Quilling paper blueberries can be a sweet celebration of warm weather, sunny skies, and new summer gardens.
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Quilled blueberries are an easy way to practice making round paper spheres.
This may seem simple enough, but it can require a little bit of patience.
First, gather your supplies.
I used 22″ dark blue quilling paper (3 strips per berry), quilling tool, small brush, scissors, tweezers, and glue.
If your paper strips are shorter, your berries might be a little smaller, or you can some extra length to your quilling paper by gluing 2 strips together. But the length I used isn’t a hard and fast rule for this project. It’s just the paper I had on hand and I liked the size of the blueberries when they were done.
I chose Tacky Glue for this project because it’s nice to have a quick hold when working in 3-D. Clear glue is another good option if you’re worried about glue marks on your dark paper.
Notice I also included the Savvy Slotted tool by Quilled Creations in this photo. I’ve been reaching for it a lot lately, and I’m really enjoying how quickly I can roll with it. (Read my review from last year if you’re interested in this fun tool!)
Next, start rolling your blueberry.
You’re going to make it in 2 equal parts. Simply roll one of the 22″ strips into a tight coil on your quilling tool. Then, repeat with a second strip.
Gently push the center of each coil out with your finger to make a small dome.
I wouldn’t recommend using a mold or any other tool for this. You’re really only looking for a very slight bump. It may not seem like much, but when the entire blueberry is put together, it will definitely be round!
Using a brush, apply a bit of glue to the underside of each domed coil and let dry. This will hold the shape.
I included some blueberries made from hand-cut card stock in the photos below as inspiration to those who were curious about working with that paper. It will work the same, it is just thicker paper!
Now it’s time to glue the two halves of your blueberry together.
Dot a bit of glue around the edge of one side, and set the other on top.
You can see how the quilling paper blueberries are almost round at this point, but they’re not quite right yet…
The berries need some more paper in the center where the two halves meet to bump up the middle a little bit.
To do this, attach another strip of dark blue quilling paper right on the seam, and wrap it a time or two around the center. Tear off any extra and glue the end to keep everything in place.
It might seem like a really small detail, but it makes a world of difference in making round quilling paper objects.
The last element of a quilling paper blueberry is the small spiky parts that are on the blossom end of the fruit.
To make these, cut tiny triangle shaped pieces of quilling paper. Dip in glue and apply to one end of the blueberry.
There are supposed to be 5 of these spikes in a star shape, but I took some artistic license and only used four. It is much easier to make four look even and to try and make a star, and you’ll still get the same effect.
I think they look a lot like the real thing!
I had my kids fooled for a minute!
Even though these quilling paper blueberries are 3-D, there are still plenty of uses for them.
I might add mine to a wreath for my front door.
How will you use your paper blueberries? Tell me all about your plans in the comments below!
Sharon Bryant says
They look great and I look forward to making some