If you have shopped around for korker bows, you have probably found that they are extremely cute, and extremely expensive. I have seen them range from $5-$10 a piece. But, your in luck! They are very easy to make, and very inexpensive. You just need a few materials and about a half hour to 45 minutes of time. And, they are so fun to customize to outfits and holidays. I made my daughter some really cute red, white and blue bows for thr 4th of July, and they were cute! You can go here to get the instructions assembly kit
1/4″ dowel rod
- you can purchase these from the craft store, or the hardware store
- these come in long lengths, so I just cut mine in half
- I have found that grosgrain ribbon works the best, but you can use any kind of ribbbon
- I think the skinnier the ribbon, the better it will curl
- One solid color is great, but I think that coordinating two different ribbons turns out really cute. If you try more than three different ribbons it can get kind of busy.
Floral Wire, or elastic string
- try to pick a neutral color or one that will match your ribbons.
Oven, cookie sheets, glue gun, and hair spray
pre-heat your oven to 275 degrees
Wrap your ribbon around the wooden dowel.
Start at one end and secure your ribbon with a clothes pin. Tightly wrap your ribbon around the dowel. The tighter the wrap, the tighter your curls will be. Once you wrap your ribbon around the dowel, secure the bottom end with another clothes pin. There are many different ways to do this, but I just run my dowel with ribbon under water. I don’t drench it, but just enough to get it wet. Then i spray hairspray from top to bottom.
Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until dry
Once your dowel has cooled, carefully unwrap your ribbon and cut into 3″ pieces
Decide how thick you want your bow to be. The more pieces, the thicker it will be. I used about 25-30 pieces for my daughter’s bows.
Pile your ribbon on top of your string, and then bring your ends together and tie tightly. If you are using floral wire, do the same thing, but just wrap it tightly.
You are almost finished!
Take an alligator clip and hot glue a piece of ribbon from the inside of the top jaw. have rthe ribbon come out and around and wrap around where you squeeze. Then take a small piece of wire and attach your ribbons to your clip.
Congratulations! you are finished!