Quilling can be used to make quick and simple designs for scrapbooking and card making. If you want to take a little more time and make something that is more intricate and more delicate looking, you might want to give this snowflake a try. It would be great on a scrapbook page and beautiful on a greeting card. You can, however, glue all of the pieces only to each other and make a fabulous Christmas tree ornament that is perfect for gift giving.
To get started, you will need to gather a few supplies. You can read the article about What Supplies Do I Need for Quilling for a complete list of items that will make the task easier, but the basics that you will need are: white cardstock, a slotted quilling tool or tooth pick, liquid glue, extra toothpicks, and some string or ribbon to use as a hanger.
For a review of the basic shapes that are used in these instructions visit 9 Basic Quilling Shapes for Scrapbooking and Card Making.
Step by Step Instructions:
1. To get started cut 12 strips of white cardstock that are 1/8 inch wide by 4 inches long. Also, cut 13 strips that are 1/8 inch wide by 6 inches long.
2. Roll seven of the 6 inch strips into tight coils, glue the ends and set them aside to dry.
3. Roll the remaining six 6 inch strips and allow them to open to form loose coils. Use a quilling board or hole punched in cardstock or chipboard as shown in the article Rolled Paper Flowers for Scrapbooking to ensure that you make all six roughly the same size. Glue the ends and allow to dry. Pinch one side of each circle to make them into tear drop shapes.
4. The four inch long pieces are all rolled into an open loose coil. The tails are glue together in pairs as shown in the finished snowflake around the outer edges. Create six of these pairs and again allow them to dry.
5. To make an ornament, you will need to glue each rolled piece to other rolled pieces rather than to a scrapbook page or card. To do this, use a toothpick to add a tiny bit of liquid glue to the places on one rolled piece where it will be touching another. Begin by gluing six tight coils around one center coil to make the middle of the snowflake.
6. The pointed ends of the tear drops get glued between two of the tight center coils to make the next row moving outward.
7. The pairs of open loose coils are glued between each of the ends of the tear drops to finish the construction.
8. Let everything dry well before continuing.
9. To make the open center in the middle of the snowflake as shown in the photo here, use your toothpick to push out the very middle of the center tight coil. Unwind it until just the our rim remains glued in the center of the snowflake and snip it off with small, precise scissors.
10. Complete your ornament by adding a hanger. If you are using the snowflake on scrapbook page or card, you can skip this last step. Thread a thin ribbon or string through the rounded end of one of the tear drop shapes, create a loop, and tie a knot.
For another Christmas themed quilling idea be sure to read Quilled Poinsettia for Scrapbooks and Cards - Step by Step Instructions.