DIY Dancing Ribbon Wands

By Apr 24, 2015One Comment

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With warmer weather around the corner, I’m on the hunt for fun activities that will encourage outside play. My family lives in a rural area, which means I’m often left to my own devices when creating outdoor fun. A quick shuffle through my craft supplies and I discovered some dowels, ribbon, paint, and every crafter’s favorite tool – my hot glue gun. What better way to welcome Spring than with some dancing ribbon wands!

Dancing Ribbon Wands are easy to make yourself, and will provide hours of outdoor fun for kids.

DIY Dancing Ribbon Wands

What you’ll need:

  • craft dowels
  • paint (optional)
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbon (various colors and patterns)

Everything you need to make your own dancing ribbon wands.


If you want to paint your wands, you’ll start by doing that. Cover the dowels completely in your paint of choice. I tried some glitter spray paint, but didn’t have much success with an even coating. Instead, I painted my wands a solid color.

Spray paint your wooden dowels

While the paint is drying, cut your ribbons to size. For maximum Spring magic, I chose three stands of ribbon for each wand. I cut the strands to roughly five feet long. There is no true right or wrong way to create this craft. If you’re making these for tots, you could cut the ribbon to just a couple feet. If you’re making these for teens, you could go wild and cut them at ten or even 15 feet!

Line up your ribbon and (now dry!) wand on top so you can see where to best place a strip of hot glue.

Use hot glue to attach your ribbons to the wooden dowel.

Place a small strip of hot glue directly to the ribbon and fold the ribbon over, securing it to itself around the dowel. If your ribbon slides up and down the wand, simply add a dab of hot glue to the top and slide the ribbon up.

Allow your glue to dry completely after affixing your ribbon. It is almost time to dance!

Allow the glue to dry completely.

Ribbon dance your heart out. Race, dance, paint the sky!

DIY Dancing Ribbon Wands are a great homemade toy for kids. A few simple ingredients will provide hours of outdoor fun!

This craft is simple and thanks to the magic of hot glue, is ready within an hour. You can customize your ribbon to your favorite colors, for an event, or even for birthday party favors. Can you see light blue and purple for a Frozen themed party? Or maybe green and brown for a Minecraft party?

DIY Dancing Ribbon Wands are a great homemade toy for kids. A few simple steps to create, and they will provide hours of outdoor fun!

What I love most about these DIY Dancing Ribbon Wands is that they encourage kids to get out, be active, and use their imaginations. Races that trail ribbon behind them, dancing contests, and even sky art are all creative ways to stimulate play with your kids of all ages.

About Holly Sosa

Holly is a self-described SoCal Mama with a Michigan heart. The mother of a blended family, she is passionate about normalizing step-mother and step-children relationships and bringing awareness to the ever growing blended family lifestyle. Holly is the creator of popular lifestyle blog OurHollyDays.com and writes for her local and regional newspapers as a recipe columnist. She is a lover of holidays and a stationery addict who is never without her trusty planner.

One Comment

  • David says:

    This is super cool DIY idea that can be done with kids during the weekend. I think every kid would love it, no matter boy or girl.