What I did with my last korker that I made for my daughter was after I put it all together I sprayed it really well with Faultless Heavy Starch. (I purchased it at Wal-Mart for a little over a dollar.) After I basicallly soaked it I hung it upside down and let it dry. After it was dry it was very "crunchy" and the little pieces in the middle stood straight up, from hanging upside down. It turned out really cute!!