A woman holding a glue gun sits with two children wearing Santa hats around a table with an Advent wreath in the center.
Help children understand the significance of Advent with this special craft for kids.

Craft Activity for Catholic Families: Make an Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath is a powerful tradition that invites us to reflect on Christ’s birth and look forward to his second coming. The circle of the wreath symbolizes the eternal life that Jesus offers to all who believe. The candles represent the significance behind each week of Advent (hope, peace, joy and love) and the light Christ has brought into our weary world.

As you journey through the Advent season, help your children or students make their own Advent wreath using the instructions below. As you “light” the candles each Sunday, it will provide the perfect opportunity to share why Christ came and why we eagerly anticipate his return.

Please enjoy this fun and meaningful Christmas activity — and see the end of this blog to find the next steps on how you can shine Christ’s light in the world!

The Supplies You’ll Need

  • Green construction paper or card stock.
  • 3 sheets of purple paper.
  • 1 sheet of pink paper.
  • 1 sheet of white paper.
  • 5 cardboard tubes.
  • Yellow or orange tissue paper.
  • Scissors.
  • Pencil.
  • Glue or tape.

Instructions to Make an Advent Wreath

  1. Have your children trace their hands on the green construction paper. Once the tracing is complete, cut out each handprint. Repeat this process until each child has enough paper hands to form the shape of a wreath.
  2. Glue or tape the paper hands together in a circle to make the wreath.
  3. Using glue or tape, wrap three cardboard tubes in purple construction paper, one in pink paper, and a longer one in white paper.
  4. These tubes represent the Advent candles. Place the colored “candles” on the wreath, with the white candle in the center. Every Sunday during Advent, fill each tube with yellow or orange tissue paper to represent the lighting of the candles. The final white tube can be filled on Christmas Eve.

A Prayer of Blessing for Your Advent Wreath

Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation. Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath.

May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation. May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(2022 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

How Does It Look?

If you made your own Advent wreath, please show us how it turned out! Tag us @crosscatholic on Facebook and Instagram.

Bless a child like 9-year-old Alanda with hope and joy this year.

Next Steps: Bless a Child This Christmas

Jesus came to be a light in the darkness, and today, his light shines through you and me! As we reflect on the many blessings that Christ has brought into our lives, we cannot help but want to share those blessings with our families, friends, neighbors — and the poor around the world who urgently need our help.

Consider, for example, the poor children in developing countries who do not expect a single present this year. Their families often struggle just to afford food and other essentials, so they have grown accustomed to not receiving any special gifts for Christmas.

Now imagine these children’s joyful surprise upon receiving a wonderful present from you — possibly the first Christmas gift anyone has ever given them!

Through our Christmas Catalog, you can send a Box of Joy® and many other life-transforming gifts to help children in need. Share the hope, peace, joy and love of Christmas by shining Christ’s light on the poor this year.

Bless the Poor at Christmas

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