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Quilled Mother's Day Earrings

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Posted on April 19, 2021 by Corbie Kortz
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Celebrate all that your mom is to you. Mom’s going to love you whether you get her something for Mother’s Day or not, but why not brighten her day with a pair of unique quilled earrings that are handmade by you? Truly a one-of-a-kind gift made with your own hands.

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Quilled Peony Earrings

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Supplies:

  • 21 fifteen-inch strips of quilling paper in four different shades of reds and pinks.
  • A crimper
  • Quilling Tool
  • Quilling Template (optional)
  • Tweezers
  • Glue, you can use PPA or Elmer’s
  • Sealant, Mod Podge works great
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, optional for a topcoat
  • Small paint brush
  • Jewelry Tools
  • Jewelry findings for making earrings, (jump rings and earring hooks)
  • Parchment paper (for working on)

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The colors don’t really matter but it does add interest when using different shades of whatever color you choose to use. Using the parchment paper under your work keeps your project from sticking to your work surface, it may stick to the parchment paper a little, but you won’t have to damage your project trying to get it unstuck.

Crimp 20 of your strips, 10 strips per earring, (no need to crimp the last strip because this will be use for the piece to secure your jewelry findings).

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Using your quilling tool, roll each crimped strip into a tight closed coil and glue to secure.

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You’ll need two, three-inch strips, one for each earring. Don’t crimp these, just roll using the quilling tool. You can use the number five circle template to size. You’re going to need a decent hole in the center of this ring because this is where the jump rings are going to be looped into.

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You can use the tweezers for this, or any other small tool that will fit into the center hole. You will gently unwind the center. Remove from template with tweezers and glue to secure.

TIP: You can use your quilling tool and roll over the edges of your coils to smooth them.

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Glue your pieces together as shown in the photo below with seven coils on the bottom and the other three on the top making a second layer.

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Now glue the three-inch piece to the top as shown.

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You’ll want to seal your earrings to make them sturdier and to keep the coils in place. Mod podge was used here for the sealer.

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Using a small paint brush, brush on the mod podge, one side at a time, then the edges, letting it dry between each application. Take your time and use thin layers so that you get an even look and so the glue doesn’t glob onto your art piece. (NOTE: I used three coats here).

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TIP: If the sealing glue is forming an elastic bubble across the inner design, leaving a film across your work, you can blow on the bubbles with your mouth or poke them with a straight pin to get them to pop. (NOTE: you won’t have this problem with the closed coils like in this peony design, except maybe with the small piece at the top for the jump rings, but you will with more open designs).

If you’d like to add a shine and some dimension to your earrings, you can add a topcoat like this Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. You’ll paint it on just like you do the sealant.

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Don’t worry about being able to see the white from the glue and the topcoat, they will dry clear.

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Once completely dry, attach the earring jewelry findings using two jump rings and an earring hook for each earring.

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You’re all set. You’ve made a pair of quilled peony earrings.

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Cascading Hearts

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Supplies:

  • Fifteen-inch strips of quilling paper in four different shades from red to pink, each color will be cut or torn to different lengths.
  • Quilling Tool
  • Quilling Template (optional)
  • Tweezers
  • Glue, you can use PPA or Elmer’s
  • Sealant, Mod Podge works great
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, optional for a topcoat
  • Small paint brush
  • Jewelry Tools
  • Jewelry findings for making earrings, (jump rings and earring hooks)
  • Parchment paper (for working on)

You’ll need 4 strips of each color and tear them in lengths as follows. The darkest color will be left at fifteen inches. Tear the next lighter color at thirteen inches, then next lighter color at eleven inches and the lightest color at nine inches.

Starting with the darkest color, using the quilling tool, roll, then to keep them uniform in shape, place the coil into the number fifteen circle on the quilling template. (Did you know that number beside the circle refers to how long your strip should be? Nifty huh?)

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Remove from the circle and glue to secure. Then shape into a tear drop. Do this for all four of the darkest strips.

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Take the next lighter strips that you tore at thirteen inches, roll, then place the coil into the number thirteen circle. (you don’t have to use the circle templates; it just keeps them uniform in size). Now, remove from the template, glue to secure and shape into a tear drop.

