Gift Ideas – DIY Hand crafted paper quilled greeting card !

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There are times when I wonder what to gift my dear ones on their birthday, anniversary or any such occasion. While searching for such gift ideas luckily I came across something called paper quilling.

Well, Paper Quilling is nothing but an art of rolling paper strips to create designs. This technique can be used to create greeting cards, wall hangings, earrings and a lot more.

This reminded me of my school days (good old days) when I used to make greeting cards. I was in an hostel so buying a card from the shelf was not always feasible and to be honest there was more fun in getting creative and making cards from materials available. I loved presenting those cards and gifts to my mom and brother and seeing the love and appreciation in their eyes.

Anyways, after years I have tried my hands at making greeting cards again.

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Paper Quilled Birthday Greeting Card

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Paper Quilled Greeting Card

Material Used

– quilling tool to roll paper

– a comb to roll paper

– Colored paper strips

– any adhesive (glue stick or fevicol)

– scissor

– you can also reuse old marriage cards (they are a store house of vibrant colored papers… just what I was looking for to create colored paper strips) and¬†old Birthday cards (to cut out wishes)

Step 1 – Make paper quilled flowers and leaves

Make variety of paper quilled flowers and leaves using the coloured strips of papers, quilling tool and comb. The below videos by Noor Azlina Abdul Samad K and other links are excellent for learning how to do that.

Teary Loops Flower Tutorial

Lovely Loops Flower tutorial

Husking Flower tutorial

Simple flower Tutorial

How to make quilled card

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Different types of paper quilled flowers made using techniques shown in videos above

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Step 1 – Create a paper strip as shown

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Step 2 – Roll the paper strip as shown

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Step 3- Press the petals downward to make the flower

Step 2 – Arrange flowers and leaves in a design

Once you have the flowers and leaves ready, its time to arrange and stick them on your card.

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Step 3 – Create boundary or add birthday wishes from other cards

Once you have the basic card ready you can embellish it by adding boundaries, or pasting wishes cut out from old cards. In my first card I have used cut outs from old card and in the second one I have added orange colored boundary.

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Making these cards was not a difficult task but it took some time. But every time I look at them I feel so glad that I made the effort ūüôā ..

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DIY Wall hanging from old clothes !!

I have variety of old clothes in my closet and most of the time I am not sure what to do with them.

While I was searching for how to make paper flowers on the internet I came across this tutorial of how to make roses. Well I thought of giving them a try using old clothes from my closet. And one thing led to another. By the end of the day, I was able to create a wall hanging using my old suits, leggings and a calendar.

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Wall hanging from old clothes

I loved this wall hanging (especially because I did not have to buy any material for it). The sad part is while I was creating it, I did not click much snaps so I will not be able to depict every step using pictures.

Nevertheless, I am trying to capture what I did in words and in case if any step is not clear would love to hear back from you..

Material Used
– Old leggings in red and pink colour (used for roses)
– Green Suit Fabric (used for leaves)
– Yellow flower printed suit (used for boundary)
– Some printed papers (used as a base on calendar)
– Brown Handmade paper (Used for vase)
– Blue Lace/Border of an old kurta/suit (Used for decoration on Vase)
– Old Calendar (used as a base)
– Scissor
– Glue/Fevicol

Step 1 – Turn around the Calendar
Turn around the old calendar such that the blank side of calendar faces you. This calendar will be used as a base on which we would paste our vase and flowers.

I used an old calendar as a base as the existing thread at the top could be re-used for hanging my wall hanging. So that I would not have to worry about how I would hang it. In case, if you do not have a calendar available – you can use any thick glossy white sheet or old poster as a base and then either get the wall hanging framed or punch a hole at the top and use a thread for hanging it.

Step 2 – Create base for wall hanging
I had some old printed papers available with me that I have used to create a base. You can either leave the base as white or choose to buy some printed papers from the market. Note that these papers should not be too bright otherwise the vase and flowers that you would paste on it later would look dull.

Apply glue on the calendar evenly (if you want you can use a brush for the same) and then paste the printed papers on the calendar. Leave it to dry for some time (approximately 5-10 min).

Step 3 – Create boundary of wall hanging
Cut the fabric of your choice into long strips to create a boundary of the wall hanging. I have used an old yellow colored flower printed suit for the purpose. Defining a boundary gives more focus on what you would be pasting inside. Cut strips long enough to cover the length of the calendar.

Apply glue on the fabric strips evenly (if you want you can use a brush for the same) and then paste the fabric strips on the calendar to cover the boundaries. Leave it to dry for some time (approximately 15 min).

After this step you would have the base for the wall painting ready. Next we would be cutting out a vase and creating fabric roses.

Step 4 – Cut out a Vase
I had a piece of brown handmade paper available with me which I used for creating the vase. In case if you do not have that available – you can either buy a sheet or use anything else of your choice as well. for e.g. any other brown paper or fabric or an old jute bag.

Now, view the base created in step 3 and imagine it to be divided into two halves – the upper half would be where you would paste your roses and the lower half would be where you would be pasting a vase. The upper half would be smaller in size than the lower half. If you want you can mark the two halves lightly using a pencil and measure the length and breadth of the lower half. Remember this mark is only for you and will need to be erased later. The measurement of lower half would give you an idea of how big or small you want your vase to be.

Then, draw a shape of vase on the selected material and cut it out. The dimensions of the vase would depend on the measurement of lower half of base that we just took.

Keep this vase shape ready but do not paste it yet.. Let us first make fabric roses.

Step 5 – Prepare Roses

To create fabric roses you would first need to cut strips of the selected fabric. I had old leggings in pink and red color which I used for creating roses. You can choose any colored fabric of your choice for the purpose. I would suggest to choose fabric of bright and solid colours. These roses can also be made of paper strips so you are free to choose a material of your choice.

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Now, you have to cut the material of your choice (in my case leggings) into strips. For the first flower, you can play around with length and width as that affects the size of flower that would be created. One fabric strip will be rolled into one flower each. So once you have created one flower successfully, you can cut out the rest of the strips.

Please follow steps in this blog to roll a fabric strip into a beautiful rose. The only difference is that we do not want the stem to be long so you can paste the fabric strip remaining in the end to form base of the flower.

Step 6 РPaste the Vase and Roses 
Now, we have the base, the vase and the flowers ready for pasting.
Place the vase and the roses on the wall hanging and arrange them. If required make changes in the vase size or number of flowers or placement. Once you are happy with how everything looks, apply glue on the back of the vase and paste it where you want it to be. Again pick up each flower apply glue on its back and paste it where you want it to be placed.

Slowly all the flowers and vase would be pasted on the wall hanging. Your wall hanging is now almost complete.

Step 7 – Cut out and Paste leaves
To create leaves, I used an old green suit. You can use any green colored fabric or paper for the same. Cut leaf shapes from the fabric and paste them between flowers (that we had already pasted earlier).

Step 8 – Decorate the vase
After my flowers and leaves were ready. I realized that the vase portion of the wall hanging was looking a little bit dull. Since it was a big portion of the wall hanging, I used border or lace from my old suit and used it to decorate the vase. If you want you can use ribbons for the same purpose.

After decorating the vase my wall hanging was ready :-)) ..

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