How to Make Ribbon Wands

Written by antonia sorin
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Email

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

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)
  • Ribbon

Show MoreHide


  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

Don't Miss


  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.