Macaroni Craft: Make Your Own Dancing Ribbons

By Julie Dikken February 18, 2021
Dancing ribbons is one of my most popular crafts to do at local event tables...pre-COVID when events were allowed! Here's how I make them.

This craft uses supplies that are easily available, is super inexpensive and easy to create. Many may be made quickly without breaking the bank and can even be made out of "used" materials, which makes them great party favours or classroom crafts. Once complete they provide hours of active entertainment as kids love to run and dance with them to make the ribbons float and fly!

Supply List:
  • Inexpensive tablecloths in at least three different colours (check the local dollar stores). Even leftover ones from birthdays or other holidays work
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
Step 1. Cut the tablecloths into strips 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide using scissors. (I recommend having an adult complete this step.)

Step 2. Form a pipe cleaner into a circle. Wrap the ends around the circle to secure.

Step 3. Fold one piece of ribbon in half. Place the ribbon through the circle with a loop on top of the circle and the ends underneath.

Step 4. Take the ends of the ribbon and pull through the loop.

Step 5. Pull ends tight to secure.

Step 6. Repeat steps 3-5 with two more ribbons.

Let the kids be creative! Add more colours of ribbons, use different lengths, have them wear as a bracelet or hold it in their hands! Then put on some music and watch them become dancers!

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Try using leftover pieces of ribbon or plastic grocery bags cut into strips in place of the table cloths. You could even use a hair elastic in place of the pipe cleaner.