Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride March 11, 2010


I love ribbon wands! They’re always such a fun touch at a wedding and I love how Mel made them her own! Here’s her tutorial for making your own ribbon wands!

What you need:
Dowel cut into 30cm lengths
Acrylic paint
Glue gun
24mm wide stain backed ribbon in 3 different colours (I used 27 metres of each colour for 65 wands)


What to do:


Cut your dowel into 30cm lengths and sand the edges, then paint the dowels or just leave them as is. I painted mine ivory using kaisercraft acrylic paint.


Cut the ribbon into 40cm lengths and using the glue gun, attach three colours together at one end.




Apply glue to the dowel and wrap the ribbons around and secure with more glue.


To finish, heat-seal the edges of the ribbon so they don’t fray. To do this, carefully wave the edge near a candle flame so that the heat of the flame slightly melts, but doesn’t burn the ribbon.


Flatten with your fingers if it curls up.

For a touch of glam, add a little rhinestone to the top of the wand.


We’ll have even more of Mel’s fantastic Australian DIY projects in a few weeks, but in the meantime you can find our brilliant DIY’er at The Crafty DIY Bride and Paper & Ribbons! Thank you for sharing your brilliant projects with us Mel!