NOTE: THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED. You can absolutely download this version, but I have adapted the printable for smaller jars, and I love the newer version too. Please click here to see the more updated version. I will add a photo of that version at the bottom of this post.
I really wanted to do an meaningful, weekly advent candle lighting in our home. I love going to church throughout the Christmas season and seeing each candle lit. Bringing it home as a hands on experience can mean a lot as you raise your children to understand the true meaning behind Christmas.
I was trying to do a unique twist on the wreath idea. I had seen an industrial film wreath at Simply Klassic Home. I am drawn to the industrial look and thought about making something like this into a more modern advent wreath. Problem – I didn’t have a film reel like she had. I also didn’t have time to find one as today is December 1st, and I needed to come up with something immediately. Solution? Well, Kristin at Simply Klassic Home had my solution. She was kind enough to write me back and tell me she had done mason jars with epson salt to be an advent “wreath.” She said she had tied the numbers 1-4 around the jars. I liked this idea, but I really wanted to work in the meaning behind each candle. Each candle has a meaning – hope, preparation, joy and love. The 5th candle is for Christ, and we will be lighting a Bigger Christ candle on Christmas too. My solution was to put the meaning on the lids. When you unscrew the lid, a scripture is found underneath to represent the word on top of the lid. I wanted to make this easy for you to re-create, so I made a printable for you. These words and scriptures are 2 1/2 inches big. I used a medium sized mason jar. I used double stick tape to stick down the cut out circles. I put a bit of epsom salt, which is a heavier textured salt that looks like snow, into the mason jars. A candle nestles into the salt. Into Thy Word has great information about the meaning behind each of these candles and more scriptures to help celebrate this season.
There is an updated version of this advent wreath available here. The updated version changes “preparation” to “peace” with a new scripture. It also has a new look available for a shorter mason jar.