Curly Ribbon Corkers

Curly Ribbon Corkers@The Seven Year Cottage

Curly Q’s or corkers?

No matter what you call them…

These simple-to-make, spiral-shaped ribbons, add the utmost charm to hair accessories, gift wrap, and crafts of all kinds!

You’ll need:

  • Narrow grosgrain ribbon (1/4″ or 3/8″)
  • Sharp scissors
  • 1/4″ wooden dowels
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Spray starch
  • Paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Fray Check

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  As strange as it sounds, the oven is key.

Curly Ribbon Corkers@The Seven Year Cottage

With a clothespin, secure the tip of ribbon to one end of a wooden dowel.  Wrap ribbon around dowel to the opposite end.  Cut ribbon and secure with a second pin.

Holding ribbon-wrapped dowels over the kitchen sink, spray with starch until all ribbon is thoroughly soaked.  Blot with paper towels to absorb excess starch.

While ribbon is wet, place dowels on a cookie sheet lined with foil.  Transfer tray to the center rack of oven.  Bake for twenty minutes.

Carefully remove tray from the oven and allow to cool completely.  It is very important for the ribbons to cool all the way down before unwrapping them.  Failure to do so, will result in corkers that don’t retain their springy form.  I let mine cool overnight.

Once cool, unclasp clothespins and gently slide ribbons from dowels without tugging or pulling.  Cut curly corkers to desired length.  Using a few dabs of liquid sealant, treat ribbon ends to prevent raveling.

If you are brave and have steady hands, you can heat treat ribbon ends by holding a lighter flame close enough to seal them.

Since I’ve been known to set a hair bow (or two) on fire, treating ends with Fray-Check or similar product, is the only method I can safely recommend.

Curly Ribbon Corkers@The Seven Year Cottage

It isn’t difficult to make ribbon corkers, but it does take time.  I find it well worth the effort, to assemble as many colors as I have dowels, in the same session.  I then store the finished corkers in a Rubbermaid box, so they’re available when needed.

*Dowels and clothespins must be made from wood, containing zero plastic parts.


34 responses to Curly Ribbon Corkers

  1. andi says:

    You surprise me with every post…… this idea… thanks, andi

  2. Lorraine says:

    I realy need to make these into flowered head bands fo my grand daughters. Thanks so much.

  3. Kathi says:

    Thanks for showing us how those cute curled ribbons are made! I have some of all of that… I will try it.. found you on Sew Many Ways linky party! Thanks for having me over :) Kathi

  4. JaanL says:

    Thank goodness for fray check, while I don’t set things on fire, rather I seem to burn myself. Not that I want to burn myself, it just happens. Love knowing how to make this little corkers, as one has many needs for them.

  5. Randi says:

    I can’t wait to make thse with my 10 tyear old granddaughter who I am raising. she is going to love them. thank you for always coming up with fantastic ideas.

  6. What a COOL thing to know how to do!!! I am pinning this right now so I never lose the directions. You know what I was thinking? This would be an awesome craft for a girl scout troop or any sort of girls group (afterschool, church, team). I’m feeling very inspired by this! XOXO Kelly from

  7. Sarah says:

    Great post! Very informative.

  8. Thanks for this post! It would never have occurred to me that this was so simple! My little girl ALMOST has enough hair for clips, I’m excited to have this info.

  9. I can’t wait to make these for gifts! I would love it if you linked this up at my link party! You can find it here:

  10. Oh, how cute! Thank you for sharing this at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. Printabelle says:

    I’ve seen them, but had no idea how to make them, thanks for the instructions!

  12. Megan says:

    Great tutorial! I’ve always wondered how you make those. Megan

  13. I’ve been seeing these lately, and your photo caught my on from the For-the-Kids Fridays link party. I want to make some into some great curly hair bows for my toddler, so I’ll be pinning your post. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Allison says:

    Super cute! If I have a niece one of these days I’ll have to make some for her. :) Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Showcase.

  15. Migdalia says:

    What a Fabulous and Fun idea!!!

  16. I just learned how to make corkers recently! (Bake in the oven? Who knew!!) Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday.

  17. malia says:

    Hi Hollie! Thank you. I have always wondered how these cuties are made. You always have the greatest ideas! xo Malia

  18. Heidi says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to make these! Thanks for the great tutorial, and thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend!

    I love your site. (Your header image is awesome!) Headed over to facebook to like your page.

  19. Jill says:


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  20. so pretty

    would love if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday, that runs from sat-thurs @

    Natasha xx

  21. Betsy says:

    I’ve always wondered how to make these. Thanks for the tutorial.

  22. Heidi says:

    I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it!

  23. Hi Hollie,
    These are so cute. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  24. Pinning and featuring tonight Hollie! Such a great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  25. Mackenzie says:

    I love it! Thank you so much for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back this week to link up some more great ideas! Have a great rest of the week!

  26. Cameron says:

    Thanks for sharing – I will be making the coolest matching accessories for my daughter with these!

  27. andi says:

    Just stopping in to say Hello……………see how you are doing andi

    • Hollie says:

      Andi, thank you for stopping by! Life’s been crazy busy these past couple of months, but I hope to be back to creating and sharing ideas one day soon… I sure am missing you and everyone else in blog land.

  28. andi says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Holly to you and your family. Hope that thinks are slowing down a little……Miss your posts ..andi

  29. Joanna says:

    Can these curly ribbons be washed in the washer if used on clothing?

    • Hollie says:

      Joanna, I have never washed them before, so I’m not sure if they will retain their curliness. I’ve always attached ribbon bows to clothing with safety pins for removal before laundering, because they fade and fray so easily. Thanks for stopping by, I wish I could be of more help!

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