I’m planning to teach this little Easter bunny for a class. It’s a simple design, great for beginners. If you’re interested in seeing more cute quilled animals, then you might like these kits: Animal Buddies, Jungle Buddies, Forest Buddies.
I always hear comments on how quilling must take so much time. It does. But so does any hobby that you enjoy doing, right!?! Below I’m sharing my SECRET to quilling EFFICIENTLY! I’m using this quilled bunny to demonstrate it. Hopefully you’ll find some time-saving tips that will help you quill a little faster.
- 1/8″ (3 mm) wide - Pale Pink and Ivory quilling paper
- Slotted or Needle Tool
- Fine Tip Tweezers
- Circle Template Board or Circle Sizer Ruler
- Wiggly Eyes
- Folded Card with envelope (4-inch x 5 1/4-inch)
- Spring Patterned Paper
- 2-inch Round Scalloped Punch Piece or any shape about 2-inches wide
The best way to describe my method of quilling is the Ford assembly line…grouping similar or repeated steps together! I’ve broken it down into six color-coded steps:
1.) MEASURE AND TEAR
3.) ROLL THE STRIP AND SIZE
4.) GLUE AND SHAPE
6.) GLUE DOWN
1.) MEASURE AND TEAR (no need to cut!) all the paper strips to length:
BODY - 12-inch (30 cm) pale pink strip.
FOOT - 4-inch (10 cm) pale pink strip.
TAIL - 4-inch (10 cm) ivory strip.
NOSE – 1-inch (2.5 cm) ivory strip.
HEAD – two 17-inch (43 cm) pale pink strip (see step 2).
EARS – two 3-inch (7.5 cm) ivory and two 3-inch (7.5 cm) pale pink strips (see step 2).
2.) Perform any special TECHNIQUES. The head and ears use the “End-to-end technique” where two separate strips are glued together to make a longer strip of paper. Place a small dab of glue at a paper’s end and overlap with the second strip. Use a straight edge to make sure both strips are straight (see picture below, the yellow thing is a sticky note pad with glue on it).
HEAD – glue two pale pink 17-inch (43 cm) strips (or the full-length) together.
EARS – glue a 3-inch (7.5 cm) pale pink to a 3-inch (7.5 cm) ivory strips together (see picture).
3.) ROLL THE STRIPS AND SIZE the coils in the appropriate hole.
BODY – SIZE 2 hole
FOOT – SIZE 6 hole
TAIL – SIZE 6 hole
EARS – SIZE 5 hole, start rolling from the ivory end!
NOSE – tight circle, no hole size.
HEAD – tight circle, no hole size.
TIP: If the bunny’s HEAD or tight circle looks bumpy, then a simple way to even out the edges is rolling the tool’s handle on top of it.
I call this “rolling out pie crust”! (** this works great for large tight circles like in my previous blog, “Quilled Easter Basket Project”.)
4.) Remove the sized coil from the Circle Template Board (or Circle Sizer Ruler) and GLUE the paper’s end to make a loose circle. SHAPE them by pinching points on the loose circle.
HEAD – Oval
BODY – Half circle (or cup shape)
FOOT – Teardrop
EARS – Marquises
5.) ARRANGE (don’t glue) the quilled pieces on the scalloped punched piece. The placement of the quilled pieces doesn’t need to be exact.
6.) GLUE DOWN the pieces by picking up each piece with tweezers, dipping it in a glue puddle and placing it on the scalloped punched piece. The picture below shows how I hold my quilled piece with FINE-TIP tweezers. I can get a good grip on the piece without changing its shape. (To save time, I usually skip gluing the pieces together.)
TIP: If you pick up too much glue on your quilled piece, then tap it on the sticky note pad to remove some of the clumps before placing it on your background.
Don’t forget to glue the wiggly eye on the bunny!
To put the card together, adhere the spring colored pattern paper to the front of the white folded card. Then mount the quilled scalloped piece to the center of the card.
I hope you found some helpful tips and techniques from this project!