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How To Do Paper Quilling For Beginners

The art of paper quilling has been around for years– from monks during the Renaissance, to young girls trying to learn this art in the 19th century. Today, quilling has been a very popular hobby of a lot of people. If you’re a beginner and interested in knowing how to do paper quilling, we’ll tell you something; it’s very easy and all you need are the right tools.

With that, we’re here to help and give you a guide on how to do paper quilling.

Quilling Tools

It’s important to know the different types of paper quilling tools to get you started. The two main tools used in this craft are the needle tool and slotted tool. The latter is ideal for beginners, while the needle tool allows you to have a perfect creation. Likewise, you could also use a corsage needle or a toothpick if these tools aren’t available around the house.

Slotted tool – If you’ve never seen one before, it’s a thin, pencil-like instrument with a slot or slit located at the top. Though, there’s a downside to using one; it creates a tiny crimp in the middle of the paper, where it was slid into. However, if this doesn’t really bother you, then there’s nothing wrong with using this tool– especially if you’re a beginner.

Needle tool – It’s a quilling tool that’s trickier to use, but you’ll get an uncrimped, and professional looking spiral.

Quilling Strips – The art of quilling depends on the paper you’re going to use to make this craft, and you could either make or buy these. Most quillers use thin strips of colorful paper, and curl them in order to come up with several, incredible designs. Likewise, you could also make your own strips by cutting the pieces of paper into uniformed sizes, or if you don’t have much time, you could also get pre-cut paper in craft stores. The length of your strips would highly depend on the designs you’re planning to make.

Basic Steps

Before you could make any wonderful piece, you’ll start with making a bunch of plain coil.

Coiling the Paper

If you’re using a slotted tool, begin by inserting one end of a quilling strip into the tiny slot of your tool. It’s important to ensure that it’s nice and snug; then, slowly twirl the tool away.

In order to make a coil, the paper should wrap around the end of the tool. Keep twirling ’till the whole strip is twisted neatly on the tool.
On the other hand, if you’re going to use a needle tool in this project, it’s advisable to get your fingers a little damp and try to curve one end of the paper strip around the needle. With your index finger and thumb, apply a little pressure and roll the paper around the needle.

Gluing the Designs

  • Step 1: Pull the coil off. After rolling the piece of paper around your tool, slowly take it off. If you’re aiming for a loose coil, put it down, so that it’ll be slightly loose.
  • Step 2: Glue the paper together. Once you’ve achieved the desired size of your coil, glue the tail. Using a toothpick, T-pin, or paper piercing device, and apply a tiny amount of glue on the inside side of the end of the strip and hold it for about 20 seconds. Note: You could use standard glues, such as Elmer’s glue. Likewise, you could also try Tacky glue because it dries quicker. Also, water-based super glue is applicable and it could hold the paper real well.
  • Step 3: Quilling. Pinch the coil into your desired shape. This is optional and would be based on the pattern you’re following. For instance, you could pinch your paper coil into an eye shape to form a leaf. If you’re planning to make an ear, you could also do a triangle. It’s up to you.
  • Step 4: Gluing the pieces together. The last step would be gluing all the paper coils together. Again, it’s important to only use a little amount of glue, so that your pieced wouldn’t turn into a disaster.

Easy Quilling Patterns to Try

You could always visit the craft store and purchase a book of quilling patterns if you’re a beginner. Also, you could use the Internet to look for quilling patterns for free. Here are some of the patterns you can try.

Quilled Angel

It’s a design that would allow you to create a beautiful angel that’s perfect as a cute gift or a Christmas tree topper.

Quilled Heart

Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than doing a handmade present to your loved ones.

Paper quilling takes a lot of practice and patience, but the results could really be rewarding. The more you practice, the better you can be.

