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Eight Tips to Help You Become a Paper Quilling Pro

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Paper quilling, also called paper filigree, is a papercraft that has been popular since the 15th century. This paper art has experienced a resurgence in popularity during the last couple of years.
You can find paper quilling incorporated into scrapbooking, cardmaking, monograms, paper flowers, jewelry and even into pieces of wall art. It is incredible how you can make complicated shapes and patterns from simple paper strips and glue!

Although the hobby is relatively easy to master, beginners may find the following tips and tricks helpful on their paper quilling journey.

Use Pre-cut Paper Strips for Your First Projects

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Use pre-cut paper quilling strips for your first projects. Your initial attempts will have better results if you use precise machine-cut papers. Once you are comfortable with basic paper quilling techniques, you can cut your paper strips and explore your creativity by experimenting with more advanced methods.

Start With Small Paper Quilling Projects

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Start with smaller sized projects first. You can quickly become overwhelmed when trying to tackle a craft project that is too complicated or too large. Small projects can promote feelings of success and accomplishment and can be the building blocks the help you master your skills one step at a time. Once you have mastered the basics, you can attempt complicated projects with ease.

Use the Right Paper Quilling Tools

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It’s important to choose your quilling tools thoughtfully. You don’t need to buy any expensive tools to create paper filigree art initially—a toothpick or bamboo skewer will roll paper strips adequately. If you are bitten by the paper quilling bug and wish to continue, you should purchase a slotted quilling tool and a needle tool.

You can place the strip of paper into the upper slot of the slotted tool, giving you more control when rolling the paper strips. A needle device is a sizeable tapered needle with a long wooden handle. It helps you keep a steady hand when rolling strips of paper into various shapes. Both tools are quite helpful when you are working on large, complicated paper quilling projects.

Have a Light Touch When Using Glue with Paper Quilling

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When gluing your rolled paper shapes, always remember to use glue sparingly. Too much glue can quickly ruin your project, which you may have worked on for hours. You can avoid the hassle of starting a project over with a little bit of caution. You can always add a bit more adhesive if necessary, but you cannot remove excess glue. Remember the design rule “Less Is More.”

Paper Quilling Patterns

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Some beginners find using a premade quilling pattern quite helpful when first starting out. There are hundreds of paper quilling patterns available for purchase or free to download on the internet. These printable patterns can guide beginners and help them build their skills.

All you have to do is place the printed pattern under a sheet of waxed paper and follow the suggestions. You will quickly have a quilling masterpiece that you will be proud to give as a gift or display in your home.

Master the Basic Paper Quilling Shapes

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Learn the basic shapes before working on a paper quilling project. It can be quite helpful to make a master page of basic paper quilling shapes.

Glue different shapes to a piece of cardboard to use as a reference sheet when working on various projects. The guide serves as both a reference and an inspiration source.

Paper Quilling Circle Sizing Board

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A circle sizing board is a tool you definitely will find useful. It is a sheet of plastic that has predrilled holes of various shapes and sizes. Use the holes to help you roll the paper quilling shapes.

The circle sizing board will help you will always have consistency in your paper quilling shapes. This board is a tool you won’t want to be without and will use again and again.

Acetate Sheet

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Build your paper quilling rolled shape onto a sheet of acetate. It is strong enough to give your glued quilled shapes stability. After the glue has dried, you can pull your quilled piece up off the sheet without damage. Just wash the leftover adhesive from the acetate sheet and reuse for your next project.

‏What is Quilling?‏

‏Quilling is the art of rolled paper. It’s a dynamic medium that allows anyone — young, old, beginner, expert — to explore different textures and techniques. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to learn and once you get the hang of the basics, you’ll be off on your quilling journey. You can read our other articles to catch up on the basic history of paper quilling.

‏Quilling does not require a lot of materials. Materials can be purchased at any hobby or craft store. You can buy a kit (a great option for beginners) or make use of what you might already have lying around your craft room. Most kits are very inexpensive.

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What do I need?‏

‏Materials Needed‏

‏When you purchase a quilling kit, you will find that it likely comes with the following materials:‏

● ‏Precision Glue Bottle‏

‏Of course, if you choose to make do with what you already have, you’ll just have to prepare your paper by cutting it to size. Also, you’ll want a way to really have control over the glue bottle. You will not need very much, so having a precise tip for the glue to come out of will help immensely. Finally, the slotted tool is very helpful when it comes to rolling the paper itself. You might be able to make do without it, but it is highly recommended. The slotted tool allows for more control and ensures a tight, uniform roll.‏

‏Now that you have your materials, let’s get started.‏

‏How to: 7 Quilling Techniques‏

‏Quilling only requires that you roll strips of paper tightly. By using the slotted tool, you have a good handle on the rolling of the paper and can control the uniformity of the coil. We will begin discussing the various coil types and techniques.‏

● ‏Tight Coil‏

‏A tight coil is just as the name suggests: rolling the paper as tight as possible, allowing no gaps or space between the layers of the paper. Place the end of one strip of paper into the slotted tool and roll as tightly as possible. You want to ensure that the coil stays even and level. Avoid the “tornado” effect, which happens when the coil is too loose or the rolling is uneven. The best part, if you mess up, it’s very easy to start again! Keep the pad of your finger at the top of the slotted tool to help with controlling the roll and preventing the tornado effect.‏

‏When you have reached the end of the strip of paper, place just the tiny bit of glue on the end and secure it onto itself. You will need less glue than you think, which is where a precision tip on the glue bottle comes in very handily. Once glued, you have your first tight coil!‏

● ‏Loose Coil‏

‏The loose coil uses the same technique as the tight coil. Begin the same way by placing the end of one strip of paper into the slotted tool and roll as tightly as possible. Again, by using your thumb and forefinger, you can help control the roll and keep it as even as possible.‏

‏Once you have rolled the entire strip of paper, remove the slotted tool, and then carefully allow the coil to open up. A good technique is to keep hold of the center of the coil, and then allow the outer rings to loosen. When you’ve loosened the coil to your liking, place a small amount of glue on the end and secure it onto itself.‏

● ‏Teardrop Coil‏

‏The teardrop coil begins the same way as the tight and loose coil. You can have a tight or loose teardrop shape. Roll a strip of paper to your preference (tight or loose), and then when you are ready to glue, use less glue than you think. Note where the seam is, and begin to pinch the coil at the site of the seam. Gently use your fingers to help manipulate the center of the coil downwards, away from the pinched seam, and you’ll have a teardrop-shaped coil.‏

● ‏Curved Teardrop Coil‏

‏The curved teardrop coil is an extension of the teardrop coil. Create a teardrop coil, and once you have the desired teardrop shape, use the end of the slotted tool to help curve the top of the teardrop. Curve just the tip of the teardrop to create a paisley-like shape.‏

● ‏Marquee‏

‏The marquee shape begins with a loose coil. Roll a coil and then open it up to allow it to loosen and have space between its layers. Glue it unto itself (using less glue than you think, of course!) and pinch at both ends. You may need to gently guide the center of the coil to not pinch it. This coil shape will resemble an eye, especially with the center of the coil imitating a pupil and iris.‏

● ‏Curved Marquee‏

‏The curved marquee, also known as the slug, is a variation of the marquee shape. Begin by creating the marquee shape with a loose coil and glue. Pinch both ends, and then use the slotted quilling tool to help curve the tips in opposite directions.‏

● ‏Square and Diamond‏

‏The square and diamond shapes use similar techniques. Create a loose coil, glue, and then pinch each side as you would like the marquee shape. You will end up with four corners, or four pinches. The easiest way to do this is to pinch each side of the coil with both of your hands simultaneously, rotate 90 degrees, and then repeat. The diamond will have a taller shape, whereas the square will have more equal sides.‏

‏Now that you’ve mastered these techniques, go forth and create your quilling masterpieces. The tweezers will allow you to gently place each of your shaped coils into what promises to be a beautiful work of art.

Congratulations!

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The art of quilling, for beginners! We recommend this fun, very easy, 9-min video showing each quilling technique above. The Crafty Lumberjacks give a super easy quilling tutorial for beginners. Plus, they combine their designs to make the most out-of-this-world art piece!

