Introduction: Quilled Snowflake Decorations

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Quilling is a very nice technique that I learned when I was little and although I really liked it, I stopped doing it after a short time (like most things I did!). Luckily I tend to keep everything, and when I recently started to think about trying it again, I remembered that I still had the quilling tool that I got back then!

So here is the first quilling creation I've made in years!
The shapes you can make with this technique are endless so you can really have fun creating your own. It's also perfect to do with kids because it's so simple to do! 
Since I love snow and snowflakes, I decided to make snowflake decorations for my Christmas tree and I am going to show you how to make a couple in this Instructable. They are actually 2 snowflakes in one!
I hope you enjoy it!*

*and if you do, please vote :D thank you!

Step 1: What You Need

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  • a sheet of white A4 paper (the one you use for printing)
  • slotted quilling tool
  • white glue and painting brush
  • scissors or cutter
  • pencil
  • ruler

Step 2: Make the Strips

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The first you have to do is dividing your piece of paper in stripes.
The stripes must be 0,5 cm (0.19 inches) large and as long as the longest side of the sheet of paper.
It's very important that you make all the strips the same width so use a ruler and a pencil to do this.

When you are done making all your strips you have to cut them.
I started cutting them using scissors but after the first strip I actually used a cutter because I realized that it would have been much faster!

Try to be as accurate as possible in this step.

Step 3: The First Coil

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Let's start with the coils!

Take one of the strips you have just cut and insert one of its ends in the quilling tool.
Start to rotate the tool making sure that the paper is tight and keep rotating until you reach the other end of the strip.
When you do, remove your paper roll from the tool and glue the end to secure it.

Your first coil is done!
This is going to be the center of the snowflake.

Step 4: The Teardrops

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Now you need to make another coil like that but before gluing it to close it, release it a little between your fingers so that it won't be as tight as the first one (loose coil).
Secure it with glue.

We are not going to leave this coil round this time.
Press one side of it with your thumb and index finger to create a teardrop shape.

Now make other 5 teardrops, for a total of 6.

Glue the tip of the teardrops all around the first coil you made, using white glue.
You'll obtain a shape that will remind you of a flower.

Step 5: The Eyes

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Make other 6 loose coils.
We are going to give them a new shape now.

Instead of pressing it on one side only, you need to press the coil using both of your hands at once so that the coil becomes more like an oval. This is called eye.

Make 6 eyes like that and glue them between the petals of the "flower" you made before.
Always look at the pictures to understand how it should be.

Step 6: Smaller Coils

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Cut 3 strips in half now to obtain 6 strips.

With these shorter strips you have to make 6 tight coils, just like the first one you made. The only difference is that they will turn out smaller, of course.

Step 7: The First Snowflake

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Glue the smaller coils to the tips of the "eyes" you made in step 5, always using white glue.
Because these shapes are so small and round you need to press them a little to make sure that they stick together.

This is already a nice snowflake! 
If you want to keep it this way, skip the next steps and go to step 10.

Step 8: More Loose Coils

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Now make 6 regular loose coils and glue them on the teardrops, between the eyes.

Step 9: The Squares

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Let's make a new shape now.
Create other 6 loose coils and secure them with glue.
Shape them with the tip of your fingers to obtain a square. You need to press two sides like you did for the eyes then press against the inside of the coil to create other 2 angles. Rotate it to adjust it.

Glue the edge of the squares to the big loose coils you made in step 8.

Your other snowflake is done!

Step 10: Last Piece...

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You need a coil with a hole in the middle to be able to hang the snowflake.

To do this, use a thin cylinder (I used the grip of my quilling tool, a round pencil would be fine too) and rotate a strip around it like you did for the other coils. The only difference is that instead of gluing the paper at the end only, I glued it at the beginning as well, to make sure that the paper forms a circle that doesn't move on the inside.

Glue this piece on one of the tight coils of your snowflake.
If you prefer, you could also spread some transparent varnish on the whole surface so that your decoration will become glossy and more resistant.

Pass a lace through the hole and you are ready to hang your snowflake on your Christmas tree!


Jeka Films (author)2017-03-02

I made it for a school project. Thx to this I nailed it. Thank you so much, ur a genius! Make more of these diys please.

SriM14 (author)2016-11-23

super I like to do things like this very interesting and mind blowing to learn

pennakate (author)2015-11-01

Thank you for this project Instructable! So well done!

