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Welcome to the second week of my Summer Crafting series. Every Friday for the next 9 weeks, I’ll be sharing easy crafts you can make over the weekend. Be sure to check back each week for new projects!
If you were once a little girl, you probably know the importance of dancing. I’m not talking about formal lessons and recitals.
I’m talking about dancing your heart out on the living room floor to your favorite music. I’m talking about creating shows for your parents to watch and dramatically re-enacting every ballet move you’ve ever seen. And I’m definitely talking about ribbons and sashes flowing behind you as you leap through the house.
You could easily go out and buy a ribbon wand along with a matching princess dress, but it is so easy to make one. It’s one of those crafts you can put together quickly, so tell your daughter to go put on her dancing outfit, and have fun!
How to Make a Ribbon Wand
You will need:
One wooden dowel
One screw eye for the top of the dowel
Fine grain sand paper, if needed
Pen or paint to decorate
Ribbon in various colors
First, if the dowel is rough, carefully sand it to make it smooth. I discovered that some of the dowels in the pack were smoother than others.
Use a pen to draw polka dots, hearts, or stripes on the wand. You could also write your little princess’ name on it.
Dip the end of the dowel into water to soften the wood and wait a couple of minutes. Twist in the screw eye.
Cut lengths of ribbon for the wand and thread through the screw eye. Tie in a knot, and you’re finished! The length of the ribbon is really a personal preference, as are the colors used. These wands look lovely with a variety of ribbon textures, so if you have a ribbon stash that needs to be used up, this is a great project for that!
You can also buy wooden or plastic rings and tie ribbons on them without having to use the screw eye. I took a Baby and Me class with my daughter a few years ago where the teacher made ribbon streamers using small wooden rings. They were very cute, and we used them for music time and dancing. Babies and kids LOVE these!
These wands can also be used as . . .
- Indoor sparklers for the 4th of July
- Wedding favors for your guests. (Imagine your guests waving these instead of blowing bubbles at you—the pictures would be so lovely!)
- Decoration for a kid’s party and take-home favors as well.
- A gift for a little girl. Just add a homemade tutu, and she would be sooo happy!