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Paper quilling can be used to create stunning designs, but that doesn’t mean it should be intimidating. Use these crafty ideas to make your own fabulous projects and practise perfecting your technique.
When it comes to paper quilling, monograms are a great place to start because they keep things neat and tidy. To make the process even easier, find a font that you like on the computer and print off a motif to trace. Once your design is drawn out, outline it with strips of paper by sticking the lengths down so that they stand upright. Then, it’s time to practise creating some simple shapes and spirals inside – you can experiment with different techniques and make your monogram personal to you!
Now that the warmer weather is finally here, we can’t craft enough pretty nature projects. Trees are also perfect paper quilling designs for beginners because they can be made with eye-shaped quilled coils to represent the leaves, and basic coiled strips to build up the trunk. As they’re so easy to create, why not try using your elegant designs for greeting cards? Give yourself a large canvas with something like Hunkydory’s 8" x 8" Card Blanks and Envelopes.
Don’t worry if you’re not ready to begin building structured quilling projects from scratch – you can use your spiral-making skills to upcycle a vase. Glue teardrop shapes or basic spirals in different colours and sizes onto a vase for a stunning effect that is super quick and easy to create. Investing in pre-cut paper strips, such as the Creativ Quilling Paper Strips in 11 Colours will speed up the process even more.
Paper quilling is often used for creating distinctive jewellery. Try gluing eye shapes around a circle coil to make a flower necklace, or adding golden metallic paint to two teardrop shapes for shimmery earrings. To finish, simply use a jewellery making kit, such as the Earring Findings Jewellery Kit by Silvar Design.
This fun idea is great for improving your paper quilling skills. Create and join hexagon shapes to make a beehive design – using tools such as the 3 Birds Quilling Tool Set, Crimper and Strips can help with this fiddly task – reinforce by gluing another strip around the shape, then decorate with micro-beads or yellow glitter to look like droplets of honey. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try making a paper bee for your hive?
Even kids will love making these easy-peasy toys! All you need to do is wrap and glue your paper strips around a toothpick to make a tight round coil. Build stepped up sides from the base by wrapping more strips into a wall that doesn’t touch the toothpick, then get spinning!