This is a sponsored post. I was given free product to create this video tutorial, but the opinions are 100% my own.
I love the Fourth of July! I love fireworks and cookouts and everything that goes along with them. Independence Day isn’t a very kid-friendly holiday though. Most traditions involve fire in one form or another, and fire and preschoolers do not mix. This year, I wanted to find a way to get my kids involved with the holiday in a fun and safe way. Ribbons wands are a way to give little hands a way to participate in Fourth of July celebrations without having them play with matches. Thanks to The Ribbon Retreat for the adorable patriotic ribbon.
Here are the step outs from the video above:
Start by giving a few wooden dowels a coat of spray paint in red, white, or blue. Let dry.
Before you can screw the eye screw into the end of the dowel, you will need to create a pilot hole so you don’t split the wood. Hammer a very small nail into the end of each dowel and remove it. Now you can screw in the eye screw, using pliers if you need to. Add a lanyard clasp finding to the eye screw.
I received these gorgeous patriotic ribbons from The Ribbon Retreat, and they were perfect for this project. I think the American Flag ribbon might be my favorite, but the glittery ribbon is a close second.
I cut each ribbon into 4 foot lengths and threaded the ribbons onto the clasp finding. If the ribbons aren’t secure, you can tie them off in a knot to keep them attached.
My kids love playing with the ribbon wands, dancing around and waving the ribbons. The wands would be great to take along to wave as you watch a summer parade or while you are waiting for the fireworks to start!
All the ribbons featured in this tutorial can be bought from The Ribbon Retreat. I’ve gathered links to the rest of the materials I used in this tutorial. If you purchase after clicking one of these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks!
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