Introduction: Quilling: Thank You Card

Quilling is the art of paper curling. I started Quilling this summer and absolutely loved it! In this tutorial we will make a sun, ducks, water and the words “Thank you” to be placed on a blank card.

Materials:

· A 5” x 4” blank card

· Any type of craft glue

· Sticky note

· Scissors

· Slotted tool

· Needle tool or toothpick

· Circle sizer

· Quilling paper- thin strips of paper measuring about 1/8” thick and 16” long. This can be purchased or cut yourself.

I recommend using the slotted tool because it is easier for beginners to start quilling the paper. You can buy a beginners kit from Quilled Creations, which is what I started out with.

Step 1: the Sun

1. Take a full-length strip of yellow paper and insert the paper into the slotted tool.

2. Slowly turn the slotted tool so that the paper wraps around the tool. Continue turning the tool, winding the paper, until you reach the end, forming a coil.

3. With one finger hold where the paper strip ends against the coil. Using your thumb push the bottom of the coil upwards to remove from the slotted tool.

4. Place coil in circle sizer 1. Let it expand.

5. Place a dollop of glue on a sticky note.

6. Dip the needle tool or a toothpick into the glue.

7. Remove coil from the circle sizer and place glue on the coil where the end of the paper will lie. Gently press the end of the coil into the glue and hold.

8. Set coil aside to dry.

9. Cut a yellow strip of paper to be 4” long. Repeat steps 2 and 3.

10. Place coil in circle sizer 6. Let expand. Repeat steps 6 and 7.

11. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you have 8, size 6, coils.

12. Take a size 6, glued (and dried), coil, and place it along a straight edge. While pushing the coil into the straight edge pinch the other end of the circle to form a triangle shape.

13. Dip one side of the triangle into the glue and then press the glue side onto the size 1 coil.

14. Repeat steps 10 and 11 for all 8 triangles. You have now completed your sun!

Step 2: The Momma Duck

1. Cut a strip of yellow paper to be 10” long.

2. Slowly turn the slotted tool so that the paper wraps around the tool. Continue turning the tool, winding the paper, until you reach the end, forming a coil.

3. With one finger hold where the paper strip ends against the coil. Using your thumb push the bottom of the coil upwards to remove from the slotted tool.

4. Place coil in circle sizer 3. Let expand.

5. Dip the needle tool or a toothpick into the glue.

6. Remove coil from the circle sizer and place glue on the coil where the end of the paper will lie. Gently press the end of the coil into the glue and hold.

7. Set coil aside to dry.

8. Pinch one end of the size 3 coil to create a teardrop shape. This is the body of the duck.

9. Cut a strip of yellow paper to be 4” long. Repeat steps 2 and 3.

10. Place coil in circle sizer 6. Let expand. Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7. This is the head of the duck.

11. Turn teardrop shape so that the point is facing to the left. Take the size 6 coil, head, and dip one end into the glue. Place on top of the fat end of the teardrop.

12. Cut a tiny strip of orange paper, about ¼”, and fold in half. This is the beak of the duck.

13. Dip the folded, edge of the orange paper in the glue and place on the head of the duck. You have now completed the Momma Duck!

Step 3: The Ducklings

1. Cut a strip of yellow paper to be 6” long.

2. Slowly turn the slotted tool so that the paper wraps around the tool. Continue turning the tool, winding the paper, until you reach the end, forming a coil.

3. With one finger hold where the paper strip ends against the coil. Using your thumb push the bottom of the coil upwards to remove from the slotted tool.

4. Place the coil in circle sizer 5. Let expand.

5. Dip the needle tool or a toothpick into the glue.

6. Remove coil from the circle sizer and place glue on the coil where the end of the paper will lie. Gently press the end of the coil into the glue and hold.

7. Set coil aside to dry.

8. Pinch one end of the size 5 coil to create a teardrop shape. This is the body of the duck.

9. Cut a strip of yellow paper to be 3” long. Repeat steps 2 and 3.

10. Place coil in circle sizer 6. Let expand. Its ok if the coil doesn’t expand completely to fit the size 6 opening. Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7. This is the head of the duckling.

11. Turn teardrop shape so that the point is facing to the left. Take the size 6 coil, head, and dip one end into the glue. Place on top of the fat end of the teardrop.

12. Cut a tiny strip of orange paper, about ¼”, and fold in half. This is the beak of the duck.

13. Dip the folded, edge of the orange paper in the glue and place on the head of the duck.

14. Repeat steps 1-13 one time so that you create two ducklings. You have now completed two ducklings!

Step 4: The Water

1. Cut 10 strips of blue paper to be 2” long.

2. Curl the paper with the slotted tool until there is about 1” of paper un-curled. Remove half-coil from the slotted tool.

