How to Make a Ribbon Dancing Stick

How to Make a Ribbon Dancing Stick - Finished Product

Hi all! I am so excited to be sharing this fabulous tutorial that shows you how to make a ribbon dancing stick at the Ribbon Retreat! My name is Heather and I blog at Creative Preschool Resources. I like to share lots of printables, crafts and activities for kids, as well as a few indulgences for myself. I’d love for you to come by and follow along!

You and the little ones in your life will love these Ribbon Dancing sticks. Boys, girls, it doesn’t matter, they all love to groove! Once you gather your supplies it should take you 5-10 minutes to complete this fabulous project.

How to Make a Ribbon Dancing Stick
Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wooden dowel – I used 1/4 in dowel from The Ribbon Retreat for one and 1/2 in dowel from Home Depot for the other. Both work great!
  • Drill gun ( don’t be afraid )
  • Hot glue gun OR sewing machine
  • ANY beautiful ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat – I prefer at least 1 1/2 inch width
  • Eyelet set ( I purchased from Michael’s)
  • Twine

Let’s get started. First drill into your dowel using the drill gun. Go slow and steady and you’ll have no problem. I used a SUPER small drill bit for the smaller dowel and a larger drill bit for the larger dowel. As long as your twine fits through, it’s big enough.

Drill hole into dancing stick

1/4 inch dowel


1/2 inch dowel

Cut your ribbon to desired length, I cut mine to about 5 feet long, and heat seal the ends. Then you have 2 options at this point. You can fold over and sew the ends OR you can fold over and hot glue the ends. Both will work, this is just personal preference. Below, I simply hot glued.

Hot glue the ends of the ribbon

Grab your eyelet pack and READ THE DIRECTIONS. I bought this set at Michael’s.

eyelet pack

Here are all of the tools that came in the set.

eyelet pack tools

I started by punching a tiny hole in the doubled ribbon.

Punch a hole in the ribbon

I followed the instructions and added an eyelet to the ribbon.

add an eyelet to the ribbon

Then I simply used the twine to attach my ribbon to the stick. You could use wire or a metal ring, but I liked the added color from the twine {and the twine really held up}. You could always JAZZ it up by allowing your little one to paint their own wood stick.

Finished Ribbon Dancing Stick

Finished Ribbon Dancing Stick

Finished Ribbon Dancing Stick

Can you see your little one {or better yet, YOURSELF} dancing around the room with one of the fabulous ribbon sticks? My little guy LOVES them and so do my preschool students.

How to Make a Ribbon Stick

Yeah, the grass is just starting to really get green here in Colorado, but it’s still patchy. I just love Spring and seeing all of the plants come back to life!

How to Make a Ribbon Stick

I hope you’ll come visit me at Creative Preschool Resources today!


Thank you, Heather, for showing us how to make a ribbon stick!

Heather has such a wonderful blog! If you have kids, you need to check it out. I am always looking for new ideas and activities for my little ones and Creative Preschool Resources is wonderful!

Be sure to check out The Ribbon Retreat’s HUGE ribbon selection for this project by clicking on the link.

If you have great tutorials and a fun idea you would like to share on The Ribbon Retreat Blog,
please submit a project.

Have a great day! 🙂

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  1. Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    That is such a fun idea!! Easy and cute 🙂

  2. Heather
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks for allowing me to guest post! This is a fun idea for kids!

  3. Rose :: Fine Craft
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    It is fun seeing kids so happy with toys so simple. Thank you for sharing this fun idea!

  4. teresa
    Posted August 17, 2013 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks! It’s very fun. I’m sure my students will love it.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

      Hi Teresa! Thank you for your comment! What a great idea to make it for your students! Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  5. Posted November 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    I like the idea of the ribbon stick. I am just ready to introduce my little ones to dancing with ribbons. Thanks for your useful information.

    • Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

      Hi Elaine! Yay! Your little ones are going to love these sticks! They are so fun to make and EASY! Have a wonderful day and having fun dancing! Michelle 🙂

  6. Posted November 27, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    great idea, very useful and simple.

    • Posted November 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Elaine! Thank you so much for your comment! These sticks are SO much fun! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

    Posted August 24, 2015 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    What other size eyelets would work? Im in hobby lobby near my house and they don’t have that size!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 27, 2015 at 7:03 am | Permalink

      Hi Latisha! Thank you for your question. As long as your ribbon or twine will fit through the eyelet as well as your hook, a smaller or bigger size of eyelet should work. I am sorry for the delay in response and hope you were able to find something that would work for you! Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

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