We always laugh that my daughter was born needing a haircut – she had tons of gorgeous hair. That meant one thing – BOWS! I quickly discovered that hairbows in the stores could be pricey, especially the korker hair bows I adore.
I’m reposting an old tutorial, back from when I first started my blog……years ago!
Please welcome Meka, a new mom who started a craft blog called Eden’s Flower Garden. She’s here to teach us how to make our own hair bows – just as cute for a fraction of the cost.
Ever since February of this year, when my husband and I adopted our sweet baby girl, I have been making hair bows for her! She looks adorable in them! I, like most of you, am a thriftaholic! I refuse to pay full price for anything unless I absolutely have to! That is why bow making — instead of bow buying — is a must in our home!
The Korker Bow
I recently learned how to make the “korker” bow. They are easy and fun to make and absolutely adorable on any little girl!
You Will Need:
1. Wooden Dowels: They should each be around 1/4″ thick and around 10″ long. You can purchase your dowels at Walmart or use pencils instead. If you choose to use pencils, your curls just won’t be as tight.
6. Cookie Sheet and Oven
7. Scissors and Ruler
8. Clear Nail Polish
9. Hot Glue
To make one decent sized korker bow you need to fill at least 3 dowels. 4 would be even better, it just depends on how big you want it. For my 3-month-old, I usually use 3-4 dowels per bow, but she is still tiny. For an older child you may want to use 5 or 6. So fill up as many dowels as you want, depending on how many korkers you want to make.
When you are finished rolling your dowels, cover a cookie sheet with tin foil, (to prevent the ribbon from getting dirty) set your dowels on the cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 275 degrees for 25 minutes.
When your ribbon is done cooking, take them out and let them cool for about 5 minutes. Unwrap them, and you should have wonderful looking korker ribbon!
Using the ruler, cut your ribbon into 2 1/2″-3 1/2″ pieces. Make sure they are all the same, whatever size you choose . Once all the pieces are cut, brush some clear nail polish on all the edges to prevent fraying.
Now comes the fun part. Take your needle and thread and tie a knot at the end of the thread, leaving about 2 inches to spare.
Take all the korker pieces you want for one bow and thread the pieces on the needle in the pattern you want alternating which way the curl faces as shown in the picture. Make sure to stick the needle in the middle of the ribbon.
Pull all the korker pieces down to the knot all at once. Then string the ribbon back through the middle making sure not to go through the same hole. It’s actually easier to hold the ribbons, pinching the middle while doing this last step. I just couldn’t do it that way while taking the picture.
Tie the two ends of the string together in a double knot.
Fluff the ribbon, glue the bow to your Barrett/clip on the back and you’re done. You can also attach to a headband for extra fun!
A huge thank you to Meka (and her adorable daughter)!!!
Crystal & Co says
How adorable. If I had girls we would be hair bow fanatics, I promise!
Well, the bows are cute, but the baby is even cuter!
Randi - Dukes and Duchesses says
My oldest daughter used to wear those all the time and I even made a pile … haven’t done it for years. Thanks for the reminder!
Heather Buen - Dallas Single Mom says
Wow you actually cook these? These look like great ideas for baby shower favors, decorations too. I think I will also make a bunch and get them ready for Christmas gifts. Great idea!