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Arts and Craft Projects- How to Quill

Updated on June 8, 2014

What is Quilling?

Quilling ( rolled paper art ) is the art of rolling strips of paper using a quill wand, then shaping and gluing them together to form creative and decorative patterns or objects. Quilling developed during the Renaissance era when nuns from France and Italy would decorate books.

Quilling became popular among the ladies of leisure in Europe in the 18 century. Quilling was used to adorn, boxes, cards, frames and other decorative items. Lately there has been a resurgence in quilling. People are finding pleasure in bringing this art back. There are many craft projects you can add this art to, but it can also stand alone.



Quilling is a very easy and an inexpensive hobby, All you need is a quilling wand, glue, and strips of paper. I advise buying the strips of paper then trying to make your own. Packages of colored paper is very inexpensive and will produce high quality items. I buy my supplies online from Amazon.

What You Need

  • Quilling Wand
  • Quilling Paper
  • White glue (elmer's)
  • toothpick
  • scissors

Rolling paper on the quill wand
Rolling paper on the quill wand
rolled paper
rolled paper
loosen rolled paper
loosen rolled paper
shaped rolled paper
shaped rolled paper
gluing  shaped rolled paper
gluing shaped rolled paper

How to Quill

The first step is to take a strip of paper. I usually cut the long strip of paper in half first. Then I take the strip and insert in the slit on the top of the quilling wand. Bring the end of the strip of paper to the base of the slit on the quilling wand. Slowly rotate the wand rolling the paper in a circle, use your other hand to aid the rolling of the paper with your fingers. (see pic 1).

Remove the rolled paper, by sliding it off the wand, and keep it tightly rolled in between your fingers (see pic 2)

Loosen your fingers to relax the rolled paper to a size you would like. (see pic 3)

Now you can shape the paper roll anyway you would like by using you fingers to manipulate the rolled paper in different directions. (see pic 4)

Once you are happy with the shape take some glue and seal the end of the paper strip. I recommend using a toothpick, to apply the glue. (see pic 5)

many shaped rolled paper
many shaped rolled paper

Be Creative

After you have made many of these rolled papers use them to make fun designs or objects by gluing them together to make each item.

Have fun and find creative ways to make great quilling projects. I will later add some of my DIY quilling projects.

Project Ideas

Quilling on Canvas


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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      I had totally forgotten about quilling - I remember doing this with my mom when I was a girl. It is very easy to learn and you can do a lot with it. Voted up and interesting - great hub and illustrations!

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      Priyanka Estambale 5 years ago from United States

      I love quilling. One of my favourite crafts. This is a neat article explaining the craft. Voted up!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      This is really interesting. Like others who commented, I have never heard of quilling before. I spend time in craft stores, but mainly in the fabric section these days, but have never come across the supplies for this craft. I will certainly have to try this soon. Very informative!

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Interesting craft. Never heard of it before this article. Seems simple to start but can be used to create intricate designs after the learning curve. vote up +

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Quilling is a beautiful craft. It was nice to come across this introduction to it. A friend had our wedding invitation mounted in a shadow box frame with a quilling design and we still display it.

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      cactusbythesea 5 years ago from Seattle

      I also didn't know what this was called. Very cool, thanks for sharing!

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      I've never heard of this but now I want to try it. It looks like something even I could manage. I'm eager to see your DIY projects to get some ideas on how to make use of these decorations.Voted up.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I have seen this before but never knew what it was called. Very pretty and easy. Voted Up