One of my favorite days of the entire year!
Our house is decorated, school valentines are signed, and the chocolates are bought…
Of course, my 6 year-old son has decided that Valentine’s Day is yucky, all of the sudden.
But I’m not going to let him dampen my lovey-dovey spirit!
This week, I’m sharing how to make this quilling paper flowers and vines heart.
Even though they’re pretty simplistic shapes, I went ahead and made up this heart template.
There are two sizes.
The one I’m demoing is the top heart and the smaller of the two.
After printing, place the heart of your choosing on your workboard and cover with wax paper.
The first step to the flowers and vines heart is to complete the edge.
To do so, glue two strips of quilling paper together to make a double-thick strip.
If you need a refresher on my on-edge technique, check out the post I just made on quilling paper mittens.
After your edging is complete, start adding the vines.
The vines are created from basic scrolls.
The trick is to place them in random order and to make sure they’re not in the same through the entire design.
Tuck in some curved strips as well for a little variation.
In case you’re wondering, for this heart I’m using this leaf green paper. It’s one of my favorite greens!
Next, the flowers!
I made two different kinds.
For the first, tear strips of white quilling paper in varying lengths, from about 2 1/2 inches to 6 inches.
Instead of rolling the strip around my quilling tool, I used a toothpick to make the center hole slightly larger.
Then, fill in the center with a tight coil from a charcoal gray strip.
The result is a bold, graphic anemone bloom.
For the pink flowers, I experimented a bit and came up with a way to make coils look like roses.
After rolling strips of pale pink around my needle tool to make a coil, I glued the end.
Then, using my tool, I pushed on one side of the coil gently.
I think they sort of look like ruffle-edged rosebuds!
The result is a mix of modern quilling with traditional swirls.
There is no real rhyme or reason to how I placed the flowers.
Just layer and move them as needed, until you’re happy with the placement.
I’d also add a few white and pink tight coils at either end of the spray to add a more realistic effect of blooming flowers.
Then apply glue as needed.
TIP ~ If you’re worried about not being able to get your flowers just right when you start to glue, think about snapping a quick photo to reference as you work.
I was looking for a cascading effect, and I really like it!
I know it’s too late for this Valentine’s Day, but this heart could be made anytime.
Try it for a Mother’s Day card, or a birthday.
Whatever the occasion, this quilling paper flowers and vines heart is simply pretty.