5 Quilled Christmas Earrings

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Posted on November 28, 2021 by Corbie Kortz
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Table of Contents

  • Supplies
  • Tips
  • Wreath Earrings
  • Gift Box Earrings
  • Snowman Earrings
  • Poinsettia Earrings
  • Snowflake Earrings
  • Stabilizing and Sealing your Earrings
  • Finishing Touches
  • Conclusion

Supplies:

  • 3mm and 5mm strips of quilling paper in various colors
  • Quilling tool
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Glue – PPA glue
  • Sealer
  • Ruler
  • Shape template
  • Quill On border buddy
  • Jump rings
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelry tools
  • Paintbrush
  • Small paper dixie cups
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towels
  • Small cork board (optional)
  • Straight pins (optional)

quilling supplies

Tips

  • Tearing, rather than cutting, helps the paper ends blend when gluing so that you don’t see the perfect cut in the final product.
  • You really don’t have to measure. Everything here is made with either a full 39cm (15.35”) strip, ½ strip, or ¼ strip.
  • To keep your glue from clogging when you are using this tiny applicator, rest it upside down on a damp sponge.

quilling tips

  • Take your quilling tool and gently roll over the edges of your pieces to get them even.

Wreath Earrings

quilled wreath earrings

For the Wreath Earrings, you’ll be using 3mm strips of dark green and red.

Take 23 strips of dark green and tear them in half. For the center ring, take each of two ½ strips and roll a ring coil using the circle Quill On at the 3rd tier down.

quilling tip with quill on

TIP: The circle quill on is a bit challenging because of the smooth surface. Your strip is not going to stay in place while you are wrapping so put a dab of glue at the beginning as well as at the end. You’re also going to have to hold the strip in place as you are wrapping it to keep it from slipping. Use the fingernail of your index finger to hold in place until you get a couple of wraps going and as you are wrapping to help keep the paper strip straight. You’ll also use your fingernail to gently remove your triangle from the Quill On so that it does not unravel. You’re going to use your fingernails a lot.

quilling pieces

Take each of the ½ strips of dark green and roll each into a loose coil and size using the #10 circle template. Shape each into a marquis.

For the little red pieces, use ¼ strips. Tear a red strip in half, and then tear those halves in half again, giving you four ¼ strips. Roll six ¼ strips into tight coils, glue to secure.

quilled wreath earrings

Glue eleven marquis shapes around each ring coil, creating your wreaths. Glue the little red pieces to the front of your wreaths as shown, or however you want them.

paper quilled wreath earrings

These pieces are complete except for stabilizing and sealing and the final touches, which you will find below.

Gift Box Earrings

paper quilled gift box earrings

For the Gift Box Earrings, you’ll be using 5mm and 7mm strips.

For each of the earrings, glue two strips of red together, end to end, creating a double strip in length. Roll into a loose coil and size using the #20 circle template. Glue to secure. Shape into a square.

Using a 5mm strip of green, wrap around each gift and glue to secure.

Take two 5mm strips of green and tear them in half. These halves will be used to make the bow on top of the gift. Using each ½ strip, roll into a loose coil, size using the #10 circle template, glue to secure and shape into a triangle. Glue two triangles to the top of each gift as shown.

Now you need two 5mm strips of green that are about 2 ½” in length. Roll each strip into a ring coil using the 1st tier of the circle Quill On. Glue to the top of the gift bow.

quilled Christmas present earrings

Your gift box earrings are complete except for stabilizing and sealing and the final touches.

Snowman Earrings

paper quilled snowman earrings

For the Snowman Earrings, you’ll be using 3mm and 5mm strips that are 39cm long (15.35”).

Take two white 5mm strips and tear them in half, giving you four ½ strips. Roll two strips into loose coils and size them by using the #15 circle template, glue to secure. Roll the other two strips into loose coils and size them by using the #10 circle template, glue to secure. This gives you the head snowball and the body snowball for each earring.

For the hats, take one red 5mm strip and tear it in half, then tear the halves in half again. You have four ¼ strips. For each hat, first, make the square for the top of the hat by taking one of the ¼ strips and rolling into a loose coil and size by using the #8 circle template. Shape into a square.

quilled paper pieces

For the brim of the hat take another ¼ strip and fold it in half. Fold in half again, and then one more time. Glue the square to the brim.

Glue the two snowballs together for each snowman, then glue the hat to the snowman’s head.

For the scarf, use a 3mm strip of red that is about 1 ¾” in length, and you may end up trimming off the extra length. Lay this strip across the front of the snowman where the snowballs meet. It is not going to be wrapped around the snowman’s neck. With your fingernail, create a crease and fold down towards you to make the length of the scarf. Trim any unnecessary length. Glue in place and let dry.

paper quilled snowman earrings

Your snowmen are complete except for stabilizing and sealing and the final touches, which we will get to at the end of this tutorial.

Poinsettia Earrings

paper quilled poinsettia earrings

For the Poinsettia Earrings, you’ll be using 3mm strips of red and green.

paper quilling pieces

Take twelve red strips and roll into loose coils, sizing with the #15 circle template. Glue to secure and shape each into a marquis shape.

Using ½ strips of green, roll six of them into loose coils and size using the #12 circle template. Glue to secure and shape each into a double-curved marquis.

quilled poinsettia earrings

Glue the red marquis together into the shape of a circle creating the poinsettia petals. Glue the green leaves into place. Reference the photo.

paper quilled poinsettia earrings

To stabilize and seal, refer to the directions below.

Snowflake Earrings

paper quilled snowflake earrings

For the Snowflake Earrings, you’ll be using 3mm strips of white.

For each earring, take a ½ strip and roll into a tight coil. Glue to secure.

paper quilling pieces

Next, using twelve ½ strips, roll each into a loose coil, size using the #10 circle template, glue to secure, and shape into a teardrop. Glue six teardrops around each of the two tight coils.

quilling technique using awl

For each tiny circle, you need 1/8 strips. You will need 36 of these. Take strips of white and tear them in half. Tear the halves in half, leaving you with ¼ strips. Tear the ¼ strips in half as well, leaving you with 1/8 strips. Roll each tiny strip into a ring coil. This is best achieved by using the quilling awl and the same technique as the Quill On tool. Glue to secure and glue three ring coils to the tip of each teardrop shape.

TIP: Making these tiny ring coils can be a challenge, just keep trying until you get your technique down. You can do it.

paper quilled snowflake earrings

Glue three ring coils to the tip of each teardrop as shown.

To stabilize and seal, refer to the directions below.

Stabilizing and Sealing Your Earrings

sealing quilled work

Using a tiny brush, paint a coat of the PPA glue or Mod Podge around the insides of your design. Let dry.

Paint a coat around the outside edges with the glue and let dry.

Paint a coat on the top and bottom, letting dry after each side.

sealing quilled work

Using a slightly larger paintbrush, paint a coat of sealant, covering all sides, allowing to dry after each side of your design as you did with the glue.

TIP: The sealant may stretch across the openings in your design forming a bubble. If you don’t want this effect, just blow it out before it dries.

Finishing Touches

paper quilled Christmas earrings

Attach your jewelry findings and you’re good to go.

Conclusion

These earrings make wonderful gifts for your family and friends. They’ll love a handmade gift from you. Have you started your Christmas List yet?


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Zeldi Smulders

November 30, 2021

So cute!


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