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Swirling Paper Twirls

Gently roll the paper around itself.
Gently roll the paper around itself.
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Twirl paper to create savvy paper art designs. A quilling tool will spin you in the right direction for this paper craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Quilling tool
  • Quilling strips
  • Toothpicks
  • Craft glue
  • Wax paper

How to Make Swirling Paper Twirls:

Step 1: To make a circular twirl, slip the end of a quilling strip into the slit on the quilling tool, and gently roll the paper around itself. Let go, and slip the paper twirl off the tool. Use a toothpick to apply a bit of glue to the outside end of the paper strip to create a round shape.

Step 2: Create a variety of shapes by using different lengths of quilling strips and pinching paper twirls. Try these simple shapes in combinations to create your own design:

Try out different shapes like these.
Try out different shapes like these.
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  • Teardrop: Repeat step 1 to make a circular twirl, and pinch 1 edge.
  • Triangle: Repeat step 1 to make a circular twirl, and pinch 3 edges.
  • Heart: Fold a paper strip in half, and twirl each end toward the middle.
  • S-shape: Twirl one end of a quilling strip toward the middle. Twirl the other end in the other direction toward the middle.

Step 3: Lay the finished shapes on wax paper. Glue the shapes together to create various designs.

Glue the shapes together.
Glue the shapes together.
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Try this: Attach your finished designs to blank note cards or frame them in a shadowbox against a black paper background.

For a paper craft that will brighten your day, continue to the next page to find out how to make a paper art design that will catch sunlight.

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