It is still wintertime with the possibility of snow for many of us. These lovely quilled snowflakes are a fun activity for cozy winter days.
The Quilled Creations Snowflakes Quilling Kit contains enough 1/8″ quilling paper strips to make two of each of the eight designs. The pattern booklet provides basic quilling instructions and patterns for each snowflake.
- Quilled Creations Snowflakes Quilling Kit
- Craft glue with precision tip – see text below for other suggestions
- Slotted Quilling Tool
- Quilling Tweezers
- Quilled Creations Circle Sizer Ruler or Quilled Creations Circle Template Board
- Fine-tip scissors – I used Quilled Creations Fine-Tip Scissors (optional)
- Quilled Creations Quilling Beginner Kit (optional)
- DecoArt Americana Multi-Purpose Sealer (optional)
- Diamond Glaze (optional)
Not being able to find all my quilling supplies, I ordered the Quilled Creations Quilling Beginner Kit which provided everything needed for the Snowflakes – most important are a slotted quilling tool, fine-tipped tweezers, and precision tip glue. Scissors (not included) are optional because tearing the paper strips produces a better end edge for seamless gluing.
A word about glue. Precision tips enable precise placement of small dots of glue – very little is needed to secure the ends of coiled paper strips and adhere quilled pieces to each other. I tried putting Zip Dry in a Quilled Creations Precision Tip Glue Applicator – which did not work. It would have been better to use the Zip Dry bottle itself or put a craft glue like Elmer’s in the fine tip bottle. Crafter’s Precision Glue works fine. The Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue Pen glue has a rolling applicator that did not suit this application. The small tube of Elmer’s Glue that came with the Quilled Creations Quilling Beginner Kit was great.
The 1/8″ quilling paper strips from the Snowflake kit were mainly white with a few lighter blue and grey ones.
To make most quilled shapes, the end of a quilling paper strip is inserted into the slot on the quilling tool and rolled. The size of a coiled circle is determined by the length of the strip, how tightly it is coiled – and in this case by the size of the circular hole in a circle template.
The Quilled Creations Circle Template Board facilitated sizing circles correctly, measuring 4″ and strips to tear, and forming pieces on the cork surface. The Quilled Creations Circle Sizer Ruler (included in the Quilled Creations Quilling Beginner Kit) is another useful option.
When it is time to use or shape the coiled paper, fine-tipped tweezers enable removing the circle from the template.
A small dab of glue on the end of the coiled paper secures the coil in the desired size. Pinching the circle creates a teardrop shape, and twice makes a marquise shape.
For each snowflake, the instruction booklet provided a drawing, list of the number and length of paper strips, the size of the hole on a circle template, and types of pieces needed. The snowflakes were assembled by gluing pieces together – following the diagram and using very small dots of glue.
Here are two of the finished snowflakes…
and two more. Notice anything odd about the snowflake on the right? I must have had extra pieces laying around – the snowflake has seven points!
I used a brush to cover the snowflakes with DecoArt Multi-Purpose Sealer which stiffened the snowflakes to make them sturdier. I decided to use two sealants based on a sealant review article by Honey’s Quilling.
Diamond Glaze was painted on each snowflake as a final sealer. The glaze made the snowflakes even stiffer with pretty sparkly appearance.
Here are the eight snowflakes! There was still quilling paper strips left to make more of each design.
The quilled snowflakes look great on my winter-themed tiered tray display!