Feature Friday- Quilled Aluminum Snowflakes

by Susan Myers on September 30, 2011

Quilled Aluminum Snowflakes / Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom #recycled crafts @craftsnthings

On December 5, 2012, my Quilled Aluminum Snowflakes were featured in Crafts ‘n Things Weekly!  Be sure to go check it out along with the other great projects that they are offering!

Quilled Aluminum Snowflakes / Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom #recycled crafts @craftsnthings

Crafts ‘n Things Weekly is an on-line division of Crafts ‘n Things Magazine.  They offer thousands of digital craft projects every year for easy print out, with new craftiness coming out each week.  It is one of my favorite places to check out on the internet.

I am very honored to have one of my projects chosen!  My quilled aluminum snowflakes are a beautiful addition to your tree.  Easy to make, with nothing more than a disposable aluminum pan, they are just pennies to create!

Want to know how to make them?

When I first started to learn how to quill, all the instructions that I found on line suggested that I purchase quilling paper strips for my projects.  Being the cheapskate I am, of course I did not.  I bought some big packs of colored cardstock that I found on sale and have been cutting them myself with a little paper cutter.  Worked great for me.  Then I moved onto toilet paper tubes.  Because, why limit myself to cardstock?  And then it occurred to me after perusing the dollar store one day, that cutting those cheap aluminum pans into strips just might be another way to move along with my quilling experience.  So there you have it.  Quilled aluminum pans.  Can’t say I didn’t warn you.  Ha!

Of course the natural shiny-ness brought to mind a sparkly snowflake, so I decided for my first quilled aluminum project to create some snowflake ornaments.

You can find FREE patterns for this tutorial on my Free Pattern Page.

For this project I used:

Several large disposable aluminum pans
Hot glue
Small paintbrush handle (for quilling)
Cheap pair of scissors

Begin by cutting up your aluminum pans into strips that are approximately 3/8” wide.  Due to the fact that we are cutting metal, of course we are not going to be able to use a paper cutter, so just guestimate the size of the strips.  Also, be sure to use a cheap pair of scissors as you most likely will dull the crap out of them.

 

 

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And be particularly careful not to cut yourself with the aluminum.  Granted, it is cheap flimsy metal, but it can still cut.  I wouldn’t recommend this project for the younger set. 

For relatively even snowflakes, I drew a rough line drawing of a six pointed star to use as a template.

To begin coiling a strip of metal, wrap it around the end of a small paintbrush handle, coil it a couple of times and then pull the paintbrush handle out.  Finish coiling it with your fingers.

The reason for this is that unlike paper, the metal does not “spring” back; it stays where you originally coil it.  That can be great, but if you are wanting paper-like coils, you will need to coil it loosely.  The great thing about this is the fact that you do not need glue to keep a coil from uncoiling.

I made three different snowflakes using different shaped coils, glueing them together with dots of hot glue as I went.  I decided to coat the front of my first snowflake in white glue and then sprinkle clear glitter on it for an extra sparkly touch.

But actually, I think I like my other two snowflakes a little more.  You can see the sparkly metal on all sides.  To complete them, I just ran of loop thread through one of the coils, and they are ready to hang.

Quilling with aluminum takes a bit of practice as it works up totally different than paper, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.  So there may be more aluminum quilling in my future.  Who knows?


Enjoyed this tutorial?  Be sure to check out my tutorial page for many more!

 

For more simple ornament ideas, check out the ones below!

Dough Bear Ornaments
Paper Mache Santa Ornament
Paint Brush Santa Ornament
Beaded Faberge Egg Ornaments
Skiing Penguin Ornaments 

 

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paintbrush santa ornaments recycled crafts paper mache santa ornament paper crafts

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1 elba January 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

Theses are cool .. Paper colors loves will work also. Thank you for the idea..

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2 Michele December 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Actually, I became completely hooked on quilling in 2007 when I was first introduction to quilling with aluminum strips. I have never tried it, but will someday.
Thanks for sharing and reminding me to try this.

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3 Shannon-Lee October 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Spectacular!!! I'm going to whip up a bunch of these for hanging in my front window! Thank you for sharing such a great idea.

