Make these easy ribbon flag wands for the 4th of July. They are the easiest Independence Day craft for the home and the kids will have so much fun.
Ribbon Flag Wands
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about the fun we can have at a BBQ on July 4th (and the July 4th desserts, of course. The kids love to get in on the fun by making crafts with me and just really celebrating friends, family, and well, the country.
This year, we made some ribbon flag wands. They were easy and the kids really got into them! The wands are great to jazz up a party table, line a walkway, or (if you’re 7), apparently wave them about like a wild child while singing, “Welcome to New York…” Just my kid?
Let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Wand for July 4th
- Let the kids take the lead. If they want to add the colors of the ribbons out of order, that’s ok. This is more fun for them than it is for you.
- Although I used 1/4-inch round wooden dowels, you can use any size. Don’t choose too thick of a dowel because the ribbon won’t stay on.
- If you’re hosting a party, line the walkway with these for a very patriotic, easy decoration idea.
How Do I Make these Ribbon Flag Wands?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a July 4th craft ideas playlist on YouTube, here is our ribbon flag wands video tutorial.
- 12” Wooden dowels, 1/4-inch wide
- Craft paint in blue and white
- 1” Satin ribbon in blue, red and white
- Hot glue gun
- Paint brush
- Paint three-quarters of the dowel and let dry.
- Allow ribbon flag wands to dry fully. Use a mason jar or a piece of floral foam to stick them in while they dry.
- Paint stars or starbursts on top of the blue paint.
- Cut all of the ribbons into 20” strips. We used 3 blue, 3 red, and 2 white for each of our flag wands.
- Fold one of the blue ribbons in half and loop it around the end of the wand that doesn’t have the stars.
- Repeat folding and wrapping the blue ribbons 3-4 more times and then alternate between red and white all the way down the dowel to the painted portion.
- Optional: To secure in place, tighten each ribbon and use the hot glue gun to place a drop of glue at the inside knot of the ribbon, against the wand.
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More July 4th Crafts You Might Like
- DIY Marshmallow Launchers – If the kids need something else fun to do (when do they not need something else fun to do) let’s get ’em launching!
- Paper Fireworks – Perfect for kids who get spooked by the loud noises of fireworks!
- Patriotic Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes – Absolutely awesome snack for the post-July 4th BBQ fireworks-watching experience.
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