Make DIY Ribbon Wands for the 4th of July

Make these easy DIY ribbon wands for the 4th of July. They are the easiest Independence Day craft for the home and the kids will have so much fun making them look like the American flag.

This ribbon flag craft can double as a walkway or driveway decoration, making it pull double-duty. And if you’re celebrating, ribbon wands are a great alternative to throwing confetti. All of that makes this a win for a 15 minute summer craft idea!

Diy ribbon wands made in red, white, and blue with starred sticks in a mason jar on a white background.
Create a fun and easy July 4th decoration by learning how to make a ribbon wand look like the flag.

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Ribbon Flag Wands

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love a BBQ on July 4th (and the July 4th desserts, of course). And all of the kids in the family love to get in on the fun by making crafts with me to decorate and celebrate.

This year, the little ones learned how to make ribbon wands that look like the American flag. They were easy and the kids really got into them! DIY ribbon wands are great to jazz up a party table, line a walkway, or the driveway.

If you’re in the gathering ideas stage for your party, save this to your favorite 4th of July crafts pin board or share it to Facebook. Either way, it will be easy to find when you’re ready to begin.

Independence day flag wands with ribbon in a mason jar on a white background with text which reads independence day flag wands.
Learn how to make ribbon wands that look like the American flag.

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Tips to Make a Ribbon Wand for July 4th

  • To ensure the ribbons don’t fray, you can use Fray Check or use a lighter to burn the ends slightly.
  • 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 worried about the wind (or vigorous usage by little hands), add a bit of glue to the base of each ribbon (on the dowel side under the knot) to secure them.
  • Tie on one ribbon at a time and slide them close together (but not scrunched up).
  • Balloon sticks from the dollar stores can be used for this easy craft idea, as well. Use thinner ribbon, however, because they don’t stand up to a lot of weight.
Red, white, and blue ribbon flag wands in a mason jar on a white background.
These DIY ribbon wands are festive, easy to make, and are a ton of fun on Independence Day.

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Make this craft that can double as a decoration AND an activity for any patriotic celebration.

How to Make DIY Ribbon Flag Wands

Below is our written tutorial for these wands. And if you’re making a July 4th craft ideas playlist on YouTube, here is our ribbon flag wands video tutorial.

Yield: Fun Flag Wands

Ribbon Flag Wands

ribbon flag wands in a mason jar on a white background

If you're looking for a fun craft that will give the kids HOURS of fun (literally), then make these easy ribbon flag wands for the 4th of July. They are literally the easiest ever and the kids will have so much fun.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • 12-18” Wooden dowels, 1/4-inch wide (or balloon sticks - see notes)
  • Craft paint in blue and white
  • 1/2” Satin ribbon in blue, red and white


  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush


  1. Paint three-quarters of the dowel and let dry.
  2. Allow ribbon flag wands to dry fully. Use a mason jar or a piece of floral foam to stick them in while they dry.
  3. Paint stars or starbursts on top of the blue paint, if desired.
  4. photo collage of tutorial for how to make ribbon flag wands paint dowel ribbon flag wands
  5. Cut all of the ribbons into 20” strips. We used 3 blue, 3 red, and 2 white for each of our flag wands.
  6. Fold one of the blue ribbons in half and loop it around the end of the wand that doesn’t have the stars.
  7. Repeat folding and wrapping the blue ribbons a couple more times and then alternate between red and white all the way down the dowel to the painted portion.
  8. photo tutorial of how to make ribbon flag wands how to tie ribbons onto the dowel and secure
  9. 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.
  10. easy flag wands for independence day in a mason jar on a white background


Thinner ribbon can work for this project, as well, it will just require more strips.

Balloon sticks from dollar stores are another great option for this project (and they bend, making them a bit better for very young kids). They can be flimsy with too much weight added, so it's best to use 1/8" ribbon.

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    1. To keep the ribbon from fraying, burn the edges slightly. Just hold the flame near the cut portion and it will melt together. ;)