1. Counting all the items in the package. Each Paper Filigree Painting kit contains EVA pattern board*1, Instruction*1, Paper strips*1, Tool kit*1.

2. Lay the EVA pattern board on the desk.

3. Pick up the corresponding color paper strip as the code of instruction was shown.

4. Cutting the paper strips according to the length of the line on the EVA pattern board. Keep cutting is perpendicular to the line, it will ensure the painting will be more beautiful.

5. Folding the paper strips as the line draft shown on the EVA pattern board. The awl can be used to assist the modeling.

6. Apply glue into the crack of the line draft on the EVA board.

7. Insert the paper strip into the crack of the line draft on the EVA board. The tweezers can be used to help insert it.

steps to resolve

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1. Select the color of the paper

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2. Measure the distance and cut it off

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3. With the help of an awl,the paper will be rolled

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4. Apply glue to the cutting board

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5.With the help of tweezers,put the cut paper in

► Helical line

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1. Roll up the strip of paper with an awl

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2. Use an awl to quickly pull it to make
the strip of paper elastic

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3. Apply glue on the cutting board

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4. With the help of tweezers, put the paper strip in from the innermost position of the spiral

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5. According to the end position on the cutting board, use scissors to cut the strip of paper vertically

Corner

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1. Compare the length of the first section of the cutting board

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2. Fold the note

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3 . Compare the length of the second section of the paper strip with the
cutting board, use scissors to cut the paper strip, and the cut should be as perpendicular to the paper strip as possible to ensure that your work is
more beautiful.

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4. Apply glue on the cutting board

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5. With the help of tweezers, put the cut
paper in

Round shape

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1. Enclose the paper strips in a circle by hand, and compare the size of the cutting board

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2. Cut out the contrasted piece of paper and cut it slightly longer

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3. Apply glue on the cutting board

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4. With the help of tweezers, put the cut circles in so that they have a slight overlap

► 2 ways to exhibit your Paper Filigree Painting

1. Decorating it with the 3Mdouble sticky tape. Each kit includes 6 free 3M double sticky tapes.

2. Framed with a photo frame. And the frame needs to be purchased separately.

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Here is a tutorial a long time coming – I have been asked for a tutorial for basic quilling techniques and shapes. I will break this into a couple posts, with some more advanced shapes in the second part.

So you want to start paper quilling? First you need some supplies! This post will teach you how you can use supplies you have around the house to start quilling. This one will show you some of the basic tools and the differences between them. But you need more than tools, so here is a post that outlines the basic supplies you need if you want to purchase them. And lastly, there are many fun, but not necessary, tools for quilling. This post outlines some of those. Here is the whole list of tips and tricks to browse through.

So now you have your basic supplies! To do the shapes here you will need paper strips, a tool (preferably a slotted quilling tool for ease of use), and some glue. Optionally you can also use a workboard, a circle sizing guide, and pins.

To start quilling, you need a paper strip and a tool. When I first started quilling at age 10 I used a toothpick until my parents bought me a slotted tool about a year later. It works, but you get a might tighter and neater coil if you use a proper tool. Insert your paper into the slot of your tool and then hold the paper with even tension while you turn the tool. Some people turn it backwards, I turn mine forwards. Turn it whichever way feels most comfortable to you. I like to place my thumb and forefinger on either side of the paper strip as it is being wound onto the tool so that it keeps it nice and even, as you can see in the middle photo. When you get to the end of your paper strip, it is time to take it off the tool! If you have wound it tightly, you may find it a little tricky to take off. It will take some practice to wind with the right tension (and sometimes you want it wound tightly and sometimes not so much, depending on the look of the coil you want). One way to ensure the coil comes off the tool without unraveling is to press your thumbnail on the barrel of the tool tip as you are taking it off. Also, you can let the coil expand before you take it off the tool, but only if you want to make a loose coil shape. If you want your coil to be tight, then don’t let it expand before taking it off.

Once your coil is off your tool you can just glue it so you have a tight roll. OR you can let it expand. Once it is expanded you can leave it open, that is called a scroll. Or you can glue it shut, and you have a loose circle coil.

Now you can turn that loose circle coil into lots of different shapes! Here are just a few to get you started.

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Quilling, or paper filigree, is the art of creating intricate shapes from strips of paper. The technique is simple: After a long, narrow ribbon of paper is rolled around a needlelike tool, the strip is slipped off, arranged with your fingertips into the desired shape, and then glued to a background of contrasting paper, fabric, or wood.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make the shapes necessary to create several types of quilled cards.

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What You’ll Need

  • 5/8-inch multicolor quilling paper (No. 356), from Lake City Crafts, quilling.com
  • 1/8-inch quilling paper in color of choice, from Lake City Crafts, quilling.com (You can also use medium-weight paper, such as vellum or stationery)
  • 8 1/2-inch paper trimmer, from Martha Stewart Crafts available at Michaels (You will need this if you are making your own quilling strips.)
  • Round-headed pin Slotted quilling tool (No. 171), from Lake City Crafts, quilling.com
  • Fine-pointed tweezers (No. 177), from Lake City Crafts, quilling.com
  • Small sharp scissors, by Martha Stewart Crafts, available at Michaels stores

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Step 1

Don’t let the elaborate effects fool you; quilling is simple. You need only a few basic crafts items.

Clockwise from top: A round-headed pin is useful for precise glue application. A slotted quilling tool lets you create coiled shapes with ease. Fine-pointed tweezers are essential for tiny shapes. Use small sharp scissors to cut fringe.

Quilling paper comes in a variety of colors and widths; most of our projects can be made with standard precut strips. If you prefer, use a paper cutter and medium-weight paper, such as vellum or stationery, to make your own; construction paper is too heavy and will not roll easily.

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Step 2

Experiment with basic techniques before starting a project.

Loose Circle: Create a tight circle, but do not glue. Instead, lay it on a flat surface, and let it expand. When satisfied with the shape and size, glue the end of the strip to secure.

Loose Scroll: Form a loose circle, but do not glue closed.

Marquise Fashion: and glue a loose circle; pinch each end.

Connected Scrolls: Make several loose scrolls; position with unrolled ends pointing the same way. Curve each over rolled end of next scroll; glue.

Open Heart: Fold a strip in half, and crease. Roll each end toward center.

V Scroll: Crease paper at center; roll ends outward.

S Scroll: Form an S shape by rolling one end toward center, and the other in the opposite direction.

C Scroll: Roll both ends of a strip toward the center.

Do you know combs are very useful in paper crafts? Combs can be used for curling strips of paper for making interesting patterns in paper quilling art. It is a paper quilling technique that is easy to learn. Any kind of comb can be used – paper quilling comb, afro comb, an onion holder or a normal hair comb.

If you are new to paper quilling art, the following links will help you get started:

In this tutorial on paper quilling technique, I will show you how to do paper quilling with a comb. I want to make smaller coils so I am using a baby comb in this tutorial! The materials required in this paper quilling tutorial are strips of quilling paper, a comb and some glue.

Paper quilling is not a very expensive hobby as quilling supplies and tools are readily available at affordable prices. You can find a wide range of quilling supplies and quilling kits by visiting RainbowCabin.com.

Types of Paper Quilling Combs

Let’s Begin

Start somewhere in the middle of the comb. Insert a quilling paper around a prong like this.

Wrap the strip of quilling paper around a prong on the left of the middle prong.

Bend the quilling paper under the comb and wrap the next prong on the right of the middle prong.

Bend the paper under and back to the left side of the comb and wrap the prong next to the previous loop on the left.

Continue to wrap around the prongs until the quilling paper is twirled around the comb.

When finished looping, apply a little glue to the end of the paper strip and stick it to the coil. Trim off the excess paper if necessary.

Remove the looped paper from the comb but hold the paper firmly so that the loops do not unwind or become loose. Use a pair of craft pliers to hold the paper if it is too delicate to handle with your fingers.

Gently bend the looped paper so that the leftmost loop touches the rightmost loop. As you can see, all the small loops are on the inside of the coil.

