A few days ago I shared some tips on how to make folded circles. This shape is most often seen on a flower called the Malaysian flower. From what I know, it is called the Malaysian flower because the artist, Solehah Muhammad, who created the design is from Malaysia. She has a blog at My Quilling Soul. Click here to view her tutorial for making the flower. I think it’s pretty cool how Malaysian quillers are now renowned because of this flower that this artist created (just for the record, I am living in Malaysia, have been for 11 years, but I am American).
So to continue, I also am sharing a tutorial today for making a paper quilled Malaysian flower. I have some helpful tips that will hopefully help you avoid some little mistakes along the way! Firstly, make sure to check out my first post on how to make the basic shape, the folded circle. Once you’ve done that, read on!
I used all 1/8″ (3mm) width paper for this project, but you can use any width you’d like.
Supplies You Need (for one flower):
- 5 strips of paper 12″ long (I used deep rose color)
- 5 strips of paper 6″ long (I used soft yellow color)
- 5 strips of paper 6″ long for the border (I used deep rose color)
- 1 strip of paper 12″ long for the flower center (I used deep rose color)
- 1 strip of paper 6″ long for flower center (I used soft yellow color)
- glue (My favorite is PPA which you can find here on Amazon)
- slotted quilling tool ( here at Custom Quilling, or here on Amazon)
- circle sizing board (, here at Custom Quilling, or here on Amazon) (or click here to learn how to make your own!)
- cork work board (optional) (here and here at Custom Quilling, or here on Amazon)
- First it’s time to make the closed circles for the petals! The total length for each petal is 18″. I used 12″ of deep rose glued to 6″ of soft yellow. Place each circle inside of a circle sizing board/template to make sure they are the same size. This is integral in making sure each petal ends up being the same size. For this flower I used the second largest circle size on the Lake City Craft template board. It is 3/4″ (1.9mm) in diameter. It is okay if you use a size that is slightly larger or smaller, it’s mostly important that the circles are all the same size. Remove the circles from the template and glue them closed.
- Now it is time to shape your petals! You can use different tools or even just your fingers to shape the petals. The important thing is to make sure that each ends up the same size. I used the handle of an aluminum slotted quilling tool to wrap the petals around. Then pinch the ends together to make the teardrop shape. Now you need to wrap another strip around the border. I used a 6″ strip of deep rose. Glue the strip as shown, let it dry for at least a few seconds, and then gently but firmly wrap it around, making sure the two tips stay touching. I like wrapping the border around 3 times. This leaves a little bit extra which I just ripped off before gluing down the end.
- Here you can see how sometimes the petals can end up different shapes. The two petals on the left were made with the same size circles. But the one on the left wasn’t wrapped around the tool fully, so as you can see the center part of it isn’t as big. This makes the entire teardrop bigger. To check whether your petals are all the same size, put them on top of each other as in the second photo here.
- Glue the petals together on your workboard as a flower.
- To make the center of the flower, glue together the 12″ and 6″ lengths and make a tight roll. Glue to the center. There are many types of centers you could use for this flower (or not even use a center at all!). A fringed center would look cool, or even a pearl bead or something similar.
- Now there is the question of what to do with your gorgeous flowers! They would make beautiful jewelry (click here to read some posts on how to add sealant to turn them into jewelry). This time I used them as a card decoration for a simple yet lovely card for a friend.
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