Advent is one week away. And now is the perfect time to make a 10-minute modern advent wreath. Advent means to look forward to Jesus’ coming. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this time also gives us pause to look ahead to His second coming. Let’s make an advent wreath that will help us mark the weeks before Christmas.


  • container large enough to hold 4 candles
  • 4 long tapers
  • fresh cranberries
  • small wreath

I used a terracotta pot that I painted with Blessings from A Maker’s Studio. It is a soft bright white. I filled the pot halfway up with cranberries and then added four white tapers to the pot filling it up the rest of the way with cranberries.

If the container you choose is too deep, fit a smaller bowl upside down in the base of the container. If the candles are not stable you can also hot glue them in the bottom of the container or to the upside down bowl.

Finally, add a small wreath to the base of the container. I used a boxwood wreath.

So pretty, and it took me less than 10 minutes to create. Remember, never leave candles unattended.

Next week we will talk about what Advent is and how to celebrate the coming of the Lord!

This week’s memorization verse…

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2

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  1. Just beautiful – In every way. What is the silver paint you used on top of the houses? LOVE how it looks!!

  2. I really love this candle arrangement and plan to make a few for our Christmas Eve celebration when we have our annual friends and neighbors dinner party. Thank you so much for the inspiration and amazing ideas. K

  3. Just relaxing after the Thanksgiving holiday and thinking about getting an Accent wreath made for next wekend. I usually do one with a boxwood wreath and fresh herbs of the bible. Also use the 3 purple and one pink candles but this year I think I will try your much simpler idea with the white candles and tie them with colored ribbons. We light them each Sunday till Christmas at our Sunday family dinner and read an appropriate passage from the bible.A good way to keep the true meaning of Christmas .

    1. I like your idea of using ribbons on the white candles.
      I have always used the traditional colored candles as well.

  4. Why am I always behind? I used to love to lesson plan! And have my papers stacked and ready sometimes weeks upon weeks ahead!! I made my Christmas cards and started in September. I wrote out my cards by hand and wrote letters and was done by the first of December. My house was decked and my advent wreath made the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I’m not doing much these days but dream.
    Today I’m dreaming. I’d like to combine the greenery in a bowl and stacking this bowl inside of that one. I want to use my Grandmas antique white mixing bowls. I may not get to the store for cranberries but I’ll improvise!! Is it wrong to use bells?? I have the candles.
    I look forward to advent and lighting the candles and reading a bit each night froma devotion book.
    I want to remember to look forward to Jesus’s second coming too.
    Praise be to God for His perfect gift!!

  5. Love this idea! Thank you