Last year, I made an advent wreath out of an ironstone ring mold. I was planning to do the same this year, but my ring mold was at the studio when I was in the heat of the decorating moment, so I shifted gears. (Of course, I could’ve hopped in the car and made the two minute drive to the studio to get it, but that seems like too much of a disruption to someone who is in the thick of a creative moment.)
I tend to thrive on decorating MacGyver-style, anyway. Well, sometimes. Some of my best ideas have happened on the fly. But then again, sometimes I get impatient and force things and it’s a disaster. And the worst part is that I know it’s a disaster even as I’m doing it. Like the time I thought it was a good idea to hot-glue exterior velvet ribbon to the bottom of a pair of old shears.
Let’s not get into that debacle any further.
Anyway, back to the advent wreath.
With the ring mold an entire mile away, I decide to use four handleless cups and my ironstone cake pedestal to make an advent wreath for this year.
And I love how simple and pretty my DIY Christmas decorations turned out.
I placed a candle in each cup, “sticking” it to the bottom by heating the base of the candle and using the melted wax as glue, and then tucked moss tightly around each one to hold it in place. I set the cups on the cake pedestal and tucked mixed greenery and nuts around until it looked right. I used a mix of cedar, pine, juniper and boxwood.
And my little crush on juniper continues.
I know advent wreaths are supposed to have pink, white and purple candles but pink and purple aren’t my thing, so I’m breaking tradition and going with white. That’s the fun of DIY Christmas decorations, you can showcase your personality.
Last Christmas was the first time I really didn’t pull out a bunch of Christmas decor, but opted to go with beautiful pieces used in simple ways with fresh greenery and I have discovered that is the look I love.
The lemon cypress topiaries and pots are from Terrain. (And yes, you can buy plants online!)
You can find more advent and Christmas decorating ideas HERE.
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