Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Advent Candles

I know, it is a little bit late for most people to think about making their Advent Candles. I meant to make these sooner. I got away with making them late because I made them for classroom use for our co-op not for use on Sundays.

They are made of tin cans, coffee shop burlap bags, an old dictionary, old sheet music, hemp rope, holiday ribbon, Dollar Tree picks, Dollar Tree pillar candle and Walmart window candles.

I made the 'verse' labels by printing the verses on regular computer paper and then tearing them out. I crumpled them up and then uncrumpled them. I put them in a baking pan and poured very thick instant coffee on them and then took them out and placed them on clean rags to dry. I 'painted' some additional coffee on them by dribbling it on them with a spoon.

 All of the candle holders have two verses on them except the Christ candle. I used verses from my article The Meaning of Advent.

The candles are battery operated LED candles. I am not sure I want a group of children handling real flames.

I wrapped the candles with some torn, old sheet music.

I am really loving how they turned out and out teacher wants me to make one for her family.

Am I the only one who shops the food aisles and health and beauty aisles of the store looking to see if the packaging would be fun to recycle?

I will be sharing this at:

Hump Day link


  1. These are great. I'm realy loving the music crafts!! I'm visiting from These Creative Juices. :)

  2. These are lovely. What a sweet Christ-centered tradition.

  3. Absolutely perfect, you did an amazing job. I love how all the candles look grouped together, you nailed this one!

  4. Ooh, these are gorgeous, Melissa! You have upcycled tin cans to the max here, and the whole display looks SO great.

  5. These are SO pretty!

  6. Look at you girl! I love how these turned out too.

  7. No. You are NOT the only one. Sometimes I forgo quality and purchase the toilet paper with the white inner roll.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your advent candles!!

  8. such lovely Advent candles Melissa. I like the way this craft has come together from all the various bits and pieces from your stash! It's kind of a re-discovery process, isn't it?

    I've never done that coffee staining before... I must try it sometime!

  9. I seriously could not love these more!!!!!!! That is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking it up to gettin' crafty on hump day!!!!! :)

  10. Beautiful! I need to try some.

  11. Melissa, I always enjoy your projects, but this is my absolute favorite so far! I love everything about them. Thanks for sharing the how-tos. I'll try to make some and put them away for next year. Thanks for linking to my party.

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    Blessings and a very Merry Christmas!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage