How to Make Ribbon Wands

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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)
  • Ribbon

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  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.

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