Get hold of another strip of quilling paper and wrap it around the coil following its shape. Finish wrapping the coil by applying a little glue to the end of the paper strip and trim off the excess paper.

This is how the quilled coil should look like. It has an oval shape with little loops inside the coil.

Alternative Quilled Design

After doing all the loops on the comb, try to bend the paper another way to make a coil with a different design on the inside.

Wrap a strip of quilling paper around the coil following its shape. Apply some glue to the end of the paper strip and trim off excess paper.

If you would like to learn more paper quilling techniques using the comb, check out these tutorials below:

More About Paper Quilling Art

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

If you want to learn advanced techniques on paper quilling on how to make more paper quilled flowers, butterflies and other beautiful quilled objects, we have free tutorials for you listed below:

How To Make Quilled Fringed Flowers © 2012 lady rain

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What is quilling? This beautiful art is a paper-craft technique used to make coiled embellishments — flowers, hearts, butterflies, scrolls, marquise and more — from colorful strips of paper for card making, scrapbooking or even jewelry! Now you can learn the beautiful art of paper quilling step-by-step with this video class.

In this class, quilling expert Alli Bartkowski explains the different types of quilling papers and the tools needed to create different effects. Then, she thoroughly demonstrates many beginner and intermediate shapes and techniques while passing on her tried-and-true quilling tips and tricks for success. You’ll learn how to roll loose and tight coils and form them into flowers, alphabet letters, animals, 3-D shapes and much more. In this video class, you’ll learn:

  • About quilling paper strips and how to roll them perfectly every time
  • What glues work best, plus reliable gluing techniques
  • How to use tools made for easy quilling
  • How to turn a basic coil into teardrops, hearts, marquise, leaves, flower petals and more
  • How to create scrolls used for lettering
  • How to use a crimping tool to create dimensional strips
  • How to create 3-D roses and other shapes
  • How to master techniques, including beehive, combing, end-to-end, molding and more

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Beautiful paper quilling patterns and designs can be created with the quilling comb technique. Basic step-by-step instructions on how to use a comb to create paper quilling comb patterns are available in this tutorial below:

Other paper quilling techniques and amazing patterns with the comb can also be found in:

Types of Paper Quilling Combs

The materials required in this paper quilling comb tutorial are different coloured quilling paper, a comb and glue. The comb used for quilling can be any of these items: a quilling comb, an afro comb, an onion holder or a normal comb. A small baby comb is used in this tutorial!

If you are new to paper quilling art, the following links will help you get started:

Quilling supplies and tools are readily available at affordable prices. You can find a wide range of quilling supplies and quilling kits at RainbowCabin.com.

Paper Quilling Comb Pattern – Let’s Begin…

Join two strips of quilling paper to make a longer strip of paper. I have used a green strip of paper and a blue strip of quilling paper.

Start somewhere in the middle of the comb. First step..insert the quilling paper around a prong, at one end of the green paper that is joined to the blue paper.

Next, start wrapping the green paper around a prong on the left of the starting point, then on the right and so forth. The full instructions are available in my previous tutorial: How To Do Paper Quilling With A Comb.

Continue wrapping the strip of green paper until it becomes very short. Trim off any excess and apply a little glue to stick the end of the paper to the pattern.

Now, take the strip of blue paper that is on top of the pattern and wrap it in a similar way around the prongs of the comb, but this time do it in the opposite direction with the paper layering on the top side of the comb.

Continue with making the pattern until the blue strip of quilling paper becomes very short. Glue the end of the paper to the pattern. The pattern should look like this, blue layers of paper on top and green layers of paper at the bottom:

Quilled Pattern Is Ready

Carefully remove the quilled pattern from the comb. Notice how the loops of different colours are facing each other.

Fold the pattern so that the green part of the pattern are enclosed by the blue paper.

Take another strip of blue quilling paper and use it to wrap around the pattern.

Finish making the pattern by applying glue at the end of the strip and trim off any excess paper.

Same Technique, Different Pattern

The same quilling comb technique can also be used to create another awesome quilling pattern. After removing the pattern from the comb, just bend the pattern in the opposite direction. The green colour will be on the outside and the blue colour in the centre.

Wrap the pattern with another strip of quilling paper and you’ll get another beautiful paper quilling design!

Paper Quilling Art is beautiful and cute!

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More On Paper Quilling Art

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

If you want more advanced tutorials on how to make more quilled flowers, butterflies and other objects, the tutorials are below:

Paper Quilling Comb Patterns & Designs © 2012 lady rain

This craft tutorial teaches you how to make these beautiful paper quilled butterflies. The paper quilled butterflies can be used as embellishment in craft projects and other school work.

Steps on how to make paper quilled butterflies

With strips of quilling paper, make a couple of white teardrop coils. Instructions for making basic quilling coils are in the tutorial How To Make Coils With Quilling Paper . Then, follow the instructions in the next tutorial How To Do Paper Quilling With A Comb and make two looped coils with a comb.

You should end up with coils like the following:

Glue a white teardrop coil in the centre of the looped coil and wrap the coils with another strip of quilling paper (black) to hold the shape.

Make a couple of teardrop coils (purple and black) for the lower wings and a bigger teardrop (white) coil for the thorax of the butterfly.

Assemble all the coils together to form the butterfly and glue the parts together. Attach a small strip of paper (folded in half) for the feelers.

Materials for Making Quilled Butterflies

About Paper Quilling Art

Quilling is the art of rolling or coiling thin strips of paper into different shapes and using these shapes to form a design. It is also known as paper filigree. Not surprising, this form of art can be traced back to as early as the 13th or 14th century in Europe where quilled works were used to decorate religious items. Filigree crafts became popular in the 18th century in England and the quilled designs were mainly used as part of the decorations on other crafts, household items and furniture.

Quilling is almost a forgotten art through the centuries but thankfully, there are keen quillers keeping this art form alive. The art of quilling is now gaining popularity due to the formation of local quilling groups, materials easily available and resources being readily available on the internet.

Free Paper Quilling Tutorials

If you want to learn more on paper quilling art, free instructions on paper quilling 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 quilled flowers, butterflies and other objects, free paper quilling tutorials are here:

How To Make Quilled Butterflies © 2012 lady rain

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Make a Beautiful Flower From Simple Strips of Paper

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  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Yield: 3 quilled flowers
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Paper quilling, also called paper filigree, is the art of rolling, scrolling, and shaping paper strips into delightful designs. Quilling is not new; it has been around since the 15th century but is just as well-liked today as it was hundreds of years ago. This hobby is very easy to learn, doesn’t cost a lot of money, and produces beautiful works of art in a short period of time. No wonder it has been popular for hundreds of years!

Flowers are one of the most beloved designs in quilling, and this tutorial concentrates on making a simple daisy from strips of paper. Learn how to make the flower from two paper shapes, and you will soon be on your way to creating more beautiful paper filigree projects.

If you are a complete beginner, you probably already have the simple supplies in your house to get started. Of course, it makes the job easier if you purchase some basic quilling tools, including pre-cut strips of paper to make your flowers neatly curled. However, you can always cut your paper strips by hand.

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What You’ll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Quilling board
  • Slotted quilling tool
  • Needle quilling tool
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer/cutter (if cutting paper strips by hand)
  • Craft glue
  • Straight pins (optional)
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)

Materials

  • Paper for strips or pre-cut paper quilling strips approximately
  • Small flower pot (optional)
  • Floral foam (optional)
  • Thin wood dowels or wood skewers (optional)
  • Artificial Spanish moss (optional)

Instructions

Construct the Daisy Petals

You will need to cut six white paper strips to make the daisy petals.

  1. Cut strips to measure 3/8 inches wide by 12 inches long. If you are using pre-cut quilling paper strips, you may need to cut them down.
  2. To make a paper petal, you first have to take a piece of paper and insert it into the slot of the slotted quilling tool.
  3. Hold the tool in your hand between your thumb and index finger and slowly turn the tool so the paper winds evenly around the tip.
  4. Pull the coil from the tool and place it into a circle on the quilling board, and allow the coil to unwind until it is the size of the circle.
  5. Remove the paper coil and glue the end of the strip and let it dry. You may then squeeze the paper coil into different shapes.

