Quilled Poinsettia Christmas Card Tutorial and That's Clever Video

I'm positive Hollywood won't soon be calling, but in case you didn't get to see my That's Clever  segment  on TV last week, you can view it on YouTube - quilled poinsettia video.

Since HGTV and the production company for That's Clever are no longer affiliated, the step-by-step information each artist/crafter had been asked to submit is not going to be posted on the show's website. Rather than linking there as I'd intended, here are the instructions to make the Christmas card I demoed on the show:

green christmas card with ivory quilled detachable poinsettia tree ornament
Supplies: (products I recommend can be found in my Amazon shop)

quilling paper - 1/8 inch - deep green, ivory, gold
quilling tool
small scissors
non-stick workboard
glass head pin
glue - suitable for paper
plastic lid - to use as a glue palette
paper piercing tool or T pin - to apply glue
damp cloth or sponge
paper cutter
card stock - deep green, gold
decorative paper - gold foil
double-sided tape/glue dot
metallic gel pen - gold
hanging cord - gold

christmas card with centered detachable two-layer poinsettia ornament


(If you are brand new to quilling, check out my Quilling 101 tutorial.)

1. Marquise (make 7) - make a 7 inch ivory loose coil and glue end; pinch two opposite points to make a marquise shape.
2. Marquise (make 7) - 8 inch, deep green
3. Glue gold paper around outer edge of each green marquise.
4. On a non-stick workboard, arrange a circle of marquises of each color and glue in place. Off-center the circle of ivory marquises on the green marquises layer and glue in place.
5. Tight coil (make 7) 3 inch, gold. Round the top of each tight coil by pressing against one side of coil with the ball of a glass head pin. Swab glue inside dome to hold shape. Use gold gel pen to color the top of each dome. Glue coils at center of ivory layer by surrounding one tight coil with a circle of the remaining tight coils.
6. Insert ornament cord through the end of one green marquise and tie a hanging loop.
7. Score and fold an 8 1/2 inch x 5 inch piece of green cardstock to make a 4 1/4 inch x 5 inch card.
8. Cut a 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch square of gold cardstock. Turn square on point creating a diamond; center and glue on card.
9. Cut a 2 inch x 5 inch strip of gold foil, tearing short ends. Center and glue across card.
10. Adhere ornament to center of gold diamond with two short strips of double-stick tape or a dimensional glue dot.

This larger version is made the very same way except with longer strips and an extra layer - one layer of 10 inch ivory bracts and 16 inch dark green and ivory layers.

two-layer quilled poinsettia ornament hanging on christmas tree

The film editing crew pulled off the near impossible and included the making of not one, but both of my Christmas card designs - such a nice surprise.

handmade card with three red and green paper quilled ornaments
I'll save the how-to for the trio of ornaments card for another time, but a quick disclaimer on that one. If you are familiar with quilling terminology, you'll notice I mentioned alternate side looping in the video, but then demonstrated wheatears to construct the red and green ornament. ASL is used to make the other two ornaments on the card, but because of the necessity of editing the segment time-wise, those steps weren't shown.

One last fun thing (to me, at least)... if you look closely at the opening snowy location shots, don't believe everything you see! There are no mountains in Delaware.

Joyous holidays, everyone!

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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