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Quilled Birds

Designer: Crafts Beautiful
birds, nature, paper, papercrafts, quilled, quilling,

Quill a family of sweet birds by Clare Willis

What you need...
  • Quilling papers, 45cm
  • Quilling tool
  • Quilling comb
  • Adhesives
  1. Adult Bird - 1 To make the bottom half of each bird, carefully roll one yellow strip onto the quilling tool, starting very close to one end. Roll the full length of the paper strip up with a firm tension, but don’t pull too tightly.

    2 As you come to to the end, catch the start of another yellow strip and continue to roll the paper, taking care to keep the coil level. Repeat until you have a coil of ten quilling papers rolled consecutively. With all ten strips in a tight coil, dab PVA onto the end of the final strip and seal it down.

    3 Remove the coil from the tool and tease into a shallow dish shape. Cover the inside liberally with glue and set aside to dry. Make the bottom of the bird in the same way, but change the first three quilling strips to brown to form the crown of the head.

    4 Once ten strips, three brown and seven yellow, have been rolled consecutively, glue the end down and remove them from the tool. Carefully manipulate the coil into a tall bowl shape, take care as the strips will separate and fall apart if you push them unevenly. Cover the inside with glue to hold its shape.

  2. Wings - 1 Hold a quilling comb sideways and attach a brown strip onto the bottom prong by making a small loop at the end of the strip, just big enough to fit over one bar of the comb.

    2 Loop the quilling strip from the bottom prong, up and over the second, then back to the bottom again. Use a tiny drop of glue to hold it in place, then pull the strip up to the third and back down again. Make sure each new section of the wing overlaps the previous feather slightly and always glue each one carefully to the previous.

    3 Continue to add feathers until you reach the top prong, you will need more than one paper strip to complete the whole wing. Once all the parts are dry, you can start to assemble them gently with PVA and add details such as a thin beak, legs and tiny black coils for eyes.

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