Looking for a simple craft? Try these DIY advent candles to help remind your kids of Jesus this season.
DIY Advent candles are a great way to focus on the meaning of Christmas as a family. Since I love to make things practical for our family, I decided to make some DIY advent candles. By doing this, we do not have to worry about any fire and the kids can interact with the candles.
This is one of the simplest and most meaningful activities we have done during Christmas as a family. The best part is that the supplies needed are minimal.
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DIY Advent Candles
Supplies for DIY Advent Candles
- Paper Plate
- 5 Craft Sticks
- 5 Empty Toilet Paper Rolls (a great way to recycle!)
- Purple, Pink, White, and Yellow Construction Paper
- Printable Prayer Cards (Download them here).
- Have one of your kids color the paper plate green. Or they could cut out green leaves from green paper and glue on the plate.
- Cover 3 toilet paper rolls in purple paper, 1 in white, and 1 in pink.
- Glue the toilet paper rolls to the plate with the white one in the center.
- Cut out 5 flames from the yellow paper. Glue each on the top of one craft stick. These are your candles.
Now your DIY advent candles are all set!
Every Sunday leading up to Christmas, “light” a candle by placing the “candlestick” in the appropriate tube. The final candle (the white one) is shared on Christmas Eve. The advent cards go through each candle’s meaning (download them here)
1st Candle (Purple) Hope
This candle reminds us of the many promises of Scripture to send us a Savior.
2nd Candle (Purple) Faith
This candle reminds us of the humble birth of Jesus and to prepare our hearts for Jesus during this season.
3rd Candle (Pink) Joy
This candle reminds us that Jesus came for all people. It is called Shepherd’s candle. The shepherds were unnoticed by many but God chooses them to be the first to hear the Good News!
4th Candle (Purple) Peace
This candle reminds us of the good news that the angels announced! Thank God for the peace only He brings!
5th Candle (White) Christmas Eve
This candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. Those who receive Christ as Savior are washed of their sins