3. Gently unroll the curled half of the strip of paper, and then by hand re-curl the paper loosely, to get a scroll shape.

4. Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 until you have ten scrolls. (Note: the scrolls don’t have to be identical in shape some can be looser and some can be tighter scrolls, its up to you!)

5. Place the scroll so that the curl is on the right side and the straight-end is on the left. Place the next scroll in the same direction and make sure that the flat sides touch. Repeat with all 10 scrolls. Experiment; rearrange the scrolls several times to find a shape that you like best.

6. Once you have the scrolls arranged, glue them together. Start with the scroll on the far left side.

7. Place the glue along the straight part of the scroll. Place the next scroll’s straight edge along the glue and press the two scrolls together.

8. Continue until you reach the last scroll. You have now completed the water!

Step 5: Uppercase T

1. Cut a strip of blue paper to be 2” long. On one end of the paper curl loosely (About two rotations of the slotted tool).

2. Curl the other end of the paper, loosely, in the opposite direction.

3. This is the l of the T. the top of the T is going to be thewater.

Step 6: Lowercase H

1. Cut a strip of blue paper to be 1.5” long. Curl one end of the paper loosely. This is the l of the h.

2. Cut a blue strip of paper to be 1.5” long. Curl one end of the paper loosely.

3. Loosely fold the strip of paper about halfway from the curl.

4. Arrange into an "h" and glue the two pieces together.

Step 7: Lowercase A

1. Cut a strip of blue paper to be 3” long. Create a coil on the slotted tool.

2. Place coil in circle sizer 4. Let expand.

3. Remove coil from the circle sizer and place glue on the coil where the end of the paper will lie. Gently press the end of the coil into the glue and hold. Set coil aside to dry.

4. Take the size 4, glued (and dried), coil, and place it along a straight edge. Push the coil into the straight edge to form one flat side to the coil.

5. Cut a strip of blue paper to be 1.5” long. Fold into an s-shape then flip.

6. Curl the top of the "backwards-s", loosely, inwards.

7. Curl the other end of the paper, loosely, in the opposite direction.

8. Arrange into an "a" and glue the two pieces together.

Step 8: Lowercase N

1. Cut a strip of blue paper to be 1.5” long.

2. Curl one end of the paper loosely. Curl the other end of the paper in the same direction.

3. Cut a strip of blue paper to be 1.5” long. Curl one end of the paper loosely.

4. Loosely fold the strip of paper about halfway from the curl.

5. Arrange into an “n” and glue the two pieces together.

Step 9: Lowercase K

1. Cut a strip of blue paper to be 1.5” long. On one end of the paper curl loosely.

2. Curl the other end of the paper, loosely, in the same direction.

3. Cut a strip of blue paper to be 2” long. Fold in half.

4. Curl both ends of the paper, loosely, inwards/towards the fold.

5. Arrange into a “k" and glue the two pieces together.

Step 10: Lowercase Y

1. Cut a strip of blue paper to be 1.5” long. Bend paper into a u-shape.

2. Curl one end of the paper loosely.

3. Cut a strip of paper to be 1.75” long. Curl one end of the paper loosely.

4. Arrange into a “y” and glue the two prices together.

Step 11: Lowercase O

1. Cut strip of blue paper to be 3” long. Create a coil on the slotted tool.

2. Place coil in circle sizer 4. Let expand.

3. Remove coil from the circle sizer and place glue on the coil where the end of the paper will lie. Gently press the end of the coil into the glue and hold. Set coil aside to dry.

4. You now have your “o”.

Step 12: Lowercase U

1. Cut a strip of blue paper to be 1.5” long. Curl one end of the paper loosely.

2. Curl the other end of the paper loosely in the opposite direction.

3. Orient the paper so that it looks like a backwards s-shape.

4. Cute a strip of blue paper to be 1.5” long. Curl one end of the paper loosely.

5. Curl the other end of the paper, loosely, in the same direction.

6. Arrange into a “u” and glue the two pieces together.

Step 13: Finishing Touches

1. Take the 5 x 4 “ card and arrange so that the short side is the bottom.

2. Arrange the different elements quilling sun, ducks, water, and letters on the card. (The water is half-way down on the card.)

3. To glue, dip the backside of the elements in glue and position onto the card and let dry.

4. Congratulations!!! You have completed a thank you note with quilled letters, water, sun, and duckies! I hope you had fun!

Comments

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parisusa made it! (author)2016-10-28

Hi, Congratulations on your first Instructable! You were so thorough with each step and your photos are nice and clear! Awesome. I started quilling this summer too! I Love it! Thank you for sharing!

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Swansong made it! (author)2016-10-28

This is really cute, I love the little duck!