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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pat's Quilled 3D Christmas Tree & "Pattern"













We’ve had a lot of inquiries lately about the quilled Christmas tree on the web site. The tree is at least 20 years old by now but always causes people to stop and look at it. I thought it was time for me to write down some general instructions for those of you who would like to make one. When I first started making Christmas trees the only green available was the bright Christmas green. I prefer a darker green, like a forest green or hunter green, but that is a matter of personal taste. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how much paper you will need because it will be determined by the size of the tree and how loose (or tight) your quills are Just be sure you have plenty of green so all of your paper is from the same dye lot. (I actually spray painted one of my trees because the greens didn’t match. YUK!) The tree is very simple to make. I started with a 4” circle cut from card stock for the base; I would normally use a dark color for the base but have started one on a white base to make it easier to see. My first row of quills was 6” teardrops which I glued (pointy side out) around the circumference of the base. My next row was 3” tight rolls which are glued on top (toward the back) of the teardrops. The rest is easy . . . just keep alternating rows of teardrops and tight rolls. Each row is glued farther back than the one before; the shape of the tree just comes naturally. You can make the tree in any size; mine are usually about 6” high. If you want a smaller tree, start with a smaller circle; for a larger tree use a bigger circle. The tree “trunk” is tight rolls (I use at four full strips to make them sturdy) stacked and glued together. You can make these with 3/8” strips so you don’t have to stack so many. Glue the “trunk” to the middle of the card stock base and then glue to whatever you are using for the base of the finished piece. (Mine is on a wood base that came with a glass dome.) I made my trunk about 1 ¾” high because I put little paper packages and quilled figures under the tree. The fun part is decorating the tree. I made lots of tiny bows from 1/16” wide paper. The candles are tight rolls made from ¼” paper strips about 1/12” long. Glue a bow to the candle base and put a 1” shaped teardrop for the flame. I use 12” strips to make little bells from silver paper (the new metallics are much prettier than what I used) and glue a bow to the top and a matching “clapper” inside. I also added some little yellow stars (using 5 one inch teardrops), Christmas balls (using 18” of paper is different colors), folded roses, and made red and white candy sticks by twisting the two colors into tendrils. This is my favorite type of tree, although I have also made some Victorian trees and decorated them with fans, hearts, roses, candles, and bells. Hmmm . . . maybe it’s time for new tree!

10 comments:

Inna (Crafts, Kids, Quilling) said...

It's gorgeous!

Nati said...

thank you for sharing so beautiful design of Christmas tree!!

Anonymous said...

How lovely. Thanks for sharing
Bronwyn

Cathy said...

Thanks sooooooooo much for sharing this... I've always wanted to make this tree but wasn't sure where to start!

Molly Smith said...

I love these trees, Pat! So much quilling and adorable miniatures. Thanks for sharing the instructions! Merry Christmas ~ xo

RD said...

Pat, Can you tell me after bottom row teardrop and 2nd row tight roll, the third row teardrop aligned directly above the first row teardrop or aligned with the 2nd row tight row?

Quilling with Whimsiquills said...

To RD-I try to place the tight rolls right where the teardrops touch each other, then the next row of teardrops are where the two tight rolls come together . . .I don;t even think about lining up the teardrops with the row below.

RD said...

Pat,
Thanks for the reply. I started this tree with 44 teardrops on the base (1st row. regret the huge number now). 2nd row tight rolls also came upto 44. Third row - tear drops again also came to 44 since placed it between 2 tight rolls. So if tree goes up with 44 pieces in every row, how do I reduce circle? Should the size of teardrops reduce as I go up or the number of pieces should reduce? What am I missing here? Sorry for being so stupid.

Honey Moser said...

This is lovely! Thanks for sharing a pattern. I've linked to this post from my blog in a roundup of Christmas designs http://www.honeysquilling.com/quillspiration-a-collection-of-12-awesome-paper-quilling-christmas-and-holiday-3d-designs-and-fine-art/

Honey Moser said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern for this lovely tree. I've included it in a roundup of Christmas designs on my blog: http://www.honeysquilling.com/quillspiration-a-collection-of-12-awesome-paper-quilling-christmas-and-holiday-3d-designs-and-fine-art/