Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Curling Ribbon

I hosted a baby shower last week, and rather than buy a traditional corsage for the mamma -to-be, I embellished a small wrist rattle.
The only curling ribbon in my house was red or green - not what I wanted for a baby shower.  But... I did have a plethora of very skinny satin ribbon that was perfect.  The problem was... how to get perfect spiral curls.
Instead of looking around online (which I am sure you can find somewhere out there), I called my mom because I knew she had done something like this before - back in her hair bow making stage of life.  I was even a luck recipient of a spirally curled pom-pom for the top of my ever present ponytail!
I had a 1/4" wooden dowel that I was going to use, but after talking to my mom, she suggested a metal knitting needle.  I happen to have a few of those laying around my supplies (although they have been hibernating lately).
I tried different methods of wrapping - most ribbons were neatly wrapped on top itself in a sort of layered/concentric fashion.  The last 2 lengths I wrapped in a spiral.  There was not much of a difference in how they turned out - the spirally wrapped ones, maybe had a more uniform curl than the layered ones.
There were 10 lengths of ribbon 8" long each.  After I wrapped them on the needle I needed to secure them somehow - I did not want stick residue on them, and I was afraid that tape would do that after baking in the oven.  I ended up using small metal pins with out plastic heads.
The top 2 unfurled ribbons in this picture were spirally wrapped on the needle.
The next 2 were wrapped onto of themselves - you can see the larger curl on the pink ribbon.

  • Preheat to 250 degrees.  
  • Wrap ribbon around a metal knitting needle (I used size 10) - or other metal cylinder, secure with small metal pins.
  • Place knitting needle with the wrapped ribbon directly on the middle oven rack
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the needle and set on counter to cool completely.  This is important, for the curls to stay tight leave them wrapped on the needle until they have cooled off completely - about 1 hour.
  • Carefully pull ribbon off needle
  • Add to your project - you can shape and fix ribbon curls as needed.

To attach the newly curled ribbons to the rattle toy, I stuck a safety pin through the wrist band of the toy and then added the ribbons to the right side of the toy.  Once all 10 ribbons were added, I put the pin back through the wrist band and closed it.
The pin in the top of this picture has the curled ribbon fastened to the toy.
The lower pin was what I used to pin it to the guest of honor.
I was pleased with the result - a beautiful corsage for the shower that was not too big and bulky.  Then once the little honey arrives, it can be used as a toy.

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