How to Make a Quilling Flower in 3 Easy Steps
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If you’ve been following me, you might have figured it out that I have a passion for quilling. I am honestly blown away by how versatile paper is when it comes to creating various shapes, textures and designs. I’ve been using quilling as a paper crafting technique for about a decade now and year after year I fall more and more in love with it.
Long story short, in today’s tutorial I want to show you how to make a quilling flower in three easy steps. I’ve been making this paper flower design for about 4 years now as a spring favor. We have a local tradition in Romania, when we celebrate the arrival of spring (March 1st) by gifting small flowers and other trinkets to women (and in some regions to men) that can be adorned with a red and white thread.
My version of these spring favors came by after not being able to find plastic free alternatives on the local market. So I decided to make my own. The first time I started with a couple of them, just enough to gift to my friends and family, and then the orders started to pour in. It’s 10 yrs later and I must have crafted some dozen thousands of various cute paper flowers.
How to DIY a Paper Quilling Flower in 3 Easy Steps
What you will need to make this paper flower
Colorful strips of paper (12 strips for 6 petals, 2 strips for the center, 2 or 3 strips for the base)
Step 1: Roll The petals & center
This quilling tutorial is so easy that you can even get your kids to help, especially with the first step of the process: creating the petals. Essentially these are tight rolls, which you can get by rolling together 2 paper strips.
You will need 12 paper strips to create 6 petals, and 2 paper strips to create the center of the flower. I chose for this tutorial to make the petals blue and the center yellow, but you can customize your paper flowers anyway you might like.
One thing to make note of is that for the purpose of symmetry and to make your life easier, use the same paper density for the petals and center. A lighter density means you will need more than 2 strips per petal to make a roll. A heavier density means you will need less than 2 strips per petal to make a roll. To make sure the proportions are equal use the same paper, just different colors.
Step 2: Create the flower base
This step requires a bit of attention to detail, so if you’re doing this with children, this is a step that you can handle, just for the purpose of making sure everything looks nice.
The flower base (or leaf) is made using 2 or 3 paper strips, glued together at the ends to keep the shape in place. To create the base, roll the strips together, in a loose coil and use your fingers to apply pressure at one of its ends to create the tip of the base.
Step 3: putting it all together
Using glue, attach every petal to the center. By now you should have a complete flower. All that’s left is to add the base. To attach it, add glue to its tip and attach it to the flower, in between two petals, anywhere you’d like.
How to use these paper flowers
There are many different ways in which you can use these paper flowers. You can make them wedding or party favors, you can add a brooch clip to make it wearable or a small magnet to turn it into a fridge magnet. You can use them in scrap booking, card making and other paper crafts or decorations. You can turn them into earrings, or hair clips. And if you’re in the mood to experiment, you can make a big one and use it as wall decor.
Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed this 3 step tutorial to making a quilling flower
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Hi there! My name is Monica. I am a visibility coach who works with established entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses with powerful visibility strategies and personal growth.