Advent candles DIY

I have been searching around but still not really understood if this lighting a candle for every Sunday counting down to Christmas Eve is something you do besides in Scandinavia? But this is how we do it. The first week you only light the first candle, the next week the two and so on. At the end the candles form a nice kind of stairs.
Since I don’t really like the typical Christmas colors I decided to go for a more of a pastel ones.
I bought the bottles at Granit but you can use any bottle you like.

I colored the bottles from within. I really tried to this in many different ways but without success. At first they looked great but after a couple of hours the color just slide down the glass surface. I think it was since the bottlenecks are so slim that the color don’t dry easily. In the end I used acrylic paint mixed with mod podge glue. You pour the color in the bottle and then swirl it around until it is all covered. Then let it dry upside down so all the excess paint is pouring out. I also used a hair dryer (if you have a cold button on it- use it). Then it stuck. But beware it can be tricky! You can do multiple layers but if you are unlucky the second layer will take down the first. Also wash the bottles before painting, preferably in a dishwasher and also clean in with some industrial alcohol – it will help the color to stick.
If you think this is too much of a hassle just spray paint the outside of the bottles – it will look swell as well! I also painted numbers on the bottles but I think it looks even better without!



I also made these for the morning show on TV4 as you can see here!


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Jenny at dos family
November 27, 2012 at 07:40

Love the color, the GIF and Also your tiles!!

November 27, 2012 at 10:39

The colours are pretty! We also do the advent candles in The Netherlands. It comes from a church tradition though; it is a liturgical celebration and you will see such candles mostly in churches or religious homes.

November 27, 2012 at 12:47

We do it in the USA. But typically it is an advent wreath with candles that are pink and purple symbolizing different things and they are really only used in religious homes especially by Catholic families. At first I thought your bottles were filled with colored sand. They look fantastic.

November 27, 2012 at 13:06

They do Advent candles in Germany as well. The area where I lived it was typical to host an afternoon tea each Advent day.

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Lena K.
November 28, 2012 at 05:37

How pretty, and I’m so glad I’m able to see the TV4 broadcasts where I live. :-)

In the US, I think it depends on the region as well as religious denomination, like Geneva said. We had Adventskalenders growing up but never an Advent wreath. However, I’ve started doing this since I lived in Germany and do miss the wonderful afternoon teas that Helen describes!

I’m not of Swedish heritage but I have very happy memories of celebrating St. Lucia with my sisters after reading about it in ‘Kirsten’s Surprise,’ part of the good but overly commercial American Girl Doll series. Do boys ever get to dress up, too? (I’m sure we’ll find out when December 13th rolls around if you have a related post.)

Speaking of Swedish holiday traditions, I’m attending an ‘authentic’ Swedish Christmas bazaar this weekend. Better yet, I’ll be there with someone who’s half-Swedish and can tell me how ‘real’ and/or kitschy it is (not that there’s anything wrong with kitsch. ;-)

I hope your adventure together is a good one!

November 29, 2012 at 05:58

We did this when I was a kid in New York (State). But we had an advent LOG, similar to this:
lighting one each day, starting Dec 1! It was fun. Yours is cute!

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