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Cute Gifts for Elephant Lovers

Elephants are the biggest land animals in the world, and they also have very big and kind hearts. Elephants are extremely cool, and they love their families more than anything else. That is why, so many people are in love with these giant creatures. There are many cute, elephant themed gifts which you can gift to your elephant loving friends. Some of the top gifts for elephant lovers are:

My Pillow Pets Large Nutty Elephant

This will be a great gift for a small kid who loves elephants. The best thing about this product is that, it serves two purposes. It can serve as a soft toy, and you can also use it as a pillow. It is around 8.5 inches in size, and made with high quality fabric. There is a velcro closure. If you open it, it will be a pillow. Otherwise, it will be a cute looking soft toy. And while this cute tiny stuffed elephant is cute, you might also consider a giant stuffed elephant for that realistic massive elephant size.

Hippie Elephant Crossbody Bag

Made with pure cotton, this is an extremely good bag to buy for your friend who loves elephants. It has a lot of space inside, you can easily pack many heavy times inside it. It is quite durable, you don’t have to worry about any tears. It is also available in green and black, but brown generally looks the best. There is also a zippered pocket inside the bag, where you can keep the important stuffs like keys. The zippered pouch is also made with the same quality materials, which is used in the external of the bag. It costs just $7.55, and is definitely worth the money.

Hand Painted Elephant Tea Mug

For your coffee loving friend, this will be a great gift. The mug is designed like that of an elephant, and the trunk of the elephant has been beautifully engraved. The mug is white in color and the eyes and the ears of the elephant has been beautifully painted in black on the mug. Apart from that, it is also quite big in size,and is capable of holding a large amount of tea or coffee. You can also use it in your oven.

Happy Feet Elephant Slippers

Nothing can be more cute than a pair of elephant slippers. You can gift these to your daughter or wife, and they will be definitely happy. They are huge in size, and will easily fit everyone. Apart from that, they are extremely warm and comfortable.

Humphrey Elephant by Bedtime Solutions

Made with polyester, this is an insanely cute looking stuffed toy. It is very neatly stitched, and you can cuddle it as hard as you can. It is extremely soft, and it feels great to hold it. Apart from that, it is also easy to wash.

I’ve said it before, I generally prefer to make fun gifts for people, and I will have some elephant stuffed animal patterns coming soon, but these are all pretty cute gifts if you know someone who loves elephants.

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Cool Gifts for Giraffe Lovers

While I generally prefer to make my gifts, and I should have some great animal stuffed animal patterns up soon, here are some gift ideas for the giraffe lover in your life.

Animals are a favorite group of beings for many people since they offer comfort. Amazingly, the Vulli Sophie la Giraffe is one of the best stuffed animals that can be gifts for giraffe lovers.Over at Giraffe Stuffed Animal, they talk about how the long neck aspect of the giraffe is an attribute that many people love to associate with. An amazing fact about purchasing such a pet is that it has the regal stance makes the animal very delectable. As such many it is important to consider the option to purchase such a pet as a stuffed animal. Interestingly, such animals reassure any animal lover of the pleasure of exploring the jungle.

The Ty Tiptop Giraffe is an additional alternative of consideration while buying cute gifts. These types of gift act as reminders to Mother Nature and the environments that giraffes grow. The dark brown color matches the real color of the pretty giraffes in the game parks and reserves. Additionally, the markings on the ears of the stuffed animal are a copyright of the real animals. They evoke the bliss compassion for any animal lover since they appear tender and colorful. One cannot help but notice the resemblance of Ty Tiptop Giraffe legs and the real giraffe calf. The same can also be said to the giant stuffed giraffe which also has the same colors. Inspiringly, these two animals give the impression of the need for tours and travel within the habitats of the long neck beauties.

The other option to consider as gifts for giraffe lover is the Aurora World Inc 12 inches Acadia The Giraffe Flopsie. She is a unique animal given its posture which is a reminder to the real African Giraffe. Impressively, her posture seems actualize the probability of owning a giraffe within the shortest time.

Animals are the best companions that one can acquire in the diverse world market. Amazon offers various stuffed animals that can help one feel the soothing relief of a companion. Gifts for giraffe lovers would include the Gund Curious George Stuffed Animal, 15 inches. Such is an adorable gift for pet lover since they fall in the same habitat with the giraffes. As a pet lover one would want to consider the alternative of having such a pet in their arms. Additionally, one would not want to miss the opportunity of keeping man’s closets companion in the house. For this reason they would acquire the Gund Grumpy Cat Plush Stuffed Animal Toy.