How To Make Korker Bows

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How To Make Korker Bows

Here is how to make korker bows at home without having to fork out money buying those boutique bows. It is not as difficult as you think if you follow the instructions below.

What You Need To Make Korker Bows?

Here are what I used to make this korker bow:

  • 1/4″ wooden dowels
  • 1/4″ ribbon
  • hair clip
  • small binder clips
  • strong thread
  • glue gun


  • You can use a different size for your dowels depending on the width of your ribbon.
  • Other types of ribbons such as grosgrain can be used too, in fact grosgrain ribbons will look good on a korker bow.
  • You may choose to use dental floss instead of upholstery thread if that’s what you have

Wrap The Ribbon Around The Dowels

Now, use a binder clip to secure one end of the ribbon to one end of the dowel. Then wrap the ribbon around the whole length of the dowel in a spiral motion. Use another clip to secure the ribbon to the other end of the dowel.

Continue wrapping dowels until you have several.


  • If the ribbon is not long enough to cover the whole dowel, just add more ribbon and secure it with another binder clip.
  • For fuller bows, make sure to use more ribbon
  • The 11 dowels are enough to make 2 medium-sized korker bows. However if you have little girls then smaller, teeny bows may be enough, and as a result you can make several korker bows with the same amount of materials.

It’s time to bake the ribbon

Next, place the dowels (with ribbon on them) on a cookie sheet, and bake them in the oven at around 250 degrees for 20 minutes. After that, allow them to cool.

Unwrap the baked ribbon

Once the dowels have cooled completely, remove the binder clips, and unwrap the ribbon from the dowels. Be gentle and make sure the ribbon holds the spiral pattern.

Cutt and Trim the Ribbons

At this point the ribbons can look a bit wonky on their ends. Use scissors to cut off any odd-looking ribbon ends.

Then cut the ribbons to achieve your desired length. Here I cut them into 4-inch pieces, and used 6 dowels of ribbon in order to make my korker bows full.


For clean looking ribbon ends, it may be necessary to seal them so that they won’t fray. This applies to most acrylic ribbons. You can do that either by using a fray check, or heat from a lighter. For some ribbons you may be able to get away with cutting it at a 45 degree angle.

Tie The Ribbon

Now, mix up the ribbons so as to get a more or less even distribution of colors throughout the whole ribbon clump.

Then use a long enough thread to tie a knot around the center of the ribbon bundle. You can secure it further with a few more wraps around the center.

Attach the ribbon to a hair clip

Next, use your glue gun to glue the ribbon bundle to the hair clip.

There you have it, a curly korker hair bow that will look great on your little one!

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Credit: Mickiswing for the images and ideas used in this post.

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