26 November, 2021

Christmas countdown

I'm a bit late to post today, so I better come straight to the point. 
I've been invited to prepare a GD project over at Scrapping4 Fun for the current "winter/Christmas" challenge, and this is what I came up with:
The arrangement of 4 golden candles is self-explanatory: I decided to create an Advent wreath, albeit I've chosen a bit of an un-traditional layout. I beaded four strips of a white and gold zig zag using delica beads from my stash. I sewed the ends together in a manner that allows to change the tea candles for the simple reason that I didn't want all the effort go to waste after a single use. 
For the packaging, I was torn between a 2x2 rectangle or a box that would have the candles lined up in a row. As you see, I opted for a rectangular shape in the end - mostly as it would allow me to embellish the box with a stitched star. 
I created the box using scraps of white cardboard and tried to make it as fitting as possible in order to prevent the candles from drifting during transport. Once that was done, I used golden scraps to create a transition between the inside and the outside of the box: I placed stripes of golden paper around the box itself, while I wanted to decorate the lid with a layer of golden background paper.
Since the paper piece was the only one left and it was too small to go from side to side, I decided to improvise by cutting it into four smaller pieces. This way, it would still be visible from behind the star, while the empty space in the middle would be covered up by the golden star.
When everything is packed up, my Advent wreath can be easily transported or even sent by mail due to its small size and weight. Once the candles are taken out of the box, their ornaments can be seen as well. I've been lucky to realize that the pattern fits exactly around the candles without creating awkward gaps, which is a complete coincidence. In a very practical way, the candles can be arranged as pleased without the fear of setting an actual wreath on fire or needing to constantly swipe away the needles that fall off.  
Unlike my usual crafting projects which I create for fun mostly and hide in my stash until further use, this one has already found a new home at my aunt's place. It was a bit of an intentional project to create, since I'm staying with her for a couple of days and she'd usually refuse any payback for her hospitality. That being said, it's an easy one to bring a hand-made "Thank you" in exchange for a place to crash, especially since she's a crafty person herself with all kinds of decorations inside and outside of her house. 

krafty chicks: all occasions
613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "thankful" 
a bit more time to craft: ATG
basteltraum: gifts/recipes
C.R.A.F.T.: winter
crafters castle: ATG
crafty calendar: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
crafty gals corner: thank you/thankful
crafty sentiments: ATG
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge: ATG as long as it's Christmas
creative inspirations: wonderful winter/feeling festive
creative moments: ATG
intaas: winter
love to craft: ATG 
make my monday: cute Christmas
moving along with the times: ATG but a card
my time to craft: stitching real or faux
path of positivity: be grateful
pennys papertake: ATG


  1. A beautiful creation, it will make a fabulous gift. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month. Good luck!
    Liz xx

  2. Tole je pa super ideja in izvedba- adventni 'venček' to go:)

  3. Oh my, what a lovely gift to take to your Aunt! She is going to love the creativity and time you took to do the beading and stitching on this beauty! The beading pattern is gorgeous! So happy you shared with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

  4. Fabulous! I love thread art!

    Thanks for joining us at International Art and Soul!

  5. Spectacular project! And a great gift for your Aunt. I love the beading and what are the odds that they lined up perfectly for you. My eye caught your thread art though, that’s the icing on the cake for me. So happy you played along with Krafty Chicks Challenge this week.
    Diane - DT

  6. Lovely gift you have made. Love your creative ideas and the lovely presentation box. Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this month. Judy DT

  7. Hello... Thanks for sharing your project with Moving Along With The Times, your candles and gift box are lovely; such a beautiful gift. Good Luck and hope to see you next time.
    Diane Louise (DT) xx

  8. What a lovely gift! Your stitching is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CRAFT Challenge this week!

  9. Lovely gift. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Crafty Catz challenge Janet GDT

  10. This is really clever hun. Thanks for joining my challenge at Make My Monday. Love Dawn x

  11. Stunning project - love it!
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
    Keep crafting!
    Lj xx
    Crafter's Castle

  12. Your project is just beautiful! Such creativity. Thank you for sharing over at Penny's Challenge. DT~Jana

  13. Gorgeous gift for someone. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Wendy DT Member for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  14. Fabulous project. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  15. what for a wonderful idea for the advent lights. Thank you very much for joining us at the bastel-traum Challenge.

    Hugs and good luck
    DT bastel-traum challenge