How to make an Advent Calendar Wreath

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I love counting down the holidays.  I remember as a child getting the cutesy chocolate advent calendar from the store. advent-celndar-wreath-tutorial Each little chocolate bringing me closer to that magical day.  With our families busy schedules we have to work at fitting in all the wonderful holiday traditions of the season.  That’s why I love the idea of an activity advent calendar.  You can make sure you fit in all the fun traditions like “watch a Christmas Story” or “go caroling”  by doing one a day.    By making it a fun activity that brings the warmth of the holiday season.

Since I don’t have a fireplace I wanted to come up with an Advent calendar that didn’t need to be strung in a long line but could be compact and still be a fun decoration.  My solution: a wreath that will look amazing and work year after year.  I’m really happy with the final result!

For this project you will need the following:

Plain faux pine wreath

White Marker

Glue gun and glue sticks

Black marker or pen


Items from the Recollections Christmas Collections (available at Michael’s craft stores)

Advent Pocket Gift Tags

Mini Banner Small Border Banner

Small Merry Christmas Tags

Craft it Christmas Ribbon Value Pack

Craft it Christmas Mini Round Garland (2)

Craft it Christmas (Large) Round Banner


Step 1 – Get you Calendar Ready

Taking the small Merry Christmas tags and write down all the activities you want to do on the back of each one.  Remember to intermix “big” activities ( like going out to a movie) with smaller ones (stay home and sing Christmas carols).  michaels wreath0001One you have all the ideas written down cut a length of ribbon and tie it to the top of each tag to give it a finished look.  Insert the tags in to the advent calendar tags.michaels wreath0004

Step 2 – Make the mini garland

Using your white marker  (or you could use chalk)  write the word you desire to hand in the center of your wreath. string it on the provided twine and set aside.michaels wreath0002

Step 3 – Prep the wreath

Take a moment to “fluff” the wreath to make it look more full.

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Before you add the tags thread the bare wreath with the mini round garland.michaels wreath0003

Step 4 – Arrange the tags

Before glueing down the tags arranage all of them on the wreath so you can figure out the placement.  Then glue each advent tag to the wreath using a hot glue gun.michaels wreath0005

Step 5 – Finish up

Use the large round garland to fill in the gaps of the tags and tie on the mini pennant banner.

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Enjoy the season!

Michaels advent calendarThese cute tags are just a small sampling of the fun holiday Recollections items that are at Michael’s ( I have a few extra items not shown that I picked up for some more holiday fun).  They have coordinating sets which makes it easy.   I also picked up some fun envelopes for “Elf on a Shelf” activities!wreath close up

Whether you’re looking to embellish a package or a quick kit to help polish off your holiday décor, the Recollections items are a great affordable option.  You can find the best Recollections holiday products in the paper crafting section on the ends of the isles.



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