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4 Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust October 8, 2011 at 2:15 am

Impressive! I had never even heart of quilling. Thanks for enlightening me.

Warmly, Michelle

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5 Artsy VaVa October 7, 2011 at 2:55 am

Your snowflakes are so beautiful! I love how you used the tins. Thanks for sharing. Pinning this!

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6 creativejewishmom/sara October 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm

That is just brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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7 Mindie Hilton October 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

We had snow fall last night. Ready or not here it comes. I am featuring you on Thursday afternoon at Bacon Time :)

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8 Rachel October 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm

How CUTE! I love this idea!

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9 Alison @ mommadidit.blogspot.com October 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

These are amazing! What a beautiful take on snowflakes!

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10 Handy Man, Crafty Woman October 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

So beautiful! I wonder if heavy duty aluminum foil would work? Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

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11 Leslie October 5, 2011 at 2:38 am

Wow! I’ve done some paper quilling, but this is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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12 mom blog society October 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I love this blog! I'm stopping by via the hop. We have a couple of hops going on our Mom Blog Society, we'd love for you to join us. PS. We feature our members. http://momblogsociety.com

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13 Chef in Training October 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

these are so cool! I love them! I would love for you to come link this and/or any other projects you have been up to at the Tuesday Talent Show! Hope to see you there!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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14 Rena Christodoulou October 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

ΠΟΛΥ ΩΡΑΙΑ ΙΔΕΑ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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15 Katie October 4, 2011 at 11:57 am

WOW this is incredible! I would have never thought to use disposable aluminum pans. Genius!

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16 Vivienne @ the V Spot October 4, 2011 at 4:09 am

Unbelievably beautiful. Wow.

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17 Jill October 4, 2011 at 12:29 am

Just beautiful Suzy! Love your thinking – using those aluminium pans! They're really effective!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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18 Kassi @ Truly Lovely October 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Those are beautiful! You are getting better and better at that it looks like! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!

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19 . October 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

WOW! Love this idea and hope to try it myself!

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20 Shannon October 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Those are just FABULOUS! I must try this for the holidays. What a lovely idea!!!

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21 Zombie Leah October 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

This. Is. Awesome. I must remember to do this for my tree this year.

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22 CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS October 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Absolutely stunning – it looks gorgeous and am sure you need lots of patience to work on it.

Jill

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23 Miya October 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

How clever you are! I'm thinking it might work with folded aluminium foil strips – for kids.

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24 AmieAnn October 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

Wow! You are amazing! These are so cool and the possibilities for these are endless! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

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25 ileana-carmen October 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Great idea, thank you for sharing.

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26 Indiri @ Turning Stones October 2, 2011 at 7:24 am

Those are beautiful! I love your choice of material, it's perfect.

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27 Thrifty with Triplets October 2, 2011 at 2:27 am

Wow, I love this I idea. Totally gonna do this, thanks for sharing.

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28 Robyn Rasmussen October 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Thanks for linking this SPECTACULAR project up at Follow me Fridays! I love it!
-Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

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29 Funky Junk Interiors October 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Incredible! I've never seen something so beautiful…. must have!

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Donna

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30 Dr Sonia S V October 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Thats fantastic– I love a bit of recycling!

Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V
http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

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31 Katy Cameron October 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

Ooh, that looks fab, very unusual!

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32 Practically Precious October 1, 2011 at 1:09 am

These are beautiful!
This is Wendy, your neighbor at the workshop today! Looking forward to trying several of your fabulous crafts!

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33 Whimsy-ma-blog September 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Those came out so cute! Love the silver for the snowflakes!

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34 CREATIVE MIND September 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

just amazing! my dear its another cool creative tutorial from you! thanks a bunch!

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35 meijo's JOY September 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Absolutely amazing! Will try this immediately!

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36 scarlettred41816@aol.com September 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Oh I love them!

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37 The Answer Is Chocolate September 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

OH. MY. GOSH. These are so brilliant and gorgeous. And you'll be linking them up to my link party right???

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38 chillin with Quillin September 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Those are really awsome, must try!!!!
Paula

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39 Helen September 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Absolutely amazing! Now this one I must try.

P.S. I found a few quillers who used paper threader to thread her quilling strips.

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