I would add one thing to make it easier -- quilling strips are readily available in all colors and several widths. Most common size is 1/8 inch, but 3/8, 1/4, and even 1/2 inch are also available. I would recommend the wider strips for ease of use for a beginner, and for sturdier snowflakes. The 1/8 inch strips make a beautiful dainty snowflake!

mangse made it! (author)2015-02-03

I made it! such a Nice and East-to-read instructable ?? I made another one with The techniques after ? Quilling is really fun! Thanks for introducing me ??

lindarose92 (author)mangse2015-02-03

Wow, what a great job you did!! :D I love the other one you made, it's gorgeous! I'm so happy that my instructable inspired you to try quilling, thanks for sharing!

mangse (author)lindarose922015-02-05

Thank you so much ! :D I can't quite seem to stop, next up; colours! ;D

lindarose92 (author)mangse2015-02-05

I'm so glad about it! Have fun! :)

mangse (author)mangse2015-02-03

Well my emojiis dissapeared, but they were smiling :D

MMSSS1 (author)2015-01-25

it's nice

MMSSS1 (author)MMSSS12015-02-01

Do you make another project?

lindarose92 (author)MMSSS12015-02-01

Definitely, but I don't know when yet. Hopefully I will publish more soon...I need more inspiration ;)

lindarose92 (author)MMSSS12015-01-25

It's VERY nice, maybe even better than mine! :)

MMSSS1 made it! (author)2015-01-24

i make it
it is easy but need a attention
When the paste together get difficulty a few.

it's not completely
I will compete it. ?

It is really beautiful.

lindarose92 (author)MMSSS12015-01-25

Thank you so much for sharing it with me, it turned out beautiful!! I am sorry, I can't understand what you mean exactly, but I'm glad that you were able to do it and the result is great :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-01-24

Linda... your craft ideas are just super awesome. Congratulations for your winning, so happy :)

Said by someone as talented as you, it's even a bigger compliment to me, thank you so much Tarun! :)

drobles7 (author)2013-12-23

This is so cool!!!
I wonder how it looks with different colors?

lindarose92 (author)drobles72013-12-23

I'm sure it would look good as well, maybe even better! :)

simplebotics (author)2013-12-20

Going to add this to the front of a card and write on the inside. Thanks can't wait to try these. Going to make 6.

lindarose92 (author)simplebotics2013-12-20

It sounds so nice! Please post a picture of it here if you can, I'd be happy to see it :)

Yashfa Zafar (author)2013-12-18

i love it, have to make some

lindarose92 (author)Yashfa Zafar2013-12-19

Thank you! :)

joobanjanis (author)2013-12-14

What an easy, classy inexpensive project. I'm anxious to try these. Thank you

lindarose92 (author)joobanjanis2013-12-14

Oh thank you so much! I hope you have fun making them :)

antoniraj (author)2013-12-11


lindarose92 (author)antoniraj2013-12-11

Thanks! :)

BigRed1973 (author)2013-12-10

I cannot wait to try this!! Thank you so much for posting. An inexpensive and beautiful craft, two wonderful things indeed!

lindarose92 (author)BigRed19732013-12-10

Oh you are so kind, thank you so much! :)

andrea biffi (author)2013-12-10

awesome decoration!

lindarose92 (author)andrea biffi2013-12-10

Thank you!

sabu.dawdy (author)2013-12-09

OMG this is a beauty linda..

lindarose92 (author)sabu.dawdy2013-12-10

Oh thank you very much! :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2013-12-09

It looks perfect! great work Linda :)

Thank you so much Muhaiminah!

oliviastewart (author)2013-12-09

You did an amazing job explaining the different coils!!! I cannot wait to try this. Thank you !!!

Oh thank you so much! I tried my best to make everything clear :) Have fun!

emilyvanleemput (author)2013-12-09

They're beautiful!

Thank you Emily!!

Thank you so much for making this instruct able, about 3 new ideas thanks to it :D

Wow, you are a creativity factory!! :D I can't wait to see what you make!

HollyMann (author)2013-12-09

wow - love them! :)

lindarose92 (author)HollyMann2013-12-09

Thank you Holly! :)

RichardBronosky (author)2013-12-09

This is great! I'm going to do this with my 5 & 6 year old daughters.

Glad you like them, have fun with your daughters! :)

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