May 13 2012

Quilling a Graduation Card

Published by at 8:19 pm under Quilled Card,Quilling Tips

My niece recently graduated from the University of Georgia.  She has always been so complimentary of my quilling that I wanted to make her a special card rather than purchase one off the shelf. 

quilled graduation card 

The card turned out to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be.  It took three stops to find a paper that meshed with the idea I was playing with in my mind.  When I finally had the card layout set, I thought that quilling the graduation cap would be a snap.  Oh, my goodness … was I ever wrong.


This card may say, “Hats off to the graduate,” but to all the quillers who have already created a quilled a graduation cap, my hat’s off to you.  I had a devil of a time shaping the coils the way I wanted them.  And when I glued the bottom cap part onto the mortar board diamond, I decided that the mortar board was a bit too small.  I certainly did NOT want to create another cap, so I carefully added more “layers” to the top diamond shape to enlarge it. 


I could have created a paper tassel with fringed paper, but as you all know, I’m not a purist and like the look of mixing different materials together.  I had trouble finding a light blue tassel small enough in the stores, so I made my own using embroidery floss. 

handmade graduation card with quilling 

The sentiment on the front of the card has rolled ends like a diploma.   I found a quote online that I thought was appropriate and used it for the inside of the card.


I hope she likes it.


Quilling Tip

Even if your quilling design isn’t quite right — keep working with it before you throw it away.  You can reshape or add to your coils until you have the look you want.



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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Quilling a Graduation Card”

  1. Lindaon 13 May 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I’m sure you’re niece will love this card, I know I do. It’s lovely, and thanks for sharing it with us. Linda E.

  2. annon 14 May 2012 at 8:35 pm

    It’s a great card. I often have the problem of seeing a project in my mind but not being able to make it actually look that way.
    I’m sure your niece will love the card and congratulations to her

  3. Lisa Mon 16 May 2012 at 6:26 pm

    What a great card. Your neice will love it.
    I know what you mean. I quilled graduation caps for my
    son then an 8th grader and a nephew. I like the way yours flows better than mine did. Great job.

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