Do It Yourself!
Curly/ Corker Hair Bows...
Ribbons (I used 3/8")
Dowel Rods (I used 3/8")
Binder Clips or Clothes Pins
Hair clips or bands
Hot glue gun
Strong thread, craft wire, or dental floss
Wrap your ribbon around dowel rods, securing with either binder clips or clothes pins. It takes about three feet of 3/8" ribbon to fill a one-foot long, 3/8" wide dowel rod. The more ribbon you curl, the fluffier your bows will be. Six rods of ribbon will make two small-sized clippies for little girls. (The 12 rods you see made 4 bows total like those illustrated above.) Eleven to Twelve rods will make two full, medium-sized bows for bigger girls.
Bake the ribbon rods on
a cookie sheet for about 20 minutes at 250 degrees. Bet
you never thought you'd be baking ribbon now did you?
Let them cool completely! (This is the point at which my toddler begged for a "bite.")
Carefully unwind the ribbon from the rods. Now it will stay in the shape of the rod.
If you're making
streamers for hair ties, you can keep them long. If
you're attaching them to barrettes or clippies, trim the
curlies down to the desired length. I'd suggest cutting
them in half (for bigger girls), or in thirds (for
little girls, babies and toddlers). Snip them at a 45
degree angle. **Some ribbons will need the edges sealed
to prevent fraying. You can do this by slightly melting
the cut edge with a flame.
Group together the ribbons you want for one clippie, making sure the colors don't clump together. (I pinched the middle of each piece and stacked alternating colors up, pinching them in my fingers.)
Tie the bundle together tightly, with a long, double piece of thread, or with craft wire or dental floss. This is where a second person comes in handy. Wrap around it & tie it several times to get it very secure.
After your bundle is
securely tied together, finish arranging the curls to
lay how you want them.
Hotglue your bundle to a ribbon-lined clippie or barrette... or for bigger girls you can tie it to a hair band.
Tada! What perky little
hair bows, and for a fraction of the price!
Variations: You can
make this with long or short ribbons, on hair bands for
big girls or clippies for little girls. You can
experiment with different sized dowel rods and different
sized ribbons, and different types of ribbons, all using
this same basic method.
Last, if you decided to do this project yourself, please send me a photo with your name and what state you're from! I've recently decided to start featuring my readers' finished results.
Featured Reader's Results:
After giving up on the
curly bow directions from Hobby Lobby, Denny J. of
Kansas stumbled upon this tutorial and said it was super
easy to follow. She made this cute little bow to match
her daughter's Christmas outfit!
Now she plans to make a few
for her nieces too. Thanks for sharing Denny!!
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