Intro: Quilled Wedding Invitations
After making one of these 25 years ago, I was hooked.
This is my own style, I like to incorporate some crafted flowers too.
Over the years, I've made many of these framed invitations. They make
a nice personalized gift.
For something personal, it's helpful to know what the couple's
wedding colour(s) would be. (Pic #2) - their colours were violet and cream.
You can stick with a group of coloured papers that compliment it.
In (Pic #4), I chose to use a sea grass and made a wicker-looking basket
because they got married at the beach.
Step 1: Gathering Your Materials
YOU'LL NEED: (Pic 1)
- White glue / hot glue / glue stick
- Quilling papers
- Quilling tool
- Scissors (the tinier, pointier, the better)
- Frame that has depth
- Mat or backing cardstock
- Wedding invitation
- Ribbon or lace
- Embellishments (like doves & rings)
QUILLING TOOLS: (Pic 2)
There are little paper rolling tools available at craft stores. I like to use either a toothpick, skewer, or a probe from an old microwave for bigger stuff
REGARDING PAPER.....(Pic 3 / 4)
You can use quilling paper
They usually come in a colour pack & sometimes don't have the colour I need.
So I sometimes make my own quilling paper strips using coloured scrapbook papers and either running it through a shredder or use a paper cutter. If you're going to do this, choose a paper that has a solid colour all the way through because it is the edges you'll be seeing. (Pic 5)
Step 2: Choose Your Shapes
Here is a sampler of various quilling shapes(Pic 1)
(Pic 2) This shows you how to make the little Round Buds
Cut a piece of quilling paper 3", fold it in half, use a bit of glue and your finger to spread it, glue the folded paper together. Let it sit for a bit to dry. Then cut your glued strip diagonally from corner to corner. For this next step, I like to use a toothpick. Starting with the wider end, tightly wrap the paper around the tip of the toothpick. When you get to the end, use a dab of glue to hold it together. Hold it between your fingers until the glue does its magic.
(Pic 3) This shows you how to make Spirals
Cut a piece of quilling paper 3", fold it in half, use a bit of glue and your finger to spread it, glue the folded paper together. Let it sit for a bit to dry. Then cut your glued strip diagonally from corner to corner. For this next step I like to use a toothpick. Starting with the wider end, tightly wrap the little triangle paper shape around the toothpick in a spiral.
- "S" Scroll
- "C'" Scroll
- Open Scroll
- "V" Scroll
- Tendril / Antennae
- Quote Scroll
- Open Peg
- Fringed Peg
- Closed Heart
- Concentric Tears
Pic 8 - Try combining different shapes
Step 3: Finding Some Inspiration....
- I like to browse flower catalogues for ideas. (Pics 1-5)
- When you decide what you want to make, make a little sketch where you'd like things to go
- Groupings of the same flower gives more impact (Pic 6)
Step 4: Time to Assemble Your Bits & Pieces!
Lay down all your pieces according to your sketch
Make any changes in your layout, then start gluing things in place.
You can use the white glue. I use all 3 types:
Glue your Invitation in place using a glue stick
Glue your Backing / Mat in place using a mini glue gun
Glue your flowers in place with the white glue.
TWEEZERS are great for placing tiny things
Glue your trimming bits
Step 5: S'More Stuff...
Quilling has worked its way into some of the other things I made.
I hope you'll be inspired to do something quilled too!
:D Peace ~ Selina