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How To Make A Paper Quilling Angel


  1. Five strips of quilling paper in desired dress color 

2. Two strip of quilling paper in desired wings and halo color 

3. ½ a stip of quilling paper in desired head color 

4. Three very small pearls or other gems for around the neck of the angel.   I bought this pack from dollar tree and used the smallest size in the pack.  You could also make very tight small closed coils out of the quilling paper and place three of them around the neck of the angel.   

5. Elmer’s glue or another equivalent.   I recommend the small tip glue bottle for paper quilling.

6. The cork board quilling mat with shapes  

7. Quilling tool (unslotted or slotted)  

8. I recommend quilling tweezers  

9. I recommend pins (the pins with the ball at the end) 

You can get many of the items in the supplies list all in one kit. I personally have the first kit.

If you are new to paper quilling you may want to check out this post that explains some of the techniques more in depth and how to use some of the tools.

To start I measured one piece of paper quill strip and cut it directly in half.  Then I coiled one of the halves completely.  Next, I placed the coil inside one of the tear drop shapes on my cork board.  I selected the second smallest size I had available.  This allows the coil to unravel some, but within the size restraint that you want.  Sometimes the coil would not unravel much, so I would move it to the next size up so it had a little more room.  This seemed to work.  I think this was needed when I coiled the paper to tightly.  Once it has uncoiled you can place a small dot of glue on the end to close the coil. 

Next, you will want to pinch one end to form the tear drop.  Use the tear drop shape it is sitting in to help you.  If the coil did not unravel enough, then you can pinch off the one side first before applying the glue.  While you are pinching the one end you can try to work with it and make it a little longer.  You will need a total of 10 of these.   

As I was making these, I noticed the cork board shapes had numbers on them.  I believe this is roughly how long your strip of paper should be to fit nicely in that shape.  The size tear drop I was working with had the number 20 on it.  My paper strip was probably just a little shy of 20 centimetres.  So, this will be good to remember for future projects.   

Once these tear drop pieces are done, I arranged them to my liking, pinned them down so they would not move too much, and then glued them together.  The first row has 4 tear drops all with the pointy side facing up.  The second row contains 3 tear drops with the pointy side facing down, so that they lay nicely against the first row.  The third row has 2 tear drops facing up, and the fourth row only has one tear drop facing down.   

Next, I made an open coil for the head.  I only used half the paper strip for this.  I then glued it to the dress portion.   

For the wings I kind of free handed these.  I got one paper strip out of each side.  I knew the top wing needed to be the biggest.  So, I started with this one.  I made a rough wing shape out of my paper quilling strip to judge about how big I wanted the first one to be.  I then cut it and did the same thing for the second wing.  Then I roughly measured out the third wing.  Before gluing anything, I took the second paper quilling strip and measured out the three pieces I just made and cut them.  This way I had the same size paper quilling strips for both sides.  I glued the ends of each wing individually.  Once they were dry, I shaped them with my hands till I was happy with the shape.  Then I glued them all on.  They are all glued between the head and the top of the dress.  The smallest one is also glued to the side of the dress to provide extra support. Each wind is also glued to the wing or wings next to it.

With a little extra of the yellow I had from the wings I made a circle and glued it closed.  I then squished it down just a little with my fingers.  This is the halo that was then glued to the top of the angel’s head.   

Now you will want to glue the 3 small pearls around the angel’s neck to hide the connection points and make it look nicer.   

The top (biggest) wings on my angel seemed to be a bit to rounded and big for my liking.  So, as things continued to dry completely, I pressed the angel lightly against the top of the big square shape in my cork board. This helped get the desired shape I was wanting.  I may put her in a frame or I may attach a ribbon at the top and hang it on my Christmas tree as an ornament.   

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