7 Quilled Christmas Ornaments That You're Going to Love

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Posted on November 29, 2021 by Corbie Kortz
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Don’t you just get that nostalgic feeling when you see a Christmas Tree lit up and adorned with handmade ornaments? We used to have, what I called, a Handmade Christmas Tree. One that was fully adorned with handmade ornaments that my six children made with their little hands over the years of them growing up. I cherished that tree.

In this article, we are going to dive into some tutorials on how you can make your own handmade ornaments from quilling paper. So, get your supplies together, and let’s get started.

Table of Contents

  • Supplies
  • Tips
  • Snowflake Ornament
  • Poinsettia Ornament
  • Candy Cane Ornament
  • Wreath Ornament
  • Christmas Tree Ornament
  • Angel Ornament
  • Crimped Wreath Ornament
  • Stabilizing and Sealing Your Ornaments
  • Finishing Touches
  • Conclusion

quilling supplies

Supplies:

  • 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm quilling strips of paper in various colors (the strips used for the purpose of this tutorial are 39cm in length (15.35”)
  • Quilling tool
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Glue – PPA glue
  • Sealer
  • Ruler
  • Shape template
  • Quill On Border Buddy
  • Paintbrush
  • Small paper dixie cups
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towels
  • Small cork board (optional)
  • Straight pins (optional)
  • Holiday String or Ribbon

Tips

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

quilling technique

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

Snowflake Ornament

paper quilled snowflake ornament

For the Snowflake Ornament, you’ll be using 3mm strips that are 39cm long (15.35”). This ornament is made using five colors: dark aqua, light aqua, white, medium blue, and dark blue.

Take one strip of dark aqua quilling paper and roll into a tight coil using your quilling tool, and if you have one, a curling coach. Glue to secure. This is the center.

quilling template

paper quilled loose coil

Take four strips of white and tear them in half, giving you eight strips that are approximately 7 ½” in length. Roll each one into a loose coil. You can keep them uniform by sizing them in the #11 circle template. Glue to secure.

paper quilled ring coils

Take eight strips of light aqua and roll each into a ring coil sizing them to the 5th tier down on your Circle Quill On.

quill on tool

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 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.

paper quilling technique

Now glue the white loose coils into the center bottom of the aqua open circles and shape them into teardrops, as shown. You will have to hold them for a few moments for the glue to set.

quilling cork board

Glue the teardrops around the dark aqua tight coil center. You can pin it to a cork board or hold it in place until set.

center of paper quilled snowflake ornament

To make the tiny tight coils, you’ll use ¼ strips. Take two strips of white and tear each one in half, then tear each half in half again. This will give you eight strips. Roll each strip into a tight coil and glue to secure. Glue them in place as shown.

For the next round, you’ll need sixteen strips of white. Each strip will make one set of loops and you’ll put two sets of loops on top of each tiny tight coil you just made.

To make the first set of loops, take one strip and tear it in half. Take one of the halves and roll into a ring coil using the Quill On at the 4th tier down. Glue to secure. Tear the other half strip in half. Roll one of those strips into a ring coil on the Quill On at the 3rd tier down, glue to secure. Take the remaining strip and roll into a ring coil on the Quill On at the 2ndtier down, glue to secure.

quilled snowflake elements

Nestle each of the three open circles inside of one another with the largest being on the outside and the smallest on the inside. Glue them together, holding with the tweezers, at the bottom of the circles. Form into a teardrop, holding for a moment until the glue sets.

Repeat with the other fifteen strips.

quilled snowflake ornament

Glue two sets of loops together to create a heart shape.

quilling snowflake ornament

Glue each heart shape on top of the tiny tight coils that are between the light aqua teardrops.

paper quilling techniques

Take four strips of the medium blue and tear in half and then tear each half in half again, giving you sixteen, ¼ strips. Roll each into a loose coil using the #10 circle template, glue to secure. Shape each into a marquis shape.

paper quilling techniques

Glue two together at the bottom of the marquis and pinch with your fingers until set.

paper quilling

Now glue each set into the center of each heart shape as shown.

quilled snowflake ornament

Take two strips of the dark blue and tear in half and then tear each half in half again, giving you eight, ¼ strips. Roll each into a loose coil using the #10 circle template, glue to secure. Shape each into a marquis shape and glue into the center of each set of medium blue marquis from the last round.

Your ornament is complete except for stabilizing and sealing and the final touches, which are described in the last section of this tutorial.

Poinsettia Ornament

quilled poinsettia ornament

For the Poinsettia Ornament, you’ll be using 3mm strips that are 39cm long (15.35”). This ornament is made using four colors: red, yellow, dark green, and light green.

quilling pieces for poinsettia

Take a yellow strip and roll into a tight coil, glue to secure. This is your center.

quilled poinsettia ornament

Take six red strips and roll them into a loose coil, keeping them uniform by using the #15 circle template, glue to secure. Shape each into a curved teardrop. Now glue to the yellow center with the points facing out.

Take six red strips and roll into a loose coil, keeping them uniform by using the #20 circle template, glue to secure. Shape each into a curved tear drop. These will be glued behind the first row.

backside of quilled poinsettia

It’s easier if you turn the first row over and glue the second row to the back. As you glue, remember to keep the points facing out, and bring these tear drops out just a bit so that the points stick out and in between the first row points.

For the next row, first, you’ll need six strips of dark green. Glue two strips together, end to end, making a double strip, giving you a strip that is a little over 30”. Repeat with the other four strips, giving you three, 30” strips. Repeat this with six strips of light green.

Take each 30” strip and roll it into a loose coil using the #30 circle template and glue to secure. Shape into a curve teardrop.

quilled poinsettia

Again, turn your piece over and glue this round to the back, placing each teardrop in between the ones from the previous round.

quilled poinsettia ornament

All that’s left are the final touches that are described at the end of this tutorial.

