Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Advent Wreath

I LOVE decorating for Christmas and I LOVE advent calendars of any sort.

I saw a smaller version of this wreath (12 days of Christmas) advertised at Michaels...they were doing a free demonstration on how to make it. I saw the picture of their version, which just used scrapbooking paper to cover the wreath and the little tins, and came up with my own version. I really wanted the inside of the tins to be visible so when the candy was eaten, it was more of a visual reminder of the countdown. I was really happy with the results. I was set on having red and white mint M&Ms, but quickly discovered that there are far more red and green than white. I had to buy 7 bags just to get enough white! The tins are stuck on with velcro so you can remove each tin to get the candy out each day. I found some little wreaths that I liked and cut those up and glued them all around. After starting with the basic wreath and tins, you can customize this wreath any way you like. Click here to see the instructions for the Michaels version.

Materials (I found everything at Michaels):
  • 18-inch Wood Wreath Ring
  • Spray Paint (color of choice...this is for the wood wreath)
  • Favor Tins (these are in the wedding section...a pack of 30 is $20...use a coupon)
  • Velcro Squares (2 packages)
  • Garland of your choice
  • Number Stickers of choice (this was the most expensive thing because you will need 3 packages to have enough of the number 1 and 2...scrapbooking supplies are ridiculously expensive!)
  • Wire (to hang the wreath)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  1. Spray wreath with paint and let dry.
  2. Arrange the tins around the wreath and attach with the velcro squares.
  3. Cut garland pieces to fit between each tin and glue with hot glue gun. Embellish how you like.
  4. String wire through one of the pre-made holes in the wreath. This will be the top.
  5. Apply the numbers to the tops of the tins and fill with candy.


  1. Why oh why can't you live by me so you can share your craftiness with me. That is seriously the cutest Advent I've ever seen! Do you take orders?

  2. So cute! and yummy. I am in the middle of making a Christmas Tree advent. I may or may not finish it for this December.

  3. Yay! I'm so excited to have seen this today- I was getting ready to make another advent I'd seen recently but this is SOOOO much cuter! Thanks!

  4. i LOVE this! i've been wanting an advent calendar and this would be perfect. glad you mentioned where to find everything, Michaels is overwhelming for me - too much stuff - too confusing. i'm gonna attempt this and hope it turns out half as nice as yours did.

  5. Perfect! I concur with earlier comments. This is the cutest/coolest advent calendar I have ever seen. I love the numbers! Well worth the extra money or so I will tell Phil when I attempt to copy you.

  6. I finished mine and wondered why I remembered yours looking so much better-you did more than one piece in between the tins so it is more filled in. Now I have to go back and add more. I also used wayyyyy too much glue and you can see pieces a little on the much for trying myself...but I am proud I finished it. Spencer said "hey, Amelia has one of those at her house."

  7. Thank you for sharing, I love this idea. I have created a round-up of all my favorite Advent calendars and I have added yours! You can check it out here If you would like me to remove your feature please let me know and I will take it down right away. Oh, and please stop by and grab a feature button and wear it proudly! You deserve it!