Quilling Gift Tags

Hand made gift tags are a lovely way to add a personal touch to a gift.  Make several of these flowery tags so you will have some on hand.  After you try these two basic tags, get creative and try different shapes, colors, and arrangements.  These tags are made with a type of paper craft called quilling.  You can buy tools and pre-cut paper strips specifically for quilling, but if you want to give it a try first, you can also use a large needle and cut your own paper strips.  Medium weight paper work best.

Daisy Gift Tag-  You will need:

1.  One 3" x 4" rectangle of pink paper

2.  One 2"x 3" rectangle of green paper

3.   One 3/4" x 8" strip of pink paper

4.   One 1/4" x 3" strip of green paper

5.  Three 1/4"x 8" strips of green paper

6.  A large needle or a quilling tool

7.  White craft glue

8.  Scissors

The daisy and rose gift card, made by quilling 
 Glue the green and pink strips togehter  1.  To make the flower: Take the short green strip.  Overlap in about one inch on the back of the pink strip and glue it into place.  Let the glue dry.
 Feather the pink strip to make a daisy  2.  Carefully "feather" the entire pink strip by cutting small notches in it.  Be careful not to cut all the way trhough.
 Winding the paper around the needle 3.  Starting with the green end and with the colored side of the paper up, roll the strip of paper tightly around the needle.  Put a dab of glue about one inch from the end of the green paper for extra strength.  Roll the entire strip of paper up and secure the end with glue.
Wound
 Making the daisy 4.  Gently fold the feather pieces outward to form the daisy.
 Roll the leaf  5.  To make the leaves:  Roll a green strip of paper all the way around the needle.  Slide it off the needle and let it spread out slightly.  Glue the end in place.
 Pinch the end  6.  Pinch one end of the roll to form it into a leaf shape.  Make two leaves.
 The curly part  7.  To make the curl:  Take the last strip of green paper.  Roll four inches of it firmly around the needle.  Slide off the needle.  Begin rolling the other end around the needle in the opposite direction.  Roll to the middle, then slide off the needle.
Curly part two
 Teh background  8.  Glue the green paper rectangle to the pink paper rectangle. 
Attaching the flower   9.  Dab the flower with glue and attach it to the rectangle.  Dab the leaves and curl with glue (you don't need a lot) and gently put them in place.  Allow the glue to dry.

 Rose Gift Tag- You willl need:

1.  One 4"x 3" green paper

2.  One 3 & 1/2" x 2 &1/2" black paper

3.  One 2 &1/2" x 2" white paper

4.  One 8"x 3/4" strip of pink paper

5.  A large needle

6.  Craft glue

7.  A hole punch

8.  10 inches of 1/4" wide ribbon

The finished rose gift tag 
 Winding the rose  1.  Wind about one inch of the pink paper around the needle.  Dab on a bit of glue to hold it firmly in place.
Making a petal 2.  Bend the paper down at a right angle.
Twisting the petal into place

3.  Roll slowly, tilting the paper up so that the folded edge is along the top and the strip of paper extends straight out again.  You just formed a petal.

Keep making petals until you are out of paper.  This will feel awkward and the rolled paper won't feel very tight.

Spreading the rose 4.  Gently slide the rose off the needle.  You can set it down and use the needle to spread out and arrange the petals.  Secure the end of the paper with a dab of glue.
  5.  Assemble the tag by gluing the black paper onto the green paper and the white paper onto the black paper.
Attaching the ribbon 6.  Punch a hole in the corner of the tag.  Fold the ribbon in half and insert the folded edge into the hole, forming a loop.  Put the ends of the ribbon through the loop and pull gently to tighten.
The tag with the ribbon attached
Attach the rose to the tag 7.  Put a large dab of glue in the corner of the tag, or wherever you would like to place the rose.  Gently press the rose into the glue and allow the glue to dry.

Quilling is a suprisingly old art, dating back to the Renaissance.  It was used to decorate books and other items, and the designs are astonishingly intricate.  It has been practiced ever since then, though for a long time it was an upper-class occupation art, as few people had the leisure time to sit and cut and wrap the small strips of paper and to arrange them into scenes with animals, flowers, and birds.  The craft has evolved somewhat- the paper is wrapped around tools instead of feather quills and paper is cheap, easy to obtain, and even comes precut in all sizes and colors. 

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