Roll the eleven-inch strips, place into the number eleven circle template, remove and glue to secure, and shape into a tear drop.

Now finally, do the same with the nine-inch strips and using the number nine circle template.

If you look at your tear drops, you’ll notice that they curve slightly in one direction.

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Before gluing the tear drop shapes together to create a heart shape, turn one of the tear drop shapes over so that each tear drop curves towards one another.

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Glue together to create a heart shape. Repeat for the other colors.

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TIP: You’ll need to hold the pieces together for a few moments to let the glue take ahold.

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Now you’ll stack the hearts starting with the largest on the bottom and smallest on the top, then glue together.

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You’ll need two, three-inch strips, one for each earring. Roll using the quilling tool. You can use the number five circle template to size. You’re going to need a decent hole in the center of this ring because this is where the jump rings are going to be looped into.

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You can use the tweezers for this, or any other small tool that will fit into the center hole. You will gently unwind the center. Remove from template with tweezers and glue to secure.

Glue to the top of the smallest heart.

You’ll want to seal your earrings to make them sturdier and to keep the coils in place. Using a small paint brush, brush on the mod podge, one side at a time, then the edges, letting it dry between each application. Take your time and use thin layers so that you get an even look and so the glue doesn’t glob onto your art piece.

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If you’d like to add a shine and some dimension to your earrings, you can add a topcoat like Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.

Once completely dry, attach the earring jewelry findings using two jump rings and an earring hook for each earring.

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Colorful Feather Earrings

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Supplies:

  • 31 fifteen-inch strips of quilling paper various colors
  • Quilling Tool
  • Quilling Template (optional)
  • Tweezers
  • Glue, you can use PPA or Elmer’s
  • Sealant, Mod Podge works great
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, optional for a topcoat
  • Small paint brush
  • Jewelry Tools
  • Jewelry findings for making earrings, (jump rings and earring hooks)
  • Parchment paper (for working on)

Fold thirty of the paper strips in half and tear, making sixty 7.5” strips, thirty for each earring.

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Roll with the quilling tool and size your coil by using the number ten circle template.

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Glue to secure, then shape into marquis shapes.

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Separate into even number of colors so that you’ll have the same colors for each earring.

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Using two strips that are three inches long, roll to form the piece that your jump rings will attach to.

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Start gluing the marquis shapes together, starting with the top of the feather. Colors are totally random, just do the same to each earring.

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You’ll want to seal your earrings to make them sturdier and to keep the coils in place. Using a small paint brush, brush on the mod podge, one side at a time, then the edges, letting it dry between each application. Take your time and use thin layers so that you get an even look and so the glue doesn’t glob onto your art piece.

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If you’d like to add a shine and some dimension to your earrings, you can add a topcoat like Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.

Once completely dry, attach the earring jewelry findings using two jump rings and an earring hook for each earring.

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Four Squares Earrings

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Supplies:

  • 8 fifteen-inch strips of quilling paper, 4 each of contrasting colors
  • Quilling Tool
  • Quilling Template (optional)
  • Tweezers
  • Glue, you can use PPA or Elmer’s
  • Sealant, Mod Podge works great
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, optional for a topcoat
  • Small paint brush
  • Jewelry Tools
  • Jewelry findings for making earrings, (jump rings and earring hooks)
  • Parchment paper (for working on)

Roll each strip and use the number fifteen circle on the template for sizing.

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Glue to secure and shape into squares.

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Glue the squares together as shown.

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Using a small paint brush, brush on the mod podge, one side at a time, then the edges, letting it dry between each application. Take your time and use thin layers so that you get an even look and so the glue doesn’t glob onto your art piece.

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If you’d like to add a shine and some dimension to your earrings, you can add a topcoat like Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.

Once completely dry, attach the earring jewelry findings using two jump rings and an earring hook for each earring.

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So there, some simple yet elegant earrings made by you. Give your mom a truly unique gift made right from your own heart.


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Wendy Boulay

April 22, 2021

Wow! These are absolutely stunning!

Linnea

April 21, 2021

Love this idea! So beautiful earrings!


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