DIY Ribbon Sticks are Thirteen Ounces or Less


I love May. I’d love to spend the entire month outside. In honor of May I thought we’d do a project that is reminiscent of May poles and of frolicking in the spring sunshine. We put together some DIY ribbon sticks.

When I first saw these clear tubes from Garnish, I was giddy with the possibilities. So I ordered a few.

Then I pulled out some leftover craft supplies: a few jewelry fasteners, leftover ribbon, one-foot wooden dowels, and some tacks I found out in the shed.

I started putting it all together. Ribbons sewn to fasteners and fasteners nailed to dowels. (If you don’t want to sew, tying knots works just as well). My fasteners allowed for three ribbons on each stick, which I thought was just right.
We did some test frolicking. The best ribbons are definitely the light, silky ones. (And as a side note, I decided to do this tutorial during my all-things-wedding weeks, because I can’t help think that a bunch of little girls frolicking with ribbon sticks would totally add to the scenery of any wedding. Or picnic. Or backyard barbeque. Or school yard. Or anything.)

Then we packaged up our creations in our tubes and added some labels (available for free here). We’re excited to spread some May sunshine. We’re off to the post office to see how the mail clerk likes them, but more importantly, the little girls who will be receiving them in the mail.


and incase you’d like to see a little more, here is my favorite fun mail inspiration from the archives (or see it all right here):

A Great Big Sponge | A Tube of Bert’s Bees | A Wreath and Twinkly Lights | A Disguise | School Supplies | A Pair of Flip Flops | A Big Ball | Plastic Eggs 1 and 2 | Silly Putty |Shovel & a Bucket | Ribbon Sticks | Bubblewrap Hopscotch | Fan Mail | Waterbottle Care Package | Bouncy Balls | Sticky Notes | Jr Mints | Frisbee | Mini Banner and Mini m&ms

find postage rates for happy mail right here along with other mailing details


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherry Cartwright May 12, 2010 at 9:18 am

The maypoles are beautiful!


Rachel May 12, 2010 at 11:11 am

Wow, these are so much fun! I am loving this mailable series. I’ll be linking.


Amy May 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Love, love *love* ribbon sticks! I remember making these as a child and twirling about to a may fair cassette I had…brilliant fun :D


Jen May 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Wow! These are awesome! I always look forward to seeing what you are going to mail next!


geek+nerd May 13, 2010 at 4:47 am

So cute! I have a niece that would flip over these!


Julie May 13, 2010 at 6:29 am

I love this! SO CUTE! I wish I had a littlegirl cause I would make these!


Hashi May 13, 2010 at 9:22 am

Wow, what a terrific idea for a little girl. I happen to have THREE little nieces, so I’m bookmarking this one!


katherinemarie May 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Fanatstic! Pretty! Fun! PERFECT!!!!!!!!!! I can imagine any little (or big) girl would LOVE these!


saffiertje May 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

I love this! I think my girls will love this!


Terri May 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Amber, what an adorable idea. All of the pictures are yummy too! Thanks for sharing this idea. Terri


Beth June 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I have been looking for a pattern like this and an easy one too. These will be loved by the kids my school. They love to sing in the morning and I think this will even help that time a little more to become better loved.


Joy June 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

Oh my, these are FABULOUS! What a WONDERFUL blog…so thrilled to be your ‘blog hopping buddy’! Look forward to frittering away entirely too much time on your blog! :)


Autumn April 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

I pinned this on pintrest, then realized that I don’t know the etiquette for pinning a blog… so, just letting you know and i’ll remove if you want me to! I do love your ideas!


Lyssa May 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

What is the width of the wooden dowels that you used?


Cassie August 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Do you remember how much postage these took?


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