Butterflies make amazing decorative pieces- be it as fridge magnets or embellishments on walls, boxes, photo frames or as jewelry. They also make amazing return gifts and birthday presents.
I made these two butterflies with strips of 5 mm. I just randomly used the strips from a multicolored pack of quilling strips and hence the vibrant colors of the cuties.
Making quilled butterflies is pretty simple as only basic quilling shapes like tight coils, marquis and teardrop are used. You just have to let your imagination flow while sticking the shapes together to get the wings into different shapes. But make sure the symmetry is maintained between the two wings. To get the body right, make two cones of the same color and stick them together on the open end to get the required shape.
I used one of these butterflies to embellish my son’s photo frame.
I gifted the other butterfly to my Neighbors daughter on her birthday… I loved the expression on her face when she was holding the tiny bunch of colors in her hand.
If you like these vibrant and colorful butterflies, do let me know with a comment or a LIKE.
Basic quilling supplies
In my previous post, I had shown you about some of the basic shapes in quilling. Before you start making wonderful creations with quilling there are a few basic thing you should know about the supplies you use.
Quilling strips of 3mm and 10mm width
The quilling paper is available as strips of 3mm, 5mm, 7mm and 10mm widths. One side of the quilling paper is shiny while the other surface is matt. While rolling the paper into coils, make sure that the shiny surface faces the outside so that the finished pattern has a glossy finish.
Quilling needle come in different form. The most suitable for beginners is a slotted needle. It has a slit at its tip to hold the edge of the quilling strip firmly without slipping. This makes it easier for the beginners to roll the paper strips into coils. However, the tip of the needle is thick which would leave a hole in the middle of the tightly would coils.
You can use any general purpose glue to stick the strips. However, it is good to choose a glue such as fevicol which dries up quickly. Make sure you only use a little amount glue because excess glue can stick to the sides and make your designs look bad. It is better to use a sharp object such a toothpick to apply the glue. You can also use fevicol as a varnish or waterproof shield on the finished quilled projects. Just smear a thin layer of fevicol on your final design either with a finger or with a flat brush and leave it to dry for a couple of hours. As the fevicol dries, the quilled design becomes more firm, waterproof and gets as glossy finish.
Why wait.. Get your quilling supplies and start rolling..