Korker bow by Jenn Spencer
How to Make Korker Bows
This video shows step by step how to make korker bows. Actually it’s called korker ribbon and then you can use it to make all kinds of beautiful girls hair bows. Remember that you’ll need to use an oven on a low setting so be sure to use caution when creating the korker ribbon. The heat is what helps to holds the spirals in place and “cooks” it so the ribbon keeps the coiled shape. This corked look is very popular for small clips as well as oversized hairbows. You can use different widths of ribbon but always use grosgrain for best results. 3/8 inch and 1/4 inch ribbon does work the best for corker ribbon because it holds the shape the best.
Some korker bows I made are displayed in this video; don’t you love all the variety of bows here? You can see how many different uses there are for korker ribbon. You can make an entire bow with it or you can use it to embellish other bows. I especially like to add this corked ribbon as a center of a completed boutique bow. Whatever you chose to create, korker is definitely a great addition to almost any hair bow because it is such a fun way to use ribbon.
Video Instructions: How to Make Korker Bows
Here’s another great video that shows how to make korker ribbon for bows. You do need a lot of ribbon to make these because they are so tightly coiled. I tend to make a lot at once so I just have to heat up my oven one time. Also, another quick tip: be sure that the wooden dowels you are using will fit in your oven. You might need to cut them in half or even in thirds to be able to get them to fit. Never let the dowels overlap or touch each other while baking. If you are making light or white korker ribbon you really need to be sure the ribbon is far enough apart from the darker colors of ribbon so that the colors will not bleed and discolor the lighter fabrics.
If you don’t want to make your own korker ribbon you can even buy it already made on sites like Etsy. Once you learn to make korker ribbon you won’t need to purchase it, so you’ll be saving a lot of money on supplies. Just make a big batch of ribbon at one time so you have plenty when you are ready to embellish your bows or create small korker ribbon on clips; this will save you a bunch of time and will allow you to have ribbon available when you are making bows. The longest part of making korker is going to be the time it takes in the oven. This is only about 10-15 minutes but you should watch it to be sure that it doesn’t catch fire or burn. All ovens vary so you’ll need to be certain it stays on a low setting and is just warming the material, not cooking it! Learning how to make korker bows is easy and fun; I hope you learned a lot from this post!