Ever tried quilling? This project involves only quilled circles – perfect for a beginner. Read more to learn the secret of forming the quilled egg shape with an empty core.
While perusing Pinterest for Easter craft inspiration, I came across some quilled Easter eggs that looked like fun. I was going to cover the egg with quilled flowers but decided on quilled circles after finding the blog WIELKANOCNY QUILLING EASTER QUILLING from Made by Hands. There is no English text and only pictures of finished eggs for inspiration but I had read other blogs that showed how to make a hollow quilled egg. I noticed that all of the circles in the samples seem to have the same outer color – I like the result so decided the last strip to be added would green so the outside of all my circles would be green.
Here are the supplies used:
- Quilled Creations Mixed Colors 1/8″ Lighter Shades – two packages
- Lake City Crafts Quilling Paper 1/8″ Bright White 50 pc. – one package
- Quilled Creations Needle Quilling Tool
- Quilled Creations Precision Tip Glue Applicator
- Craft glue – I used Aleene’s Always Ready Turbo Tacky Glue
- Smoothfom Egg 3″ White 4 pc.
- Dressmaker pins
Quilling circles is easy! I used the whole length of the 1/8″ quilling strips usually for the larger circles and maybe 1/3 to 1/2 of a strip for the smaller ones. The end of the strip is inserted into the slotted end of the quilling tool (the end should not stick out as far as it does in the photo). I found it best to twirl the tool clockwise while holding the evolving disc of wound strip against the index finger of my left hand. This kept the circle flat.
When I got to the end of the wound strip, I added a tiny drop of glue. The precision glue applicator works great for this (or a toothpick could be used). The drop of glue quickly secures the end of the strip, keeping the circle wound. Similarly, another small drop of glue is added the end of the next strip. It is important to keep the strips aligned or the end will visibly poke out from the completed circle.
The end of the blue strip was secured with glue. I could stop here and add part of green strip for a smaller circle or add more strips for a larger one. It works best to make circles in a variety of colors and sizes – about 3/8″ to 3/4″. Any larger and they do not bend well over the curve of the egg…and will tend to collapse when egg is removed later.
The dressmaker pins pushed into the center hole worked great to hold the circles in place. I figured out where I wanted to place the next circle and added small drops of glue to the edge where they would touch. I found it best to only add two or three circles in an area at a time.
It is important to have circles glue together while maintaining the curve around the egg. An extra pin tilted against the edge of a circle worked to either push the circle up against the circles it needed to adhere to and/or to maintain the angle at which it needed to dry.
I added all the circles I could make out of the strips I had and then waited until another pack arrived.
Finally – more strips! I broke some in half for the smaller circles.
As I completed the second half, I planned each circle for a specific place – choosing the colors and size suited for the space. Also, I was careful to glue the circles for the second half together – but not glue them to circles in the first half.
The last circle!
The two halves of the egg are completed. You can see where the circles around the middle are not glued together.
The moment of truth! I was worried I couldn’t pull the halves apart. It did work but I had to break the bond between circles in two places where I had accidentally glued circles from both halves together.
Before gluing the two halves together, I made a base of circles the same size – again inspired by the Made by My Hands blog. I joined about 20 full-length strips to make a circle about 1-1/2″. This was an unstable circle! I ended up losing the center strip which why there is a hole. I quickly glued a circle of paper to the back side to stabilize it. I made ten circles with two full-length strips of different colors and added a quarter of a strip to the outside – this resulted in ten circles close in size. I glued those to each other and to the large circle.
Once the stand was dry and ready to hold the egg, I glued the two halves together – after figuring out how they fit together!
Note: The large circles can become convex (collapse inward) with pressure so the egg needs to be held carefully – preferably by the top and bottom. I had to pull the halves apart after just gluing them to push some of larger circles outward. It is difficult to do when assembled.
The close-up shows lots of imperfections – but the egg looks great sitting on a table! This project was fun but took a long time and some patience. I still want to make a similar hollow egg with quilled flowers, leaves, and butterflies – maybe next year! A big thank you Made by My Hands for the inspiration!