Advent Journey Spirals

This craft explores the idea of a journey towards the birth of Jesus, echoing the journey that Mary and Joseph take to Bethlehem and our own waiting for Jesus to come again.

You will need air drying clay and small tapered candles.

Roll the clay into a long, thick sausage shape and slightly flatten out the top. 

Make a spiral with the clay. 

Take your candle and, starting at the centre of the spiral, make 25 indentations deep enough to let the candle stand up securely. 

Leave the spiral to dry.

(Before doing this with children, it might help to do a test run to see roughly how much clay each person will need and how far apart the indentations should be.)

Every day during Advent, move the candle one place along the spiral and light it, ending at the center on Christmas Day.


As you move the candle on a space, pray for a person you know who is going through dark and hard times. Pray that they will know light in their darkness as Christmas approaches.

This post first appeared at Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry.

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