Friday, November 28, 2014

Kids' Advent Wreath- Free Printables

This year at our CCD Family Advent Night, we decided that we would focus on the meaning of the Advent Wreath and have the kids make their own to take home.  I will post pictures of how we make that work for a group, but I wanted to make sure to share the printables before the first week of Advent. Here is how I put them all together:

1. Print out the three page printable.  I like to have kids color before cutting, so they don't have to worry so much about staying in the lines or tearing edges while coloring.  I colored the flames and the holly with marker to make them more vibrant, and colored the actual candle with crayon so that the words would be more visible.




Side Note: Do you know the Christian meaning of holly?  The prickly leaves remind us of Christ's crown of thorns, and the red berries symbolize the blood He shed.
 2.  Then cut out the candles.
 3.  Next, wrap the candle printables around a toilet paper tube.  (Note: if you or your school are not big on using toilet paper rolls, you can use paper towel rolls cut down or a cylinder of card stock.)
I first taped the printable on the little tab (which has a reminder about which Sunday of Advent it is for) and then taped the opposite edge.  There is also a Scripture verse on each candle from the Sunday readings this year.
 4.  The candle flames can be lit or unlit.  Here is the Hope candle lit...
 ...or you can gently fold and push the flame inside the tube...
 ...where it isn't visible.
 I also made a Christ Candle to use during the Octave of Christmas.

5. The candles could just be set on/in an evergreen wreath on a table, or you can make a wreath to put it all together.  I used a paper plate- green would have been great, but white is what I had.  I traced a glass to make the circle in the middle and then drew four Xs that were about 1 3/4" in length.
6.  The I cut out the circle and the Xs.  I would recommend this job for adults or older kids only.  Scissors work, but an xacto knife is better.

 7.  If you have a green plate, you could stop here, or you can add the leaves as decoration.  One of the printables has holly & berries that you can use.
 I also cut out some simple leaves from green paper:
8.  Glue the leave and the berries on the plate, not covering up the Xs that you cut out.
 9.  Next, add some glue on those Xs and put the candle on top of it.  To stabilize it and make the glue stick, roll up a strip of cardstock (mine was about 8" long), put a little glue on it, and stick it on the inside of the Xs. Let it unfurl and it will help everything stick together as it dries.

 10.  Let it all dry and use it to count down the weeks as we wait for the coming of Christ!


Click here for the free printable:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ETRkL51fhMUUFyTWs2QlhOdW8/view?usp=sharing



15 comments:

  1. If you print them on cardstock you could probably get away with not putting them on toilet paper rolls.

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  2. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your Advent wreath! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/printable-advent-wreath/

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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    1. So cool, Cindy! Thanks so much for sharing my project! Feel free to check out all the links under the tabs above- almost everything has to do with kid friendly crafts. I'll send you an email with a few favorites. Thanks!

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  3. What a lovely idea for children! Congratulations, your work is lovely and your site is filled with absolute creavitivity! :)

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing freely. May Jesus reward your kindness with His richest blessings.
    I have shared your website with my Catechists. Have a wonderful Advent! Gratefully - with prayers.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea for an Advent wreath. I teach Grade One and we are going to create these wreaths next week. I can't wait to try it out with students.

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    1. Yay! I am so glad this project will be useful to you and your kiddos, Mrs. Schneider!

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  6. Great idea...but I'm having issues trying to download the file. I get a pop up screen that says this is considered "unsafe" by the Smart Screen filter. I tried saving it to a flash drive, but when I opened it just a bunch of code popped up...no pictures. Please advise. I like the other activities on your site and hope to be able to download and use them with my CCD class. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Veronica! I'm sorry you are having trouble. I checked all the links/downloads, and they are active and working. I'm not familiar with Smart Screen, so I can't help you there. Have you tried using a different browser (firefox instead of chrome, etc.)? Sometimes plugin updates don't match up. Also, this is a pdf, so you would have to have Adobe Acrobat on your computer to view and print it. You might want to make sure that you have the latest version. If you still have trouble, send me an email at katherine (dot) bogner (at) gmail (dot) com and I will just directly send you the file. Thanks!

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  7. This looks fantastic! What a great idea I look forward to trying this!

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  8. Made ours today! Perfect for our toddler and preschooler. So thankful for this!

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  9. Making these today for Sunday School! Thank you so much for the great project!

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