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Quilling 101: Learn the Basics of Quilling Paper

Quilling, the coiling and shaping of narrow paper strips to create a design, has been around for years — hundreds, in fact. During the Renaissance, nuns and monks would roll gold-gilded paper remnants trimmed during the bookmaking process, and use them to decorate religious objects as an alternative to costly gold filigree. Quilling later became a pastime of 18th and 19th century young ladies in England, who would decorate tea caddies and pieces of furniture with paper filigree. The practice crossed the Atlantic with colonists, who added quilling to candle sconces and trays as home decorations.

In all of that time, the process has remained very much the same, but quilling designs and specialty supplies have definitely caught up to the 21st century. Today some aficionados focus on making incredibly detailed 3-D figures, while others favor wall-sized museum installations. Perhaps quilling is best known, though, as a way of bringing personality to handmade cards.

The short list of necessities includes strips of lightweight paper, glue, and a tool with which to roll the paper — that’s it! Even better, there’s probably no need to shop for supplies before you try quilling, as a bamboo skewer, round toothpick, or even a cake tester from your kitchen drawer can serve as a substitute tool. Cut your own practice strips from a sheet of ordinary computer paper, using a paper cutter.

Many arts and crafts stores sell basic tools and packages of multicolor paper strips. Beautiful papers and other quilling supplies are available from online suppliers. Oh, and lastly, one requirement that’s not available for purchase, but will also be needed, is a fair amount of patience. With a little practice, however, I can almost predict you’ll find quilling to be creatively satisfying and fun.

The Basics of Quilling

The projects in this article feature the teardrop coil, but there are many other intriguing shapes to try — marquises, arrowheads, holly leaves, and all sorts of beautiful scrolls, just to name a few.


Quilling paper: 1/8″, standard width
Quilling tool
 needle tool or slotted tool

 clear-drying, suitable for paper
Plastic lid to use as a glue palette
T-pin, paper piercing tool, or round toothpick
Glass-head straight pins
Non-stick work board, cork, or styrofoam
 something into which you can stick pins
Damp cloth to keep fingers free of glue


When purchasing a tool there are 2 basic types: a slotted tool and needle tool. The slotted tool is easiest to use; its only disadvantage is that the slot leaves a tiny crimp in the center of the coil. If this is bothersome, purchase an ultra-fine slotted tool or try a needle tool. The needle tool is a bit more difficult to master, but the reward will be a coil with a perfectly round center.

To roll a coil with a slotted tool: Slide the very end of a strip into the slot, and turn the tool with one hand while evenly guiding the strip with the other.

To roll a coil with a needle tool: Dampen fingers and curve one end of a strip across the needle. Roll the strip around the needle with the thumb and index finger of whichever hand feels most comfortable, applying even, firm pressure, while holding the handle of the tool with the other hand. Be sure to roll the paper, not the tool.

Whether using a slotted tool or needle tool, when the strip is fully rolled, allow the coil to relax, slide it off the tool, and glue the end. Use only a very small amount of glue, applying it with the tip of a T-pin, paper piercing tool, or toothpick. Hold the end in place for a few moments while the glue dries. This is called a loose coil, and it’s the basic shape from which many other shapes are made.

Candy Jar Project


Glass jar
Grosgrain ribbon – red, 3/8″
Quilling paper, red, 1/8″
Cardstock, white
Adhesive foam dots


Step 1:
 Make 4 teardrop. Roll a 12″ loose coil. Press the coil slightly between your fingers, and, if necessary, use a pin to arrange the inner coils so they are evenly spaced.

Pinch sharply at the tip to make a point. Glue the end and trim the excess paper.

Step 2: Make 2 hearts. Place 2 teardrops side by side on the work board to create a heart shape, positioning them in opposite directions so the inner coils appear to meet. Apply glue at the join spot.

Hold the teardrops in place with pins while the glue dries.

Step 3: Fill a jar with your favorite treat and tie a ribbon around it.

Step 4: Cut 2 white, 1″ cardstock squares and glue a heart on each.

