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Monday, August 5, 2013

New Quilling Technique Tutorial - Giving Dimension to Single and Muti Rowed Flowers

I have seen many a beautifully quilled flower frame with quilled flowers glued with only the front perspective as I guess you find it difficult to affix it to a calyx, so here is a tutorial of my method, to help you make your quilled petaled flowers 3d the easy way.

To learn and understand quickly, look at the pictures to get an overall idea, and then read this tutorial in full to comprehend the steps and concepts involved. Next, read it again while you follow the instruction. Finally, try making it without looking at the tutorial and better still use your own ingenuity if you think of an easier way.

I cover both single row and multi row flowers in this tutorial so it may be long.


Single Row 3d Quilled Flowers

The first step is to make the tear shaped basic shape. Refer my tutorial here if you do not know how.

Then make them into a flower with a small hole in the middle. You apply glue to the sides of the pinched end and not to the tip.

Now allow it to dry enough to be able to pick up the flower without it falling apart. Then make the calyx cup as in my tutorial here. Make sure it is larger than the hole in the flower and it covers it comfortably. If you wish to make flowers with narrow tubes or calyx, then you can try my tutorial here.

Allow it to dry well after gluing the inside so it does not get pushed back flat when you press it. Use a hair dryer to work fast with PVC glue.

Now apply glue  very lightly around the center of the  flower where there are spaces between the tips of the tear shaped petals and to the top and a short distance inside the cup. Allow to dry till the glue becomes a clear liquid and becomes sticky. Then with the quilling tool or the back of a brush push the flower into the cup as shown and coax it to stick to the calyx. If required use a hair dryer to dry the glue.

You can push each petal in and sideways towards the wall of the calyx if you want to increase the curvature. Make sure it remains  pushed in while it dries.

Now take a 5.5"  4mm yellow strip and a 2.5" 3mm red strip. Then fold the red strip in half length wise and apply glue as in the pic.

Then glue it to the top of the yellow strip with half covering the front and the other half covering the back. the red will cover only a portion of the yellow strip. This will act like the pollen once cut. Now fold the strip into as many folds as you like and fringe it as thin as possible and unfold it. It should look like the pic below.

Now starting at the yellow end, make a fringed flower and glue it to the center. If you have a thin pointed forceps or a needle forceps you can push the center into the hole to get more curvature to the flower.
Once done, your flower will look like the first image in this section.

  Multilayer 3d Flower


This follows the same method as the above, so make 3, 8 petaled flowers using A4 size, 3/4 A4 size and  1/2 A4 size 3mm strips.
Make 3 flowers as shown with holes in the middle and a calyx which diameter is larger than the hole in the largest flower.

 Now glue the first  flower to the calyx and push it with the back if your quilling tool and allow to dry in the curved position. Use a hairdryer to quicken the drying if required or use a glue gun.

Repeat the process for the 2nd and 3rd flowers. Make sure the petals of the 2nd flower is positioned between the petals of the 1st flower. Allow the PVC glue to become clear before you do the pasting and if necessary push the pointed end of the petal down with a toothpick/ quilling tool and  let dry to get more curvature. Do not be scared to manipulate the petals the way you desire to get the shape you want. A natural flower is never perfect so do not aim for perfection if you want it to look natural. In case the petals come out apply glue and stick it back.

Alternate Method For 2nd Row

Once you have made the flower with one layer you can glue the petals individually between petals to the middle of the flower so that you can control the slant of each petal if you wish and complete the flower with a fringed yellow flower for the middle using a 4mm strip fringed fine.

 In the above pic the flower to the right is made by arranging the 2nd and 3rd row petals, separately as in my first tutorial on dimensional flowers  after the first row was glued as explained above. You should adopt the method you are comfortable with.

You can also make 3d flowers by adopting the method given in my coil rose tutorial and then affixing the calyx to the flower making sure the paper base is not visible.

Hope you found this tutorial useful and easy to follow and  can take the time to tell me what you think.


  1. wow..Lovely flowers.. Thanks for the sharing...

  2. Wow beautiful flowers thanks for the tutorial..

  3. Wonderful technique Chris !I liked the idea to posh the flat flower into calyx, it gives very natural dimesion to the flowers.Thanks for sharing !

  4. Thanks for sharing, easily understandable.

  5. sharing makes everyone happy, great efforts to post the tutorial. i appreciate you christine

  6. bardzo fajny i przydatny kurs, jestem fanką Twoich prac quilling, pozdrawiam

  7. Great idea Christine to push the flower in to get the natural effect!!

  8. lovely flower, like the idea with calyx!!
    Hope I havent missed any of your post as I have not been feeling well and troubles keeping up with everything, so sorry if I have!!!!

  9. Thank u for sharing ur techniques.


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