Ribbon wands make a dramatic and far less messy alternative to rice or bird seed as the bride and groom come back down the aisle at a wedding. They are inexpensive and an easy do-it-yourself project.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Wooden dowels, 10 to 15 inches long, 1/4 inch diameter
- Screw eyes
- Craft paint
- Sponge brush
- Sheet of polystyrene foam (such as styrofoam)
Obtain enough dowels and screw eyes for each person attending your wedding, plus a few extras. Screw one screw eye to the top of each dowel.
Paint each dowel and screw eye with the sponge brush and craft paint. Allow them to dry upright, with the bottom of the dowels stuck into the foam sheet.
Cut lengths of ribbon for the wands, at least 15 inches with the ends cut diagonally. Tie a few ribbons to each screw eye with a knot.
Touch up any paint that came off on the bottom of the wands when you inserted them into the foam to dry. Allow them to dry again.
Tips and warnings
- Use multiple colours of ribbon to increase the impact of the wands at the wedding.
- Make a few extras in case one gets lost or broken.
- If you are short on time or money, leave the dowels unpainted.
- Some guests may not know what to do with the wand, so you might add a note in the program.
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