Tip: When gluing a quilled object on a background, spread a shallow puddle of glue on a plastic container lid or a sheet of waxed paper. Hold the quilling with tweezers and dip its underside gently in glue. Place directly on the background.

Step 5: Attach 1 square to each ribbon tail with a glue dot.

Valentine Card


Cardstock, red The type I used has mica bits for a nice sparkle.

Watercolor digital paper Free digital paper pack
Printer quilling paper, red, 1/8″
Twill tape, white, 1/2″
Paper clip, red
Jewelry pliers, 2 flat-nose
Jump rings, 2 silver
Clear message sticker
Glue stick
Paper cutter


Step 1: Score and fold a 7½”x5½” piece of red cardstock to make a 3¾”x5½” card.

Step 2: Print out the digital watercolor background and cut it to measure 3¼”x5″. Use a glue stick to adhere the rectangle to the center of the card.

Step 3: Outline the patterned paper with quilling strips. Overlap the strips squarely at the corners or miter at a slant as shown, following my tutorial.

Step 4: Make a heart (2 teardrops). Each teardrop requires a full-length strip, 24″. Position the teardrops so that the inner coils face in the same direction. (This is opposite of the way the candy jar teardrops were positioned.) Facing the coils in the same direction will give a nice look when shaping the curve. Glue the teardrops side by side, pinning them in place on the work board until dry.

Step 5: Grasp the tip of the heart and curve it gently.

Step 6: Roll a 2½” strip around the shaft of a paper piercing tool or round toothpick to make a bead. Glue the torn end.

Tip: A torn end blends better than a blunt cut.

Step 7: Pinch the bead to form an oval ring coil.

Glue the bead between the heart curves.

Step 8: Use pliers to open 2 jump rings and attach them to the ring coil.

Step 9: Slip the jump ring onto the paper clip.

Step 10: Cut a ¾”-wide strip of cardstock to fit the width of the card between the bordered edges, and glue it in place, covering the lettering on the printed digital paper.

Step11: Cut twill tape to the same length as the cardstock strip. Slide the paper clip/heart onto the twill tape. Center and glue the twill tape onto the cardstock strip.

Step 12: Press on a clear sticker message. I used “Celebrate”; the inside message could read “our love” or “with the one you love.” And of course, Happy Valentine’s Day!

As a variation, add a chain and wear the quilled heart as a necklace pendant. If desired, spray the heart with a satin finish acrylic varnish to give it water resistance and extra durability.

Books: If you’d like to learn more about paper quilling, a few of my favorite books for beginners are Paper Quilling for the First Time and 50 Nifty Quilled Cards, both by Alli Bartkowski, and a book from the Klutz series, Twirled Paper, by Jacqueline Lee.

Supplies: and are two of the largest U.S. online suppliers of quilling paper and tools.

More Ideas: On my blog, all things paper, you’ll find many more quilling patterns and tutorials in the right sidebar.

Quilled Typography – Sabeena Karnik

You might recall the colorful Happy New Year on-edge paper typography I shared on the last day of 2012. It was quilled by Sabeena Karnik of Mumbai, India, who was originally featured here after her on-edge alphabet letters letters started flying around the interwebs. I thought it would be fun to take a look at more of Sabeena’s lovely work, see how far she has come in just a year’s time, and learn a bit about her.

Have you always been interested in art?

Yes, I knew I wanted to pursue art ever since childhood. I have always had a very keen interest in beautiful writing, calligraphy, be it the names of my family, friends, and even people I idolized.

Did you study art in school? 
Pursuing an education in art was a very natural process. I completed my degree in graphic design with a focus on typography, my first love. In my final year project, I concentrated purely on paper and 3D paper sculpturing. Fortunately the result came out very well. I thought why not try and experiment a little more by combining the two, so as a fun way to pass the time one afternoon, I randomly started making alphabets out of paper.
The typeface was very simple since the focus was on paper, patterns I could make, and colors. The result was an offshoot of paper quilling, although I don’t concentrate on traditional pinched coil shapes.
SPAR billboard illustration

I remember that before your alphabet was even completed, it was already attracting attention!

