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DIY washi tape ribbon wands

Washi Tape Ribbon Wands - a 5 minute washi tape DIY that will have your kids playing for hours!Hi everyone! It’s Sarah here again from Becoming Martha, sharing another cute and fun washi tape craft that you can whip up in five minutes that will have your kids playing for hours.

A couple of years ago, my mother in law bought a ribbon wand for my daughter, and she played with it so much! The ribbons started to wear out and fall apart, and she just needed a new one. However, if you buy the real ribbon wands (this one was from a school gym company catalog), they are so expensive. I knew I could create one myself for much less with a little creativity and washi tape!

Washi Tape Ribbon Wands - a 5 minute washi tape DIY that will have your kids playing for hours!To make your own washi tape ribbon wands, you will need:

  • a dowel (6 for $1 at our dollar store!)
  • washi tape
  • ribbon
  • eye pin
  • packing tape (optional)

Washi Tape Ribbon Wands - a 5 minute washi tape DIY that will have your kids playing for hours!To start, pull off a piece of washi tape that is slightly longer than your dowel. This is where the wide washi tape really came in handy, because I only had to use one piece to wrap around my entire dowel. Wrap it smoothly around the sides, and twist the ends. Then cut the excess tape, smoothly the remains over the ends (you can also add a dab of paint to the ends and simply cut the washi tape even with the dowel end).

Washi Tape Ribbon Wands - a 5 minute washi tape DIY that will have your kids playing for hours!Screw the eye pin into one end of the dowel, and start cutting your ribbon. I used six different colors of ribbon, but any combo would be nice – I think I want to make a monochromatic one next, with different shades of one color! This ribbon is often on sale at Michaels for 3/$1, so you won’t break the bank, and you only use about 3′ of each color.

Washi Tape Ribbon Wands - a 5 minute washi tape DIY that will have your kids playing for hours!To secure the ribbon, I tied it in a knot, but if you don’t have a deep seated aversion to your sewing machine, you could flatten the ribbons and stitch across them too for a solid hold.

If you think your child will tear or pick at the washi tape, you can cover the dowel and washi tape in a layer of packing tape to protect it from tears or dirt. I did this with one wand and not the other and they are both holding up very well, about a month in!

Washi Tape Ribbon Wands - a 5 minute washi tape DIY that will have your kids playing for hours!I can’t tell you how long my daughter played with these, and when her big sister came home from school, she requested one too!  They spin and twirl with them, dance with them, let the wind blow them… It is such a fun open ended and creative toy, which in my mind, is the best toys you could have. As you can see below, she wore herself out and fell over from spinning – but she just stayed on the ground playing with her ribbon wands :)

Washi Tape Ribbon Wands - a 5 minute washi tape DIY that will have your kids playing for hours!If you decide to whip one up for yourself, I would love to see a picture! Share it on my facebook page – Becoming Martha!  And in case you missed it, make sure to check out the washi tape bunting that I shared here last month – it’s another quick one! See you next month, when I’ll be back again with another excellent washi tape post!

Sarah @ Becoming MarthaSarah is a part time elementary teacher, part time craft fanatic. She is a full time mom and wife, and can often be found with glitter in her hair. Her blog, Becoming Martha, is a place where she helps readers unleash their creativity and empowers them to create a more beautiful domestic life. Her husband says this often comes at the price of their own domestic beauty, but the jury is still out on that one. Sarah lives in the great white north (a.k.a Canada) with her husband, their two daughters, and their pet fish. She loves cheesecake, hydrangeas, and polka dots, and throwing fabulous bashes on a budget is her passion! To learn more, stop by and visit her at one of  Becoming Martha’s many homes on the web: Blog / FacebookTwitter / Pinterest