Happy Holidays to all my favorite quillers out there! In celebration of the season, and in gratitude for all of you, I have put together this quick and simple quilling tutorial that would make a great last minute gift. You can make it using a selection of holiday strips, or go rogue and instead use up some scrap strips of a different color variety that you have left over in your quilling supplies - whichever you choose, I think you'll find this project breezy and easy.
- 1/8" (3mm) x 17" quilling paper - 10 strips in various shades of red
- 1/8" (3mm) x 17" quilling paper - 10 strips in various shades of green
- 1/4" (6mm) x 17" quilling paper - 2 strips in an outline color of your choice
- Scrap piece of heavyweight paper or card stock in any color
- Quilling Tool
- Quilling Glue
- Piercing tool, needle, or knife (optional)
- Protectant Sealer (optional)
- Jump Ring & Necklace Chain
*This quilling project is rated EASY and is suitable for all quillers, however it does assume the knowledge of how to quill the basic shapes. If you need to learn or refresh your basic quilling skills, you can download a free tutorial here:
Using 1 strip of 1/8" (3mm) quilling paper in a shade of green and a quilling tool, roll an open coil, glue to secure, and shape into a teardrop.
Place a layer of glue over the backside of your quilled teardrop shape and place it down on to the center of your card stock scrap. If you'd like, while the glue is still wet, you can arrange the center coils to your liking with a needle or piercing tool.
Allow the glue to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Wrap one whole strip of 1/8" quilling paper in a shade of red around the secured teardrop shape - DO NOT GLUE THE STRIP TO THE TEARDROP. We are using the teardrop shape as a form only in this step.
Once wrapped, place a small dot of glue to secure the strip onto itself.
Continue to wrap the strip around the teardrop until there is not enough to complete another full round. place a small drop of glue at the top point to secure the strip and cut away any remaining paper.
Carefully remove the outer teardrop shape from the inner quilled teardrop that you used as a form.
Starting at the pointed end of your outer teardrop, place a small dot of glue and secure another strip of 1/8" (3mm) quilling paper in a different shade of red. Wrap the strip around the outer teardrop until you run out of enough paper for a complete round. Glue to secure into place and cut off any excess paper.
*Pinch the point of the outer teardrop after each round to maintain the teardrop shape.
Continue adding strips of red in the same manner until you either run out or you reach a size that is pleasing to you.
Place glue all around the inner teardrop that you glued down previously.
Carefully slide your outer teardrop over the inner teardrop and press into place.
Allow the glue to dry completely and then cut the shape out using scissors.
Place a small dot of glue at the point of your teardrop and attach 1 strip of 1/4" (6mm) quilling paper in your outline color. Glue the strip down into place around the entire border, taking care to line the edge flush with the face of your teardrop shape. Continue to wrap the strip around, gluing between each layer, approximately 3 rounds. End this step at the point and remove any excess paper with scissors.
If done correctly, the backside should have an overhang of a little less than an 1/8" of outline paper.
Cut a small piece of 1/4" (6mm) quilling paper and roll into a tight coil. Place a strip of glue along the top point of your teardrop and attach the closed coil, seam to seam. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Fold a strip of 1/4" (6mm) outline color quilling paper about 5" from the top.
Place a strip of glue along one side of your previously placed closed coil and snugly insert your outline color. If possible, run your nail or a sharp object along the seam to get as close as possible. Remove any excess glue and allow it to dry completely.
Once dry, wrap the strip over the closed coil snugly, and crease the paper into the opposite edge to mark it. Place another strip of glue and attach. Allow the glue to dry completely. Once dry, wrap another round of paper around the entire shape, gluing the layer down in place. Cut away any remaining excess.
Cut all 10 strips of 1/8" (3mm) strips of green quilling paper into approximately 2" pieces. Roll each into a closed coil.
Glue each closed coil down into place on the backside of your teardrop shape in a random pattern. Fill the teardrop in completely and allow the glue to dry completely.
Seal & Protect
If you want to seal your project, now is the time to do it. My preferred method is to heavily brush on a clear UV protectant enamel (nail polish), but you can also use an acrylic spray or other if you so wish. Allow to dry according to the instructions.
Add Jewelry Fastenings
Add a jump ring and a chain of your choice, and your new necklace is ready for gifting or wearing!
I hope you enjoy making this project or expanding upon it whatever creative ways you come up with.