I love doing art activities with my daughter, she loves art! Recently we were introduced to quilling and loved the beautiful designs that can be made from spiraled paper. We decided to share this activity at a family reunion with the kids and adults.
This activity is best for ages 5 and older.
Following are the steps to teach kids, or just yourself, to make this cute quilled flower card.
The pictures are of the quilled flower cards my 5 year old and I made.
Have fun and enjoy!
Step 1: Gather Supplies
-9 Strips of Quilling Paper per Person: precut quilling paper can be bought at craft stores, or you can cut your own. I made my own by cutting computer paper into 1/4" strips length wise. Standard quilling paper is 1/8" wide, but I felt the 1/4" wide strips were more manageable for the kids. You could make them even wider to make it easier for little finger. You may want to cut a couple extra strips per person so they have some to use as practice.
-Glue that will dry clear. I used white school glue.
-1-2 Toothpicks per Person. You can use a quilling tool, but for our group toothpicks were easiest and cheapest.
-Card. The cards we used were cardstock cut to 5 1/4" by 8" then folded in half to make a 4" by 5 1/4" card.
Step 2: Make the Center Tight Coil
-Wrap a strip of paper around the toothpick to make a tight spiral.
-Hold the spiral to keep it from unwinding and pull it off the toothpick.
-Put a little glue on the inside of the end of the strip, and hold it against the spiral to keep it closed. You can put the glue on it straight from the glue bottle, or for more control, you can put some glue on a scrap paper and use a toothpick to put it on your paper strips. Hold the glued end closed for about 10 seconds until the glue will hold and not come undone.
-The name of this quilled shape is a Tight Coil, and is the center of our flower.
-Put a little glue on the underside on the tight coil, and glue it to the upper center of your card.
Step 3: Make the Teardrop Pedals
-Wrap a strip of paper around the toothpick to make a spiral.
-Take the spiral off the toothpick and loosen up the spiral to make it bigger and more spread out.
-Glue the end of the paper to close the spiral. This shape is called a Loose Coil.
-Pinch one side of the coil to make the pedal shape, which is called a Teardrop.
-Make 7 Teardrops and glue them around the Tight Coil with the pinched end touching the Tight Coil.
Step 4: Make the Stem and Leaves
-Take a strip of paper and measure it from the flower to near the bottom of the card.
-Fold it where near the bottom of the card measures.
-Bring the strip back up along the stem about halfway up the stem then backwards back down to the base of the stem.
-Pinch at the base of the stem and at the tip of the leaf.
-Bring the strip up then back in to meet the base of the stem. Pinch the tip of the leaf.
-Glue the stem/leaves to your card with the top of the stem touching the flower.
Hooray, you're done, now admire your beautiful card!
Step 5: Extra Quilling Design Ideas
The quilling activity was a success at our family reunion. Here are some of the other designs that were made.
So much fun!