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:

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*Gasp*

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:

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

Ugh!

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!

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

Aren’t they purty?

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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!

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

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

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

BLOGGER

Mrs. Brooch

Location:
Arlington, VA
Wedding Date:
April 2011

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    RobynB 102 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:46 am

    I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. FH and I aren’t doing a receiving line b/c we’re having a small reception so we’ll be able to go from table to table so this would be great for on the way out!!

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:50 am

    We made them too. At the end I was cursing ribbon wands, but I loved how they turned out, so it was worth it.

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    iwantweddingchampagne 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:56 am

    very cute!

    No worries, I <3 pajama pants too :)

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    andie, Guest @ 9:06 am

    we used them as we left the outside of the church. we bought ours though from some place online called halo heaven. They didn’t cost much and it was worth it to me to just buy them to save my sanity. the wedding wands was one of those moments of the day I’ll never forget. it looked so cool as we walked out and everyone waved them at us. do it! you’ll love the look.

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:06 am

    Ahhhh, I love them, the ribbon you chose is super-cute and the little rhyme is perfect!

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    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:08 am

    Great work. They’re very beautiful! Can’t wait to see them in action.

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:09 am

    @RobynB: Yay! You should definitely do it! It’s so easy! @Mrs. Frozen Yogurt: Yeah we definitely had our moments b/t the spray paint and glue! @iwantweddingchampagne: Hehe @Mrs. Trail Mix: I LOVE the ribbon. I wasn’t sure about the glitter, but once we got a few done, I loved it!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:34 am

    Love these! I have been trying to figure out what to do down in MX. Maybe if I have a little extra room in my suitcase I might try and make some of these. ;)

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    SandyToes 400 posts, Helper bee @ 10:36 am

    These are super fabulous! Good for you! Love the pj pants ;-)

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    cinnamonbun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:02 am

    I’ve finally decided what ribbon we’ll be using for our ribbon wands! I went with 3 different types, and am going to stamp the main ribbon to make it match our ‘theme’.

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    Ms. Anemone 624 posts, Busy bee @ 11:08 am

    These are wonderful!

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    stripes 1063 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:17 am

    Super cute! Our guests loved our wedding flags (and took most of them home lol) and it was SO much fun to see everyone waving them! All that sparkle will be magical! :)

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    tarabonistall 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:20 am

    Those are DARLING!!! What a fun and creative alternative to bubbles, etc. If you have kids at your wedding they are going to LOVE to take these home!!

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    BelaBBear 85 posts, Worker bee @ 11:45 am

    Love your PJ pants! And the wands came out SOOO good!

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:09 pm

    I adore that ribbon you chose, it looks so luxe. They’ll look so sparkly and fun in your photos!

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    lilacwire 570 posts, Busy bee @ 12:25 pm

    Darn it, I think you just inspired me into another project.

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    smileyd 593 posts, Busy bee @ 12:46 pm

    Oh I love these! now I have to decide between these and seed packets. I’ll have to see what my FI prefers.

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    tocarat 324 posts, Helper bee @ 1:37 pm

    LOVE these!!! I remember reading your post about the sudden realization about no sparklers so that was one of the first things I asked my venue (and the response was so nonchalant, like yeah of course you can), but had they been banned this would be a perfect alternative. Great job!!!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:35 pm

    oooh, sparkly! Well done!

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    cheetah 1192 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:39 pm

    I’m thinking about ribbon wands too! Love these! And I also love the pj pants!

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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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