Learn to make this lovely quilled snowflake Christmas ornament with quilling paper and glue.
As part of my project making red and white (with a touch of silver) ornaments for a holiday tree, I wanted to make a quilled snowflake ornament.
I learned to do quilling last year when I made a valentine ornament for a co-worker as part of a valentine exchange at my last job. I enjoyed it – and thought it was fun to say I was a quilling quilter!
Here are the supplies I used:
- White 1/8″ quilling paper – 1/4″ makes the layers of the snowflake too tall
- Small detail scissors
- Quilled Creations Tools Glue Applicator Bottle Fine Tip
- Quilling tool (optional)
- Round, flat paper mache ornament (optional – ornament could hang by itself)
- Red paint – I used Krylon Shortcuts Aerosol Paints Red Pepper
- Glue – I used Aleene’s Always Ready Turbo Tacky Glue
- Foam brush
- Tweezers (optional)
- Plastic lid small paper plate for glue palette
- Ornament cord or ribbon (optioanal – only needed if hanging the ornament by itself and not on a paper mache ornament with its own cord
Many quilling techniques involve curling and rolling quilling paper strips around a quilling tool (see heart-shaped ornament above), but this one requires only repeated folding to form the individual units of the snowflake. The tutorial shows the steps well. Basically you fold the center, then a pair of smaller loops – one on each side – and another pair of smaller loops.
The tutorial calls for making the longest loop 1″ for the large units, 3/4″ for the medium units, and 1/2″ for the small units to make a 2″ snowflake. I made each unit about 3/8″ longer because I wanted a slightly larger snowflake for my ornament.
The last step is to fold the strip around the other loops, pinch the looped end, cut the paper a bit longer than the length, fold the end around the other side, and secure it with a dot of glue. Very little glue is needed – the Quilled Creations Tools Glue Applicator Bottle Fine Tip works great! The Mini Wonder Clips were not needed – the glue holds the units together fine without it. In fact, they may have pinched the units too tightly.
True confessions time. The two photos above show the steps with 1/4″ quilling paper. I am embarrassed to show you how far along I was in constructing the snowflake before I realized my mistake – let’s just say the three layers would be too tall for a snowflake on an ornament. I started over again with 1/8″ quilling strips – and minus the mini clips.
I had already sprayed a 3-1/4″ paper mache flat round ornament with Kryon Shortcuts Aerosol Paints Red Pepper, which we had in our paint supplies at work. I was impressed with how simple it was compared to using 2-3 coats of acrylic paint and a brush – one coat of spray paint was all it took to cover the ornament quickly and completely.
I centered six evenly-spaced large units and glued them to the ornament with a thin layer of glue applied sparingly to the back of the units with a foam brush. I added some more glue to the center on the top to secure the next layer of medium-sized units. Tweezers may help with placement.
The medium-sized units were placed between the large units on the bottom.
The small units were added with more glue to secure them in the center. Note that the small units only have a center loop with one set of smaller loops on each side. The center was made by tightly curling an entire strip of 1/8″ quilling paper around the end of quilling tool and securing the end with a dot of glue. This can be done without a quilling tool by just rolling the strip tightly. By pushing gently on the center from the back, a dome shape was achieved.
The quilling for this ornament was simple to do. Mine is far from perfect but it still looks pretty hanging on my red and white holiday tree. Next year I will try something more elaborate but this was a fun, easy project requiring little in the way of supplies or quilling experience.