Tuesday, June 30, 2009

how to make a fairy princess ribbon wand


We're sure lots of you out there already know how to make those curled ribbon hair bows, but we thought we'd put a princess spin on it. Perfect for a fairy party or dress up.


Fairy Princess Ribbon Wand Tutorial

What you'll need:

*5 or 6 Dowels (we used 12" dowels)
*Hand-held drill
*Wood clothespins
*Cookie sheet and oven
*Assorted ribbons
*Wire
*Extreme Glitter Paint from Plaid

Step One: Drill a small hole in one end of a 12" dowel. With the remaining dowels, use a clothespin to clip one end of ribbon to the end. Tightly wrap the ribbon around the dowel and use another clothespin pin it in place. Wrap all of your dowels with your ribbon.



Step Two: Place on a cookie sheet and bake in your oven for 20 minutes at 275 degrees.


Step Three: While your ribbons are baking, paint the dowel with the hole in it with glitter paint. We like Plaid's Folk Art Extreme Glitter. It's a transparent paint full of fine glitter that gives your project a little sugar. We painted it directly on the wood, but you could also paint your dowel with an acrylic paint and then finish it off with a layer or two of Extreme Glitter on top.


Step Four: Slowly unwrap the ribbon and cut to your desired length. Apply Fray Check or similar product to ribbon ends to prevent fraying. You can also heat set them with a heat gun or a flame (be careful not to burn yourself or start your ribbon on fire though!).



Step Five: Lay the ribbons out evenly and use a clip (I used a large salon clip from the beauty supply store) to hold them all in place. Take another thin piece of ribbon or string and tie all the pieces together. Double knot it.





Step Six: Run a piece of wire through the hole in your painted dowel. Then run the wire under and around the thin ribbon you used to hold the spirals together. Wrap the ends of the wire around the dowel so it will not move. If you want, you can also use glitter spray to spray the ribbons to make it even more dazzling.


That's it! Magical, isn't it?

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26 Responses to “how to make a fairy princess ribbon wand”

Favors With Love said...

So cute! Thank you for sharing! Now....if only I had a girl! LOL!

Jenn said...

I have a quick question... do you need to wet the ribbons with water or starch before wrapping them on the dowel?

Shell said...

That is so awesome. I'd have never thought to bake the ribbon to keep the curl. Very clever.

My little girl hasn't got to the "princess" dressing up age yet - but with this project, I'll be ready when she does!

Mommy of M's said...

What a GREAT idea!! We are going to a birthday party for a sweet little one next weekend, I think this may just be part of her present!!

Kristin Sellars said...

Love it! Great idea!

Sarah said...

Love this! I'll be trying to make some of these this weekend. Thank you for posting this. They will be super cute in the fairy portraits that I'm doing on the 11th.

Little Birdie Secrets said...

No need to spray the ribbon with starch or water. I just wrapped it up without anything and it works just fine.

Jacqui said...

My daughter's birthday is coming up next month and she'll love this wand combined with a felt birthday crown - thanks for the instructions and the fabulous timing!

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

Big fans of the curly ribbon bows -- never thought of doing that for a wand. Adorable. Love it.

Jantine said...

Thank you so much. I saw them before but had no idea how to make them and now I do. My big girl doesn't play anymore, but it will be nice to use on bags or else!

Ruth said...

What a great idea. I know many little girls love these.
Ruth

Jen r. said...

My girls would love that!

shanna said...

I need to make these with my baby girl.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, how fun! What great favors. I'll be linking.

CELEBRATE said...

I love this idea! It's adorable! I'm linking to your tutorial from my site at consideringchristmas.blogspot.com

Thanks!

MONICA said...

UAOOOOOOO,BEAUTIFUL

Tess said...

Make sure you use different sizes of ribbons. I just used small width ribbons and I'm starting to wish I had used some wider ones.

Jacqui said...

I've made four of these wands now and they're just gorgeous! Thanks so much for the tutorial, it's made four little girls very happy :)

One suggestion I have in regards to curling the ribbons is to cover the dowels with tinfoil. The first time I did it the sap oozed out of the wood with the heat of the oven and soaked into the ribbon. The house smelled lovely, like a pine forest on a hot day, but some of the ribbon was ruined! Only some dowels did this, but the foil around all of them meant I didn't have to worry about it again.

hterice said...

They are so cute and nice. I made wands for my little gires b-day but ther not as nice. I also made fairy tiaras. They came out grate.
http://hterice.blogspot.com/2010/02/fairy-crown-instructions.html

Alexis said...

um question about the oven temp, is this celcius or farenheit, cos there is big difference.

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Temp is in Fahrenheit!

Alexis said...

Thanks so much..
I was worried about burning up the ribbons.

We are also trying to save money at the moment so I used my wooden spoon handles instead of buying dowels.

Paddington fan said...

Thank you so much for a fantastic tutorial, I tried it out this week and it worked brilliantly. I now have streamers of ribbon on my card!!Love Jacky x!

mom23 said...

These are the nicest wands I've seen and want to make some! What kind of drill and size of bit did you use? I'm wondering if I need to borrow a drill from someone...thanks!!

Unknown said...

is there a particular ribbon i need to use? ie, material to look for?

Arrion Rathsack said...

We made these at my daughter's fairy party today. It was a big hit! Much preferred over the cardboard fairy wands!

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