Using a Template Board

Our board is sized in millimeters, and we used the 25-millimeter circle template, which is a little under 1 inch. If your template board has circles sized in inches, use the 1-inch circle template for your petals.

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Squeeze the Paper Coil Into a Teardrop Shape

  1. To form a paper coil into a teardrop shape, you must first pull the inside of the coil gently downwards and hold while pinching one side of the circle to form a point. Your paper circle will now be in a teardrop shape.
  2. Make six paper teardrop shapes to form the petals of your quilled daisy.

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Make the Center of the Daisy

  1. To make the center of the daisy, you will need two colored paper strips (each about 3/8 inch wide and 12 inches long) and the slotted tool.
  2. Thread one end of the paper strip into the slot and turn the tool making sure to maintain tension.
  3. After you form the center coil place some glue on the end of the paper strip and let it dry. Do not remove the coil from the tool.
  4. Place a bit of glue onto the rolled coil and place another paper strip aligned with the end of the first paper strip.
  5. Roll the second paper strip onto the coil, maintaining tension.
  6. Add some glue to the end of the second paper strip.
  7. Let the glue dry.
  8. Remove the tight coil from the slotted tool.

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Glue Together Your Quilled Shapes

  1. Arrange the six teardrop petals around the paper coil to form the flower shape.
  2. Glue the teardrops to the paper coil and to the sides of each teardrop shape.
  3. Let the glue completely dry.
  4. After the flower dries you will be able to pick it up and it should hold its shape.

Gluing Quills in Place

There are many tips on how to handle delicate quilled parts. Here are two tips that help when gluing them together.

  1. Tweezers makes it easier to arrange the small quills into place and while gluing them together.
  2. Using straight pins helps to keep the quilled rolls in place until the glue dries.

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Plant Your Flowers

Quilled flowers can be used in card projects, scrapbooking, wall hangings, and as welcoming signs of springtime. Here’s how we displayed our flowers in a flowerpot:

  1. Hot glue some thin wooden dowels or skewers onto the back of the flowers.
  2. Place dry floral foam into a small flower pot.
  3. Stick the flowers on wood “stems” into the floral foam.
  4. Cover the top of the pot opening with artificial Spanish moss —what a delightful way to welcome spring or summer!

February 01, 2016

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In the previous blog, how to do paper quilling (Part 1), we explored the basic techniques of paper quilling which is around making coils and giving them shapes. Once you have a got a grip on this, you are ready to try out different shapes and designs which can be made using some of the other quilling tools. This blog will take you through 3 of the other commonly used tools: Border Buddy, Quilling Mould and Quilling Comb.

Border Buddy: This tool is used to make borders or coils that are hollow from the centre. Using this tool you can create coils in triangular, square and circular shapes of different sizes. The hollow spaces can be either filled with other coils, nested among other border buddy coils or can be used individually as depicted below. The process of giving it shape is same as we have learnt in the previous blog ( i.e. by pinching it from different points to get the desired shape)

To begin with you have to select the size of the circle, triangle or square you want to create from the towers. Start rolling the strip around the tower and glue it after you have completed one full round, so that the coil does not open, then continue rolling it till the time you have achieved the desired thickness of the coil. Once you have completed rolling the strips, glue the outer edge and gently remove the coil from the tower – and you are done!

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How to do quillingQuilling Mould: This is an extremely handy tool for 3D Quilling- a technique, that involves making coils of multiple strips to get a big tight coil and then expanding it from the centre of the coil, using the quilling mould to get different type of dome shapes. These shapes are then joined together to create different 3D objects (sample project made using 3D quilling).

Start by making a tight coil of multiple strips using your Super Quiller. Begin with coils of 5-6 strips for practice and then you can keep increasing the number of strips depending upon the usage. With Super Quiller you can easily coil up to 10 Strips of 5 mm, with fresh batteries. Once you have made the coil and sealed it, place the coil on one of the domes of the mould and gently press down on the outer edge of the coil, so that it starts taking the shape of the dome. You can then combine these domes or decorate them to make a lot of exciting projects such as quilled earrings, finger puppets, 3D models of different animals and so on.

Quilling Comb: This tool uses the looping technique to create different shapes and patterns. It helps in creating different shapes and forms and is extremely popular among the advanced Quillers.

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The below video will give you an idea of how to use the Quilling Comb.

The key to mastering these tools is practice, practice and more practice! While Border Buddy and Quilling Mould are very easy to use, sometimes using the Comb can be a bit tricky, and hence we recommend it only for slightly experienced Quillers.

With the help of Super Quiller and these tools, you can create almost any design and form in Quilling. You can also browse through our projects section and project supplies selection to help you further inspires your creativity.

This craft tutorial teaches you how to make these beautiful paper quilled butterflies. The paper quilled butterflies can be used as embellishment in craft projects and other school work.

Steps on how to make paper quilled butterflies

With strips of quilling paper, make a couple of white teardrop coils. Instructions for making basic quilling coils are in the tutorial How To Make Coils With Quilling Paper . Then, follow the instructions in the next tutorial How To Do Paper Quilling With A Comb and make two looped coils with a comb.

You should end up with coils like the following:

Glue a white teardrop coil in the centre of the looped coil and wrap the coils with another strip of quilling paper (black) to hold the shape.

Make a couple of teardrop coils (purple and black) for the lower wings and a bigger teardrop (white) coil for the thorax of the butterfly.

Assemble all the coils together to form the butterfly and glue the parts together. Attach a small strip of paper (folded in half) for the feelers.

Materials for Making Quilled Butterflies

About Paper Quilling Art

Quilling is the art of rolling or coiling thin strips of paper into different shapes and using these shapes to form a design. It is also known as paper filigree. Not surprising, this form of art can be traced back to as early as the 13th or 14th century in Europe where quilled works were used to decorate religious items. Filigree crafts became popular in the 18th century in England and the quilled designs were mainly used as part of the decorations on other crafts, household items and furniture.

Quilling is almost a forgotten art through the centuries but thankfully, there are keen quillers keeping this art form alive. The art of quilling is now gaining popularity due to the formation of local quilling groups, materials easily available and resources being readily available on the internet.

Free Paper Quilling Tutorials

If you want to learn more on paper quilling art, free instructions on paper quilling 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 quilled flowers, butterflies and other objects, free paper quilling tutorials are here:

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December 30, 2015

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We have been getting a lot of enquiries from people who want to do quilling, but are not sure how to get started, what are the tools required and where to begin. Well, now you don’t need to look any further! This blog covers everything that you wanted to know; everything you will need to get you going. You will be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to pick-up within half an hour of practice.

(For those of you who are still wondering what is Paper Quilling, just checkout the Wikipedia page on Paper Quilling to give you an idea of the technique).

For the benefit of beginners, we have divided the blog into 2 Parts:

  • Part 1– Making circular coils and giving them shape to create designs
  • Part 2– Creating more intricate shapes, using other advanced tools

To begin with you need a slotted quilling tool, quilling strips, a quill board and tweezer. The technique basically involves following steps:

1 Make a Coil: Make coils of paper using the slotted tool. Till recently this was done using a manual tool which used to take a lot of time. With our patented automatic quilling tool, now you can make these coils in a blink of an eye. Below video guide shows you how to use the tool.

2. Give it Shape: Start with a 5 mm strip, since that is easier to handle then a 3 mm. Once you have made the coil, remove it from the slotted tool. What you get is called a ‘Tight Coil’ . This is a circular shape coil which is also used in various designs. However, if you want to make different shapes from the coil, what you will need is a ‘Loose coil’ . Loose coils are made by expanding a tight coil in the required size using a quilling board, as shown in the image below:

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Glue the edge of the expanded coil so that it does not open up. Once you have glued the edge you can give it the desired shape by pinching it with your fingers. You may use a tweezer to get a more precise shape. Below video illustration, shows how to make various basic shapes with the help of loose coil.

3. Use the shapes to create designs: You can explore some cool, fun and easy quilling ideas in our projects section. These projects come with downloadable templates to help you make the required design. They are also linked to our quilling board, so you can exactly know which size of the circle should be used to expand the coils, for making a particular design. Our projects section keeps getting updated with new ideas every week and is categorized based on difficulty level.

