Hi Friends! Let's make something so easy, it takes more time to say the name than it does to make the craft. Today's tutorial is:
Quilled Paper Ombre Earrings
Step 1: Whatchur Gonna Need:
Step 2: Let's Get Rolling!
Okay, First: choose a strip of your quilling paper- any color that tickles your fancy. Remember though, the ombre part will only work if you use the ombre printed strips. We chose "Sunshine Orange". 'Cause...Sunshine.
Now, place one end in the slot of the quilling tool and gently start to roll the strip around itself. When I say gently, I mean like, "restoring the Mona Lisa" gently.
DO NOT (*flashes lights) I repeat (*sounds alarms) DO NOT roll it too tightly at first or it will not come off the quill tool! Then you'll lose faith in yourself and think you are a quilling failure when all you needed was some good old fashion practice. So-- don't roll it too tightly at first. As the bead begins to get larger, you can then begin to tug a little snugger so the wraps are nice and uniform.
Roll, roll, roll...
Step 3: Get Gluey
Every 2 inches or so, dab a toothpick size blob of Mod Podge on the inside of the roll, to help it stay in place as you roll as well as when it is finished.
By the time the strip is all rolled up, it should look like a neat little disc and the ombre should naturally show in the rolls,
based on how your quilling paper is printed. At the very end of the strip, podge it all up so it sticks to itself and does not unravel.
Step 4: Time to Wiggle
Remember that "be gentle" part? Well, here it is again-- Gently start to wiggle your now formed bead off the quilling tool. It should have been rolled nice and loose at first so as to slide off but a little snugger as you went along. If it is stuck on the quill, just take it off and redo it. It will look too messy to do anything with, I mean, unless messy is your thing then by all means- go for it.
Grab your toothpick and glob that beautiful, glittery podge right on top of the bead.
Let it dry. Turn it over and plop a wee, tiny dab of the E-6000 glue on the back and adhere an earring pad to it.
Step 5: Make More Stuff!
Let that dry too! You should now be all set to go ahead and bedazzle your quilled paper earring any way you would like. We used a tiny pave rhinestone to jazz up ours. We also used some thicker card stock paper and made a cute little clutch pin! Anyway you do it, make it your own ;D
Have fun and until next time-