Ribbon wands

Alicia & Ryan wedding

I simply have too many fun wedding tutorials at the moment to fit into my regular fortnightly column on Polka Dot Bride so we’re going to have a few extras right here.

Here’s another one from my own wedding.


You will need:

  • Dowels
  • Ribbon, various widths and shades
  • Sticky tape
  • Washi tape
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Hacksaw

Atypical Type A - ribbon wand tutorial

1. Cut your dowels into equal lengths using a hacksaw. Smooth the rough ends with sandpaper.

2. Cut ribbons into slightly uneven lengths.

Atypical Type A - ribbon wand tutorial

3. Continue with remaining ribbon.

4. Take a small bundle of ribbon and secure ends with sticky tape.

Atypical Type A - ribbon wand tutorial

5. Attach taped ribbons to wand using washi tape.

6. Wrap tape around and smooth down.

And here are the wands in action after our ceremony!

Alicia & Ryan wedding

To be honest, these didn’t work out quite as I’d hoped. I realised during the project that the sticks and ribbons were far too short to really have the kind of visual impact I wanted, but I’d already spent enough on decorations and couldn’t justify the extra cost. This also meant I used cheapo craft store brand ribbon which I found out is stiff and horrible, so I recommend you get the good stuff for superior flutter factor.

If you don’t make the same mistakes I did, you will have some fun send-offs for your ceremony (or reception) that will give you some great photo ops.

Tutorial photos by me | Wedding photos by Luke Simon Photography


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