Christmas centrepieces or Christmas wreaths are a relatively new tradition. It all began in the nineteenth century when Johann Hinrich Wichern, an evangelical pastor, created the Advent wreath as we know it, for the first time ever. The pastor was running an orphanage and he devised the wreath… for educational purposes. The wreath had four candles, each one to represent one week of Advent and to be lit consecutively. Thus, the pastor tried to make it easier for the children to understand how much time there was left until Christmas. The tradition of hanging wreaths on front doors was established later on. This tradition is of Scandinavian origin and it symbolises an invitation to come inside. A traditional wreath is made of evergreen branches and it symbolises eternal life; however, a variety of new types have sprung up recently and the tradition has turned into a multitude of craft ideas. The version we propose might seem unusual and non-traditional, but it’s charming nonetheless.
WE WILL NEED:
- A4 coloured paper (preferably several different colours)
- Glue (liquid or glue stick, depending on the paper you’re going to use)
- Styrofoam wreath
- Mini pom-poms
- Twine string
- Two beads