Yes, before I could finish the entire letter series, I started getting offers from advertising agencies to collaborate with them. And I have been very busy ever since, working with agencies in the U.S, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and South Africa.

magazine illustration

I’m sure you put a great deal of time into your designs. 

Since the outcome is very decorative and eye-catching, people don’t realize the amount of work that goes into each piece. It requires a lot of patience and nurturing, just as you would take care of a baby. Moreover since it’s paper, making corrections is extremely difficult. 

A girl’s name and commissioned piece

There was an instance when a design had been approved by a client, but had to be changed after everything was complete. It was heartbreaking to slice the entire paper art out and make the alterations. Everything we do is a learning process and paper has its limitations because it is very fragile.
Do you still enjoy the process?  
Paper is one of the most wonderful mediums to work with. It attracts an audience of all ages universally and it never gets boring. Every strip and piece plays such an important role in creating a unique artwork.

What are your plans for the future? 
I want to plunge into paper typography more and even create my own paper fonts. The world of paper is so vast and magical; no matter how much you explore, the possibilities are limitless!
created for a Seattle software firm postcard
Thanks for the interview, Sabeena.  It will be fun to see where your talent leads you next.

Quilling Tools & Materials – How to Make Quilling Art

Materials Required for Paper Quilling

Here’s a list of items required for paper quilling craft and patterns. You can also click on the pictures for more information on each item.

Quilling Paper

Paper quilling craft uses strips of quilling paper that come in many colors and widths of 3mm, 5mm, 7mm and 10mm. The paper weight of the quilling paper is usually between 80gsm to 100gsm.

You can buy quilling paper strips at – they have a wide range of paper quilling supplies at affordable prices.

Slotted Tool

A slotted tool looks like a pen – use it to roll strips of quilling paper into coils. Toothpicks can be used for rolling, too. However the coils will end up with big holes in the center. A proper quilling tool is best for beginners.

Craft Glue

Any craft glue can to used to secure the loose ends of the paper strips. Use glue sparingly on the quilling paper. Use toothpicks for applying glue.

Quilling Template Board

To make many coils of the same size, the paper quilling template board is the perfect tool to have. The circle templates on the quilling board help to hold each coil to the correct size and measurement. The quilling template board is a useful tool for making closed coils of the same size quickly.

Paper Fringer

The paper fringer is for making fringes on a strip of quilling paper quickly. Fringing is possible with a pair of scissors, too. However, that will take a long time to achieve and fringing will not be perfect! Fringed quilling paper are for making fringed flowers.

Quilling Comb

Several techniques are used in paper quilling. One of them includes the quilling comb technique. Strips of paper wound around the prongs of the quilling comb will make lovely quilled designs. A quilling comb aids in making evenly spaced loops in a coil.

Curling Coach

A curling coach or coiling guide prevents paper quilling strips from slipping off the slotted quilling tool. It helps to make evenly quilled loops.

Paper Quilling Grid

Quilling grids are for making beautiful wheatears coils. Pins are inserted in the grid board. They also prevent paper strips from slipping off when making quilled loops.


A pointed tip scissors or craft knife is useful for fringing a strip of quilling paper and for trimming off excess strips of quilling paper. You may prefer to tear off the quilling paper with your fingers.

Crimper Tool

To make crimped strips of quilling paper, you need to use a paper crimper. The quilling paper inserted through the tool is crimped by turning the handle. Pretty cool!

How to use a paper quilling crimper

Bulldog Clip

Use large paper clips are handy when you fringe paper with scissors. They can hold several strips for quilling paper together for fringing.

Quilling Borders Guide

These border guides are for making big loops with consistency.

3D Mold Template

With the 3D mold, there is no need to measure quilled coils, just pop them in the mold to extrude the shapes evenly. It is a great item for making perfect 3D quilled objects quickly.

A great range of tools and materials for paper quilling craft are available at Rainbow Cabin. Check them out on this link.

