in the middle.
18. If you like wreaths with a lot of green, you can also tie them yourself. It’s easier than many think. Branches of fir, spruce, and pine are particularly suitable.
19. In addition to the branches, you also need a straw wreath, as is available in flower and decoration shops before Christmas, as well as Christmas decorations, plug-on candle holders, and candles, depending on your taste.
20. Wrap the straw wreath tightly with individual twigs. Fasten these well with wire. In the end, the bast core should not be visible anymore.
21. When the wreath is finished, secure the candles in place. In the last step, decorate, for example, with cinnamon sticks or small cones. A hot glue gun is useful for this.
22. Alternatively, you can arrange a few small twigs with candles on a plate or tray. Rosehips, berries, and mistletoe are suitable as splashes of color. Tip: use white candles. They make for a nice contrast.
23. In principle, the candles on Advent wreaths and arrangements should only be lit if someone keeps an eye on them and is on a fireproof surface.
24. It can also be a simple, flat stone. If you want to be on the safe side, use LED candles. Combined with a bit of fir tree or a pine cone, a beautiful decoration can be created in no time.
25. Decoration shops also offer unique candlesticks during the Christmas season, which leave space to decorate according to your ideas – with or without green, depending on your taste.