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The art of quilling [904]

Quilling is the art of creating intricate shapes from strips of paper - and probably one you've never heard of. This simple yet beautiful craft can help you focus, relax and even relieve anxiety. Here is an example of a beautiful fruit plate made using the quilling techniques!

The best part: there's no need to shop for supplies! You can create beautiful designs with what you have at home. For this project, you'll only need strips of lightweight paper, glue, and a tool with which to roll the paper — that’s it. The last one can be a wooden skewer or even a cake tester from your kitchen drawer.

As for the technique, it's fairly simple too. First, roll the narrow ribbon of paper around a needlelike tool, then, allow it to loosen a little and slip it off, arrange with your fingertips into the desired shape, and glue the end.

Quilling makes for a perfect weeknight activity that can be combined with your favorite TV show.
Warning: you may become addicted by the end of this article!

What you'll need:

  • 1/8″ (width) quilling paper in color of choice
  • Scissors
  • Glue (clear-drying, suitable for paper)
  • Quilling tool (can be replaced by a wooden skewer or a round toothpick)

1. Grapevine
For this, you'll need 21 long paper ribbons in light green. Use 18 strips to create tight circles by rolling them around a needlelike tool. Cut the remaining 3 strips in four parts each and use them to create "marquise" shapes (create and glue a loose circle; pinch each end). Add another ribbon as a stem. Assemble and glue the elements together as shown in the picture.

2. Strawberries
For strawberries, you'll need 1 green and 33 red paper ribbons. Cut 31 red strips in halves and roll them in tight circles. Use the remaining 2 red ribbons for defining the shape by wrapping them around the previously created circles. Then, cut the green strip in half and use as stems. Refer to the picture for assembling.

3. Orange and lemon
Take 11 yellow, 2 orange and 16 white long strips of paper. Make 20 triangles out of 10 yellow stripes and wrap each in a half of the white stripe. Create little oval shapes from the remaining white ribbons. The rest is used to wrap around the already prepared segments. Refer to the photo for assembling and gluing the elements together.

4. Kiwi
Prepare 13 dark green strips, as well as 1 white, 2 brown and 10 black ones. Using the dark green paper, create 26 "teardrops" (pinch one end of a loose circle to form a point). Make 2 marquise elements out of white paper. And create 20 tight circles using black ribbons. Wrap the prepared shapes with brown stripes. Assemble as shown in the picture.

5. Pineapple
For this fruit, pick 9 pastel yellow stripes. Make 8 loose triangles and use the last ribbon to define the shape. Refer to the photo if needed.

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