A few years ago I decided I was done with trying to get tapers to not fall over in my Advent wreath. Besides which, they are impossible to find, especially last minute (ahem!).   Anyway, I decided to make a set of Advent candles that were sturdy, pretty and would last FOREVER.

Here is what you need:

4 pillar candles, any size desired
3 rolls of 1″ ribbon in Purple
1 roll of 1″ ribbon in Rose
16 small finishing nails
A hammer

This is so simple, you can’t even believe it. Take your ribbon and line it up with the BOTTOM edge of the pillar candle. Use a hammer & one or two finishing nails to keep the ribbon attached.

Wind around bottom once to cover the nails and then stagger the ribbon until you have covered all but one inch.

Cut ribbon & put another nail or two in to hold it.

Put all nails into the center of wreath to reduce visability. Also as the years go by and the candle burns down, you can pull out the nails with pliers to lower the ribbon. I made mine 3 years ago & they still look new!

I put my candles on a gold or purple charger or plain white plate covered with evergreen cuttings from a tree in our yard.

I hope you enjoy making & using these DIY Advent Candles as much as I do.   I’d love to see pics if you tackle these yourself!

Jen S.




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3 Comments on DIY Advent Candles

  1. Valerie
    4 December 2012 at 11:29 PM (12 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea…thank you for sharing. I, too, prefer the pillar candles because the tapers were just not staying in place…
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  2. Monica
    18 November 2012 at 12:05 AM (12 years ago)

    So simple, but so pretty and helpful. I did manage to get the right color candles in time for advent one year…but they do always fall over. I love these big thick candles and the ribbons add just the right color. thanks for sharing at catholic bloggers network.


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