Christmas Designs

Advent Wreath

Nathan Sutliff from Crossing Church of the Nazarene brings us this Coroplast advent wreath.

They wanted to represent the advent wreath in a different way. So, inspired by all of the coroplast (corrugated plastic) columns on the site, they decided to make their advent wreath in a similar fashion. They bought their Coroplast from Piedmont Plastics (a nation-wide company).

They welded a frame together after figuring out the dimensions and with some recessed can lighting from the big box home improvement stores they were set to build the candles. To color each vertical column representing the candles they just used lighting gels. The middle candle measured 4 foot tall and each outside candle was about 3 feet. Each week they turned on another “candle.”

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20 responses to “Advent Wreath”

  1. Debbie says:

    I just ordered some corrugated plastic for a mini wall for our stage. I want to light behind it. I ordered it in white, but these sheets look semi-translucent.
    Should I have tried a clear one? I’ve seen lots of coroplast columns and such on here. Does the light really show well through the white sheets?

    thanks guys!

    • Jonathan Malm says:

      hey Debbie! Clear or Natural Coroplast is definitely the way to go if you’re lighting from behind. The white stuff luminates…but it takes a much brighter light to get it to glow. Your best bang for your lights is to go Natural (Coroplast brand’s color) or Clear (generic brand’s color).

  2. Debbie says:

    BTW, the recessed lighting+gels is ingenious! Never would have thought of that!

  3. Kendra says:

    I love it! I wanted to do this at our church but the pastor, my husband! :), was concerned about deviating from the traditional too much. He took a look at this and said I could do it next year. Thanks for breaking ground for me!

  4. Ryan murphy says:

    What kind of tape do people use to attatch different sections of chloroplast together?

  5. Josh says:

    Love this expression of the advent wreath! Definitely going to incorporate this idea next year!

  6. Shawn says:

    I love this idea!! What did you cap the top with? Just a cut piece of Coroplast? Or do they make a cut??

  7. Steve says:

    I used natural coroplast when I made our pillars earlier this year. I didn’t think that people would care for them much, but I got a lot of compliments. I also used hot glue with a little packing tape in places. You only score one side with a knife, do not cut all the way through. Then fold and glue/tape and drop on an LED. I like the idea of the advent wreath above, might try that next year.

  8. Tina says:

    I plan to try this right away! But I want to know if anyone has an idea what it would be like to place colored coroplast on clear LED. Especially as I plan to use in a church that’s very well lit, I’m thinking the colors might glow better? Help and advice needed P-L-E-A-S-E.

  9. Kevin says:

    Looks awesome! Did you top off the columns with coroplast too or are the columns hollow on top.

  10. Sandy says:

    We just discovered coroplast and all I can day is- I’m IN LOVE! I love your idea and I am TOTALLY stealing it! Only thing I think I’ll do different is I’ll put a pillar candle on top. After all- you gotta have real candle light.

  11. James says:

    Did you all have any problems with heat?

  12. Kevin says:

    No problems using LED lights. Only gets warm at worst.

  13. Bridgett says:

    What mm of coroplast did you use?

  14. Melissa says:

    What thickness of chloroplast did you use?

  15. Aaron Roehm says:

    I love your idea especially since the church I’ve currently moved to doesn’t yet have LED color lighting. What colors were your gels to get that purple and pink?

  16. Flo says:

    Can this be made for outdoor use?

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