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Saturday, April 27, 2013

New Quilling Technique Tutorial - Firmly Attaching 3D Flowers to Stems

This quilling tutorial fills an important gap in the  tutorials available on quilling 3D flowers. It is important to, not only make  the flowers, but also to be able to attach the flowers firmly to its stem and sepals. Many a quillist stops with making the sepals as they are not sure how to attach a firm stem. So here goes...

Please refer my tutorial here to make a stem using only 3mm strips. If you apply a light coat of glue with a brush and allow it to dry it will make very firm stems.

If you wish to have wire stems, take very thin wire and apply glue to a 3mm strip and wrap it around the wire while holding the strip at a 135 degree angle.


Cut the stems to the required size.

Take a strip and glue the edge to top of the stem as shown and let it dry.

 Roll it into a peg by hand or using the quilling tool. Do not tighten too much nor make it too loose. If done right, you will end up with what looks like the above.

Hold the peg as shown above and roll it forward and backwards applying slight pressure inwards or slightly squashing it and it will push down like a cup. Roll gently and repeatedly till you get the required depth . Do not squash.

 Once done it will look like the above- your stem.

Now put some glue into the cup and around the edges. Also apply glue to the center of the flower and allow the glue to sit a tad till it gets sticky.

Now stick the stem onto the flowers and allow it to dry completely. If you have long stamens sit it on a hollow cylindrical object so your middle does not get damaged.

Once dry you can hold it up like shown above.

Take a 3mm strip or any other size strip you desire and fold it into 5 or 7 equal pieces as shown.

 Keep together and cut to shape as shown above.

Shape the sepals by rolling the end of your quilling tool over the sepals to curl it and  roll on the other side at the bottom to curl in reverse to form an asymmetrical S.

Now glue it as shown from the bottom of the cup and shape each sepal as desired.

That's it folks!! Hope You found this tutorial useful. If you did, would  love to have your comments as it means a lot to know what you think.


  1. Thanks for the lovely tutorial Chris .
    ..thats true its a bit tricky while adding the petals to the stem .i shall try this for my future projects .

  2. Oh! Chris, you are truly talented and creative. You've come out with a lot of new quilling techniques! Quilling to the new era! Thank you for sharing. Superb!

  3. Hi Cristina, thanks for the tute, will try ASAP!!

  4. what have you done brilliantly!
    Greetings Baukje

  5. Chris, why don't you give the glue gun a try? If you add 1 drop of hot glue in that little cup, I promise you no one will ever be able to remove the flower from it after it dries. :)

    I really like the flower, it's so life like!


  6. You have a lot of talent! It is the first time I am on your blog and it is briliant! My creations aren't as well done as yours but I am proud of them...I am waiting for critics on

  7. You are so creative! I always wonder how you are able to come up with so many unique ideas! Keep on inspiring!

    Nupur, Thrilling Quilling

  8. Thank you all for your feedback. I am really glad the tutorial is of help to you all.I just try to figure out what seems to me the easiest way to do something no matter what the others are doing, and if it turns out OK then that's the method I follow.

  9. Great tutorial thanks for sharing

  10. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have been looking hard all around for a simple yet perfect 3D quilled flower tutorial. Now I know how to do it . Thanks a lot !


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