Wedding Wands – Check!

I got another wedding project done! Yay!

As you know, my heart was pretty much broken when I found out Oxon Hill prohibited the use of sparklers, and thought I would have to use bubbles for our send off. I’ve never really loved the bubble idea, but I thought it was a cute alternative.

Then I came across this picture:




I love… love, love, love the green wands! I was inspired (needless to say) and immediately started Googling “wedding wands.” I found a lot of great tutorials: here, here, and here, but you know me: I didn’t print the instructions and go to the store, I just went to store. I came home with these supplies:

  • 32 inches wooden sticks (.29 cents each)
  • Ribbon (on sale 2 for $5)
  • Glue (actually, I had this at home)
  • Metallic Spray Paint (I had this at home, too)

Then… without even a glance at the tutorial, I dove in! I cut the sticks in half with regular scissors, using a ruler to make sure each wand was approximately the same size:


I pulled the price tags and barcodes off of each wand:

This so tedious, but I’m smiling because we’re doing a wedding project! Yay!



Then we set up an area outside on the grass and spray painted each wand with metallic spray paint:


Yay! We’re doing a wedding project! Haha!


While we waited for the paint to dry, we cut the ribbon:


Using the glue, we wrapped the ribbon around the ends of the wands:



Um, then the glue busted open… on the wrong end!


It was such a mess. Seriously.

We ended up having to dip the ends of the wands in the glob of glue and then rolled the ribbon on.

Nothing can ever go according to plan!


Despite the glue issues, we pressed on and got them done!

Aren’t they purty?


Yay! We got a wedding project done!

Well, kinda. I want to make a few more. We have about 40 complete.

Don’t mind my crazy outfit. I love pajama pants! Haha!


The sign in front of the baskets holding these will read:

“Give a wave of good wishes to the new Mr. & Mrs!”



Are you making wedding wands? If so, when are you using yours?


Mrs. Brooch

Arlington, VA
Wedding Date:
April 2011

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    elliestan 3251 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:52 pm

    i love that you’re just hanging out in pj pants! that’s what i change into as soon as i get home and live in like… all weekend! totally love this idea, if we do some type of send off, we’ll have to see about doing this!

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    missDNA 231 posts, Helper bee @ 4:55 pm

    I love this idea! So sparkly! And yay for NOVA brides :)

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    Encore 680 posts, Busy bee @ 7:31 pm

    PJ pants are my favorite clothing item.

    Also, I love sparklers too. But alas, an afternoon wedding really doesn’t lend itself to such a thing. And I’m terrified that bubbles will make marks on my silk dress. So I’ve been thinking about ribbon wands too. Mr. E isn’t so sure though. Because he can’t picture how they will work and he’s now afraid I’ve taken on too many DIY projects.

    (I mentioned the possibility of making our own invites and he had an almost visceral reaction!)

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    feministbride 283 posts, Helper bee @ 12:54 am

    Can’t wait to see the pics with these!

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    Miss Galaxy 34 posts, Newbee @ 10:27 pm

    Love these. Love the sparkly ribbon. I’m totally gonna do this. I can’t wait! Where did you get your ribbon?

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    fedupgetfit 83 posts, Worker bee @ 10:53 pm

    I love this idea. I Googled wedding wands and your post was one of the first to come up. Thanks!

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    Estella Girtman, Guest @ 11:52 am

    I love the idea and it looks simple to make. My wedding date is June 1,2013 and I’m looking forward to my wands waving day!!

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    lovelyduckie 756 posts, Busy bee @ 7:26 am

    I’m using mine for when we walk back down the aisle as a couple

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