DIY Ribbon Wands


Looking for a unique wedding send-off? Try ribbon wands! You can make them yourself for under $1 each and they are a nice little take home gift for your guests (your flower girls will LOVE  ‘em!!)

Ribbon wands are waved by wedding guests as the bride and groom exit the ceremony and/or the reception. They look gorgeous waving in the breeze – and the ones I’m going to show you how to make sound lovely too. (I attached little bells to the top of the wands.)

I made these ribbon wands in a snap – and you can to. How? Read on for the full instructions!

Ribbon Wands


12 inch wooden dowels

small bells

five feet of ribbon per dowel (I used two types of ribbon for each wand, but you can use one of you want to)

eye screw

split ring


fray check

scotch tape

Insert eye screw into top of dowel.

ribbon wand

Place split ring on the eye screw.

wedding wand

Add bell to split ring.

ribbon wand

Place ribbon through the split ring and tie it in a knot. Repeat if adding more ribbon.

wedding wands

Apply Fray Check (or something similar) to the ends of the ribbon. When I did this to the satin ribbon it left a faint watermark. It was barely noticeable, but if you are bothered by it you could consult with your local fabric store and see if there are other options. I cut the ends of the smaller plaid ribbon in a ‘v’ shape to prevent fraying. This did not work on the large satin ribbon, so I used Fray Check. In the photo below the Fray Check has not dried so it is very visible. Once it dries it is very faint.

ribbon wand

Wrap the ribbon around the wands and secure with a small piece of Scotch tape. Place in a mason jar or bucket for your guests to take.

wedding wands

Have your guests wave your DIY wands as you exit the ceremony!

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  1. Posted by Angela on August 11th, 2010 at 10:04am

    LOVE this idea!! Since many venues no longer allow such things as birdseed, rice or even sparklers (and let's face it, bubbles are old news), this is a fun, fresh alternative. How fun would these be as party favors for kids parties too? Thanks so much for posting - I can't wait to share this with my clients!
  2. Posted by Sally on August 22nd, 2010 at 1:40pm

    These are great! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! Hope you don't mind me posting it over at Favors With Love with full credits of course! Wanted to mention that you could also take a flame to the ribbon ends to seal them from fraying. But always use caution when playing with fire.
  3. Posted by fabgab on January 30th, 2011 at 11:32am

    Thanks for sharing the detailed tips! This is one diy task that I think I can manage for my wedding. How long did it take you to finish one wand? I need to approximate how much time it would take me to finish 120.

    And are the screws easy to push into the dowel?
  4. Posted by Christina on January 31st, 2011 at 9:18am

    They're quite easy to make. I didn't time myself, but I think its totally doable to do 120. No, the eye screws are not hard to push into the end.
  5. Posted by Jillian on April 4th, 2011 at 2:02am

    I was wondering if someone could tell me the size of the split ring used? I love this idea and am stealing it for my wedding!
  6. Posted by Chamonix on June 7th, 2011 at 10:55pm

    These are gorgeous! I love the fact you used bells and tartan. I've just written up a post on ribbon wands and included you as a link for How-To's. Hope you don't mind. Thanks for the lesson!
  7. Posted by Christina on June 8th, 2011 at 12:10pm

    Thanks Chamonix. I love the tartan ribbon too.. then again, I'm crazy for anything Scottish.
  8. Posted by Sandy on August 17th, 2011 at 8:44pm

    Hey did you tie the larger ribbon too because in your picture I only see the smaller one and when I tried it, it look bunchy! Need tips!

  9. Posted by Christina on August 18th, 2011 at 10:56am

    Sandy, I tied the larger ribbon too.
  10. Posted by Tricia on August 26th, 2011 at 2:18pm

    We love your idea! We think they're beautiful and would like to make them for our daughter's wedding. Do you mind if we ask what size dowel you used? (the diameter...1/2?)
  11. Posted by Christina on August 31st, 2011 at 9:05pm

    The dowels I used were 1 cm in diameter and 12 inches long.
  12. Posted by hsfavor on September 23rd, 2011 at 8:46am

    Awesome idea. I'm totally using this. What size bells did you use?
  13. Posted by Christina on September 23rd, 2011 at 9:59pm

    Not sure of the exact dimensions, but they are the small ones. You can find them at craft stores.
  14. Posted by Robin on June 27th, 2012 at 10:13pm

    To seal the ribbon you can use either a candle or a wood burning tool. Cheaper than using fray check :). Thanks fir the awesome tutorial. I can see making these for my daughter's parties.
  15. Posted by Elizabeth on July 13th, 2012 at 3:48pm

    Where do you purchase the wooden dowels? I love the idea of making these myself!
  16. Posted by Jeanne on October 25th, 2012 at 6:03pm

    Where do you buy the split rings and the fray check?
  17. Posted by Christina on October 26th, 2012 at 8:37am

    Hi Jeanne, I bought the fray check at my local fabric store. You might also be able to get split rings there - or your local craft store. Just call them first to make sure they have them.
  18. Posted by Barbara on May 18th, 2013 at 10:06pm

    I would like to know what the width of the ribbon is that you used?
  19. Posted by Lynn on February 20th, 2014 at 4:04am

    I found all of these items at my local walmart. One stop shopping!!! Thanks for the tutorial !
  20. Posted by Tiff on August 28th, 2014 at 3:19pm

    I would love to make these and give as party favors.
  21. Posted by Tonya Willis on April 25th, 2015 at 6:27pm

    I would like to order 100 premade wands shown above.
    Can you send me the information to order and cost.
    Thanks for your assitance.
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