Thursday, October 28, 2010
Korker Bows to The Rescue!
Ok, so maybe you don't need korker bows to complete a Supergirl costume (the hubby says they scream cheerleader), but Supergirl needed something a little fancy for her hair.
Korker bows are so easy to make, if you have a little girl you should know how to make them. I used to buy them when my girls were smaller until a friend showed me how easy they were to make myself. When you make them yourself you can coordinate them to their outfits and they are super cute as gifts added to the top of a present instead of a bow. Little girls love them!
What you will need:
- Ribbon (I usually use 1/4 inch- use as many or as few colours as you like)
- Wood dowel (I usually use 1/4 inch)
- Glue gun and glue
- Clips of your choice (I use alligator clips or french barrettes)
Wrap your ribbon around your dowel fairly uniformly.
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees, and place your ribbon covered dowels in the oven on a baking sheet.
I unwrap my dowels by just unsecuring one end and then kindof moving my dowel in a circular motion until it is all unwrapped.
For my bows I cut pieces of my curled ribbon in about 3 inch lengths (I was eyeballing my cuts but just try to get them all about the same length).
For these bows I used 10 pieces of ribbon for each one. There is no set guideline to how much ribbon to use. If you used more you would have a fluffier bow, or you could use less for a small bow. Longer lengths of ribbon make a larger looking bow, and shorter lengths a small bow.
This goes the same with the dowel. You could use smaller dowel for curlier ribbon.
The really tiny ribbon with teeny small dowel makes really cute baby bows!
Play around with your ribbon for lots of fun looks!
Take an additional piece of ribbon (I just use pieces that didn't make the cut) and tie all of your ribbon together by tying them together in the middle with the extra piece making a knot.
I attach my bows knot side down.
I wanted these to be gold and red but couldn't find gold ribbon. The plus, these will probably match a Christmas outfit! :)
And, she's ready to save the day!
Edited to add: To prevent the ends of the ribbon from fraying you can seal them by quickly passing them over the flame of a lighter. If you've never done it before it is really easy (or you can use something you can find in a sewing store called fray check).
For these bows I didn't bother. Grosgrain ribbon tends to start fraying the most and this was a metallic ribbon and a satin ribbon. Plus my kids don't play with their hair pretties and I was too lazy to heat seal 80 ends of ribbon!