In this post, I'll show you how to make a Fairytale Fashionista ribbon wand...perfect for girly-girls young and old.
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If you want to see the ribbon wands in action, check out the Fairytale Fashionista tent at San Diego KidsFest this weekend!
Supplies (for 10 ribbon wands):
- a pack of 10 wooden dowels (available at Michaels and other craft stores)
- 10 screw eyes (I used a 14-piece pack of 7/8" Ace Hardware brand medium screw eyes)
- a can of silver spray paint (I used Ace Hardware brand chrome aluminum Premium Enamel)
- lots and lots of ribbon (I used 7 yards total of 6 types of ribbon per wand) Tip 1: Use a variety of widths, textures, and colors of ribbon, but don't get any more than 7/8" wide. Tip 2: The longest strand in this wand is 1 yard; you can make yours shorter if it's for a small child, or up to 5' if it's for an adult.
- a small bottle of fray check (optional)
- 2 reused paper bags from the grocery store and a pair of scissors (optional)
- a roll of blue tape (optional)
- a brick of floral foam (optional)
- a small container (optional)
Cost: I used a lot of high quality ribbon for these wands, so the unit cost came out to a little over $4 each (not including sales tax). (I also bought the ribbon at a wholesale warehouse, so $20 is on the cheap side for 70+ yards of double-faced satin and other specialty types.) If you need to bring the cost down, I recommend using only 2 or 3 1-yard strands of ribbon per wand.
1. PREP: Before painting, I cut up 2 paper bags to use them as a spraying surface in the backyard. Once flattened, I taped them to the ground with strips of blue tape to prevent them from blowing away.
2. To hold the dowels up, I prepared a container using an old glass vase (something heavy like this works best) and a brick of floral foam. I trimmed the foam so that it would fit snugly in the vase, then I stuck the dowels in (see above).
3. Follow the directions on your can of spray paint. In my case, I had to spray 6-8 inches from the dowels and let them dry at least 25 minutes before flipping them over to paint the other ends. I let them dry for over an hour before handling them.
4. While you're waiting, cut the strands of ribbon. I used 7 strands of ribbon per wand, each 1 yard in length.
5. Once the dowels are dry, it's time to put the screw eyes in. You can do this by simply twisting them into the ends of your dowels. I twisted until I couldn't go in any further; as long as it feels secure and you can tug on the screw without it moving, it should be good to go. If you want to make them super secure, you can apply a dab of craft glue on to the tip of the screw.
Optional step: apply fray check to the ends of the ribbon. (I happened to skip this step because I didn't find it necessary.)
6. Last step: Tie the ribbons on! I created a variety of lengths by tying the strands at different points, but you can do whatever you want. If you want the wand to flow like that of a rhythmic gymnast, keep them long. If you want a pom-pom, keep them short. Or, do a variety!