Thursday, January 20, 2011

Red Heart Paper Quilling

I am loving how this Paper Quilling Heart project turned out. Let's just say there have been way too many snow days lately. This week has just been crazy and I feel like I haven't even got anything done! The other day we were stuck in the house while it was dark and rainy, so I decided to try paper quilling. I wanted to make a heart. I took some pics along the way of my first quilling project, I didn't really know what I was doing but I still had fun and liked how it turned out. Pardon the lighting, I had no natural light so I strapped on the external flash and went to town.
First I used cardstock in a deep red color I liked. Cardstock is a little tricky because of its stiffness but it is the only red I had on hand (besides kids construction paper) I cut them into 1 inch wide strips roughly because I wanted some good dimension for my final project.
I started at one end slowly rolling the paper tightly until it was all rolled.

They ended up looking like this. When I let go of them they loosen and each take on their own little personality.
I decided to use a little hot glue and dabbed a little on the end to keep the rolled paper bound.
I set up all my rolled circles together and put them in a heart shape. I kept rearranging them until I got them how I liked them. Notice the very bottom one is different, I squeezed the very bottom of the circle to elongate it. After I had them how I liked them I started using a little hot glue to glue them to each other. One thing to note: Using a craft glue of e6000 would probably be less obvious, I wasn't as careful as I should of been so if you look close you can see evidence of the hot glue. 
I thought these could be so cute on a valentine card, hanging up, as a garland, or even just sitting out. I really loved how the look turned out. Okay, moving on. :)
I went to the basement to find something to put my heart on. I am working on crafting with what I have and re-purposing items already in my stash. I found this little wood plaque that I had previously painted black to use for a different project that never happened.  I just got some flat white paint and painted over the black. I should have used primer, but I didn't, so after like 3 coats we were good to go.
I did a light sanding on the edges just to add some personality, and you can see that some of the black started showing through which looked good.Then I just lightly put a few dabs of hot glue on the back side of the heart and stuck it on. Didn't get a picture of that step but I'm sure you get the picture!
Final product. Note to self: be more careful with the hot glue next time! If I had my sillouette (I'm still dreaming of one...think of all the cool stuff I could make!) I would have possibly added a little vinyl to spice it up a bit.
I'm so Lovin' doesn't hurt that it was free since I had everything I needed to make it work.

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  1. This is beautiful, So simple and elegant. I love! nice job.

  2. If you haven't already, I would love for you to come link up at my linky party and have the chance to be the Best of the Best for January!

  3. Thanks so much! It was kind of fun and super easy.

  4. Beautiful and simple. Love it!

  5. The heart's just gorgeous....well done!

    Here's my entry...


  6. I love this - Im your newest follower. Stop by if you have a chance.

  7. What a great idea! I love it!

  8. You have made the finals! Check it out!

  9. Voted for you! I love the idea and I am going to try and make one. Thanks for the inspiration. AJ

  10. I love this. I am scared to be up against in in the Best of January. I was coming here to ask u where you got that plaque. I had a feeling it was repurpoused so I would never be able to replicate this! Some girls find all the cool stuff...


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