I had several people ask me how to quill– and thought it would be a great idea to do a post on it so other people can see how to do it too! This paper craft technique can be used on cards and scrapbooks– as well as other projects. Today, I am going to demonstrate how to make a simple flower– but, the sky is the limit on what you can create! The basic shapes are easy to roll, and then you just create from there! Enjoy!
- Quilling paper strips, torn in half
- Clear-drying glue (school glue is fine!)
- Quilling tool
- Quill template (optional)
- Tweezers (optional)
- Quill point (optional)
Using your quilling tool, slide the torn end into the slot and begin to roll a tight circle.
When the entire piece of quill strip is rolled, place a small amount of glue on the end and press firmly in place. This is for the center of the flower we are making.
Roll a second strip (for the petals) and prior to gluing, slide off onto your table or in your template to allow it to loosen a bit.
Using your quill point or a toothpick, glue the end and press firmly.
Make 5 more petals in this same way.
Take each petal (pink in the picture) and pinch slightly where you glued the end.
You are making a teardrop shape (see the picture below.)
Arrange your petals around the tight circle you made in the first step.
Glue to your project using clear-drying glue.
Find more shapes and other information at the North American Quilling Guild’s website. Make sure you check out some of their pictures! WOWZA!
They also have a .pdf file with shapes that is awesome!
Here is another site that has instructions for basic quill shapes.
Here is a super easy card I made with quilled shapes.
Now, go have some fun with this interesting technique!