Once you have explored some of the projects, you can start experimenting with your own designs or research the internet to get some inspiration. You may find some of the items in our projects section interesting to enable your creative ideas.

4 Must Have Quilling Tools for Beginners:

  1. Slotted Tool :Using an automated tool does make quilling a lot easier. Sometimes, people who start with manual tool, loose interest since they end up spending bulk of the time in making coils which is repetitive. Automated Quilling Tool is very easy to use and you can get used to it in just 5 minutes.
  2. Quilling Strips:Choosing the right set of quilling paper also makes a lot of difference to the final output. We have worked hard to create one of the best assortments of quilling strips that you can get anywhere in India. You have more than 100+ options to choose from across different colours, paper type and size of the strip to create the desired look and effect. Strips like glow in the dark, crinkle strips and tone packs are some of our unique offerings to make your quilling experience a lot more fun and delightful!
  3. Quilling Board: Board helps to bring more consistency to your designs. If you are making a flower and want to make 5 petals in the eye shape of the same size, expanding the coils in the same circle of quilling board will help you to easily achieve that.
  4. Tweezer: Lot of experienced quillers sometimes do not use tweezer and can create shapes with their hands directly. Tweezers makes the task of giving shapes to coils, a lot easier, and hence we recommend it for beginners.

There are other tools like border buddy, Quilling Comb and Quilling Mould which are also used frequently, however, if you are just getting started – then the above tools should be good enough.

Greeting crafty people! Thank you for your visit. Through this series of posts, you can learn how to do your own quilling project from the beginning. The following post will talk about all the quilling tools you need for your project.

The global pandemic has changed life forever since 2020. Now, all people around the world have to adapt to the new normal situation in which social isolation, stress, and anxiety are serious problems. According to WHO, coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak, there are ways you can do to

_ Talk to your friends and families, virtually or physically if you live with them;

_ Maintain a healthy lifestyle, proper diet, exercise, and don’t use alcohol, smoke, or drugs to get you out of the problems.

_ Lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.

_ Use your skills and passions to manage your emotions. Learning new skills and knowledge should be great.

This topic is created to help you with your first DIY quilling project. My team hopes we can bring positive energy to you during the pandemic time and show a great new skill you can learn for your crafting enthusiasm. Quilling arts Viet Net has divided this series of posts into 3 main parts:

1 – What are quilling tools?

2 – How to do quilling?

3 – Easy quilling project for you to practice

So, let’s begin my crafty people!

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  • Working Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 1 monogram
  • Skill Level: Beginner

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Quilling is a papercraft that has been around for hundreds of years and is still popular today. Many crafters make quilled monograms to give as wedding gifts, or to use as wall decor. Rolling paper strips into beautiful works of art is easy enough even for beginners to achieve impressive results.

The contemporary graphic designer, Yulia Brodskaya, started the quilled monogram craze. Her original works inspired this new form of quilling that turns typeface into quilled art. Today, many of her highly-prized works of art are owned by celebrities and private collectors.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started with this craft. All you need is paper, glue, and a round object such as a toothpick or a bamboo skewer to curl the paper strips. If you’re bitten by the quilling bug, you’ll want to purchase tools such as a quilling pen, comb, and crimper. Then, you can make intricate flowers, embellish cards, and even make jewelry. With time, practice, and a little bit of patience, you will soon become a paper artist.

A Beginner’s List of Tools and Materials

Rebecca Ludens is a paper crafts expert and writer with two decades of hands-on scrapbooking and paper crafting experience. She authored “Teach Yourself Visually Scrapbooking,” designed products for craft companies such as Artistic Wire and The Paper Loft, and teaches scrapbooking at workshops nationwide.

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Quilling is the art of creating intricate designs from simple rolled paper shapes. It has made a big come-back in paper crafting, scrapbooking, and card making. To get started quilling, you will need just a few basic supplies.

If you simply want to give quilling a try with very basic designs, then the most important tools are paper strips, a few round toothpicks, and some good liquid glue. With these, you can easily make all of the basic quilling shapes.

Quilling Board

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Since quilling involves rolling strips of paper into spirals, a quilling board helps ensure that all of your spirals are the same size. You can roll a tight coil and then let it open up to be the size of any of the circles on the board.

Some quillers use straight pins to hold pieces to the board. The large open space on the right is an area where you can experiment with different designs of the basic shapes.

If you are just getting started and want to make very simple designs, you might be able to get away with making your own quilling board.

Slotted Quilling Tool

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Most people like to use a slotted-end tool to roll their paper strips when they are creating quilling designs. The slot allows you to place one end of the paper through the tool when you turn it to make a coil.

All slotted tools will work with regular weight paper strips. However, if you wish to work with cardstock weight paper, then you might have trouble fitting the paper into the slot. Look for a slotted tool with a slightly larger opening so you will be able to work with heavier weight papers.

Paper Quilling Strips

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Paper quilling strips come pre-cut in colorful bundles or cut lengths in clear plastic tubes. These paper strips have been cut specifically for quilling. They are a lighter weight paper that is easy to roll, glue, and attach to your designs.

You can very easily cut your own paper strips from the patterned paper or cardstock in your scrapbooking supplies. Cardstock will be slightly more difficult to roll, however, it will give you very strong designs that hold up well in scrapbooks and on greeting cards.

To make your own strips, simply use your paper trimmer to cut 11- or 12-inch long pieces that are only 1/8-inch wide.

Liquid Glue

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When you have a rolled coil the size you want for your design, you will need to add a dot of liquid glue to hold it in place. Look for glue that has a pen-size opening to make it easy to apply the glue directly to the paper strip.

Alternatively, pour a spot of liquid glue on a disposable plate or scrap of paper. Use a toothpick to apply a dot of glue to your paper strip.

Piercer Tool and Tooth Picks

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If your paper is too thick for a slotted tool, you may decide to use a paper piercing tool or even just a simple toothpick to roll your paper strips. The toothpicks also come in handy for applying liquid glue.

Introduction: How to Quill a Butterfly

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Quilling is a fun and rewarding experience. Remember, experimentation is the key to perfection here!

Step 1: What You Need:

1. Quilling strips
2. A quilling needle
3. Quilling or craft glue
4. Toothpicks
Wax paper can come in handy, too, but you don`t need to have it. Sewing needles can un-clog the glue bottle, if you need it.

Step 2: Thread Needle

Thread a quilling strip through the slit in the needle.

Step 3: Twirl

Start twirling the needle away from you.

Step 4: Tight Coil

Continue twirling until you get a tight coil.

Step 5: Gluing Coils

You can glue the coil now as a “tight coil”, or.

Step 6: Gluing Coils

. release it on your work surface and let it expand to a “loose coil”, then glue it. From there you can pinch it into shape or leave it a circle.

Step 7: Start Butterflies

To make a standard butterfly, you need these lengths of strips.

Step 8: Twirl

Twirl those strips into loose coils. Just DO NOT twirl the 1-2″ strip. Fold that into a V.

Step 9: Final Steps

Glue together as shown. Put thin films of glue in the general area where you will attach them, then hold together gently, but firmly. Do not handle them too much while the glue is wet, or they will fall apart, and the glue job will be messy.
Curl each end of the V as shown, and glue to the butterfly!

Step 10: Ta Da!

This is the finished standard butterfly. You can almost never make a mistake with creating your own now. You don`t even have to use the specified size strips! Plus, don`t only make butterflies- make whatever you want!

Step 11: Farewell!

I hope you liked this project, and I also hope that you will continue study on this art. It is very fun as a hobby, and you can make money off of it, too. Remember, have fun!Farewell!

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How to do quillingCompositions created with the help of contour quilling, look very stylish and original The quilling technique involves the use of paper strips. They are twisted in a spiral and shaped. The most varied, thanks to which unusual compositions, paintings or other fakes are obtained. According to the technique, paper patterns are placed on a flat plane. In this case, everything is not so complicated. Even a beginner will be able to cope with the task.

It is enough to practice to properly twist the strips, and also to give them a shape. Thus, unique figures are obtained. Using this technology, you can create even three-dimensional pictures. A detailed master class will help to understand this matter.

