korker bows

We had an emergency at our house today.   My little girl’s hair finally can fit in pigtails and we didn’t have any bows to dress it up. Emergency people! I decided some korker bows would be the perfect addition to her curly hair.

how to make korker bows

Kayla’s hair is so curly and looks like a wreck unless it is pulled back or has a barrette in it.   My friend had given me an outfit from Gymboree that had these adorable litttle korker bow barrettes that matched perfectly.   They looked adorable with piggies.   I had to make my own.


Alligator clips

Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 1/4”)

Hot glue

Dowel rod (I used 3/16”)

wooden clothes pin




They are super easy to make and rather inexpensive.   I purchased 1/4” grosgrain ribbon and 3/16” dowel rod. I wet the ribbon and tightly wrapped it around the dowel rod using wooden clothespins on the ends to hold the ribbon in place.

how to make korker bows

I baked it at 250 degrees for 20 minutes.   After it cooled I pulled it off the dowel rod and cut it into little korkers.

At this point take a lighter to each end to singe it so it won’t unravel.

how to make korker bows

I took about 8 of the cut korkers (mix and match colors or use all the same) and stacked them together and tied some thread around the middle of them.   It is hard to tie it by yourself.   It helps to have an extra pair of hands around for that part.

how to make korker bows

Then I hot glued some ribbon to an alligator clip (this step isn’t necessary – I just like the finished look).


Hot glue the korker bow in the middle of the ribbon wrapped alligator clip…

how to make korker bows

Cut a small scrap of ribbon to wrap around the middle…

how to make korker bows

Hot glue in place wrapping the ribbon under the top of the alligator clip…

how to make korker bows

Then clip them in your little girl’s hair.   Adorable on little piggies!

how to make korker bows

how to make korker bows

Check out my tutorial for making Embellished Flip Flops using korkers bows here.


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  1. She is sooo cute! My 16 yr old son's hair is pretty long, think I could make some and get him to wear them? 😉

  2. Sooo cute! Can't decide which is cuter – – the bows or Kayla! – – Kayla hands down!! I better make some of those before Charise decides she is too big for those cute bows!!

  3. the bows are cute, but can't hold a candle to that model! What a cutie Kayla is!

  4. What a sweetie! The bows are great but the baby girl is over the top adorable!!!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah 😀

  5. Oh she is so stinkin' cute. Her hair reminds me of Bee's (my youngest) at that age. You're doing right (in my book) by doing stuff w/her hair at this age – because if it becomes habit now that will make for easier hair days as she gets older! I love the bows – you did an awesome job on them! Too cute.

  6. we were given some of those as well. They are cute….but not nearly as cute as your little cutie!

  7. They are super easy and fun to make-but, I have found you have to use 100% polyester ribbon to hold the curl, and I have never wet it but it still turned out ok! I'm all about saving a step you know 🙂 ?? These look fantastic and perfectly finished-love it!!

  8. So cute! I can't wait for my little girl to have enough hair for pigtails…or heck for even just a clip! 🙂

  9. Beckie, she is seriously adorable. And I can just imagine all of the things you guys are going to craft together…. what a great mom to have! : )

  10. First of all she is so stinkin adorable!!!! My oldest daughter had that crazy curly hair too, and I remember being so excited when it finally fit in piggies!
    And, your brain needs to be studied or something…I mean how do you come up with these ideas and that you can just make it yourself??? 🙂

  11. She is too cute and what a wonderful model. Love how you made these, just another fun little project to add to your ebook. Yeah! That book is going to be thick.

  12. Aw, what a cutie-pie! I remember when my girls each wore their first piggies. I was so excited! The korkers are perfect.


  13. You have an adorable model! She seem to love her new korker bows! Such an easy craft to make and so cute!

  14. Thanks for the tutorial I make these and spray my ribbon with starch so it holds it's shape. You inspired me to make some more because my little miss has enough hair for pigtails, but not as much as your little one! So cute!!

  15. So I had to make the korkers a little shorter because she doesn't have much hair and they took over her head! But I think they look good now. I spent all day cooking ribbon! My friends thought I was nuts! But they liked the end product! I will have take new pics tomorrow with better pigtails! And I passed your site onto some friends who want to make some too! I made 3 sets today and that included some 4th of july ones too! More to make tomorrow!

  16. Can you little girl be any cutter?
    nope, I dont think she can be! God Bless her, she is beautiful and looks so lovely with her pigtails.

  17. Those are so cute, and so are those pigtails. How fun! Thanks so much for sharing these, I'll be linking.

  18. THANK YOU for posting this!! I always wondered how the curly ribbons were made!! and you are right! It does look easy!! YAY! Thanks!!

  19. Thanks for posting this! I've been seeing these everywhere! I have a stash of hello kitty ribbon I've been saving to make some hair pretties for my little girl, she's going to think I rule the world! Thanks!

  20. she is sooooo cute!!! I am thinking of making the bows for a school project, how long does it take to make each one? Where do you buy the dowel rods? Are they oven safe? Thanks!

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