Monday, October 11, 2010

Tricks of the Trade: Korkers! Mailbox Monday! Winners!

Who's ready for the korker tutorial?
I know there are lots of tutorials out there,
but I wanted to share one with you because I always get,
"How do you get yours so poofy? Mine are never poofy."
Well, here ya go!

Step One
Gather supplies.
You'll need:
1/4" wooden dowels, 3/8" ribbon, clothes pins, elastic cording,
glue gun, scissors, lighter, covered alligator clip

Step Two
Hold ribbon at a slight angle and attach to the dowel using the clothes pin.

Continue to wrap the ribbon to the end.

When you reach the end, snip,
and secure with another clothes pin.

Keep going until you have as many korker dowels as you need
and put them on a cookie sheet.
I like 30-36 korkers in a bow,
and since I cut my 12" korkers into 2" lengths,
I need about 5-6 korker dowels for one bow.

Step Three
Preheat your oven to 315 degrees.

put your korkers in the oven

and bake for 30 minutes.
I'm always impatient for my oven to preheat,
so I pop them in before it's warm and make it 35 minutes.

Step Four
When your 30 minutes is up, remove the cookie sheet
and allow ribbon to cool completely before removing the clothes pins.
(I don't starch, but some people do.
If you like your bows a little more crisp,
take a can of starch and spray it on the dowels before they cool.)

Step Five
Remove the korkers from the dowels.
You can either start at one end and untwist the ribbon off the dowel,
or slide it right off if the ribbon doesn't snag on the dowel.

Step Six
If you used 12" dowels like I did, then your korkers will be 12" long.
I like my korker pieces 2" long,
so I fold them in half and cut once.
Then, I have TWO 6 inch korker pieces.

Then I cut a 2" piece off of the 6" korker,
so I have a 2" piece and a 4" piece.

Then I fold the 4" piece in half and cut again.

I repeat with the other 6" piece and then have SIX 2" pieces.

Keep cutting until you have 30-36 2" pieces.

Step Seven
Heat seal the ends with a lighter.

This little contraption TRAPS the korker pieces so they can't escape.
Make one.
You'll thank me.

Step Eight
Cut a piece of elastic cord about 6-8" long
and slide in down in the slits of the korker box.

Step Nine
Start layering the korkers into the box,
using the blocks to keep your korker pieces centered over the elastic cord.

Keep layering until you have 30-36 korker pieces in your box.

Step Ten
Then tie the elastic cord together.
If you use a longer piece of cord this is A LOT easier.
However, I hate being wasteful, so I try to use a shorter piece,
but it makes it trickier to tie the knot.

Once you've got it pretty tight,
pull the korker up out the korker box and PULL TIGHT!
Then finish with a square knot.

Step Eleven
Snip off the extra elastic - see how much is wasted!

Now your little korker looks like a korker!
Mine looks like a pumpkin :)
Step Twelve
Grab your covered alligator clip.

Add some hot glue.

PRESS and HOLD the korker to the glue-y covered alligator clip.


You now have a POOFY korker bow.

Fine Print:
Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal use. Please be kind and give credit where credit is due. Any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me.

This is going to be the MEGA post,
because now here are the winners of my giveaway
and Lady Cupcake Corner's giveaway.

My winner is #35
The Galloway Clan said...
The best thing about my week was getting an old friend from elementary school to babysit my tot for me in a couple of weeks and later this month. I know he'll be in good hands and will have a blast.


and the FIVE winners of the cupcake keychains are:
Chandler said...
The pretty in pink coasters and the painting. The painting is beautiful.

RockerJewlz said...
I hearted the shop and my favorite items are not in the shop right now, but are on your blog post: the 2 cupcake card holders are my very favorites!
#13 Amber. said...
Ok seriously. I LOVE all things cupcake...and this is like heaven to me :) I LOVE the cupcake business card holders (in fact, I wanted to purchase one ASAP but couldn't find them in her etsy shop....) and the cupcake keychains are pretty awesome too! Thanks for the chance to win!

Vivian said...
I love the teal coasters and the blue polka dot squiggle magnets.

#17 The Galloway Clan said...
I definitely heart this shop! I la-la-LOVE the teal cupcake keychain and the retro magnets.


You have 48 hours to respond to my email and claim your prize!

Even though NO ONE joined in my linky party last week,
I'm not going to let it die :)

I love getting REAL mail.
So I thought it would be fun to do a linky party on Mondays
called- What's in your mailbox? Mondays.
And we can share the awesome stuff we got in our
snail mail
real life mailbox
during the previous week.

So, what's in your mailbox this past week that you thought was extra cool or special?

This was in mine :)

Got it for a steal on
Happy Monday everyone!


Sumo @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff said...

Great tutorial! This actually makes me feel like I want to do korkers again. I've kind of sworn them off for the last little while because they always laid funky. But not cute funky. I'll try to remember to come back to link up my mailbox goodies - I know there's one waiting for me but we didn't get the mail today.

PS - I love that you say holla! I say it often in my head, and sometimes it comes out online.

Dawn said...

Thanks for the korker tutorial-I haven't made one in awhile but I think they are so cute! Love the pumpkin! Wish I had something interesting like that cute dress to share from my mail-only boring stuff here!

Anonymous said...

I will be saving this! One day my little girl will have hair and will look cute with bows like this.

Mandy said...

Wow....and that is why I just buy hairbows. No way do I have the patience/talent for that! Nice tut.

Gridiron Girl said...

Thanks for thr great tutorial!

Ash said...

This is the best Korker Tutorial I ever seen! I love the cereal box tip. Thanks for sharing.

Pedey @ Do You Smell That!!? said...

I LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much for such a thorough tutorial! You've just put some wind in my sails... off to Joanne's after I pick up the littles from school!

Katie said...

So happy to see you at A Crafty Soiree! That was one great tute. The tip on the box is great. I love the pumpkin but seriously, the tute reminded me again, why I always just buy my daughter's korker hairbows. Good thing I happen to know a good source for them:) Bummer I'm just seeing this pumpkin one now and it's too late in the month to get one in time for Halloween. Or I would probably start bugging you to list one. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing you next time too:)

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to come link it to my party this weekend. Starts tomorrow at 6pm PST. Hope to see you there! What a great tutorial!


Houseful of Handmade said...

These are so cute! I need to hurry and make some before my daughter decides she's too old for bows like this.

Mama Peck said...

These are adorable! I think my granddaughters need one of these for Halloween!! (and other occasions..) Thanks so much for the tutorial!

malia said...

this is awesome... i never knew how these were made... mystery solved!

marissa with hadley lane said...

This is an awesome tutorial. And it turned out so fabulous. Thanks for sharing....

Anonymous said...

WOW! I had NO idea how those were made! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm definitely going to give this a try!

And your homemade, cereal box, contraption is genius! it looks just like a "bowdabra" which retails for about $15!

Olives and Pickles said...

My cute!!I love the tutorial..thank you so much for sharing!I'll love to make some for my daughter instead of buying them!

Lizzy Mac said...

WOW! I am so anxious to give this a shot! Do you have to use elastic to tie it? Or could you use some sort of string or yarn?

I have always wanted to make these because they are my favorite kinds of bows!

marcy gilligan said...

I am making thses cute pumpkins for halloween. Thank you!!!

Chibis y Más said...

Hey!!! thanks for the idea, I will try, is really great!

Chibis y Más said...

Hey! thanks for the idea, I will made, its really great!

Melissa said...

I never would have thought to use the cereal box contraption! I get tired of chasing all those little squiggles around! Thank you for sharing!


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