Paper Quilled Broccoli

As with most of my 2017 artwork, this Paper Quilled Broccoli was inspired by my daily life. Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables and I just woke up one day and decided it would make a great quilled piece.

At the time, I think the intention was to create a whole vegetable or food line that would eventually become part of a notecard or postcard collection. That has yet to happen, but luckily I saved all my original photos so it’s always a possibility. If only I had more time to devote to these side endeavors.


This quilled vegetable is 8″ x 10″ x 1/2″. It’s made in three separate layers (at least the crown portion is). I created the stem portion by cutting out the branches from cardstock. Then I outlined them with On Edge Cardstock Strips from Little Circles. You might notice it was actually outlined twice. I added the inner outline after the fact because it just seemed to make it look better and add some highlights as I used a lighter, more yellow shade than on the outside outlines.

The crown was made of my scrunching technique in several shades of green and in several layers. I wanted to give the piece depth and realism. It looks much nicer and more realistic in person as you can see the hops between the layers. This photograph kind of flattens it inadvertently.

If you like quilled vegetables, be sure to check out my Paper Quilled Realistic Leeks.

Although my Paper Quilled Broccoli has found a new owner, I am currently taking commissions. Please contact me for details. Or, if you’d prefer browsing my already-created, ready-to-ship artwork, head on over to my Etsy shop for a look at what’s on the shelf.

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