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Sorry that it has been so long since my last post, but with my wedding in May, cohabitating for the first time with my husband, newlywed life, our summer adventures and starting my new business — I’ve been busy!  My wedding was gorgeous and everything that I wished it would be.  I will post a few photos on my blog, but more likely will provide a link in the future as my photographer and I are working on submitting my wedding to a couple of magazines and blogs. 🙂

On with the post!

I made these wedding wands for my recessional in place of birdseed, bubbles, rose petals, etc.  I wanted something that didn’t litter the ground nor get stuck in my hair, veil and dress and these wands were perfect for that as our guests waved them as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife.  The kids at our wedding also enjoyed waving these wands at our reception!

For this project you will need:

— dowels (you could also use sticks or plastic tubes – basically anything that will work for the wand handle)

— ribbon ( the width depends on the size of your dowel or stick and in your wedding colors)

— glue gun

— scissors

Supplies

First, cut the lengths of your ribbon.  I cut mine in varying lengths from 14″-20″ as I made some wands different lengths than others.  It is really your preference and would depend on the size of your dowels.

Ribbon

I read varying ways of affixing the ribbons to the dowels and settled on this method after trying out a few.  I cut small pieces of ribbon about  1″ – 1 1/2″ in length (depending on the width of the dowel) to secure the ribbon.  First, I put a spot of hot glue on the top of the dowel and folded the ribbon lengths over the top of the dowel (I used 3-4 cuts of ribbon per dowel), holding it there before affixing my “tape” — the 1″ – 1 1/2″ cut of ribbon.

I then put a couple dots of hot glue on the 1″ – 1 1/2″ ribbon cut and wrapped it around the top of the dowel to affix the ribbons and let dry.  See how easy that was?

The wedding wands look very pretty when put into a vase with marbles.   At my wedding they were placed on my program table, with others set on guests’ seats along the aisle.

Our wedding program table with the wedding wands (photo by Lone Pine Photography)

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