Christmas trees arrived in our area at the end of October. Is it my imagination or does it get earlier every year? As Brian and I were selecting a Thanksgiving turkey, another shopper looked at us and said, “Is that Christmas music they’re playing?” We perked up our ears and, sure enough, a voice over the speaker system was singing the warning that Santa knew when we were sleeping as well as when we’re awake.
Here we are at the end of November—whew!—and in a few days the Advent season begins. So today I went to the store and purchased a 7-inch round wood plaque, a package of clothespins, some ribbon, a center crown ornament, and some wood glue. I drilled a small hole in the center of the plaque to attach the crown and one hole near the edge to string the ribbon.
Next, I glued 24 clothespins—evenly spaced—around the wood plaque edges (about an inch of the clothespin is attached). The clamp part of the clothespins point outward. I also glued the crown in the center. (I needed the hole because the crown is actually a button.)
When the glue dried, I attached the ribbons. I had previously printed 25 advent Scripture verses on card stock with a Christmas motif backing. I cut them into individual strips, folded each verse, and then clamped them with the clothespins. I lodged the 25th verse in the center crown, where it will wait to be read until Christmas morning. You will find the Scripture verses and decorative backing below, ready to be downloaded and printed.
And there you have it—a wood Advent wreath all ready for this Friday, the first day of Advent. I must admit, it was a pleasure to make and it took very little time to put together. The only other thing I might want to do is give it a coat of urethane for good measure. If you have children, I believe they would really enjoy making one of these and then unclamping the verses for each day of Advent.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Is Advent unfamiliar to you? I’ve included a video below that will explain what it is and why Christians celebrate it.
Advent Scripture Verses (Right click to download)
Extra verses are included, so choose the 25 you prefer to read for Advent.
Advent Backing Motif 1 (Right click to download)
Advent Backing Motif 2