Contour quilling: master class in detail

First of all it should be said that for contour quilling it is necessary to prepare special tools. Patterns of images, glue, a spoke, a pencil or pen, a base for drawing, paper strips, and tweezers. Now you can start the work itself.

How to do quillingBegin to perform contour quilling with small compositions that do not have complex elements

Master Class:

  1. On the basis for quilling imposes an image. Translate the drawing, fixing it in advance, to accurately fix it.
  2. Circle with a pen. Press so hard that the contour of the image remains on the base.
  3. Take the strips and try them on the resulting contour. In doing so, bending them in the necessary places.
  4. Attached, measured, and all unnecessary it is necessary to cut off. And so it should be done around the contour.
  5. Before you glue the element on the contour, holding it with tweezers, you should grease the place with glue. For this, a toothpick is used. You can dunk the part in the glue or immediately apply from a tube.
  6. The element is glued.

Thus, all work is carried out. Until the image is completely finished.

Contour quilling is also called graphic or silhouette.

Images can be very different, ranging from light two strips and ending with heavy curves, shapes, patterns.

How to create a contour quilling: pictures and other compositions

Such masterpieces are created without paper. For work use, for example, a plate. To paint the dishes in this way is real creativity. Especially if it’s not paint, but paper strips.

Stages of quilling:

  1. Using a pencil, you need to make a markup on the plate. You can divide it into several parts to make it easier to create an ornament around the edges.
  2. Work begins at the center of the plate. You can create any image: birds, animals or flowers.
  3. The strips are bent and given a special shape, according to the pattern on the plate. For example, if this plant, then the leaves are made of paper. The strands are twisted into a spiral, the edges are joined and shaped into almonds.

How to do quillingA painting made with contour quilling is an excellent gift for any holiday

Contouring quilling is very popular, because with its help you can decorate dishes very nicely. Moreover, there is such a volume quilling, which allows you to create 3D compositions.

Technique of contour quilling: schemes and recommendations

There are certain points and tips. They will help correctly create original compositions in the technique of contour quilling. For example, as for the picture, it can be any image. The main thing is to clearly see the outline, where it will be necessary to paste paper strips.

Glue is better to take thick, for example, PVA. It becomes clear after drying, it does not shine.

The advice of professionals, as well as experienced fans of this technique will help even a beginner to do everything at the highest level. Especially such an occupation is preferred by girls.

How to do quillingBefore you begin to perform a contour quilling, it is worthwhile to study the recommendations of specialists and see the video with a master class

Advice:

  • To create an image based on a better handle. To all the elements to circle. The pattern will be clearly visible for gluing paper strips.
  • As a basis, you can take any dense material. This will also be the background for the image. For example, dense scrap paper. Color on request.
  • Paper strips can be cut yourself or buy already ready. The width varies between 3 and 10 mm. To give the image a three-dimensionality, then it is possible to use strips with a width of 5 to 7 mm.
  • Tweezers are used in the work of contour quilling. It helps accurately and comfortably stick paper strips.

To make the billet more pliable, it is necessary to make curls not too tight.

Contouring quilling: how to make a monogram

Before you get started, you need to prepare materials and tools. Heavy paper or cardboard. To draw a simple pencil. Paper strips, no more than 6 mm wide.

Advice! Joints of two strips are not recommended to be placed on the folds. Better at right angles. So it will be easier to glue together the elements.

How to do quillingThat the composition does not seem monotonous, when performing quilling, it is better to use paper of different colors

When everything is ready, you can start working.

Creating a monogram:

  1. On the paper that will serve as the base, draw an image;
  2. Paper strips are bent, giving them a shape;
  3. In places of bending it is better to put a point, so as not to lose them;
  4. Before you glue the elements, you need to bend them according to the shape of the image;
  5. The most important process is applying glue to the strips;
  6. The work is carried out with clean hands, so that no stains remain;
  7. The glue is applied to paper;
  8. The strips are twisted and attached to them;
  9. Details are stuck.

The transition is performed by parts of the curved strip.

How to work in engineering contour quilling (video)

Knowing all the nuances of creating a contour quilling, you can completely immerse yourself in your fantasy, create unique masterpieces. The main thing is to choose the right materials and tools, so it will be easier to work. The principle of contour quilling is to apply the image to thick paper. Then, in turn, apply glue and fix all the details. To give a wavy form, you can first wring a paper strip. Then lightly untwist it and form a wave. The letter or figure is decorated gradually, so that the result is satisfactory. But not too much, otherwise you can just go too far.

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I’ve recently discovered how to do paper Quilling – which is a craft where strips of paper are carefully rolled, folded and curled to create works of art, whether it be on canvas or for creating things such as cards and jewellery. This can be a really fun craft for kids to learn because, although you can certainly become very skilled at this technique, you can still produce good results as a beginner.

So, in order to get started with this awesome paper Quilling art, you have some choices…

You can either buy precut Quilling papers, or you can buy the paper and cut your own strips. Precut Quilling paper is expensive, but it also saves a great deal of time and energy and the precut paper is specifically catered for quilling, (as you can imagine, the different sorts of paper you use, the different result).

Precut Quilling Paper is also acid free and this is important if you’re wanting to keep your creation for a long time…

If your paper is not acid-free the paper will discolour and turn yellow over time. If you do use your own paper, go for an acid-free variety and for super smooth edges, you will want to use a paper cutter , or a craft knife for cutting your papers.

Paper weight also varies and will produce different results. So, you may want to experiment. Heavier paper has a smoother curl than thin paper.

If you go ahead and make your own strips, your paper will normally only be less than the size of an A4 sheet, whereas the Quilling papers you can buy are longer and also will be the perfect weight and thickness for Quilling.

Maybe rather than going ahead and buying a paper cutter and so forth, you may want to try out Quilling first and see if you enjoy it….

In which case, buying the precut papers may be the best option for you anyway. You will also need a simple Quilling needle tool .
Lastly, you need some PVA glue and some toothpicks for thinly applying the glue to your strips can also come in handy – adding too much glue to the strips will make them soggy and it won’t look very pretty with glue oozing out everywhere.

There are free paper Quilling designs that you can find on the web. I particularly found this Pinterest board useful.

There are also various paper Quilling books available to buy.

Generally, the craft is incredibly intricate and carefully done, although what I found interesting was a more “rough” form of Quilling that some people have adopted, where aside from using particular Quilling paper or tools, you just use what you have to hand.

For example, strips torn from magazines and rolling strips around a chopstick or knitting needle. I am currently working on a piece made with bits of paper I had to hand, which my son helped provide from his Craft box – plus some magazines I had laying about gathering dust. So, this is certainly worth a go too and I will update you on that in a future post.

Once you have your materials to hand, you may find it useful to look at some paper Quilling examples, to get an idea of the basic shapes that you can create.

Bookmark these you tube Quilling tutorials, to help you get started….


A fairly simple first project may be to create a Quilling letter, such as the initial of your child’s name for their room….

You’d just need to cut the letter out of strong card, then glue a one inch boarder strip along the outside, to make sure you keep all the Quills neatly in place and then you simply fill the inside of the letter with whatever Quilling shapes, curls and patterns you choose.

Alternatively, you may want to experiment making some simple Quilling animals or insects!

Making paper Quill animals would be a fun kids craft project and a kid friendly introduction to paper Quilling. There are so many paper Quilling designs you could try – just keep it simple at first and then build up to some of the more complicated paper Quilling patterns when you get more more confident!

Scrapbooking embellishments idea free lesson available so you can learn how to do quilling step-by-step.

One of My Favorite Quilling Patterns: Simple and Fun!

I love feet so I thought this would be a cute one to share with you today! A perfect way to embellish scrapbooking pages or homemade greeting cards for a new baby. Make a quilled foot pattern in blue for a boy or in pink like I did for a little girl! Enjoy!

Want to learn more quilling patterns? Check out my course! Grab your first lesson free – the link is to the very top on the right of this blog page! (Free Quilling Instructions)

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Quilling: Difficult or Easy for Beginners to Learn?

