How to Make Dancing Ribbon Rings

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for making dancing ribbon rings! These are such a fun homemade toy for music and movement and would also make great party favors.

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Dancing Ribbon Ring Tutorial~ Buggy and Buddy

After watching my two year old’s fascination with dancing ribbon rings at our local music class, I knew I had to make some for him to use at home!

If you’re not familiar with ribbon rings, they’re basically rings (large enough for small hands to hold) with ribbons streaming from them. Ribbon rings are wonderful toys for both outdoor and indoor play and inspire all kinds of dancing, twirling, and imaginative play! And the best part~ they are super easy to make! (This post contains affiliate links.)


Dancing Ribbon Ring Tutorial- Buggy and Buddy

Safety Warning: Any string from toys or window blinds longer than 12 inches is considered a strangulation hazard for all children. The finished length of our ribbon ring streamers is 18 inches. DO NOT leave your child unattended with these toys. 


How to Make Dancing Ribbon Rings

Dancing Ribbon Ring Tutorial

Materials for Dancing Ribbon Rings

Wooden Rings for Dancing Ribbon Rings

  • Ribbon in variety of colors (We decided to make rainbow ribbon rings so we used all the colors of the rainbow! Our ribbon was 1/4 inch wide and purchased at our local craft store. If you are unable to purchase your ribbon locally, there are some variety packs of ribbon online like this one. It’s a little thicker, but will definitely still work!)

Ribbon in rainbow colors

Directions for Making Dancing Ribbon Rings

1. Cut your ribbon into 36 inch strips. (We used 7 different colors of ribbon, each 36 inches long, but you could use whichever colors you’d like.)

cut ribbon for dancing ribbon rings


2. Tie ribbons onto the ring: Pull one 36 inch ribbon through the ring and stop when it’s halfway through.

tie ribbon onto ring


Knot it twice onto the ring. You now have two 18 inch ribbons hanging from your ring. Do this for the remaining ribbons.

knot the ribbon


3. To keep your ribbon from fraying, quickly run the ends of the ribbons through a flame from a lighter or candle. This will melt the ends and seal them.

Seal ribbon edges of dancing ribbon ring


These dancing ribbon rings would make great handmade gifts for loved ones and wonderful stocking stuffers or goodies for an Easter basket!

Dancing Ribbon Ring Tutorial


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  1. I love this idea! I’m definitely pinning this one. I really like your suggestion to use it as a party favor. Such a sweet, open-ended toy!

  2. Gorgeous and on my to do list

  3. How many of these can you make from one spool?

    • Hi Lori~ My spools of ribbon each had 10 yards. And since I used 7 different colors, I was able to get 10 total ribbon rings made with my 7 spools. It all really depends on how long you want your ribbons! Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  4. I love this idea! I am pinning this now so I can try it later.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  5. Tiffany H. says:

    I’m curious what type of knotting you did. I made some of these about a month ago and I’m finding the knots don’t stay too well. So I was looking for a knot lesson. lol. Anyway, my kiddos love the ones I made. Such a great idea!

  6. If you tie it left ribbon over right, then right over left, it should lock it together. Could you also use dollar store bracelets?

  7. Hi Chelsey! I see you are still posting on Craftgawker 🙂 I hope you’ll come back and post on Fun Family Crafts again! The traffic has really grown over the last two years and I would love to share some of it with you 🙂

  8. These are so beautifully simple!
    Thanks for sharing at #Pintorials 🙂

  9. These are completely GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for linking up on The Thoughtful Spot.
    I’m off to follow the Handmade Toys Board, and pinning this post to my own boards!

    I’d love to make these for my kids Easter baskets!

  10. Thanks for linking up with the Kids Co-Op party last week. I host it on Generation iKid as well as highlighted your post this week 🙂

    Jennifer @ Generation iKid

  11. This is so lovely and colourful. My girls love dancing. They’s adore it.

    I’ve featured on The Sunday Showcase this week.

  12. These are gorgeous! My son would love them 🙂 #pintorials

  13. These are fantastic! Pretty and fun too!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  14. Such a fun idea and beautiful photos to go with your tutorial!

  15. Please shere this on Artsy Play Wednesday. We will be featuring rainbow crafts in an upcoming round-up and this fits right in! It is open through Sunday.

  16. Donna Howard says:

    I am a dancing teacher. I made these using shower curtain rings. My kids in my classes love them. Thanks for the great idea!

  17. I am definitely going to try those dancing ribbon rings! They will be perfect for a rainy day when I have to take my daycare kids to the gym instead of playing outside. Bring some music and the ribbon rings, and we’ll be set for a fun afternoon. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas! The internet is a preschool teacher’s dream come true!

  18. I made one of these to use as a fidget. I used a smaller ring and thin ribbons. It fits in my pocket so I’m able to keep it with me to help with my anxiety. It comes in very useful during therapy sessions; I find that I can talk more openly if I can fidget.


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