Thanks to these pretty paper snowflakes I'm over the moon excited by this year's Christmas. I've already started giving them away as gifts to my friends and they've been loving them. So, in today's tutorial, you will learn how to make a new snowflake ornament to adorn your home and tree for the winter holidays.
1. What you will need to make one paper quilling snowflake
- 18 strips of 140g/mp offset paper (3 mm width by 30 cm length)
- Tacky paper glue
- Quilling rolling pin
2. Making the snowflake elements
To make things easier, I’ll be taking you step by step through each creation stage, element by element. In total there are 2 different elements, which are marked as layers in the pics below, to help you better understand what’s going on.
A. Creating the first layer
To make the center of this quilling snowflake you are going to need 6 paper strips and glue. Roll each strip in a loose roll and then give it the shape of a tear. This element is a bit tricky, so please check the video below to see exactly how I made it.
When the glue is dried, it’s time to assemble them to create the paper flower. Put a bit of glue at the narrow end of each tear. Join each of them, one by one, adding glue to the narrow end. Make sure you don’t add glue to a tear’s entire length, you are going to need that space to add the second layer.
B. Creating the second layer
To make the second layer of this Christmas snowflake ornament you are going to need 12 paper strips. Roll each paper strip into a shape called “eye”. Basically, you roll a loose circle. With two fingers you will keep the center tight, while pinching with two fingers on each side of your circle, to create a pointy shape.
Take two of these eyes and glue them together, at one end. Now is the time to adjust each one. To create a larger corner, you need to adjust each eye and make the exterior ends a bit curvy. Watch the video to see exactly how to do that.
Out of the 12 individual eyes, you are going to obtain 6 V-shaped forms. Each V form will be glued between each petal of the central element.
To create the corners, you need to glue the V’s together. To do that, apply a bit of glue to the tips of each opposing V element. Press the tips together with your fingers.
And that's it. You can add more elements to make it unique, or glitter, spray paint it or glue beads, rhinestones or even crystals to customize your quilling snowflakes.