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How to Make Paper Quilling Huskings for Flower Petals and Floral Designs

Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and travels. She spends her weekends doing papercraft models and painting.

Want to make beautiful paper quilling flowers?

Want to make beautiful paper quilling flowers?

Quilling Husking Patterns

This article shows you how to make quilled huskings and flowers for paper quilling projects. The step-by-step paper quilling instructions should be easy to follow!

What Is a Husking?

Some of the shapes commonly found in paper quilling art designs are called "huskings." This article will help you create more designs with quilling paper by teaching you how to make quilled huskings, which are often used as flower petals in floral quilling designs, but they can be used in any pattern as desired. They are made by shaping one or more strips of quilling paper around a series of pins. Huskings can have different shapes and sizes, and more than one colour.

Straight Huskings

Let's begin with an easy shape called a straight husking. You will need some strips of quilling paper, dressmaking pins, a quilling board, and craft glue.

Here's how to make a straight husking. Insert five pins into a quilling board, with the pins aligned in a straight line. Wrap a quilling paper around the first and second pins and glue the paper together where the strip overlaps at the first pin. Continue wrapping the paper strip around the third, fourth, and fifth pins.

Glue the end of the paper at the first pin and trim off the excess paper. Remove the pins. You can leave the loops rounded or shape them by pinching the loops with your fingers. Use a little glue on the paper strip to strengthen the husking and retain its shape.

Straight huskings can be made into different variations by using different numbers of pins aligned at different distances.

The step-by-step photos are shown below.

Fan-Shaped Huskings

When you have mastered making a straight husking, you can proceed to make a more interesting shape called a fan-shaped husking. To make a fan-shaped husking, use six pins arranged in a circle on the quilling board. Start wrapping a quilling paper around two pins that are adjacent to each other. Glue the end of the paper to the strip where it overlaps and continue to wrap the paper to form the pattern. When each pin is wrapped, wrap the remaining strip several times around the circle of pins. You can also use another strip of quilling paper of a different colour to wrap around the circle to make a two-toned fan-shaped husking.

These are the techniques of making huskings in paper quilling craft. You can continue to make your own huskings by using a different number of pins. You can change the size of the huskings by adjusting the distances between the pins.

When you have made enough paper quilling coils and huskings, you can arrange them on drawing paper to create an interesting quilled design for display. Use glue to adhere the coils and huskings to the drawing paper.

See the photo tutorial below.


lady rain (author) from Australia on September 08, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan, thanks! You should try out paper quilling, it is easy to learn. Thank you for stopping by :)

Claudia Porter on September 08, 2012:

These are really beautiful! The colors are glorious and it looks relatively easy to do. Great hub! Sharing and voted up!

lady rain (author) from Australia on May 20, 2012:

vox vocis, huskings are fun and quick to make. With your own creativity, I am sure you will be able to make a lot of beautiful huskings for your craft projects.

Jasmine on May 20, 2012:

So, that's how huskins are made :) Another really helpful tutorial! The photos following the text make it a lot clearer. Voted up!

ladeda on March 06, 2012:

I'd never heard of quilling before until reading this Hub. Looks quite fun! Thanks for sharing!

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 26, 2012:

randomcreative, thanks! I am glad you like my quilling hubs and the photos. Cheers.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 26, 2012:

Your quilling hubs are great! Thanks for the detailed information and photos.

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 30, 2012:

jodieorcutt, you are going to have lots of fun with paper quilling and I am sure your designs are going to look awesome! Happy quilling!

jodieorcutt from Buffalo NY on January 29, 2012:

Very elaborate tutorial! Bookmarked. I've been contemplated getting into quilling for awhile now. I think I'll start with this!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 28, 2012:

LABrashear, it is nice to know that you like the paper quilling designs. Thank you for voting and leaving comment. Cheers :)

LABrashear from My Perfect Place, USA on January 28, 2012:

I have never heard of this. Glad I saw your hub - very pretty. Voted up, interesting and beautiful!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 28, 2012:

homesteadbound, paper quilling is one great craft I have been doing for many years and still enjoy doing because it is fun to do and does not require a lot of materials to produce a nice piece of artwork. I am glad you appreciate this form of art, too. Thank you for commenting here.

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 28, 2012:

natures47friend, thank you for visiting my hub and voting. I am pleased you enjoyed reading my hub :)

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on January 28, 2012:

Quilling is something that has always looked interesting. It creates such interesting art and has great colors and textures to. I really enjoyed seeing how it was done. Thanks so much for SHARING!

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 28, 2012:

StarryNightsDiva, I am glad you like this tutorial. You can also check out my other paper quilling tutorials by following the links I have included with this hub. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment.

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 28, 2012:

harshad2011, thank you for voting and leaving a comment, yes, I will keep going ... :)

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 28, 2012:

RTalloni, paper quilling is easy and fun, too. Thank you for visiting my hub and leaving a comment :)

natures47friend from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand. on January 28, 2012:

What a clever idea and so colourful! Voted up, beautiful, useful and interesting.

Alissa from Rocky Hill, CT on January 28, 2012:

This is a great tutorial. I have wanted to learn paper quilling for a very long time. You do beautiful work.

harshad2011 from India on January 28, 2012:

Voted up and Beautiful. Keep going.

RTalloni on January 28, 2012:

Quilling is neat handiwork. Your photos are helpful and enticing. :) Thanks for this look at a beautiful paper craft.