This week’s project is a mix between origami and quilling.
Whether used alone or in with other types of quilling, these tiny flowers can add a serious “wow”!
Let’s make some quilling paper rosettes!
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Mini paper rosettes start off much like any other quilling project.
Choose the paper color and size that you would like. I wouldn’t use any strip thinner than 1/8″, due to the fragile nature of the really tiny paper.
Insert the strip into the end of a slotted quilling tool.
I like to start a small way down the strip, instead of right at the end. This will add an additional swirl to the inside of your flower.
Roll the strip on the tool a couple of full times.
Now, its time for some origami magic!
Keeping the strip on the slotted tool, fold the quilling paper strip backward and at an angle.
Turn the slotted tool once more, and fold again in the same manner.
Continue turning and folding a few more times.
These folds are what will represent the petals of the small roses.
As you add petals, they will naturally start pulling away from the center of the flower.
The quilling paper rosette may start to be slightly difficult to handle on the tool as it gets bigger.
After some practice, I found it easier to take the rosette off my slotted tool, and continue to add folds by hand, while holding the flower upside-down.
Once your rosette is as large as you’d like, tear off any excess paper that you don’t need.
Glue the end of the paper to the bottom of the flower.
If your flower begins to pop up or if the layers don’t sit as close as you would like, you can always add a small touch of glue between the petals.
I’ve used these tiny quilling paper rosettes in the past to add extra elements to custom monograms or cards.
For a new project, I decided to cover some Easter eggs with rosettes.
I wanted the eggs to look a little like blooming rose bushes when they were done, so I needed to add some green.
Since I wanted the rosettes to sit a little taller than the underlying green, so I used 1/16″ or super thin quilling paper strips to make the tight coils and teardrops.
I also included some flat strips between the quilled shapes, because there was a slight gap and I didn’t want to see any white coming through.
I didn’t realize how many glue bits were left over when I took these photos! Whoops!
Then, make about 17 billion rosettes.
Obviously, I’m joking, but it took quite a large number of flowers to cover the eggs.
All my time folding these flowers reminded me of making the hydrangea topiary tutorial I made a few months ago.
A lot of work, but worth the time!
To make these eggs look a little more dynamic, I decided to use multiple shades of the same colors on each.
Starting at the bottom, I glued the darkest shade of the purple and pink roses around and between the green leaves.
Then, I switched to the lighter tones as I made my way to the top of the eggs.
I think the ombré colors make them look a little fancier!
They’re like blooming rose bushes!
These Easter eggs are just some inspiration.
I’m sure you could come up with many uses for these quilling paper rosettes.
Maybe you’ve used them before in a quilling project.
Share your ideas in the comments below!