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Celebrate summer with some simple quilled fruit
Quilling paper cherries are an ideal beginner craft for new quillers, especially those who are looking to try out some easy 3D quilling.

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  • Step 1

    To start, make a tight coil from approximately 48 inches of red quilling paper.

    If you need to, glue a few strips together so it’s long enough.

    Roll another coil in the same way. Each cherry will use 2.

  • Step 2

    Next, mold each coil so it makes a dome shape.

    You can use your fingers, or a quilling mold, if you have one.

    Add some glue to the inside of your rounded coils so you don’t lose their shape.

    I like to do this with a needle-nosed bottle and a small brush.

  • Step 3

    Cherries naturally have a little indent on the top where the stem is connected.

    So, of course, our quilling paper cherries will too!

    To do this, gently pinch the edge of each dome in two places, about a fingertip apart.

    After some trial and error, I found it was easiest to do this before the glue had dried completely.

    The end result will be two peaks with a dip in the middle. I kind of think it looks like a cat’s head!

  • Step 4

    Run a small line of glue around the edge of one of your pinched domes and place the two halves together.

    Make sure the indented parts are lined up together.

    If you need to, clean up any extra glue with a small paintbrush.

    Also, use a small strip of quilling paper to cover up the seam in the center of the cherries.

  • Step 5

    To make the stems really sturdy, fold an 8 inch strip of leaf green quilling paper in half and glued it together.

    Once dry, fold that in half again and glued it together, leaving a tiny bit at the end unglued.

    The result is a 2 inch strip that has a very small bit open at the end. It’s almost like a very long letter “y”.

  • Step 6

    Apply a very small amount of glue to the opening of the stem and place it on the dip in the top of the cherry.

  • Step 7

    Wrap a 2 inch strip of the same leaf green paper around the end of the stem to mimic the bump where the stem would meet a branch.

    Since cherries can come in a few different shades, I also quilled up some in a true red, and also a deep rose color.

    Try wrapping a couple cherries stems together, too!

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