HOW TO MAKE AN ADVENT CANDLE DECORATION IN 6 EASY STEPS
Christmas is the most magical time of the year, it is a time for all of us to get together share and express our love for one another. It is also a time for “hygge” which is a Danish term which among other things describes the feeling you get when you are with your family in the holidays, relaxing sitting in your comfortable home with your loved ones and enjoying each other company.
One thing that can contribute to this mood of coziness is the ever dancing lights reflected around the room caused by the living yet subtle flame from candles. And what better way to display candles than in an advent decoration. Therefore, we have made a simple guide for you on how to make a beautiful advent candle decoration in just six steps.
The first step will require you to think about what you want to express with your advent candle decoration. You need to collect the different decorative materials that you want to use for decoration. In our advent candle decoration, we have chosen to go with more instead of less and use a total of nine different decorative plant materials. The bigger the number of materials that you choose the more your final decoration will be able to express. If you want you can also choose less, which will result in a simpler look. Choose whatever suits you the most. Besides decorative materials, you will also need a flower pot, an advent candle, clay, metal sticks, and an old newspaper.
After choosing your different decorative materials for your decoration, cut them down to a suitable size to use, but don’t cut the more detailed material just jet as you don’t want to cut them too short. Take your newspaper, crush it and put it in your flower pot, this will serve as a bottom so that you don’t have to fill the whole flowerpot with clay. Next, cut your clay and place it on top of the newspaper. Make sure that it is firm and fill the whole opening of the flower pot. Add another layer of clay and form it so that it has a small “hilltop” this will ensure that your advent candle does not burn down in your decorative material, it will also make it easier for you to show the different layers of your decorative materials.
Take the metal sticks and your candle, heat one end of the stick over and open flame and push it into the bottom of the candle, do the same with two or three sticks more. Make sure that they are sticking 4-5 cm out of the candle, these sticks will serve as the foundation for the candle so that it does not fall over. Place the candle in the middle of the “hilltop” in the middle of the flower pot. Look at it from different angles to make sure that it is standing up in a straight line. This is not only important for the looks of the decoration, but also for the burning of the candle itself. If it is crocket the light will not burn right.
Now you start decorating, place the pine or whatever material you have chosen to be your bottom layer on top of the clay, push it down a bit so that it sticks to the clay. Once you are happy with your bottom layer, start decorating with your other materials. In our example, we use leaves, if you do the same start by pacing the bigger leaves and then ad smaller and smaller leaves. This way you can make your leaves look like a natural branch of a flower.
If you have chosen branches or other difficult materials for your decoration, this step is for you. In our example, we both have small braches and dried flowers. They are both rather difficult to naturally add to the decoration without them falling off. Take a long metal stick and bend it in the middle so that it creates a tall u letter. Now pace your branch or other decorative material in the middle and pinch it to the decoration with the bent metal stick.
Now stick the rest of your decorative choosings to your decoration and finish it off by adding a couple of dried flowers, of many small Christmas figures. Lastly, spin your decoration around and have a look at it from all angles to make sure that sire that no clay is visible and that you are happy with the final result.