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★ Quilling for Beginners | How to Quill Paper Flowers, Letters and Much More! ★

Updated on May 8, 2015
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Quilling Tutorials & Creative Ideas

Quilling is an intricate paper craft requiring patience, creativity and an eye for detail. Paper strips are coiled and spiralled in a variety of ways to create beautiful 3D art. Quilling is a craft that has been around for hundreds of years and is an inexpensive hobby to take up. Take a look at the photos below to see what amazing things can be achieved.

On this page I have listed what you need to get started, plus lessons in technique for beginners and a wealth of tutorials and projects to try. The idea of quilling is very simple, but it's practice which elevates the quality of your creations and makes them look neat and professional.

I hope you find this resource useful and inspiring :)

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Tools & Materials

What You Need For Quilling

- A slotted curling tool; this tool is vital and is used to curl paper strips into the coils and shapes that make up quilling patterns. You can buy one or make your own tool (see below on this page to see how to make one from a needle or from a toothpick).

- Quilling paper strips; the most common width of strip is 1/8" and you can either buy the strips pre-made or you can make them yourself. Pre-made strips will be completely uniform and consistent so will be easier to work with.

- Glue; it's best to use a good quality white tacky glue and it must dry clear so as not to ruin the look of your work.

In addition to the above, the following are tools which will be useful but aren't absolutely necessary:

- A workboard; this is a surface that you produce your quilling designs on. You can make your own with polystyrene, cork or corrugated cardboard, or you can buy one. If you cover the workboard in a thin piece of plastic sheet or wax paper (held onto the board with pins), you can keep glue off your board and prevent your quilling getting stuck to the board.

- Tweezers; good for picking up and positioning small quilled pieces.

- Toothpicks; good for applying small amounts of glue accurately.

- Straight pins; great for holding your quilled scrolls and coils in place on the workboard, and for use with the 'husking' technique (see below).

- Ruler; to measure paper strip lengths according to the pattern/instructions.

What is Husking?

Husking is a technique where you stick pins into your workboard in a particular arrangement, then paper strips are wrapped around the pins in a specific order to create the shape/pattern you want. This is necessary for intricate patterns, and is perfect when you want to recreate the exact same shape over and over again (such as with petals).

Quilling Kit, Paper Strips, Foam Board & More

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:

Christmas Quilling

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Top-Rated Quilling Books

I have a major weakness for craft books, and the reason is that they are just so inspiring, and I find it highly useful to have a wealth of knowledge at my fingertips. Here are some of the highest rated quilling books available:

Beautiful Quilling Step-By-Step
Beautiful Quilling Step-By-Step

A gorgeous papercrafting resource which has step-by-step instructions for quilling techniques including plenty on 3D quilling. It also walks you through the tools and materials you need to start.

 
Thrilling Quilling
Thrilling Quilling

Perfect for beginners, this thorough book contains many fun patterns and ideas... and it even includes paper strips and a quilling tool.

 
Three-Dimensional Quilling: Making Characters (Quilling series)
Three-Dimensional Quilling: Making Characters (Quilling series)

Learn how to make your own 3D characters, such as fairies and angels, with this expert guide.

 
Lark Books-Paper Quilling For The First Time
Lark Books-Paper Quilling For The First Time

This pretty book covers the basics of classic quilling, with many filigree shapes explained and some lovely card and decorative projects inside. For beginners and more advanced quillers alike.

 
Quilled Flowers: A Garden of 35 Paper Projects
Quilled Flowers: A Garden of 35 Paper Projects

5-star rated book which focusses on coiling paper into many varieties of flower. There are 35 floral projects inside the book, as well as lessons on the basics of this craft.

