Quilled Duck Swing Card Tutorial

It's been ages since I last shared one of my quilled cards, never mind a pattern - time to change that! Saturday was so beautiful with dappled sun and no wind, I just had to get outside to take pictures. The dogwoods and dandelions are in bloom... April showers really do bring May flowers!

Quilled Baby Card Tutorial

Speaking of showers, who can resist a cute duck? Always amazed that little bits of paper can take on personality, I can practically hear this fellow quacking a tune as he splashes along in the rain.

Quilled Baby Card Tutorial

Trust me, the swing card looks much trickier to make than it is... it's cut from just one half of a sheet of cardstock. You'll find swing card instructions and a diagram on Beccy's Place. For the patterned paper, an image search brought up many printable papers.

If you need information about getting started quilling, you'll find the basics in my Quilling 101 post on Makezine. For those who already know how to quill, let's get to it:

Quilled Baby Card Tutorial

Materials and Tools:

cardstock - pastel yellow

printable paper - 2, aqua/white, checks and stripes

ribbon - gingham, 6 inches

buttons - 2, 3/8 inch each

quilling paper - narrow, yellow, aqua, orange - 1/8 inch


aqua vellum strips - cut from vellum sheet

quilling tool - needle or slotted

glue - I like Scotch Clear Glue

glue stick or double-sided tape

small scissors

scallop edge scissors 






paper piercing tool or glass-head pin - to apply glue


paper crimper

paper trimmer or craft knife and cutting edge

non-stick work surface

damp cloth - to keep fingers free of glue

Recommended quilling and paper craft supplies can be found in my Amazon shop.  


Finished card measures 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. Duck plus umbrella is 1 1/2 inches high.

1. Draw a swing card template on cardstock; cut along lines and fold.
a. Trace and apply printable papers with a glue stick or double-sided tape.
b. Use decorative edge scissors to cut a scallop at each corner of the center swing section.
c. Adhere ribbon with glue stick. Trim excess.
d. Adhere vellum side strips and buttons with glue.

2. Make umbrella handle and crimped water:
a. Stack and glue two 2 inch strips of aqua quilling paper.
b. When strip is completely dry, cut 3/8 inch to use as umbrella handle. Crimp remainder to use as water.

3. Create quilled components:
a. umbrella - 5 inch aqua shaped arrow, 6 inch aqua arrow, 5 inch aqua shaped  arrow - glue side by side
1 1/2 inch aqua oval tight coil
b. head - 5 inch yellow loose coil
c. beak- 3/8 inch orange, fold in half, curve ends
d. body - 12 inch yellow shaped loose coil

Roll loose coil; pinch to make teardrop point (tail feather). Hold point with thumb and index finger of right hand, use left hand to push rounded end toward point so coil begins to roll over right index finger. Pinch another point at this rolling section to create second tail feather.
e. foot (make 2) - 1 1/4 inch orange

Fold strip in half. Hold open ends between right thumb and index finger. With left thumb and index finger grasp fold and push toward right hand. At the same time, push toward fold with right hand. This forms a webbed foot. Glue open ends together and trim excess paper.

4. Assemble duckling and umbrella on workboard. Apply a thin layer of glue to back of quilling and place directly on card. Try not to slide it into place as this will leave a shiny trail of glue.

One last thing for today... the winner of a Kentucky Derby hat contest will be announced on the NBC Today show tomorrow morning.

Paper Flower Hat

I heard about it via Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built because she made this paper rose hat and was chosen as a finalist... is it any wonder with such a great photo?! Brittany is flying to New York for the show. Good luck to her!

Update: She won!

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  1. Quacking in the rain! So cute. And thanks for the links to the templates. Good stuff.

    I plan to invite you to the next party I have just so I can get one of your cards. :)

  2. Adorable duckling!!. I especially love how you have shaped the tear drop by pinching it twice. Thanks for explaining how you made the feet .
    Such a beautiful paper rose hat!!

  3. Love the way u created the tail feather...Such a cute duckling...Thanks for sharing the tute...
    Of course...a pretty rose hat :)

  4. I love the duck! So cute.

  5. Absolutely delightful. He does look like a happy little duck. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Very cute! I tried my hand at printing papers for the first time last week. I was pleasantly surprised! Love the colors in this.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing your duckling baby shower card. What a cute duck!

    I hope that the lady of "The House That Lars Built" wins the hat competition! I love all her paper creatoins!

  8. Thanks everyone - it was a fun card to make. Sandy, yes, printable papers are great - there's so much selection right at our fingertips!

  9. Ahhh, that is so cute!!! (side note: I have an invitation to a shower for one of my cousin's girlfriends...don't know if it's a baby shower or a wedding shower...it doesn't say! lol!!!)

    1. Thanks Kim... that is pretty funny about the shower!


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