Candy Cane Ornament

quilled candy cane ornament

For the Candy Cane Ornament, you’ll use 3mm and 7mm strips that are 39cm in length, (15.35”). This ornament is made using three colors: red, white, and green.

quilled candy cane pieces

Take three red 7mm strips and tear them in half. Roll each of these strips into a loose coil, keeping them uniform by using the #15 circle template.

Take four white 7mm strips and tear them in half. Roll seven strips into a loose coil, keeping them uniform by using the #15 circle template.

paper quilling pieces

You’re going to shape these loose coils into squares and a couple of half circles.

quilled candy cane elements

The shapes around the curve of the candy cane are not perfect circles so you may want to shape as you go when you get to this part. Look at the photo as a guide. Start from the bottom of your candy cane and glue the squares together, alternating colors. You’ll notice that the ends of the candy cane are the half-circle shapes.

paper quilled holly

For the holly, you will use 3mm strips. The leaves are made using a quilling comb and the berries are made with ¼ strips rolled into tight coils. You can search YouTube to see videos on how to use the quilling comb.

quilled candy cane ornament

Glue the holly leaves and berries together as shown and glue to your candy cane.

paper quilled candy cane ornament

All that’s left are the final touches that are describe at the end of this tutorial.

Wreath Ornament

paper quilled wreath ornament

This Wreath Ornament was made using 3mm strips that are 39cm in length. This ornament is made using three colors: red, light green, and dark green.

quilled wreath ornament

Take ten dark green strips and roll each into a loose coil using the #15 circle template, glue to secure. Shape each into a teardrop shape. Glue together in a circle. This is easiest done using pins and a cork board to keep in place as it sets.

quilled wreath ornament

Take ten light green strips and roll each into a loose coil using the #12 circle template, glue to secure. Shape each into a tear drop and glue on top of the dark green, offset in between each tear drop.

quilled holly berries

The holly berries are made from ¼ strips of red rolled into tight coils. Glue them, as shown, nestled in between the light green tear drops.

All that’s left are the final touches that are described at the end of this tutorial.

quilled Christmas wreath ornament

Christmas Tree Ornament

quilled Christmas Tree ornament

The Christmas Tree Ornament is made using 3mm and 7mm strips at 39cm in length. The colors are green, yellow, brown, and random colors for the ornaments.

paper quilling pieces

Take eight 7mm strips of green and tear them in half. This will obviously give you sixteen strips, but you only need fifteen for this ornament. Roll each into a loose coil using the #15 circle template, glue to secure.

Take one 7mm strip of yellow and roll it into a loose coil using the #20 circle template. Repeat with a 7mm strip of brown.

The tiny ornaments are made using 3mm ¼ strips rolled into a tight coil.

quilled Christmas Tree ornament

Start by gluing five green loose coils together in a row, for the bottom row of the tree. Next glue four loose coils, nestled in between each coil from the previous row. Repeat until you have the one loose coil on the top row.

Shape the brown into a square and glue to the bottom of the tree, for the trunk.

Shape the yellow into a star and glue to the top of the tree, for the tree topper.

Next, add a few dabs of glue on each tiny ornament and nestle them randomly into your tree.

quilled Christmas Tree ornament

All that’s left are the final touches that are described at the end of this tutorial.

Angel Ornament

quilled angel ornament

The Angel Ornament is made using 3mm and 7mm strips at 39cm in length. The colors are light blue and white.

Take six 7mm light blue strips and tear them in half. Take eleven ½ strips and roll each into a loose coil using the #15 circle template. Shape ten of those into tear drops.

Start by gluing four of the tear drop shapes together, side by side, to create the first row of the angel. Next glue three tear drops together for the second row, setting them in between the tear drop points from the bottom row. Glue two tear drops for the next row. For the top row, take the last tear drop and glue with the point facing down, in between the two tear drops from the previous row. Now take the last loose coil and glue to the top for the angel’s head.

For the halo, take the final 7mm light blue strip and make a ring coil using the Quill On at the 3rd tier down, glue to secure. Flatten the ring coil with your fingers and glue to the top of the angel’s head.

The wings are made using 3mm white strips and the quilling comb.

quilled angel ornament

All that’s left are the final touches that are described at the end of this tutorial.

Crimped Wreath Ornament

crimped wreath ornament

This Crimped Wreath Ornament is made using 3mm and 7mm strips at 39cm in length. The colors are dark green, pink, and red.

Take three strips of green and glue them together end to end to create a triple strip. Run through the crimper tool and roll into a circle using your fingers. Rolling may take you a couple of tries so don’t glue until you have it in the shape that you want. Notice that the top of the wreath is pinched together, and the bottom of the wreath is a bit looser.

The little adornments are made using 3mm ¼ strips that you can roll into tight coils or let them unwind just a bit to make a loose coil.

Glue to secure.

paper quilled crimped wreath ornament

All that’s left are the final touches that are described at the end of this tutorial.

Stabilizing and Sealing Your Ornaments

sealing paper quilling ornaments

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 paper quilling ornament

Using a slightly larger paint brush, 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 ornaments

Tie a holiday string to each piece for hanging on your tree. You can also add some glitter and embellishments as well. Get creative.

Conclusion

Who wouldn’t love a tree with handmade ornaments? There are so many ways to use your ornaments now that you’ve made them. You can add them to a gift as a gift tag. Wrap them and give them as gifts. Do you have a Secret Santa Party to go to? Have you thought about what you will do with yours?


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Zeldi Smulders

November 30, 2021

Wow, very nice!

Wendy Boulay

November 29, 2021

Wow these are stunning!


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