Have you ever seen the hair bows that look like they are made out of curly ribbon? They are called Korker Bows and are easy to make for those special, little girls in your life.
You will need some 1/4″ wooden dowels. They can be any length as long as they fit in your oven. I’ll tell you more about that later. You will also need some wooden clothespins, scissors, elastic cord and approximately 3-1/2 to 4 yards of 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon. After you have completed one bow, you will have a better idea how much ribbon you need to make the bow as large and as full as you want it to be.
First, we must curl the ribbons. To do this, you are going to attach the end of the ribbon to the top of the wooden dowel with a clothespin. Start twisting the dowel to make the ribbon wrap around the dowel. When that dowel is full, cut it off and do the same thing with the next dowel. While you are doing this, preheat your oven to 275 degrees. After you have all the ribbon you need wrapped around the dowels, lay the wooden dowels on a cookie sheet and let them bake for 25 minutes.
After taking the ribbon off the dowels, you are ready to cut the ribbons. If you want your bow to be around 3″, you will cut pieces of the curled ribbon to 3″ each.
Like all ribbon, it may fray so you may want to seal all ends before going on to the next step. With a lighter, quickly run all cut ends of ribbon through the flame to seal the ends. You can also seal the ends with a Fray Sealer or clear nail polish.
You need around 30 pieces of curled ribbon to make a nice bow. Cut a piece of the elastic cord and lay it out on the table. It must be long enough to wrap around the 30 cuts of ribbon. You can use a wire or strong string if you have it on hand instead of the cord. Start stacking the ribbons on the cord in the center. Carefully tie the cord around all the cuts of ribbon. Check the ribbons to be sure they are even. If some are sticking out farther than the rest, pull them out until they are all even. Now, wrap the cord around the bundle again and tie a knot. A dot of glue on the knot will also help secure the knot. Some people actually thread a needle and run a stitch up through the middle of all the ribbons. It is your decision as to how you want to secure the ribbons.
Cover the clip with some ribbon also and then glue the bow down on the covered clip. If you need to know how to cover the clip, check out the article on “How To Make A Clip Hair Bow”
Whether you try to match the color or design in an outfit or try mixing colors and patterns, you can now make some really, cute bows.