Quilling, is an art or craft form involving paper, where the person creates a complex design, by simply shaping and gluing narrow paper strips.
This craft requires a lot of time, patience and tidiness, but it is all worth it as you see your creative, beautiful results which can be used for a number of purposes, such as decorating an item, adding something special to a greeting card, pictures, and even jewellery.
The first lesson I will show you is how to make a rose. To do this, you will need:
- a 30cm strip of paper
- a quilling tool
1: With your quilling tool, place the end of the paper strip into the slit.
2: Roll the strip a little, two or three turns, onto the quilling tool.
3; Bend your strip of paper out, then down near the tip of the quilling tool, at an angle between 110-120 degrees.
4: Roll the crease a little onto your tool.
5: Make another crease near the end of the previous crease, by bending the strip of paper out and down again.
6: Roll your new crease onto the quilling tool.
7: Continue rolling and folding the strip, creating your rose.
8: Once you’ve used up the strip, take the rose off the quilling tool, then glue the end of the strip down to the bottom side of the flower.
9: Press the centre of the rose down, so the rolled end of the strip will appear from its reverse side.
10: Bend this end of the paper, then glue it underneath the flower. This will stop it unfolding.
11: Hold the flower together until the glue dries. You can see what the reverse side looks like.
12: Now you can use your design for anything, such as a greeting card..
If you want to include a stem with your folded rose, you’ll need to fold the flower around a cocktail stick, toothpick, or piece of wire. Instead, roll the rose directly onto a toothpick rather than a quilling tool. Glue the end of the paper strip to the toothpick before folding the rose. Then follow through steps 2 to 8, but take note, you’ll need to apply glue between the layers as you fold.