Learn how to make this quilled butterfly with our easy step-by-step tutorial! Have fun experimenting with different colours and patterns but make sure the wings are the same on each side or it will look unbalanced. If giving as a gift, why not personalise the shades of the butterfly for the recipient’s favourite colour?
Here are some top tips for making your own quilled butterfly:
- Depending on how tightly you roll your strips, you may need more or less quilled shapes to fill the butterfly.
- Use needle-nosed tweezers to arrange the quilled pieces, ensuring that you are happy with the placement before securing in place.
- Squeeze some tacky glue onto a plate and use a toothpick to add glue to each quilled piece.
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How to make a quilled butterfly
You will need
- Standard Needle Tool
- Quilling Strips
- White box frame
- Embossing folder (optional)
- Coloured card
Cut a square of white card to fit your frame and emboss if you wish.
Layer this onto a square of turquoise card.
Trace the quilled butterfly template onto some white card and cut it out. Mark the details lightly.
For the head and body, roll a 225mm aqua strip into a tight coil.
Roll a 450mm strip into a 10mm coil; pinch into a rectangle.
Attach two 450mm strips together, roll to a 20mm coil, pinch to an eye and flatten one end.
Add to the base.
For the wing tips, join two 450mm aqua strips, roll into a 20mm coil and pinch into a half moon. Repeat.
Roll a 450mm aqua strip into a 15mm coil, pinch into a half-moon and repeat to make four.
Attach to the base, as shown in the picture.
Roll a 225mm light blue strip into a tight coil; repeat to make four.
Roll a 450mm light blue strip into a 15mm coil. Pinch to an eye; repeat.
Roll a 225mm light blue strip into a 10mm coil. Pinch to an eye; repeat.
Attach two 225mm light pink strips on either side of a 225mm magenta strip, to make a long strip. Tightly roll and repeat.
Join a 225mm light pink strip and a 225mm magenta strip and roll tightly, starting with the light pink end.
Tightly roll eight 225mm yellow strips.
Roll twelve 225mm yellow strips into 10mm coils.
Pinch 10 loose coils into eyes.
Pinch the two extra coils into triangles.
Roll ten 450mm yellow strips into 15mm coils; pinch into teardrops.
Arrange all the elements on one wing. Check positioning before securing the pieces in place.
Repeat for the other wing.
Attach an aqua strip around the outside of the butterfly and trim any visible edges of white card.
Add two small aqua strips to the base, as shown.
Take a 100mm aqua strip, fold in half and roll each end into a scroll for the antennae. Attach.
Secure the butterfly in place using sticky fixers and insert into the frame, to finish. Congratulations – you’ve finished your quilled butterfly!
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