My daughter loves crafts. You name it we have tried and probably still have the supplies in a tote in the basement. Decoupage? Check. Jewelry making? Check. Clay creations? Done that. Knitting? I have 7 scarves, 4 hats, and a shawl. Painting. At one time, my walls were covered in canvas masterpieces. Quilling? Yep.
So, the quilling thing…
What is it?
Quilling is basically the art of rolling and shaping paper into intricate designs. These designs can be used to decorate objects or to create works of art. (For more information, I included some quilling links at the end of the post!)
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I’m not sure where we saw quilling first, but suddenly it was everywhere. The colors and patterns first drew us in. Then, the intricate swirls mesmerized us. Next thing I knew, we were buying quilling paper strips, tools, and books.
I was always amazed at the beautiful art she created. She was probably 10 at the time, but was making things exactly as they looked in the book.
It was tedious and detailed, but the results were amazing.
Quilled Shamrock Craft
The best way to get you and your kids started with quilling is to start with something small and simple. Once you see how easy it is, you and your kids will be hooked!
This quilled shamrock craft is easy and looks beautiful when you are done. You will definitely want to use them to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day! If you want to learn more about shamrocks —-> The History and Botany of the Shamrock.
You can get quilling supplies online at Amazon from the links provided or at your local craft store.
Quilling Shamrock Craft Instructions
Take a quilling strip and using the slotted quilling tool create a coil the from the entire strip. Take out the coiled strip from the tool carefully and allow it to loosen up a little.
Press any one side of the loose coil to form a teardrop shape. Apply glue on the open end to secure the quilled shape.
Next, create 5 more quilled teardrop shapes. You will need a total of 6.
Take 2 teardrop shapes and stick them side by side to form a heart shape. With the 6 teardrops, you can make 3 quilled heart shapes. Also, cut out a stem for the shamrock from a quilling strip.
Take any one of the heart shapes and glue it on the top of the stem cut out.
Use the glue to attach the 2 other heart shapes on both sides of the first one. Allow the glue to dry.
Grab different shades of green colored quilling strips and make a bunch of quilled shamrocks! Glue them onto cardstock and slip them into a shadow box, hang them in a window, or use them to decorate St. Patrick’s Day cards.