Since today is the first Sunday of Advent, I thought I would share an easy idea to make your own advent centerpiece using what you have on hand. The timing is perfect for Sunday favorites with Cindy and Mary Ann.
The Supplies You Will Need to Make an Advent Centerpiece:
A flat bowl, tureen, crate, or platter. Something to put your candles in that is at least big enough to hold four candles.
- A flat bowl, tureen, crate, or platter. Something to put your candles in that is at least big enough to hold four candles.
- Candles – You can use traditional colored candles, white tapers, or pillar candles. Depending on the size and type of your vessel will determine the kind of candles you use.
- Potting soil to fill the vessel
- Embellishments like pinecones, small branches, berries, fresh greenery, moss, ribbon
When is the Advent Season?
Observing the advent goes back to the fifth century. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year, it is observed beginning today, December 3rd, and ending on Christmas Eve.
There are four main themes celebrated during Advent. Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love.
The Colors of the Candles for a Traditional Advent Wreath
A Traditional Centerpiece of the Christmas Season
Growing up, we (like many) had a very traditional advent wreath. Each part of the simple green Advent wreath centerpiece and candles had meaning. We would buy our kit at church on the Sunday leading up to Advent. It was a Christmas tradition that I always remember.
Three purple, one pink (or rose candle), and one white candle were lit from left to right.
We took turns reading from an Advent book that was probably provided with the kit. I can’t remember exactly, but lighting a candle each Sunday during Advent was definitely part of the holiday season.
A Modern Advent Centerpiece
I’m sure it’s no surprise that I went a little more modern for my Christmas centerpiece. I used a vintage copper preserving pan and white pillar candles. For decorations I used foraged moss, pine cones, and a sprig of evergreen.
It’s a very simple DIY advent wreath of sorts that uses foraged material, candles, and a pan available in my shop. It’s a gorgeous piece we found at a flea market in Lyon. The Cook’s Atelier shop in Beaune had a stack of them that looked so beautiful!
How I Created My Advent Centerpiece
- I gathered my supplies: a copper preserving pan, large pillar candles, potting soil, foraged moss, pine cones, and twigs.
- I filled the large pan with potting soil.
- Added the large pillar candles, ensuring they were the same height. You could also use white taper candles, but I love the size of the pillars with the large copper pot.
- I nestled in moss around the candles. I added a few pine cones and twigs and placed them on our living room round table, where we will light candles each week of Advent leading up to Christmas Day.
More Favorite Finds
I stopped at Terrain this week for a little holiday inspiration and found some ornaments I loved! They have so many beautiful ornaments, but you can fill these brass and glass ornaments with a little moss, mini pinecones, or tiny mushrooms.
Just my thing! An ornament that I can fill with foraged moss! Dried flowers would be pretty, too!
Favorite Cashmere from Quince
Everyone on my holiday list is getting cashmere from Quince.
Have you tried the brand Quince? High-quality essentials at much lower prices than other retailers. Products are made from sustainable materials and are ethically sourced.