Paper Quilling - How to Make Fringed Flowers for Quilled Designs and Projects
Paper quilling designs are beautiful and fun to create. Fringed flowers are one of the many types of flowers that can be created with craft paper and quilling paper. This article shows you how to make quilled fringed flowers for paper quilling projects. The step-by-step paper quilling instructions are easy to follow.
If you want to learn paper quilling, the following links are free tutorials on the basics of paper quilling.
- Paper Quilling - Basic Techniques, Shapes and Designs
- Paper Quilling - More Techniques, Shapes and Designs
The free paper quilling tutorials will teach you how to get started with paper quilling, and how to use the correct tools and craft materials. You will also learn how to form quilling patterns with quilled paper. With the knowledge of all the basic shapes in paper quilling, sophisticated patterns can be created for quilling projects.
One way of making flowers in paper quilling is the husking method. Husking flowers are designed with bigger coils and loops. Details on how to make huskings are outlined in the following link.
Paper quilling fringed flowers are very nice to look at. They may look difficult to make but they are in fact very easy if you know how. The flowers are created by rolling a strip of quilling paper, which is similar to making the coils in paper quilling.
Before we get started
There are some basic tools and materials for paper quilling which you will need to make fringed flowers.
- strips of quilling paper
- coloured craft paper
- a quilling tool
- a pair of scissors
- a ruler
- craft glue
if you want to cut paper strips to different widths, you may need a cutting mat and box cutter.
There are tools available for making fringes. They are called quilling paper fringers. I do not have a fringer so I fringe the paper by hand with a pair of scissors. It is not a difficult task to fringe your own paper strips but the fringes will not be all even. If you are going to make a lot of fringed flowers for your projects, it will be best to buy a paper fringer. The fringer tool will be able to make perfect fringes and it will save you a lot of time in fringing too.
How to make a fringed flowerClick thumbnail to view full-size
Making a basic fringed flower
You will need a strip of paper with a length of about 15-20cm and width of 1cm. To fringe the paper by hand, make small and even cuts about three quarters across the width of the strip. The cuts should be at right angles to the edge of the paper. The fringe can have narrower width or wider width. The narrower the fringe, the more delicate the flower will look.
To ensure consistency with the same type of fringed flowers, you can line two or three strips of quilling paper together when cutting the fringe by hand. Each paper strip will have the same width and angle of cut if they are cut at the same time. The flowers will appear more or less similar to each other too.
To make a fringed flower, roll the fringed paper into a tight coil using a slotted quilling tool. Apply a little glue at the end of the strip to hold the shape of the coil. Wait for the glue to dry, then press the fringe down. The fringe can also be curled with a tool if required.
Click on the link below for a quick fringed flower project:
How to make a fringed flower with a centreClick thumbnail to view full-size
Adding a centre to the flower
Here's how to make a flower with a nice centre. Glue a strip of thin quilling paper about 10cm long to a fringed strip of paper. Start making a coil by rolling from the end of the thin paper strip. Continue to roll carefully over the area where the two papers are joined, so that the fringed paper wraps around the smaller coil. Finish making the coil by applying a little glue at the end of the fringed paper. Press the fringe down and you will see the flower have a nice solid white centre.
The flower can also have a fringed centre of a different colour by using two strips of fringed paper of two different colours. With a little bit of imagination and creativity, you can use a few more colours for each flower.
More fringed flowersClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cutting the fringes
The width of the fringes and the angle of cutting the fringes affect the appearance of the flower. The paper strip can be cut at an angle when fringing. The picture on the right shows the blue paper strip fringed at an angle while the white paper strip has right-angled cuts. The white colour will form the centre of the flower and the slanting blue fringe gives an interesting appearance to the flower. I have used a short strip of fringe for this flower and its petals look spaced out. The longer the length of the fringed paper strip, the fuller the flower will look.
Be creative. Make a quilled flower pot for the fringed flowers. Use a combination of colours for making the flowers. Vary the width and length of the paper strips. With this technique and variations, the types of fringed flowers you can make will be endless.
For more techniques on creating beautiful paper quilled fringed flowers...
Click on this tutorial.