Make Quilled Flowerscomments (0) March 6th, 2017
Use a traditional technique from Now I Can Paper Craft by Tansy Wilson (GMC Publications, 2017) to make bright hanging flowers. Follow this free tutorial to learn how make this fun project.
You will need:
- 1 x A4 sheet of thin yellow cardstock
- 1 x A4 sheet of thin orange cardstock
- 1 x piece of white paper
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Glue stick
- Clear all-purpose adhesive
- Cocktail sticks
- Pencil and compass
- Crochet hook or knitting needle
1. Cut six strips approximately 1/2 inch (1cm) wide from the long side of yellow cardstock using a craft knife and ruler on a cutting mat, (See how to use a craft knife below.)
|2. Take one strip and drag it carefully along the edge of one blade of the scissors to make a curl, being careful not to touch the blade with your fingers. Ask an adult to help.|
|3. Start to wrap the very end of the cardstock strip tightly around a cocktail stick. Continue to wrap the card around itself until you come to the end.|
|4. Using a pencil and compass, draw a circle of approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) diameter onto the piece of white paper. Remove the cocktail stick to let the coil of cardstock loosen and unravel itself until it is the same size as this circle. Using the glue stick, glue the end of the cardstock to secure the spiral. Repeat Steps 2 to 4 for all the yellow strips.|
|5. Once dry, the center of each coil will be roughly in the middle of each circle. You need to move the coils so the center of the coil is at the bottom of your circle. Use the cocktail stick to help you evenly space the coils.|
|6. Pinch only the top section of the circle, making a crease in three or four of the coils at the top to form a pointed teardrop shape. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to shape all the yellow coiled circles.|
7. To make the central coil, cut one 1/2-inch-wide (1 cm) strip from the long edge of the orange cardstock. Curl it along the blade of your scissors, as in Step 2, then spiral the whole length around a cocktail stick, as in Step 3. Let the coil loosen slightly and glue the end to form a small coiled circle. Place all your petal shapes around it so the points face outward.
|8. To make a hanging loop, cut one more 1/2-inch-wide (1 cm) strip of yellow cardstock, but this time from the remaining width of the card. Start to spiral the end around a knitting needle or crochet hook. Glue the end in place with the glue stick. Using clear all-purpose adhesive, stick all the petals to the central coil and the hanging loop to one of the petals. Leave them to dry on a flat surface. Finally, tie a length of ribbon through the loop so you can hang your flower up.|
Tip: Follow Steps 1 to 5 and pinch the rolled cardstock in different places to make other petal shapes.
How to Use a Craft Knife
A craft knife is a tool to be used with care, but once you are confident with one, it is an excellent way to cut straight lines. Ask an adult to help you use this sharp tool.
|1. A craft knife is designed with a comfortable shape to fit your hand, and it works whether you are left- or right-handed. There is a finger rest on the top of the knife so you can control the cutting process. Typically, the blade can be moved in and out rather than being in a fixed position. When you use the craft knife, expose only a small bit of the blade, and always slide the blade away when you have finished cutting.|
|2. It is best to use a craft knife with a cutting mat underneath your paper or cardstock. Mats come in different sizes and are made of a tough plastic that protects the surface you are cutting on. They often have measurement guides printed on them to help you cut straight lines. Start by placing your piece of paper or cardstock centrally on the mat.|
|3. Position your ruler just on the inside of the line you wish to cut first. Make sure your fingers are holding the ruler firmly in place. Spread your fingers out and along the ruler, as this provides a better grip along the length of the ruler. Keep your fingertips well away from the ruler's edge.|
|4. Hold the craft knife in your free hand, and place your index finger on the finger rest at the top of the knife. Expose the blade only a little, but make sure it clears the top of the ruler. Place the blade at the start of the line. Applying a little pressure with your finger at the top of the knife, press down and move the knife along the ruler's edge. It's better to use a little pressure and repeat the cut if necessary rather than press down too hard. This is particularly important if you are cutting thick cardstock.|
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