Paper Quilling - How To Make Miniature Flowers, Pots and Vases

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Paper quilling is the art of rolling narrow strips of paper into coils and other shapes which are then arranged to form a decorative pattern. An introduction to the basic techniques and designs in paper quilling has previously been discussed in "Paper Quilling - Basic Techniques, Shapes and Designs". If you would like to learn the basic techniques of paper quilling, please check out the following links:


The free paper quilling tutorials will teach you how to get started with paper quilling, and how to use the correct tools and craft materials. When you have learnt the basic techniques of paper quilling, you will be able to create some interesting designs. An interesting form of paper quilling is creating miniature three dimensional models with paper strips.

This article will show you how to make a miniature daffodil flower in a pot for 3D paper quilling projects. After you have made this miniature model, with your own creativity and imagination, you will be able to create other miniature flowers, pots and vases on your own.

The tools and materials required for making flowers and pots are:

  • strips of coloured quilling paper
  • a slotted quilling tool
  • craft glue
  • toothpicks
  • Blu-tack or glue gun


How to make quilled coils with different shapes

Click here to follow the instructions on how to make the coils.

How to make flowers and pots

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Use a long strip of quilling paper to make a tight coil, gently push the centre of the coil outwards to form the shape of a pot. Apply glue inside to strengthen the pot.Make five teardrop coils and one closed coil to create a daffodil flower.Glue the flower and leaves to a toothpick.Plant the flowers in the pots.Put the pots of flowers in a display box and they look beautiful!
Use a long strip of quilling paper to make a tight coil, gently push the centre of the coil outwards to form the shape of a pot. Apply glue inside to strengthen the pot.
Use a long strip of quilling paper to make a tight coil, gently push the centre of the coil outwards to form the shape of a pot. Apply glue inside to strengthen the pot. | Source
Make five teardrop coils and one closed coil to create a daffodil flower.
Make five teardrop coils and one closed coil to create a daffodil flower. | Source
Glue the flower and leaves to a toothpick.
Glue the flower and leaves to a toothpick.
Plant the flowers in the pots.
Plant the flowers in the pots. | Source
Put the pots of flowers in a display box and they look beautiful!
Put the pots of flowers in a display box and they look beautiful! | Source

Flower pot

To make a miniature flower pot, you will need to glue two or three strips of quilling paper to make a long strip. Make a tight coil with the long strip of paper. Use a pencil to press into the centre of the coil until it forms the shape of a flower pot. Apply glue to the inside of the pot to strengthen it and to retain the shape.


Daffodil flower

To create a miniature daffodil flower, make five yellow teardrop coils and one small tight coil. Push the centre of the small coil outwards. Arrange the teardrop coils around the small coil to form the shape of a flower. Gently glue the teardrop coils to the small coil.

Trim toothpick to about four centimetres and glue the flower to the top of the toothpick.

Cut two green strips of paper to make the leaves. Glue the green leaves to lower end of the toothpick.


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Planting the flower in the pot

Put the flower in the pot. Line the pot with strips of brown paper and apply glue to secure the paper and flower to the pot.

Make a few more pots and flowers. Place the pots of flowers in a display box and use Blu-tack or a glue gun to secure the items to the box.


Flower vase

A flower vase is can be created with two flower pots. One of the pots will need to have a hole in the middle (for putting flowers). Glue the flower pot upside down to the second pot.

Follow the link below for more ideas on making miniature flower pots:


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Free Quilling Lessons
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Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

I have not thought of this art mode in several years, so voted up and awesome! I used to use these instead of bows on packaged. Love the images!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I've seen this done before but had forgotten about it. Glad to get the instructions!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Really cute project. Thanks for the directions and photos, as well as the links. Paper quilling is more interesting each time I see it.


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

Patty, yes, paper quilling looks great on gift packaging and it has a personal touch, too. Thank you for commenting and voting.

rebeccamealey, I am glad you like the instructions and I am sure you will enjoy creating paper quilling designs. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment.


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

RTalloni, I like this project because it does not require a lot of materials, and the designs always look beautiful with some creativity. Thanks for stopping by to read my hub and leaving comment.


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midnightbliss 4 years ago from Hermosa Beach

I've seen this form of art before as a wedding souvenir, all white, but it looks more beautiful and fun if it has colors like like in this photos.


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

This is very beautiful!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Awesome tutorial! Thanks! Great follow up for your original quilling hub.


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

midnightbliss, paper quilling looks great on wedding cards and party invitations too. They can be made to suit any occasions. Thank you for leaving comment.

MoiraCrochets, thanks! I am glad you like my hub :)


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

randomcreative, thank you! I would like to write another hub on other paper quilling designs if I can come up with enough nice pictures. Thank you for your comments.


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collegatariat 4 years ago

What an adorable idea! I put away my quilling tools because it didn't seem to be worth the time it took to make something cute, but these look like they would definitely be worth the time investment. Thanks for sharing.


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

collegatariat, I usually work on the coils when I can't decide on what to make. It is easier to create a design later when I have all the different types of coloured coils ready for me to use.


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Stacie L 4 years ago

I love crafts and this one appealed to me. it is so simple but the end product is so beautiful.well I learned anew word- quilling!


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

Stacie L, I am glad to know you have discovered paper quilling. It is a fun craft to do and can be made for any occasions, too. Thanks for leaving your comment here.


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Loved your hub . . I am mad into crafts and make jeweleery and hand painted items and never came across this! Looks great and definitely want to try it now! thanks! Voted beautiful and interesting because it is!!


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

Suzie, thank you for your lovely comments. You can make jewellery with paper quilling too, you might want to try that out. Thank you for the votes :)


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vox vocis 4 years ago

I love the idea of putting flowers in a pot! Great photos! I still have to figure out how to make the pot (I still don't get it, hope you can help me with that).


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

vox vocis, if you are new to paper quilling, please refer to my other hub on the basic techniques of paper quilling. It will teach you how to make a tight coil that is required for making the flower pot in this hub.


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vox vocis 4 years ago

I checked your hub on basic techniques of paper quilling and I also borrowed a few books on the subject from the local library. Can't wait to see how it will work out!

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