This twig wreath makes a great DIY alternative to the classic pine advent wreath.
The lighting of an advent wreath is a beautiful tradition which prepares us for Christmas and brightens the home on dark winter days. On each of the four Sundays in Advent, a new candle is lit, which means that by Christmas, all four candles are burning. This tradition, which dates from the 19th-century, both functions as a calendar that counts down towards Christmas and represents the impending birth of Jesus Christ as a growing light.
Making your own Christmas decorations is a great way to get into the festive spirit. Advent wreaths are traditionally made with pine, holly and other greenery, while our DIY instructions are for an elegant, modern version made from twigs. This DIY wreath also has the advantage of being reusable year after year.
To make this decoration you will need branches of differing diameters. You can use cuttings from your garden or collect wood while out and about. You can often find beautiful weathered wood washed up by the edges of rivers and lakes, or pick up branches and twigs from the forest floor. You should only collect fallen pieces of wood from trees; cutting branches is not permitted in woodland and other private grounds.
Before you can start on your advent wreath DIY project, let your branches dry out for a day or two, leaving them spread out somewhere warm and dry. When ready, just brush away any dirt and dust and your wood is ready to work with!
Working with powerful tools is fun and means you can learn new things, which is great as long as you have effective and safe protective clothing while using them. Always wear your personal protective equipment when working with garden pruners. This includes safety glasses, gloves and much more. For further details, please see the operating instructions for your product. Before starting work, make sure you are fully familiar with your tool and always check that it is in perfect condition before use. If you wish, your local STIHL Approved dealer can prepare any device for its first use, and will be happy to advise you about types and sizes of personal protective clothing, which you can try on undisturbed. Please be aware that personal protective equipment is not a substitute for safe working techniques.
For a safe grip, secure the branches to a table or workbench. Cut the branches to various lengths using the garden pruners.
Whether you decide to paint it or leave the wood bare, your wreath will still look lovely. If you prefer a painted finish, you need to paint the wood in your preferred colour before you start construction, and carefully prop it up to dry. For a really special festive look, you could even add some sparkle with metal leaf on parts of the twigs.
A wooden board will form the base of your advent wreath; it should ideally be slightly smaller than the finished wreath itself, for better stability. It is important to avoid direct contact between the candle flames and the wood, which is why glass candle holders or poured candles are used. Position the candle glasses on the wooden board.
Now it’s time to put the twigs on. Using a hot glue gun, stick a layer of twigs to the wooden board. Glue on the remaining twigs a layer at a time, making an attractive arrangement as you do so. Make sure you leave enough space around the candle glasses to remove them easily.
Your Christmas advent wreath is finished and ready to bathe your home in a warm candlelit glow. You can customise it further too, if you wish – dried orange slices, berries, fir cones, pine branches and eucalyptus all make wonderful seasonal additions to your advent wreath.