More About Paper Quilling Art

If you want to learn more on how to make paper quilling patterns, free instructions on paper quilling techniques, designs and patterns are available from this link here and below to get you started:

If you want to get ideas on how to make more paper quilled flowers, butterflies and other objects, free paper quilling tutorials are here:

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Quilling Paper

Quilling paper is undoubtedly the most important supply for a quilling project. Although you can buy strips of pre-cut, colorful Quilling paper from art & craft stores, you could also use computer paper, craft paper, construction paper, and scraps of just about any paper to begin with, including brightly colored junk mail. A couple of quick tips to get you started:

– Start by choosing a paper-quilling pattern to get an idea of the length and size of paper you need

– If you don’t have colored paper, you can also color the coils after the design is complete.
Just run your paint brush over the top edge of each coil and scroll with the required color


2. The quilling tools

Coming to the tools you’ll require for quilling, a slotted tool works perfect for beginners because of its ease of use. But if you want to avoid the crease that this tool leaves in your finished paper strips, opt for the needle tool.

A few other must have supplies for paper quilling are:

– Glue
– A pair of tweezers to pick and move around the quilled pieces
– Circle template for measure the coils
– A work-board


3. Start with basic shapes

Start with the basic shape, i.e. the rolled circular paper coil. Build upon this basic shape as you master the skill further to create a variety of shapes like the teardrop, paisley, marquis, slug or tulip. You can pinch, squeeze, and adjust the tension of the rolled paper coil until you get the quilled shape you desire.

Here are a few handy tips for creating the basic rolled paper coil:

– Insert the strip of paper into the slot of your tool and then with your thumb and forefinger on either side of the paper strip, hold it with even tension while you turn the tool backwards or forwards.

– When you reach the end of your paper strip, take it off the tool. Make sure you don’t wind it too tightly, else you may find it a bit tricky to take it off the tool.

– If you want to make a loose coil shape, you can let the paper coil expand before remove it from the tool but if you want a tighter coil, don’t let it expand before you take it off.


4. Go beyond the shapes

Once you have created the interesting shapes, go ahead and play around with them. You could:

– Use them to decorate a greeting card

– Make attractive, hand made jewelry

– Create framed art to add a dash of color and creativity to your walls

– Create three-dimensional figures and miniatures

The possibilities are endless!


Creating a flower is one of the easiest quilling projects that can help you get the hang of things. Just follow these steps:


– Cut two thin strips of colored quilling paper to make the center of the flower. Cut a wider strip – twice the width of the thinner strips – for the flower petals.

– Using a toothpick or quilling needle, make a tight roll of the thinner strip. Glue the end part of the thinner coiled strip.

– Add glue to another thin strip and roll it around the first roll. Glue the end part of strip to make a tightly rolled center for the flower.

– Now make cuts all along the wider strip half way down its breadth. Add glue to one end of this strip and roll it around the tightly rolled flower center we made in the first step.

– Glue the end of the wide strip. Once the glue is dried up well, use your thumb and fingers to fold the petals outward. That’s it – your flower is ready!


5. Combine it with other craft

Get a bit more adventurous and use your quilled shapes in combination with other paper crafts to create even more interesting pieces of decorative or gift items. You can use your quilled shapes to add more life to:

– Paintings & wall decor

– Decorative paper buckets

– Hand made jewelry boxes, and other do it yourself projects.

As mentioned before, the uses of quilling are endless – all it requires is a bit of imagination!



Use the available resources

Paper quilling instructions and guides can be found in many book stores.

Beginners of any age can start with books written for kids which have great instructions. Besides being very easy to understand, children’s paper quilling books come loaded with quick and easy do it yourself projects that helps any beginner practise and have fun.

The internet is also buzzing with some pretty useful blogs and online tutorials on quilling


7. No substitute for practice

Yes, practice is the key word. Like any art, quilling requires plenty of practice to master the skill. So if you want to quill it like the pros, you need to practice as often as you can. Try more complex shapes, and creative patterns and have fun along the way.

P.S. If there are kids at home, quilling is a fun way to keep the little ones engaged.

Now that you’ve read these tips, go ahead and quill your way to creative glory. Once you have mastered the skill, you could probably create your own tutorial!

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