How to make a Korker Ribbon that stays. Learn below my tricks on creating a perfect korker ribbon for crafts, hair bows, and projects!
Before I was a blogger I was a professional crafter and I started out with simple crafts like making hair bows for my then tiny daughter.
It’s amazing to think that was over 10 years ago! And if you are new to crafts, hair bows, slime, kid crafts of that nature, there is a secret ingredient that we use in so many of them- STARCH! I wanted to take some time show you a crafting basic, how to turn ribbon into CURLY ribbon that stays for the long haul, called a “korker” ribbon.
It’s actually a lot easier than you think to make what is known as “korker” ribbon, which can be done in batches and stored for crafting hairbows, fairy wands, tutu embellishments and just about anything else you can think of!
Korker ribbon is most commonly used in making big fat cheerleader and pageant type bows and it’s fun to keep a variety in colors for every occasion on hand. And with this tip and easy tutorial, you can be sure that you can make as many as you need!
Supplies to create Korker Ribbon
- Ribbon– Grosgrain ribbons work the best, but satin and sparkle ribbon WILL curl. You just need to use Premium Starch
- Dowels– the size of your Dowel will dictate how big each curl is
- Binder– You need something wooden to bind your ribbon to your dowel, clothes pins work really well
- Starch– this stiffens and holds the ribbon in shape
- Fray Check: once you cut your ribbon, you will want to make sure it does not fray on either end
How to make a Korker Ribbon
Attach one end of your ribbon to the dowel and secure with clothespin
Slowly curl your ribbon around the dowel and secure on the other end and then snip off excess
Spray with Starch
Place on cookie sheet, making sure only the clothes pins touch the sheet and the ribbon is above the sheet so as not to get heated and burn.
Keep in Oven on 210 for 15 minutes. Remove and then allow to cool.
Slowly unwind ribbon. I spray with starch one more time.
Clip your ribbons into the length you need and then seal the ends with Fray Check to prevent ribbon Fraying.
You can use your new korkers in making a tulle wand! Check out the tutorial here.