I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! We got back from visiting family for Thanksgiving late last night and even after a long ride in the car, decorating the house for Christmas was on my mind as soon as I walked in the front door. I saw my newly sanded wood floors, the house was clean and tidy and my decorating brain started working. Of course, decorating at 11:30 at night was a bit impractical, so I waited until after church today. We were all dragging a bit, so there was some loafing, napping and relaxing, but I did get a bit of a start.
I started with a simple project I’ve had planned for a while…making an advent wreath out of an ironstone ring mold.
Obviously, you could use any ring mold for this project. I checked out Etsy and spotted several aluminum and copper ones for $10-15/each, but I’ve seen them for less at thrift stores and yard sales. I used white candles that are about 4″ high and 1″ thick, since they seemed to suit the size of the ring mold best.
I used the old trick of melting the bottom of each candle on a lighter and then stuck it inside bottom of the ring mold with the hot wax.
Before leaving my in-law’s house yesterday, I trimmed some feathery evergreen branches to use in my Christmas decorating.
I mixed those greens with some pinecones I had, some lavender trimmed from my garden and an artificial “pick” I bought from Michael’s on black Friday for 75% off ($1.25/pick). I am not generally into faux greenery and flowers, because I have a hard time finding ones I like, but every once in a while I’m pleasantly surprised by how real one looks. That was the case with this one and I thought it would supplement the fresh greenery nicely.
I trimmed the greens down to sprigs about 3″ in length, so I could tuck them easily between the candles. I mixed all three greens in each section and tucked in one small pine cone.
Again, you can get creative here with the mix of greenery and accents you use. Berries, nuts, seedpods, small bells, ornaments, etc. would all look great. To make the wreath last longer, you can use damp floral foam, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I just tucked them in and will pick out pieces that start to dry out too much.
I put it on my birthday present this year, an ironstone cake pedestal, and surrounded it with walnuts and almonds. Since this is the first Sunday of advent, I lit the first candle.
Since there is an open flame around live greenery and dried pine cones, I would definitely not leave this candle burning unattended. That’s always a good idea, but especially so in this case.
I love how simple and pretty it is and how it reminds me of Germany.
I’ve been working on an advent calendar as well and I’ll share that in a day or two.
In the background, you can see a greenery swag on one of the corner cabinets. I purchased a few at the grocery store on sale today.
The plastic red bow just wasn’t my thing, though, so I pulled it off and replaced it with a simple cream muslin ribbon.
I was able to thread the ribbon behind the trim on the cabinet door and attach the swag that way.
We’re picking out our big tree and doing some family decorating tomorrow…