We thought we’d make some special Christmas cards for nannan and grandad, so I showed Felix a technique that would give a beautiful finish to his design. It’s called quilling, which involves rolling paper to create texture and depth in an image. It’s an inexpensive, and quite simple, way to create lovely individual handmade cards.


here's what you'll need...

  • Cards
  • Envelopes
  • Quilling paper
  • Quilling tool
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • A small beaker
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush


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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Draw two circles on the card, using the beaker top and bottom as a stencil. This will be the shape of your snowman. Add some outlines of facial features, scarf and hat.


  • 2

    Now it’s time to start quilling. It’s best to begin in the centre so we started with the carrot nose. Take an orange piece of quilling paper and the quilling tool. The tool has a slit within which you should slot the end of the paper. Once this is in place turn the tool in your hand and guide the paper until it is wound around the tool. Carefully remove it from the tool and let the paper uncurl just a little bit. Dab a small amount of glue onto the loose end and stick it to the rest of the coil. Then to make the carrot shape, hold the coil between your finger and thumb and squeeze it into a point.


  • 3

    Dab a blob of glue onto the card and press your carrot nose in place.


  • 4

    You can also make solid coils by securing the loose end before removing it from the tool. We used solid coils for the coal eyes, mouth and buttons.

    Lots of other shapes can be created by manipulating the coil between your fingers, and different sizes by using different lengths of quilling paper. There are quilling templates available to buy too, which are great for repeating precise shapes and sizes.

    Repeat these steps, using different colours, sizes and shapes, until you fill the snowman shape.


  • 5

    This is a great craft activity for older children and, with a bit of help, younger children can create these whilst developing their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.


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By Claire Dearing on 12.12.15

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