– Quilling video shows beautiful quilled patterns you can learn how to make and answers some questions you might have about learning how to do the art of paper quilling.

How to Learn Paper Quilling

The art of paper quilling has been around for centuries and certainly regained a new appreciation as a great form of art lately. Quilling uses long strips of paper to create coils and shapes, with a quilling tool, which are then formed together to create beautiful patterns such as quilled flowers. This paper art is also known as paper filigree which comes from the way that the paper is rolled. If you are looking to learn how to do quilling, it can be really simple. For beginners, you can use strips of paper cut on a paper cutter (if you cannot find quilling strips in your local craft store). Just be sure that you do not use a thick paper like cardstock since it is very difficult to coil nicely. Then you will need to roll the strips around a toothpick for example (if you do not yet have a quilling tool to make it easiest). You will find that although you can use some of these cheap alternatives for quilling, the best way to create professional looking and easy to make quilling designs is to invest a few dollars into quilling paper strips and a few proper quilling tools. The basic tools and supplies you need for quilling can be purchased for under $20 so it really is an inexpensive art or craft compared to most. Practice making your coils into a variety of shapes like squares, teardrops, marquises, and triangles. There are many more basic shapes you can also make to create an amazing and intricate completed pattern, but these are some of the basics. Remember that quiling is a 3D art form so you can create layers of quilled shapes and not just lay them flat in a single level on your card. Quilling is a beautiful form of art that will certainly amaze and inspire many when they see your beautiful creation. And don’t forget that quilling is also a great craft for children since they can coil paper and create designs as well. If you need some ideas on what to create with your quilling paper, just look around your house at some of your favorite items and begin to form those shapes with your paper strips until you have a complete pattern. If you are a beginner this will take some time, so for now just continue to practice the basic quilled coils and shapes so you can make larger designs in the future. Quilling is a beautiful way to express your creativity with paper and a few simple tools. Remember to use a variety of colors and shapes and have fun creating quilled designs. If you need some lesson and want some patterns to follow, check out www.LearnQuilling.com for free quilling instructions and a fun quilling pattern for beginners.

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Quilling is a Paper Art

Quilling is a paper art in which you learn to twist beautiful pieces of paper into complex designs. It takes a few times to learn as a beginner, however it is an art embellishment that is much simpler to make than you’d think. People will be very impressed with your quilled creations, since this is one paper art that shows a lot of talent; it looks like it takes a lot of time and effort.

Quilling is the perfect scrapbook page embellishment because it’s not only beautiful, but is made from acid free paper. You can start with basic quilling instructions and once you learn the techniques can make more elaborate designs. Then, you can start to create your own designs to decorate your scrapbooks with ease.

The history of quiling goes back hundreds years however it has gained new interest with those who like to create scrapbooks, invitations, and homemade greeting cards. Besides this, the expenses to get started with quilling are proportionally smaller than almost any another craft you could do! Although the art of quilling was around for years, it is not very popular in stores, therefore you can have struggles to find quilling supplies, unless you to know where to look on line.

The majority of the quilling work that you see is flowers since it is fun and easy to form fun quilled flowers. Beyond that you will find projects for other interests too; you can make almost any design you can think about! Things want animals, elements of beach, and topics of holidays are large elements which you can learn to created with coiled paper designs.

Paper quilling comb techniques with a quilling comb is so easy to do and the end result is an amazing looking quilled design. A quilling comb, onion holder or baby comb can be used for this paper quilling craft. We will be making a two-toned zigzag pattern in a quilled coil in this tutorial.

If you have not tried paper quilling with a comb, below are tutorials on how to use a comb for paper quilling:

Paper quilling is an affordable hobby as quilling supplies and tools are readily available at affordable prices. You can find a wide range of quilling supplies and quilling kits at RainbowCabin.com.

Paper Quilling Comb Technique

Quilling materials required for this tutorial:

  • 6 strips of quilling paper (3 strips of each color)
  • a slotted quilling tool
  • quilling comb
  • a pair of scissor
  • craft glue
  • a toothpick for applying glue

With all 6 strips of quilling paper together, make 4 loose loops around the prongs of the comb.

Then wrap the loose end of the quilling paper strips around all the loops.

Trim off the ends of the inner paper strips so that they are shorter than the outer strip.

Apply a little glue to the longest paper strip and close the loop to finish off.

Types of Paper Quilling Combs

More Paper Quilling Tutorials

If you want to learn more about paper quilling, free instructions on paper quilling 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 quilled flowers, butterflies and other objects, free paper quilling tutorials are here:

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We’ve had a few enquiries recently about spray varnish which protects your quillings. Through the years, we have tested several spray varnishes. You might use it on be a quilled mobile or a free standing piece, or such as flowers which can be stuck together, ready to use later in an 3D floral arrangement.

The hope is that the varnish makes the quilling stronger, less likely to collect dust and easier to clean and maintain its shape, without unravelling the coils or changing the colours. The best results come from a better quality and weight of papers.

The best varnish we found is Humbrol’s Acrillic Krylon Crystal Clear varnish spray. Sadly, Humbrol is no more, but the people who made it for them sell one under the name of Keen. Be sure to get this one and not one of those which is intended for fixing artwork, etc.

Hints as to use. It is wise to use it in a ventilated room. Place the quillings onto newspaper, which will absorb any excess spray – you don’t want the quillings to drown or to dry, fixed to a solid lake of varnish. It’s hard to incorporate bits of the racing page of the Daily Whatever in your bouquet. If you can, make a bonfire shape out of a collection of quillings you need to spray, for economy. Shake the can. Use mini-squirts from different angles so as not to drench the paper. Let the quillings dry for an hour or so. (I sometimes flick the wet quillings onto a dry part of the paper immediately, to save their sticking to it or each other.) When dry, re-position them for a second coat. Again, use very little. For extra strength, more coats are better than heavier spray.

If your quilling is on card, be careful to test first. Card tends to dry in blotches. I would build the quilling on a quilling board, remove it and spray it, then apply it to the card later. Pictures on wooden mounts, cork, wooden spoons, hessian, etc. all spray well. Wood and slate become shiny and you need to be frugal with the spray, if it is not absorbed by the surface. Use the corner of a paper kitchen towel to suck up excess or burst any bubbles that might have formed. I have used a finger to make the background regular, immediately after spraying, in case of runs.

After use, always invert the can and give a short spray, to clear the nozzle, although the acryllic spray doesn’t suffer the same clogging as the older gloss varnishes.

We have, by mistake, dropped varnished quilled jewellery into the washing up bowl, fished it out, and it has been OK. Remove any pieces of sprout or carrot from the earrings reasonably soon, if that happens to you, unless they colour co-ordinate.

I have used clear car touch-up spray paint in the past, as an experiment. It seemed to work at the time, but you should test it well. It is cheaper, though.

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We simply adore paper art in all its splendor. Whether we talk about origami art, kirigami paper ensembles or diy quilling paper art designs, they are all simply exceptional, filled with a sensible and delicate touch, they are personal and unique. These attributes are very hard to find in a regular object today, especially decorative items.
DIY projects, in general, do tend to be far more sensible and personal than other mass produced items but their not all that easy to realize, despite popular belief, they’re not all inexpensive and more importantly most of them require a lot of tools, when it comes to paper, it is not the case though.

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Tools & Materials Suggested

You might find these useful :

simple slotted curling tool; this is by far the most important tool in our short list. This can help you curl curl paper strips into the desired coils and shapes that you are going to use further on in patterns. You can purchase them in any hobby shop or you can create one from a needle or even a toothpick.

quilling paper strips; the strip that you are going to used is directly related to the project ahead of you. The most common width however is the strip of 1/8″ . You can buy the strips pre-cut or make it yourself. The advantage of pre-made strips is that they are uniform and consistent and they will save you time, bear in mind that this is after all, a do it yourself project.

Glue; a good quality glue will not ruin the work on which you’ve spent hours. Keep that in mind. On the first projects you can start with lower quality glue and see how it goes though.

The tools mentioned above are obviously absolutely necessary in any quilling paper art project. The ones are ahead aren’t absolutely necessary but you might find them quite useful.

