Make Your Own Circle Sizing Guide for Paper Quilling

Make Your Own Circle Sizing Guide for Paper Quilling

One of the very handy tools for paper quilling is a circle sizing guide or template.  With this you can make sure that each of your loose circles is the same size, making your designs more symmetrical, even, and pleasing to the eye (of course sometimes you don’t want everything to look perfect and that can be great too!)

If you are just starting out with quilling you might not have a circle template yet.  If you don’t want to wait until you get to purchase one, don’t fret, you can make your own with a few simple supplies! This is actually how I made my first circle sizing template, which I used for more than 5 years when I was a child before buying one of my own once I was in college and had a little income!

What you need:

  • A board – either a thick styrofoam board or a corkboard
  • round items of various sizes – buttons and coins work great
  • stick pins
  • a felt tip pen

Directions:

Choose your round objects as per the size of circles you want to use.  Here I am using two sizes of buttons and three Malaysian coins of various sizes.  You may want to make a row of each size, but you only need one object as you can repeatedly trace it.  Use your felt tip pen to trace each circle. Make your own circle sizing guide or template for paper quilling with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

Repeat by tracing each object as many times as you would like.  For this tutorial I only did each one once.  When finished, remove your circle objects, you are finished with them!

Make your own circle sizing guide or template for paper quilling with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

Now use your straight pins and place four around each of your circles – top, bottom, left, and right.

Make your own circle sizing guide or template for paper quilling with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

That’s it, your board is ready to use!  Use longer strips of paper for the larger circles, and shorter for the smaller.

Make your own circle sizing guide or template for paper quilling with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

 

Tips for Success:

  • The more dense your board is, the more sturdy your final product will be.  Here I used a semi-dense piece of styrofoam board from some packing material.  It is 1.8cm thick (almost 3/4″) which is pretty thick.  But it won’t last forever.  If you are just using it as a temporary tool that is fine.  But if you want it more permanent, find a thick corkboard as it will last longer.
  • It is more tricky to remove your coils from this board because of the heads of the pins.  To make it easier you can glue a circle together while it is on the template.  When dry, remove one or two pins to easily  remove the coil, then simply replace the pins.
  • To make sure your circles are all the same size, make sure you place your pins in the same positions on each of the circles of the same size.  For example, always put your pin IN the pen mark, or always put it outside or inside, whichever is your preference.  I found it easiest to place the pins exactly in the outline that I drew.  If you place your pins in the outline on one, and outside the outline on another, then your circles won’t be the same size.

 

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Make your own circle sizing guide or template for paper quilling with this free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

Make Your Own Paper Quilled Daisy Earrings

Make Your Own Paper Quilled Daisy Earrings

daisy orange

This tutorial will show you how to make your own paper quilled daisy earrings.  These daisy flowers are one of the basic quilling shapes, so they are great for a beginner to make!  This tutorial was first published on Red Ted Art, but I wanted to post it here as well with some additional guidance.  Be sure to check out the Red Ted Art site, it has SO many awesome craft ideas!

These daisies can also be used as decoration for greeting cards, frames, magnets, and even put onto hairclips!  This tutorial includes basic quilling instructions as well!

Supplies You Need (for one daisy):

If you don’t have a quilling tool but you still want to try this out, just use a toothpick!  When I started quilling when I was 10 years old I used a toothpick as I didn’t have a tool until a year or so later.  It’s a little harder to start rolling, but after a few tries you’ll get the hang of it.  You just have to use your thumb to tuck in the end of the strip to start rolling.

Before I had a proper sizing template I made my own.  Use a piece of thick styrofoam and draw the circles on in whatever sizes you want.  Put four pins around each circle and you have your template!  put a scroll inside the four pins and it’ll expand to the size of the circle you have drawn.   If you really enjoy paper quilling you’ll want to invest in a proper sizing template (see one here in my shop or here in the US).  They are really great and it’s so easy to use.  Plus they last forever!  I’ve been using mine for more than 10 years.

