How to DIY festive ribbon wands instead of throwing confetti

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Since we're getting married on a patio on a cliff over the ocean, we thought it might be a bad idea to have our guests chuck grains at us and thereby feed dried rice to all kinds of birds, fish, and otherwise. I considered flower petals, seeds, confetti, etc., but either it's gonna induce a sneeze fest or be a bitch to clean up. Then I saw ribbon wands! Wow! What a wonderful idea!

It took about 3.5 hours to make 50 ribbon wands, which wasn't so bad. Here's how you can make them yourself…

What you will need:

Get started by turning a wood dowel on end and push the thumb tack into the center as far as you can. If you can get it almost all the way in, then you're good. Pull the tack out. If not, tap the tack into the dowel almost all the way in.

Then, pull the tack out. You should end up with a hole like this.

You make that starter hole to avoid splitting like in this picture.

Once you have the hole, take an eye screw and screw it into the hole. It gets kinda rough after a while so you may want to wear work gloves.

After that is in place get two 4 ft sections of ribbon in the colors of your choosing. The ends are probably frayed and that is where the candle comes in.

Hold the ribbon over the flame just long enough to melt the frays and seal the end of the ribbon.

Pull both ribbons up until the eye is in the middle of the ribbons.

At this point you're going to tie them into a loose knot.

Make sure your glue gun is hot and add a spot where the ribbon and the eye meet.

Then pull the ribbons tight (Carefully though! Hot glue is hot) and you're done!!

You can add so many things to make these even more fabulous like bells and flowers, but we are just fine with these as they are.

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Comments on How to DIY festive ribbon wands instead of throwing confetti

  1. Love this idea. Very likely going to use it for my wedding next spring.

    And I love the idea of adding bells!

  2. I’ve been making these for 2 weeks now! I am so happy with the way they turned out!

  3. Great tutorial!! I made these too – easy and fun DIY project. I also made ones using full length dowel rod that we will use to mark the aisle – same thing just longer rods and ribbons!

  4. Ribbon wands are amazing. We made about 60 for our wedding in April and at the time I worried that I was wasting my time and energy. BUT they were a huge hit with our guests and the photos of us walking with the guests waving them made it all worth the hard work!!

  5. Love this idea! I used a few colored ribbons, some rick rack, a jingle bell, and sticks I gathered to make mine. I also got a custom made rubber stamp with our names and the wedding date and stamped up some of the white ribbons. I hadn’t even THOUGHT of people using them instead of the clinking glasses but I sure hope they do! Good work!

    Super affordable and cute ribbon:

    CHEAP and fast stamps:

  6. My sister made these for her wedding in April, but added little jingle bells to the ends. Everyone ringing them over their heads as my sister and her busband left the reception made a neat ribbon tunnel. Super festive!

    • Hi

      I love the idea of adding a bell at the end. Just wondering how you attached it to the wand.


  7. Though I would improvise and just use hot glue and wrap the ribbon around the end once which I bet that would be less time consuming than the eye screw, I love this idea and think I might snag it as well.

  8. Tip for the screw eye – If you have an awl handy use the awl for the starter hole, start the screw eye and then insert the awl through the hole and use it to finish screwing the screw eye in. It’s how us picture framers do it to keep from killing our fingers. 😉

  9. I was so planning on doing this tomorrow! this post came just in time for me! Great tip about the thumbtack. I just need to find a place to get ribbon in bulk!

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