Recycled Crafts: How to Make a Quilled Ornament
Today’s tutorial is how to make a quilled ornament. Quilling is the art of curling strips of paper into intricate designs, and since it involves paper, we were definitely interested in giving it a try! Although professional quillers use special tools to curl their paper strips, we just used a pen and some scissors to make our strips curl up.
Strips of paper cut 3/4″ wide by 5″ long
Glue gun or other adhesive
Cut about 8 strips of paper with the above measurements. Fold each strip in half, then take either the scissors or the pen and pull it tightly along either end of the strip, releasing it at the end. It should start to curl. Do this to all the strips. They should end up looking like little hearts.
Take your adhesive of choice and glue two of the strips together at their bases. Three strips are shown glued together in the photo.
Continue to glue all 8 strips together, forming a circular shape. At this point, you make have to adjust the amount of curl in some strips. Play around with it til you like the design. You can make it look like a traditional snowflake, or give it a more organic look.
This is an optional step if you want to loop twine through the ornament to hang it. Glue one of the curls in place and loop twin or string through it, knotting it. Another option is to make a small hole in one strip and thread string through it, knotting it at the end.
Now step back and admire your creation! Experiment and make bigger and smaller ornaments using longer and shorter pieces of paper. Any suggestions? Have you tried this on your own? Let us know in the comments.
See you next Friday!