This very basic trick of “baking” grosgrain ribbon to curl it has been around forever, and I just love it! I love how simple it is, how fun it is, and how adorably cute it is! Below you’ll find my recipe for “baking” your ribbon. In my next post, you’ll find two great projects that use it!
Nikki, In Stitches
“Baking” Your Ribbon
- Wooden dowels (These can be found at your local craft store, but they are 1 yard long. Cut them in half so they easily fit in your oven! You can use whatever is in stock…from 1/4″ up to 1/2″.)
- Bowl of water
- Clothes pins
- Spray starch
- Aluminum foil
- Cookie sheet (Use an old one…you’re probably not going to want to eat off of it after this!)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Soak ribbon and clothes pins in a bowl of water until they are completely saturated. (I leave the ribbon uncut. Just unravel the whole spool and toss it in the bowl!)
- Use a clothes pin to attach your ribbon to one end of a wooden dowel. Wrap ribbon around the dowel like a spiral from one end all the way to the other. Cut ribbon with scissors and secure the end in place, again using a clothes pin.
- Give your dowel a really good spray of starch.
- Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place dowels on sheet and bake for 20 minutes. (I bake a “batch” of dowels at a time…usually 10 dowels on a cookie sheet!)
- Let dowels cool and with a simple twist, remove ribbon from them. (You’ll be left with one very long curlicue!)
- Cut long curlicue into short ones, each measuring about 4″.