Make Your Own Christmas Card
Take pride of place on their mantelpiece
A lovingly crafted card is a gift in itself and a joy to receive. This one's also surprisingly easy to make. Stylist Wei Tang, who created these beautiful cards, says they're great as a beginner's project in the art of quilling.
Quilling slotted pen • Thinly cut strips of paper in various lengths and colours (use paper that's 60 to 80 gsm, and 3mm to 5mm wide) • Quilling glue pot • Scissors • Card
Take a strip of paper and place inside the slot of your quilling pen. Gently turn the pen, keeping an even tension. Make sure the paper is always taut and straight when turning and creating your quills.
Using a quilling glue pot (it has a very fine pointy end), secure with a dot of glue and hold the glued end firmly. Use different lengths and colours to make different sized circles. For the baubles use 100mm lengths.
To make the 'S' coils quill the paper in the same way as before, but only turn the pen for half the length of the strip of paper.
Take out your quilling pen and coil the other half to make your ‘S’ shape. Make sure these are taut, but they can be slightly looser and freer in shape.
To make a star that sits at the top of your tree, coil a loose circle. Then tightly pinch around your quill using tweezers, creating five equally distanced points to make a star shape.
Cut out a gold triangle tree shape and glue onto your card. Squeeze some glue onto a plate and use an old credit card to scrape the glue evenly. Pick up your 'S' coils, spirals and baubles with tweezers, gently dab onto the glue and place onto the gold triangle tree.
Photography: Clare Winfield/Waitrose Weekend
Styling: Wei Tang