It’s great to find a practical use for quilling – especially if it can be decorative as well. This little pot pourri box is a good example and is also quick to make.
Use a 10mm wide strip to make a Ring Coil 4cm (1½”) in diameter. You might like to use a dowel for this. Then use that ring as a dowel to make one slightly larger. Coat both with PVA adhesive. One will, later, slide over the other to hold the two halves of the box together.
Use 3mm wide strips to make a Ring Coil, 3.5cm (1¾”) in diameter. Keep adding strips until the ring is 1 cm (¼”) wide. Coat with a fine layer of PVA.
You now need to quill inside each of these two rings. I made a flower for each one and then some fine blue rings using ¼ length strips and a pencil as my dowel, to hold it against the larger ring. These fine rings are useful because their shape can be adapted a little to ensure a snug fit against the larger ring.
Glue one of the 10mm wide rings to each of the 3mm wide ones as centrally as possible. Fill with pot pourri (big enough not to fall through the quilled flower) and push the two halves together. You will be able to change or freshen up the pot pourri whenever necessary.
If you want your pot pourri to hang, tie a ribbon around it.
There is a whole chapter of my book “Quilling Techniques and Inspiration” devoted to Tight Coils. Find it, and other quilling books, on our website, http://www.janejenkinsquillingbooks.com. Look for huge discounts on most of them.
Next time – a box decorated with ‘filling quilling’.