Ribbon Wands

Ribbon Wands

This week I will show you different ways to use ribbon and tulle in wedding favors. I’m sure a few people got a pretty ring on Valentine’s Day so now it’s time to start planning the wedding. I hope the ideas I share this week give you some inspiration to incorporate DIY favors into your wedding plans!


  • Wooden dowels
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Paint(optional)


If you would like, start out by painting your dowel. I left mine the natural color to go with my natural color theme. You could also wrap the entire dowel in ribbon if you didn’t want to paint it.

Cut your lengths of ribbon. I cut my ribbon about 18 inches long so that it would be longer than the dowel, but you can cut it to be even with or shorter than the dowel as well. I used two colors in my ribbon wand and cut 5 pieces of each color. If you are wanting to have a multiple strand wand, then I recommend using 3/8″ ribbon. I used RABOM’s Delicate Shimmer ribbon in my example, but any 3/8″ ribbon would work.  RABOM’s Colour Shimmer and Iridescence would also work great for these. I have seen some wands that only have one length of ribbon, so I would recommend using a 7/8″ or 1.5″ width for these types of wands. Seal the ends of your ribbon lengths before you start the next step.

Put a small dot of glue on one end of your dowel. Place one pair of ribbons(one of each color) on the dot of glue.

Make sure the ribbon length continues out past the dowel instead of laying on top of it. Gluing the ribbon this way will give your ribbon wand a more lifted and full appearance.

Continue to glue pairs of ribbon around the entire end of the dowel. I used 4 pairs of ribbon to surround my dowel, but you may use more if you would like.

Take your last pair of ribbons and glue them perpendicular to the other ribbons.

Wrap this pair of ribbons around the end of the dowel to hide the raw edges of the other ribbons. Once you have wrapped to your liking, place a small dot of glue on the ribbon and secure it to your wand. Let the extra ribbon hang down as part of your wand.

Now you have a beautiful wedding ribbon wand for all of your guest to wave as you make your exit. These make for a very fun and colorful picture as the happy couple leaves the ceremony or reception. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!


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