Quilled Spring Trees

Oh, quilling! One of our favorite arts. Beautiful, bright paper.... wonderful curlicues... and, this time, spring blossoms! Maybe you'd like to add flowers. Or the sun. Or little tweeting birds!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We needed green paper for the grass and leaves, brown for the tree, and blue for the background. We also had our quilling tool out, but you can use a very thin stick, toothpick, or paintbrush end for rolling the coils.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Maddie made the ground--two hills--and then drew and cut out a tree.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Time to make the coils! They can be torn and wide (for younger children), or cut neatly into tiny, narrow strips. We cut small, narrow strips this time. She rolled 'em up...

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    ...and used a glue stick to paste and hold the end in place against the rolled paper. Then she shaped the paper rolls by pinching one end to make the leaf.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Madeleine made small puddles of craft glue,

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    for holding her leaves and bright pink blossoms. (She was so excited about the blossoms!)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    The last step was to add a sweet little butterfly. Hooray for spring!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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