Contrary to what this craft project may suggest, we did not have a Harry Potter themed wedding. (Eric wasn't sold. ) Nor, was it a princess-unicorn themed wedding. (I'm keeping it on the back burner for future Maddie parties.)
So, what was the point of making ribbon wands, you
Ribbon wands are an alternative to throwing rice or blowing bubbles as the bride and groom exit the wedding ceremony. They are cute, relativly inexpensive to make, and they add a sweet pop of color to the festivities. Plus, ribbons just make me warm and happy on the inside.
I origionaly saw the idea on Pinterest...obviously...and I found a good tutorial here on Intimate Weddings. I changed a few things, added a few things, nixed a few things, so I thought I'd detail how I made my ribbon wands.
- Ribbons (a lot)
- Jingle Bells
- Eye Screws
- Jump Rings
- Wooden Dowels
- Spray Paint
- Hot Glue Gun
- and possibly...
- An electric drill
- Needle-nosed pliers
**I bought all my supplies at Michael's except for the eye screws, which I bought at Lowe's.
1. Spray paint your wooden dowels to the color of your choice....
On second thought, only follow step one if you want pure white or silver, or even fushia dowels. Otherwise, accept the wood color as God intended and proceed to step two.
2. Cut your ribbons
Each ribbon was approximatley three feet long.
You could make them longer, but I was afraid they'd whack people in the faces as they waved them.
3. When your dowels are dry, use a very small drill bit to make very small holes in the center of one end of each dowel.
We didn't make the holes very deep, but it gave us a nice, easy head start on adding the eye screws. It only took about five minutes to drill all the holes.
Also? Be careful using power tools. My Maid of Honor almost seriously maimed herself.
4. Add eye screws to the end of each dowel.
I found a pair of pliers helped get the screws in nice and tight without me having to scream, "I've got blisters on my fingers!"
5. Hot glue your ribbons to your wands.
I placed my ribbons right below the top edge of the wooden dowels.
Then, I made a ribbon sandwich. I used one line of glue to place a skinny ribbon on the bottom with the fatter ribbon on top. Then I added a second dab of glue on top of that to secure the final skinny ribbon.
I wanted the ends of my wands to look neat, so I wrapped the ribbons around the wand a few times, adding dabs of hot glue as needed, until everything looked nice and tidy.
6. Wind up your ribbons and secure with a piece of scotch tape.
You can see from the photo below that the reason I sandwiched the ribbons is because when they are all rolled up, you can see the fat pink ribbon with the skinny peach ribbon as an accent. The yellow ribbon is hidden until the guests unroll the wands.
(Ignore the jingle bell in this photo. That's a spoiler of steps seven and eight.)
7. Add the jingle bells to the jump rings.
I used my pliers to pry the jump rings apart slightly so I could slip the jingle bells on.
8. Secure the jump rings/jingle bells to the ribbon wands.
While the jump rings are still parted, loop them around the eye screws. Use the pliers to press the ends of the jump rings back together so that the jingle bells don't go flying off at your wedding.
***The picture above is actually misleading because that is a split ring, and not a jump ring. Jump rings are just simple circles with a break in the middle that can be pried apart. Split rings are the devil. After spending a rough twenty minutes on just two split rings, I went back to the store and got jump rings instead. So much easier!
And that, my friends, is how you make ribbon wands.
You might also note that I made some silver ribbon wands as well. They are a little more manly....if there could ever be such a thing as manly ribbon wands....for our male guests.
At our wedding ceremony, we placed the bucket at the end of the aisle with a sign explaining what they were.