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Monday, June 3, 2013

Korker Hair Bow

I've seen these before and was curious about how to make them.  They look so cute and firecracker-y, I thought a 4th of July theme was perfect!
To make an adorable Korker hair bow, you need:
ribbon - several colors
dowel rods (the size determines the tightness of the curl)
a hair clip
something to clip the ribbons to the dowel rods (I've seen people use clothes pins, mini clothes pins, binder clips and bobby pins)
oven, baking sheet, foil
hot glue gun
needle & thread

My 4th of July themed ribbon!  I was a little nervous to use the metallic ribbon, but it worked fine (as in...it didn't catch on fire in the oven!)

First step is to wrap ribbon around a dowel rod.  Once you pin it at the top, it is easy to twirl the ribbon onto the dowel rod.

I did two dowels of each color (total of 6) and that was about right for one hair bow.

Then lay them out on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake them in the oven at 250° for 20 minutes.  I know it seems crazy, but it works!  Then take them out of the oven and carefully unwind. 

 This part is optional, but since I'll be giving this clip to my baby niece, I didn't want sharp metal edges on the clip, so I decided to wrap the clip in ribbon.  I just hot glued the ribbon to each side of the clip and wrapped.  This is much harder than it sounds - it takes a lot of finger strength and dexterity to hold the clip open and wrap the ribbon.
 This is what it looked like finished - not perfect, but you don't really see it when it's finished.
 Then I cut each curly strand into 3rds - so the pieces ended up about 3.5 inches each.

Then I had to experiment how to tie them together.  I was going to sew them together with a needle and thread, but there are too many pieces to keep track of.  So I laid the pieces out in a row, trying to alternate colors, then I used one piece to tie them all together.

 Finally, you attach your cute bow to your clip.  You can use hot glue or you can use needle and thread.  I sewed the bow to the clip.  This shows the clip side of the bow.

 And this is the final, firecracker-y hair clip!
What color combinations would you use to make a Korker bow?

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