Create a one-of-a-kind bow with our Ghost Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial! This “Boo-tiful” ghost looks adorable in a pony tail or headband with it’s curls draping around the hair. To see how to make it, click read more.
Flying by with a Halloween “hi” and a “Boo-tiful” bow to share!
My girls can’t seem to get enough Halloween bows and now they’re starting to make requests!
They asked me to make a “pretty ghost” bow.
What can I say?
I aim to please, so I accepted the challenge and ran with it!
~ Ghost Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial ~
124″ (nearly 4 yards) of 3/8 ” White Solid Grosgrain Ribbon
4″ length of 3/8 “Orange Solid Grosgrain Ribbon
Double Prong Clip
Metal Pins (T-pins work great)
You’ll need plenty of white grosgrain for your ghost bow.
Start by measuring and cutting your ribbon.
Measure and cut a 24″ length of ribbon.
Fold the length in half to find the middle.
Measure 6″ in the middle and secure with a pin.
Make sure your pin is metal because you’ll be putting the ribbon in the oven and you really don’t want a melted plastic mess!
Wrap the remaining ribbon around the wooden dowel and secure the ends with clothespins.
You’re basically making a Korker Bow with a space in the middle.
If you’ve never made Korker Bows before, The Ribbon Retreat has a great tutorial for you!
Click the link to learn how.
Repeat these steps 2 more times with the following changes:
Measure and cut a second length of ribbon to 22″. Leave a 4″ space in the middle of your ribbon.
Measure and cut a third length of ribbon to 20″. Leave a 2″ space in the middle of your ribbon.
Depending on how curly you want your ghost bow to be you’ll want to have more Korkers to work with. I used 3 more Korkers to make my bow.
Bake all of your wrapped Korkers in the oven at 275 degrees for 25 minutes.
Let them cool, then cut and seal the ends of the ribbon with your desired method.
Double thread your needle and knot the end.
Fold the 24″ length of ribbon in half and make a narrow loop. This will be the ribbon ghost’s head.
Place the needle and thread through the ribbon where the ribbon meets.
Loop and thread the 22″ length of ribbon over the top of the 24″ length of ribbon.
Repeat with the 22″ ribbon.
Take your needle and sew back through all three layers of ribbon.
You may need to adjust the ribbon loops to lay nicely and “nested” within the larger loops.
Do not tie off just yet.
Find the middle of the additional Korkers and thread onto the needle.
Take your needle and sew back through all of the ribbon layers. You may want to do this 2 or 3 times to secure your bow. Knot and tie off.
Line your clip with a 4″ length of white ribbon.
Add a dab of hot glue to the clip and carefully secure your “ghost”.
Take your 4″ orange ribbon and tie it into a bow. Seal the ends. Hot glue it right below the “ghost head” ribbon loops for a sweet little bow tie.
Hot glue the googly eyes onto the middle loop.
This is where your ghost really comes to life!
It’s a ghost!
Isn’t he cute?
I cut and sealed my ribbon ends in different lengths to make it a little more fluffy.
Of course you can customize the lengths of the ribbon to fit the length of your little ghostly girl’s hair.
With the long Korker ends the ghost bow looks great with a pony tail or clipped to a headband.
I’m happy to report that my girls were thrilled with the way their “pretty ghost” turned out!
Remember you still have 15 days to get your Halloween crafting on!
Thank you Brittany! Oh my goodness, this Ghost Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial is amazing! I love how the tails drape down in her hair. Brittany’s girls are so lucky to have a mom who never disappoints! And is happy to share her “boo-tiful” creations with you!
Please check out The Ribbon Retreat for all your ghostly supplies and our tutorial on how to make korkers. We also have a video tutorial if you need it. Click How to Make Korker Ribbon.
And to see what else Brittany is doing, check out Crafty Mischief! It is loaded with lots of fun ideas and tutorials. And holidays are her specialty!
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Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor