How to make a paper Advent wreath

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How to make a paper Advent wreath
Use wrapping paper to make the "candles." (Red Gift Wrapping Paper image by Stacey Alexander from

Advent is the four-week season that leads to Christmas. For centuries, Christians have counted the time by lighting a candle in an Advent wreath each week, typically on Sundays. The candles represent love, joy, hope and peace and are typically purple. Paper Advent wreaths are a safe alternative for families with small children to make so they can mark each Sunday toward the coming of the Christmas.

Things you need

  • Four toilet paper cardboard tubes
  • Purple solid wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Stapler
  • Green construction paper
  • Glue
  • Yellow tissue paper

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  1. 1

    Cut purple wrapping paper with scissors to fit around each of the four toilet paper rolls. Wrap the paper over the toilet paper rolls and secure with staples.

  2. 2

    Tear three 10-cm (4-inch) strips of newspaper from top to bottom. Roll each strip lengthwise into a long, tight tube. Staple three rolled strips together and braid the strips; staple the other end. Shape the braid into a circle and staple the two stapled ends together to form a wreath.

  3. 3

    Cover the newspaper wreath in holly leaf shapes or pine needle shapes cut from green construction paper. For a family keepsake, make the leaves by tracing and cutting out the children's hands onto green paper. Glue securely to the newspaper wreath.

  4. 4

    Glue the four purple "candles" onto the wreath. Cut four strips of yellow tissue paper twice the length of the toilet paper tubes and 5 cm (2 inches) wide each. Twist each one lengthwise and scrunch down from top to bottom in an accordion fold to compact the strip. Place one into each of the candles.

  5. 5

    Mark each Sunday by pulling the yellow tissue paper out of the candle to form the "flame." Leave each candle "lit" each week so all four paper flames are exposed on the Sunday prior to Christmas Eve.

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