September 23, 2009

Quilled poppies step-by-step, part 2

Quilled poppy flowers, close-up

What I like about paper filigree is that it presents almost endless challenges, and I like challenges :) In this project the poppy centers were a challenge, at least to me.

Just to remind you, this is the second part of a three-part tutorial on making quilled poppies:

  1. Instructions for making the petals;
  2. How to make the centers and assemble the flowers;
  3. Making the foliage and the dandelion.

Flower centers

To make each poppy center, you'll need a 12''-long (30cm) black strip.

Quilled poppy center, step 1

1. Make a tight roll and then create a quilled hive or bell shape. This shape is often called a grape roll. Coat the inside of the shape with glue, spreading it on thick.

Quilled poppy center, step 2

2. Cut a 1/16''-wide (1mm) strip of a very pale brown or pale yellow color. Glue three 1/2''-long (13mm) pieces of the strip criss-cross onto the grape roll.

Quilled poppy center, step 3

3. Prepare two 3/8 x 2 inches (1 x 5 cm) black paper strips and glue a 1/16''-wide (1-1.5mm) yellow strip along the long edge of each. Let the glue dry, then cut a fringe starting from the yellow strip's side.

Quilled poppy center, step 4

4. Wrap each bell in a fringe, so that the cuts point in a direction opposite to the bell's top (criss-crossed strips).

Quilled poppy center, step 5 Quilled poppy center, step 6 Quilled poppy center, step 7 Quilled poppy center, step 8

5. Bend the fringe all the way up. Now it surrounds the bell shape and forms a kind of a cup around it.

Poppy flowers

Now, let's put everything together and create a finished poppy flower.

Assembling poppy flower, step 1

1. Place two of your quilled petals at an angle to the surface, opposite each other. To keep the petals tilted, I just propped them against quilling elements that I haven't used in this project.

Assembling poppy flower, step 2

2. Apply a small amount of glue on the down side of another two petals and gently put them over the first pair. Let the glue dry.

Assembling poppy flower, step 3

3. Finally, attach a flower center to the flower. Repeat steps 1-3 for the other poppy.

The bud

For the bud (it can be seen in Part 1 of the series), use three eye shapes, one red and two green, made from 6''-long (15cm) strips.


Tanya said...


kalanirmitee said...

Great work! Thank you for such a fabulous tutorial.

Charlotte said...

Congratulations on an excellent tutorial! Very clear instructions and step-by-step photos. I am going to have to try this flower. Thank you for sharing.

eva said...


JANE said...

Инна, Ваши работы великолепны!

Unknown said...

Инна, вам нужно уже свою книгу выпускать! Отличные пошаговые обяъснения, прекрасные и понятные фотографии и оригинальные дизайны!
Спасибо, я вся измучалась, глядя на маки в предыдущем посте, пытаясь догадаться, как делать такую серединку.

zolushka said...

Инна, какие маки восхитительные!!

Светлана В.С. said...

Спасибо!! Все понятно без слов!

Inna D. said...

Thanks everybody! I tried my best to make it interesting and clear :)

Inna D. said...

Спасибо всем огромное! Я очень старалась, чтобы было понятно и интересно :)

ksuleka said...

Спасибо за подаренную красоту и великолепные МК!

alice J said...

Wonderful tutorial.

Tori said...

Супер! Какие красивые маки! Спасибо за мастер-класс.

Кукурузка said...

П О Т Р Я С А Ю Щ Е!!!!!!!!!!!! Спасибо, Инночка!!!

Inna D. said...

ksuleka, tori, Кукурузка, спасибо за комплименты!

aljosee, thanks a lot!

L'As said...

What precision and patience; I know that!
very beautiful,well done!
thank you for your faithfulness

Here the link for my blog in english:

boussa L'As

Magia da Inês said...

Olá amiga!
Passei para rever seu trabalho que continua tudo de bom! Cada vez mais criativo e alegre!
Parabéns! Um ótimo fim de semana!
Espero você em:
Beijinhos carinhosos.
Itabira - Brasil

Inna D. said...

Thank you both very much!

Elli said...

Как живые,красиво!

Ana Baird said...

Great Tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

Inna D. said...

Thank you Elli and Ana!

Unknown said...

Very nice. I'm amazed by your creativity. Good luck with it.

Inna D. said...

Thank you, newi!

Dhruva.Mistry said...

extremely impressed :) by yours step-by-step idea to make craft so neatly...really impressive work done by you....!!! :) :) :) :)

Inna D. said...

Dhruva.Mistry, thank you!

Marta Radico said...

Very nice...I'll try to do it!!!

zgabinka said...

Bardzo dobrze i przystępnie objaśnione! Wielkie brawa!