– A workboard; working in a system can make things easier. The first and most part of the system is of course the working board. You can make an inexpensive one from cork, corrugated cardboard, polystyrene or you can purchase one. We suggest you to cover the workboard with a thin piece of plastic or some wax paper to make things easier to clean, to stick quilling with glue on it and prevent damage to the actual board when you make a composition test or simply to improve its durability.

Tweezers;useful to manipulate small pieces in your ensemble and glue them successfully in narrow places.

Toothpicks; you can use them to apply very small portions of glue on each piece.

Straight pins; used to pin quilled scrolls and coils into place on the workboard or to use the so called”husking technique” which is explained below.

Ruler; it will ease your work when following instructions or patterns.

What is Husking?

Husking is a technique that you use to simulate a shape or pattern by pining things on your workboard, the paper strips are wrapped around each pin. It is very useful if you want to multiply a design as you can keep the pins into place and simply maintain the key positions in the compositions. This technique is very used when intricate patterns are recreated .

Quilling Kit-Paper Strips-Foam Board & More

You can, of course, purchase a quilling kit that contains absolutely everything that you need to get started. It is theoretically the best value option for beginners. However we suggest you to start without purchasing anything but paper and glue. If you manage to materialize two three pieces and you really like the process and results it is ofcourse worth the purchase. All the tools listed above are included in such kits and additional molds used to create 3D paper domes and some handy foam shaping board can be found in the kits as well.

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If you’re just starting out, a quilling kit contains everything you need to get started and so is probably the best value option for beginners. On top of that I’ve listed paper strips and quilling tools which are the most vital products needed for this hobby, plus there is a very handy foam shaping board and a fun mold for making 3D paper domes. I’ve picked the products with the highest rated reviews so you know you’ll be getting the best:

Quillography Tutorial – Paper Graphic

Many of you have asked me to share a few tips and tricks on “quillography”, so I decided to make this tutorial to help you get started. Please note that I have reached these conclusions by the classic “trial and error” method. I am not saying that this is the best way to do it, as I am sure many of the things you will read below could be improved, but it’s the way I feel most comfortable with so far.

For this example, I chose the capital letter “M”, font “Curly Joe” which I modified a bit, with aprox. size: 13cm * 11cm. You may choose whatever you want.

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I. Preparations

Print the desired letter (or word, number, etc.), then copy its contour on the surface where you want to quill it, using a pencil.

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If the contour is too harsh, use an eraser to soften the line as we only need it as a guide and don’t want it visible in the finished project.

For my “Thank You!” quillography I printed red letters on a A4 sheet of paper and then I quilled directly on it, hence the full red text. Depending on what you want to achieve, use whatever method suits you better.

II. Paper Strips

Make sure to use 120gsm or thicker paper. Thin paper (like office paper, 80gsm) will loose its shape and absorb moisture from the glue, thus becoming very hard to work with. In contrast, high density paper, like 160gsm holds it’s shape very well, but sometimes it can split, if twisted too much.

To give you an example, I used 160gsm paper for the quilled G clef and 120gsm for the “Thank you!”, “home” and “love” quillography. Again, try different types of paper and see which suits you best. For my next project, I am planning to work with 200gsm or thicker paper and see how it goes.

5mm wide paper strips are perfect for these type of projects! If you plan on quilling a big project (larger than A4), make sure to use wider strips.

III. Start Gluing!

Choose one of the corners as your starting point. Apply the glue in a thin line using a needle or a toothpick on the surface where you want the paper strip to stick, and NOT on the strip itself. Use PVA or vinyl glue as it dries clear and doesn’t leave any marks. My favorites from the ones I used so far are from BIC and Toy Color (both very cheap, by the way).

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If the contour you want to quill is very curvy, run the paper strip between your fingers. This will curl and soften a little bit the paper, making it easier to work with.

Place the paper strip on the surface where you applied glue and hold it in place for a few seconds until the glue dries. If necessary, use your tweezers to hold the paper.

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When you reach another corner, you can use a toothpick as a guide to help you fold the paper along the line. If the corner is more rounded, instead of pointy, use a thicker tool, like a pencil.

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Carefully finish quilling your letter. You will end up with a contour which you can fill as you like, leave it like that, or quill around it. I like making little swirls from 1cm – 2cm paper strips, then glue them inside the letter. Only your imagination is the limit!

Later edit with the finished quilled letter:

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Note that this quilling method requires a lot of patience and practice. Start with easy shapes until you get used with the process, then move to more complex ones.

I hope you found my quillography tutorial useful! If you have more questions, please leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer them. Also, if you have suggestions or would like to share other tips and tricks don’t hesitate to write them!

In this post you will learn How to make Beautiful Paper Quilling Greeting Card, for making this card you will need following materials:

  • 3mm & 10mm Quilling Paper strips
  • Slotted quilling tool
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Blue Card
  • Bulldog paper clip

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Take 11 inches Pink quilling strip of 10mm width. Fold the strip and hold it with a bulldog clip and start cutting the strips with sharp edge scissors as shown in above image. The gap between each cut should be around 1 to 2 mm. Holding the strip with clip will prevent you cutting the entire strips.

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Start rolling the strip with the help of a slotted tool. Glue the coil before removing it from the tool.

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Take 4 inches long white and pink quilling strips of 3mm width.

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Glue all the strips on over another as shown. Order of the strips is, first – pink, second – white, third – white, fourth – white and fifth – pink.

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Roll the same end of the strip with a slotted tool. Remove the coil from the tool (do not glue the coil before removing).

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Hold the coil in one hand and pull the strips one by one from another hand. Apply glue at the bottom of each strip and allow it to dry.

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Glue the edges of the strips.

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Create small tight coil from 2 inches of white strips.

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To create a leaf, roll 10 inches of white strips and take if out from tool without applying glue on it. Hold it and allow it to unroll a little. Apply glue at the end to secure the coil. Hold the coil from both hands and pinch it to create Marquise shape, later bend the shape in such a way that it looks like the leaf.

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Take a white strip and fold it creating a loop, apply glue on the strip, again create a small loop and glue it. Keep repeating the step of creating loops in descending order. Create 4 to 5 loops.

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It’s time to glue all the element on the card together. First, take the white and pink strips and glue it on right and bottom of the side leaving some space followed by sticking the flowers. Now stick all the curves and loops on the card in such a way that it cover the major part of the card. Later glue all the leaves. At the end glue small white coils over the curves. Thus our Quilling Greeting card is ready.

Introduction: How to Make Quilling Cards for Birthday – DIY Paper Crafts

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This tutorial it’s step by step instructions, so it’s very easy to underastand it.

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Step 1: Watch the Video!

Step 2: Gather Your Supplies!

  • glue
  • scissors
  • white card
  • colored paper circles
  • stamp(optional)
  • quilling paper

Step 3: Make Three Quilling Triangle Shapes. (like I’m Doing in the Photos)

Step by step instructions:

  1. Take one light orange quilling paper and quill it.
  2. Release it a little.
  3. Stick it at the end.
  4. Make a triangle shape with it

After that make two more.

Step 4: Make Six Quilling Tear Drop Shapes. (like I’m Doing in the Photos)

Step by step instructions:

  1. Take one light purple quilling strip and quill it.
  2. Release it a little.
  3. Stick it at the end.
  4. Make a tear drop shape with it

After that make 5 more but with different colors.

Step 5: Make a Rectangle Shape and a Flame!

Than , with a green strip do a rectangle shape. At the end make a flame with yellow and orange strips.

Step 6: Stick the Quilling Shapes on the Card.

  1. Put adhesive on the card.
  2. Stick the quilling shapes.

Step 7: Stick One Purple Strip on the Card. (optional)

  1. Put adhesive on the purple strip.
  2. Stick it on the front of the card.
  3. Than , stick it on the back.

Step 8: Stick Some Colored Circles on the Card .

  1. Make some circles using punchers.
  2. Stick them on the card.

Step 9: Add Your Message Inside the Card!

Step 10: This Is It. You Just Learned How to Make a Birthday Quilling Card.

Step 11: More Project Videos!

Well now you know how to make a cute quilling card.

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