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Super Easy Lollipop Advent Calendar Wreath

Nov27

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Here’s a super quick and easy way to make an Advent Calendar.  It’s an advent calendar wreath! It’s not your usual or religious advent wreath but it’s a fun way to count down the days until Christmas instead and use possible leftover Halloween candy, too.

Lollipop Advent Calendar Wreath Tutorial by Brenda Ponnay for Alphamom.com

You probably have everything you need already at home.

Supplies:

1. a cardboard ring
2. small tissue paper squares (roughly 5×5 inches)
3. yarn
4. 24 lollipops (or 25 if you’re counting Christmas day)
5. small strips of paper with the days written on them in marker pen
6. box cutter or sharp blade*

This probably would have been really fun to make as a surprise for my kid but you know how it is. They see you crafting and next thing you know they want to be part of it too. In fact, I’ve found reverse psychology can work pretty well with kids. If you want them to participate, pretend you are doing your own thing and next thing you know they’ll be all up in your business. But that’s okay. They’ll enjoy the advent calendar wreath all that much more for being part of the process. Surprises are overrated.

Tutorial for the Lollipop Advent Calendar Wreath:

First you’ll want to make your cardboard ring.

Lollipop Advent Calendar Wreath Tutorial

If you don’t have one handy because you’re not Martha Stewart, don’t worry! This is really easy to make. Get some cardboard and  two large concentric-shaped bowls. Trace the big one on your cardboard, then place the smaller inside that first circle and trace it too.  Then cut your tracing lines with a box-cutter.*  Voilá!  A very large cardboard doughnut for your wreath!

Don’t put your box cutter away yet. You’ll need to cut a bunch of really small “x” marks in your cardboard ring. You could count out 24 x’s and make sure they are all evenly spaced and centered but that’s way too left-brained for me. Either way works just fine because the tissue-paper-covered-lollipop flowers cover the x-marks up anyway.  Though if you want to make this craft five times more complicated (and awesome) you could write little secret notes near each x to match up with the day of advent. Knock yourself out!

Lollipop Advent Calendar Wreath Tutorial

Now it’s time to wrap your lollipops.  Tie them with yarn and your little day-of-the-month tags. Did you need to see the tags closer?

Lollipop Advent Calendar Wreath Tutorial

I used velum paper because it’s what I had on hand.  I cut a bunch of strips roughly one-inch thick and four inches long. We folded the long strip in half, cut a little triangle out of the ends (because it’s cute and flaggy!) and then narrowed the inside fold with two half-circle cuts so that the tag could cinch up inside the yarn easier.

Lollipop Advent Calendar Wreath Tutorial

Then we poked our little lollipop flowers into the cardboard ring until all 24 lollipop flowers were in and the wreath was nice and full.  So easy and cute!

Lollipop Advent Calendar Wreath Tutorial by Brenda Ponnay for @Alphamom

Then we posed for photos by our handiwork because that’s what you do, right?   Now to wait until December to eat all those lollipops!

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Difficulty Level: Super Easy!
Appropriate Age levels:  All ages!

*Nobody but a skilled adult should use a box cutter. Box cutters are sharp!

Also, don’t let the pink throw you off. This holiday advent wreath would be just as cute in blue, or red and green, or rainbow! We just happened to have pink tissue paper on hand.

About the author

Brenda Ponnay

http://secret-agent-josephine.com
Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it's painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.


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