Friday, December 18, 2009

Corker Bows

I had so much fun gathering up supplies for projects to do this weekend! :) I was at a specialty store, and they had the cutest gift tags and I thought they could be re-purposed in an even cuter way- and a corker bow began to take shape in my head. ;)

My daughter loves to wear these fun curly ribbon creations, and this one is festive; but can be modified to be worn all year long. :)

1 large bell (the gift tags came 3 in a pack- only use 1 per corker)
1/4" red satin ribbon (2 yards)
1/4" green satin ribbon (2 yards)
1/2" "jingle bells" white satin ribbon (1 yard)
1/2" silver ribbon (1 yard)
1 2-1/4" hair barrette (these are at Michael's- 20 for $2.99- by the jewelry findings)

aluminum foil
hot glue gun
assorted diameter dowels (you can get these at any craft store- even Wal-Mart has them in their craft section)
Pre-heated oven to 250 degrees F

Step 1: Take any one of your ribbons and wrap around dowel until all ribbon is wrapped. See photo below. (I have found it easier to bind the ribbon with tinfoil and it won't damage your ribbon when you bake it.)

Step 2: Repeat Step 1 for remaining ribbons.

Step 3: Bake all ribbons in your pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
Step 4: Remove ribbons from oven, cool (about 5 minutes) and remove dowels. Should look like photo below.

Step 5: Trim your ribbons to desired lengths and pattern them how you like.

Step 6: Cut a piece of one of your ribbons to tie in the middle of your curly ribbon lengths. See photo below for clarification.

Step 7: Tie a knot with the ribbon from Step 6.

Step 8: Remove all of the gift tag paper from your bell.
Step 9: Thread your bell through the ribbon you tied in the middle. See photo below.

Step 10: Tie a knot to secure your bell in place.

Step 11: Place a drop of glue in the middle of your barrette. Quickly place the knot you made securing your bell and middle of the ribbons on the glue.

That's it!

This is what it looks like in her hair.

Below is another corker that I made for her using all different widths of ribbon.
This really can be made with any ribbons and any color combination. Be creative- if you find something that you love, you can make the corker match it; or you can match an outfit. I've made these for her soccer teams to use during games, they go together very quickly, and become addictive. :)

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