Paper quilling projects

Everything you need to know about paper quilling

Quilling is the craft of creating designs by rolling narrow strips of paper. Here’s how to get started

Quilling is the craft of creating designs by rolling narrow strips of paper. Learn this creative paper-rolling craft and you can create a range of imaginative projects, including wall art, greetings cards and a gorgeous personalised paper quilled picture.

What you’ll need to start paper quilling

Pre-cut quilling paper is available to buy in many colours and various widths – usually 3mm to 10mm – either from craft stores or online. Alternatively, you can cut your own strips from medium weight paper – about the weight of copy paper. Be aware that paper which is too thin will have a tendency to tear, and paper that is too heavy will not be flexible enough to roll.

A quilling tool has a slotted needle around which the paper is rolled. Fine tweezers are useful for positioning intricate designs.

With the quilling paper in one hand and the quilling tool in the other, slip the strip of quilling paper into the slot in the tool. Turn the tool until the strip rolls into a cylinder. Keep coiling the paper around the quilling tool until you have the size you need.

  • For a tight circle, remove the paper from the quilling tool and glue the end to close the circle. Use a cocktail stick or the head of a pin to dab on dots of glue.
  • For a loose circle, remove the paper from the tool and lay it on a flat surface to let it expand slightly then glue the end to close the circle.
  • Make a teardrop shape by creating a loose circle and pinching one end.
  • Create a heart shape by folding a strip in half and making a sharp crease then rolling each end inwards.

Top paper quilling tip: Start small and, as you become more confident, try out more intricate designs.

Where can I buy a paper quilling tool?

All good online crafting shops sell quilling kits and tools or try searching Amazon for kits

How to paper quill a personalised picture

Once your master the craft of quilling, the world’s your oyster! Why not start with a personalised picture as a cute children’s gift? 

How to paper quill a greetings card

You will need:

  • 3mm-wide quilling paper
  • Slotted quilling tool
  • PVA craft glue
  • Blank card and envelope to fit
  • Pin or cocktail stick

How to make a paper quilled greetings card

  1. Fold a strip of quilling paper in half and make a crease. Roll each end inwards to form a heart. Make four coloured hearts
  2. Arrange on a blank card. Using a pin or cocktail stick, dab tiny dots of glue onto the reverse of each heart and stick in place
  3. It’s probably best to deliver the card by hand to prevent damage in the post, although a padded envelope might help

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