Corner Bookmark with Quilled Flowers

Hello Friends!

While trying to concoct a few phrases for this entry, I realized this is my 3rd post for this month. Looking back at my archive, I declare this month a very good one! Yay!

The project I am showing you today is a little corner bookmark made with a lot of love for a dear, dear friend of mine who now lives abroad and whom I get to see only a few times a year. I wanted to give her a little gift, but something practical instead of one of my framed works and because she loves to read, a bookmark with quilled flowers felt like the perfect present.

The internet is full of tutorials for these. After making a few different models, I settled for this square one which measures 6/6cm.

The idea was to make and elegant and sturdy bookmark, so I used 160g/sm red cardboard and 120g/sm brown paper. The paper with pattern comes  from a gift bag, lucky me the colors matched!

Here is a back view:

 And here is how it looks ‘in action’ 🙂

 And how it looks when the book is closed:

 I hope I didn’t get carried away with the quilled flowers and made too many, but I just adore this little bunch! To seal it, I applied one layer of water-based varnish, but I must say I liked the flowers without the gloss more, I feel like they don’t even look like they are made of paper. I can only hope they will last forever! 🙂

 Oana, until next time, I’ll miss you dearly! I hope you will enjoy my little present!

While working on this project I realized that the life of a crafter without punches, sheets of paper with pretty patterns and so on is dull. Dull, dull, dull! So Ladies (and Gents) I’m asking you , which are you most beloved, treasured, can’t-live-without, precious supplies for crafting? Help a girl make a SHORT (if possible) shopping list!  🙂  Thank you!

Happy Quilling!




  1. avatar
    aureliaeugenia says:

    O idee minunata si o realizare de exceptie(ca intotdeauna).
    Iti multumesc pentru comentarii si ,venind de la tine,le consider onorante!Ca multi altii,te admir si te pretuiesc!
    Cu mult drag,iti doresc o vara minunata si imi doresc sa mai vii…pe la mine! multa sanatate si fericire!

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      ManuK says:

      Aurelia, multumesc mult de tot pentru cuvintele frumoase! Legat de comentarii, pot spune acelasi lucru! O vara minunata si tie si voi reveni negresit pe blogul tau!

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    Bea says:

    This is gorgeous and such a useful gift that I am sure your friend will love – it is hard sometimes when our friends are far away. I have decided to try quilling – thanks to your inspiration and if it looks presentable will pop a pic on my blog – thanks for sharing

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      ManuK says:

      Thank you for your sweet comments, Bea! I am so glad you decided to give quilling a try! Looking forward to see your first quilled creation, I am sure it will turn out great!

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    michelle allen lopez aenlle says:

    what a beautiful idea manuela.. i would love to make this bookmark for my Bible.. thank you so much for sharing… 🙂

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      ManuK says:

      I am glad you like it, Michelle! I am planning to make one for myself, too! Google for corner bookmarks tutorials, there are so many designs on the internet. Looking forward to see your version!

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    skylife says:

    Oh wow – that’s amazing! The color combo is one of my favorite!

    May I ask what you put on the quilled flowers so they won’t fall apart when you spill something on??? (I mean – what’s that, that makes them so shiny???)

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      ManuK says:

      Hello! As I wrote in my post, I sealed the flowers with one coat of water based varnish. I first glued them to form the little bunch and after that I applied the varnish.
      Hope it helps!

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    Leanre Umali says:

    Hi, Manu, I already love your works, though I just seen your blog few days ago, most especially those tight quilled flowers. May I know what brand of water-based varnish you are using for your quilling projects?

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      ManuK says:

      Hello! I am using 2 brands of varnishes: one is from Maimeri (an Italian brand) and one is from Pentart (this one is Hungarian if I am not mistaking). It really depends on where you live. In all the projects I posted on my blog so far I used varnishes with a glossy finish. Hope it helps!

      Happy Quilling!

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