You can use any paper or craft glue for paper quilling.  It’s a personal preference what kind you like to use.  I used to just squeeze some out of a bottle and use a toothpick to apply it, but now I prefer to use a fine tip bottle so there is no waste!  My very favorite glue of all is PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) which I found this year (can be found here in my shop or here in the US).  Now it’s almost the only glue I use!  Well, in this tutorial I was using elmer’s craft glue, which is great as well (find it here in my shop or here in the US).  I use it when I’m traveling because the bottle is so handy and small.  All the glues, adhesives, and sealants I use can be found here in my store.

I really prefer to pin these daisies while they dry so they are even and don’t get bumped out of place.  If you don’t have a corkboard, just use a piece of styrofoam with pins, or a couple layers of corrugated cardboard with plastic or wax paper on top and pins.  Like my sizing template I’ve been using my corkboard for over 10  years and it’s still in perfect shape!  I just change the plastic covering every couple years or so to keep it fresh.  If you do paper quilling often it’s definitely a worthy item to buy!

One of the sealants I use is PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive).  Not only is it the perfect glue, it’s an awesome sealant!!  I just use a tiny paintbrush to apply it to one side.  Let it dry and apply it to the other side.  Easy peasy and your paper quilling is water resistant!

If you try this tutorial out, let me know!  Have any questions, ask away!

You can also make these into adorable hairclips! Click here to find out how.

paper quilled hairclip

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DIY paper quilled daisy pattern - Free tutorial from Honey's Quilling

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Free Tutorial for Paper Quilled Circle Earrings

Free Tutorial for Paper Quilled Circle Earrings

Make your own cute paper quilled circle earrings!

This earring design can be customized in any size or color combo to match any outfit!  Here are the instructions:

Supplies (for a pair of earrings):

2 strips of pink paper 3” long

2 strips of pink paper 12” long

2 strips of brown paper 24” long

slotted quilling tool (here in my shop or here in the US)

glue (here in my shop and here in the US)

needle tool (optional) (here in my shop and here in the US)

The instructions will show and describe how to make two earrings.  If you want to make just a pendant, make only one circle.  If you want to make a pendant and earrings set, make three circles.

  1. Glue each 12” strip to each 24” strip to make one long strip.
  2. To make a solid roll, roll each strip on the slotted quilling tool (you can also use a needle tool if you prefer).  Do not let the roll expand at all.  Carefully slide it off of the tool.  I find it easiest to hold my thumbnail at the base of the roll right next to the tool, as shown in the left hand photo below and then slide it off.  This ensures that the roll doesn’t come undone while taking it off of the tool.  Once the roll is off of the tool, put a small bit of glue at the end and glue it shut.  Hold it for a few seconds to allow it to dry so it does not expand once you set it down.
  3. If you have used a slotted tool to make your rolls, you will notice that the inside of each roll has a small line across it, (see left photo below).  This is the part of the paper that was inside the slot of the slotted tool.  If you prefer to have a round hole in the middle of your roll instead of the line, you have two choices.  Your first choice is to use a needle tool to roll your pieces instead of the slotted tool.  Your second choice is shown in the photos below.  After your solid roll is glued and dried use your needle tool to poke into the middle of your roll.  Push the small line of paper to one side so that it cannot be seen.  Now your roll will have a nice round hole as seen in the right hand photo here. 
  4. Roll the two 3” strips as well as the 36” strips.  All rolled pieces are seen in the left hand photo below.  Now it’s time to glue the small pieces to the larger.  The smaller pieces are where you will attach your jumprings to join with the earwires.  Use a little more glue than you usually would, as you want this to be a spot with a strong bond.
  5. There are multiple ways to make the top part of the earrings.  The left photo below shows that you can put the top piece on horizontally or vertically.  The right hand photo shows that you can add more smaller rolls to each side of the larger roll.  This creates a nice design and is also more sturdy than just using one roll on top.  The size of the side top rolls are 1 ½” long strips of paper.
  6. Once the pieces are dry you may use a sealant or topcoat to make them sturdy and water resistant.  Click HERE to see a collection of posts and tutorials on how to add sealant to your paper quilled jewelry!  If you are looking to purchase some sealant, you can find sealants here in my shophere on Amazon, here at Scrapbook.com or here at Blue Moon Scrapbooking)
  7. If you would like to make post earrings, just make the main solid roll and do not make the extra little one (or ones).  See the photo below for an example of post earrings and a pendant made with this design:

DIY paper quilled circle earrings - Honey's Quilling

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