These quilled shamrocks are inexpensive and fast
Quilling is surprisingly easy, especially with the pre-cut
quilling papers readily available in the craft stores. Pick
some green quilling paper and a quilling tool and you have almost
everything you need to make these cute earrings for St. Patrick's Day.
My wooden handled quilling tool cost me $1.77 and the pack of
quilling paper cost me $2.17 at my local craft store.
make dozens of earrings from this
one pack. The shamrocks can also be made into a necklace, or
attached to cards and gift tags. Have fun!
Needed to Make Quilled Shamrock Earrings:
- Green quilling paper
- Quilling tool
- White glue
- Clear acrylic craft spray (optional)
- Strong adhesive, such as E6000
- Post earring findings and backs
- Small flat-sided gem for the middle of the
1. Below is a photo of what the quilled paper and a quilling tool looks
like. Begin the quilled shamrocks by measuring and cutting twelve
sections of green quilling paper at 10 cm in length.
2. Begin by placing the very end of one of the paper against
quilling needle, as shown. Hold it in place firmly in the
with the pad of your finger.
3. Now, begin tightly wrapping the paper around itself.
may want to do a few practice ones first. Once you try a few
will see it is pretty easy to get the hang of. Keep the
tight around the needle by consistently holding tension on the roll
with your thumb.
4. Once you have made a tight roll to the end of the paper, slip it off
the needle. Then, let go of the tension on it and let it open
relax a little. If you are into quilling, you may already
quilling board. This is a board with measured cut out holes
you can place the relaxed rolls in so they will all be the same size.
5. Add a tiny
amount of white glue to the inside end of the paper and press it
against the roll to complete the circle.
6. Next, pinch the roll to make a teardrop shape.
7. Repeat this for all the sections of paper, so you get 12
quilled teardrops. They should all be around the same size
you began with 10 cm lengths.
8. Next, glue the teardrop shapes together to create six
little hearts, as shown.
9. Make a stem by taking a length of quilling paper (I used a
length) and fold it back upon itself a few times. Mine came
to be 1.5 cm long, but adjust the stem length to your liking.
10. Glue two hearts to the sides of the stem with white glue
shown. Then, put a drop of white glue on the top of the stem
add the top heart. If some of your hearts did come
a bit differently, use your largest heart for the top.
11. At this point, I sprayed my shamrocks several times with
clear acrylic craft spray to protect them, and allowed them to dry in
12. Once dry, use a strong adhesive such as EC6000 to glue a
earring post back to the back of the shamrock.
13. On the front
the strong adhesive to glue a tiny flat sided gem or pearl to the
center of the shamrock.
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