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Simple quilling skills are all that’s required to create this sweet selection of beachy makes

What you need...
  • Quilling papers: 3mm wide, pink, white, yellow, grey; 2mm wide, pink
  • Card: pink, turquoise, cream
  • Picture frame
  • Quilling tool
  • Felt pens
  • Maps
  • Adhesives
  1. Happy Birthday Card - 1 With a quilling tool, coil a 40cm long strip of pink and repeat using various shades of pink strips. Use a quilling board for identically sized shapes.

    2 Pinch the coiled shapes into triangles using your fingers. Apply a thin layer of glue to the shape and attach the pennants to turquoise card above a row of beach huts.

    3 Attach a length of 3mm wide pink paper along the top of the pennants. Using a quilling tool, make open coils at the end of each strip. If you prefer flatter quilled shapes, use 2mm wide quilling strips.

    4 Start with a 40cm pink loose closed coil, then pinch and curve. Make another for the middle section. Add two pinched crescent shapes for the tips from 10cm lengths. Use 20cm long strips to create a coil for the top and finish with a small circle.

  2. Gift Tag - Cut a circle from blue card and cover with map paper. Quill an anchor motif and adhere to the centre of the tag. Finish with baker's twine threaded through a small hole at the top.

  3. Framed Display - Trim map paper to fit a picture frame. Print a sentiment onto turquoise card and decorate with quilled embellishments such as hearts and an anchor.

  4. Ahoy There - Create a beach hut card blank from blue and add bunting, an anchor and seagulls. Make a flag from washi tape for the top and finish with a sentiment.

Oh, we certainly do like to be beside the seaside and you can create the feeling that the ocean is just a stone's throw away with our easy nautical makes. Inspired by good ol’ trips to the beach, give your summer quilling a maritime makeover and craft a collection of designs from greetings to gift tags. For those who are new to quilling, the bunting is the perfect project to get you started as the coiled shapes can be easily pinched into triangles. Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques, move on to the more intricate shapes such as seagulls and anchors for a complete coastal touch.

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