Wednesday, May 7, 2014

DIY Quilling Tool Tutorial

It's been a while since my last post, and I want to take this opportunity to give you a quick and easy tutorial.

For the past days, my team and I (yes, at work) have been in search of a quilling tool. Who would have thought it's not that easy getting one here. We've rounded around 5 bookstores and several craft stores but none were selling quilling tool kits or even just the tool.

But since we were really in the mood to try out some quilling, we actually opted to make one ourselves.

And, we figured it can also be used for paper swirl flowers (instead of the normal craft tweezers I use).

- 2 pcs of toothpicks
- Masking Tape OR an old ball pen case
- Scissors

There are actually two ways to do this, first with a ball pen case:

1. Take 1 toothpick and cut diagonally in half. Do this to the other toothpick.
2. Take an old ball pen and remove the caps, leaving only the base which kinda looks like a straw or long thin cylinder.
3. Align the tip of the toothpicks together while keeping the longer diagonal side of the opposite tips of each toothpick adjacent to each other and insert inside the ball pen. Actually, we had to make the diagonal cuts so the 2 pcs of toothpick would fit inside the ball pen case. If you have a wider opening for the case, then you may not need to cut the toothpicks anymore.

For the second way of doing this, you just need the 2 toothpicks and a masking tape or any kind of tape.

1. Place the 2 toothpicks together, ensuring the pointed tip are aligned.
2. Wrap a masking tape around the toothpicks tightly. Cut excess tape.

And there you have it. You now have your own quilling tool. You can insert the quilling paper or strips of paper in between the tips of the toothpick and start turning the tool as you would a normal quilling tool.

You can also decorate the pen with washi or fabric tape as seen above.
A sample I was able to make...

As stated earlier, we found that it is actually also a good tool for twirling papers into a spiral flower in place of craft tweezers.

What do you think? :)