 

Video Quilling Lessons

Fruits of the Forest

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Quilled Keyrings

These keyrings have a wooden base to make the quilling more durable.
These keyrings have a wooden base to make the quilling more durable. | Source

Flower Garden Shadowbox

A lovely idea for a kid's room.
A lovely idea for a kid's room. | Source

Glitter Embellishing

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How to Outline Letters & Shapes

What You Will Need:

* A piece of paper for the outline; regular weight paper would be fine for this as long as it is smooth not textured, and you can choose whatever color you like

* Craft knife/rotary cutter and a cutting mat OR small/fine scissors

* Pencil

* A piece of paper for the backing; You can use a regular weight paper for this too, but I would suggest that you use a heavier weight paper instead, or perhaps thin card for more support. This will depend, however, on whether or not you have a printer that can handle printing on heavy paper or thin card.

* Bone folder (optional)

* Steel ruler

* Fine paintbrush (a cheap one you don't mind damaging)

* Glue that dries clear (e.g. Mod Podge, Aleene's tacky glue, PVA)

* An outline of the letter or other shape you wish to create; This can be created on the computer and printed out, or you can draw it freehand in pencil on the piece of backing paper/thin card. Either way, the outline should be a feint and thin line so that it won't be visible on your finished work.


- Use your ruler and craft knife/cutter to cut strips from your piece of paper. These strips should be 1/4" wide all of the way along, and you should cut out as many as you will need to go all of the way around your letter.

- Start at one corner of your outline (if your letter doesn't have a corner, start at the bottom rather than the top) and lay one paper strip along the line, and mark lightly with a pencil where the first fold will need to be. Accuracy is key here.

- Carefully fold the paper where you have marked, and then check it against the outline again to make sure it's correct before you continue. If you have a bone folder you can use this (along with a ruler) to score a perfectly straight line before you fold, and then use the bone folder to rub along the fold to make it a very crisp and clean fold. If you don't have a bone folder, a steel ruler can help you make the neat folds instead.

If you get a fold wrong it would be best to start again because a messy fold will ruin the look of your quilling work.

- If you reach the end of a paper strip before you have finished the outline, cut the strip so that it finishes at one corner rather than in the middle of a straight section. This will look neater. Then you can take your second paper strip and continue on from that corner.

- Do this until you complete the outline, finishing exactly where you started.

- Use a fine paintbrush to apply a small amount of glue along the outline where your first paper strip will go. Only add the glue just inside the printed line; don't go outside the line if you can.

- Carefully place the first paper strip in position so it covers the printed line. You don't want that or the glue showing on the outside.

- Do the same for any other paper strips and leave to dry.

- That's it! You can now add paper swirls and other quilling designs if you wish.

Quilled Poppies

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Vase Decorated With Quilling

So stunning!
So stunning! | Source

Monarch Butterfly

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Fringed Thistles

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      jolenequiteriodsouza 4 years ago

      Hi,

      Firstly I want to thank you for the wonderful mention and featuring the quilled pot. Much appreciated.

      Secondly, wanted to bring to your notice a small error. Mentioned on your site in the very start of the article and under Vase Decorated With Quilling is "Vase photo and quilling by Lovell D'souza."

      The pics of the vase have been clicked by Lovell, who is my brother. However he has not done the quilling. This particular piece has been quilled by my Mum. You can check the same on our page on facebook.com/MaDquilling

      Could you please correct the backlink.

      Thanks

      jolene

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      wellingtonboot 4 years ago from U.K.

      @jolenequiteriodsouza: Hi! Sorry about that, I've now changed the name. Please let me know if there are any more errors, Thanks :)

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      agagata lm 4 years ago

      Beautiful examples of quilling! I also have a website with some quilling patterns if you'd like to have a peek http://handcraftforyou.com Thanks!

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      belinhafernandes 4 years ago

      How wonderful! I really wanna try some of these! Thank you for sharing!

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      RajlakshmiHB 4 years ago

      beautiful lens. Quilling in my favorite hobby

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      Wow! How beautiful! It really makes me want to give it a try.

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      babynology 4 years ago

      I actually enjoyed reading through in this posting. Well done my friend well done.

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      Michelllle 3 years ago

      How beautiful. i never knew what this was called. Beautiful lens.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      its nice and great as visit I appreciate you.

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      susan369 3 years ago

      Wow, these look amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      My mother used to love my quilling. Your lens brought back such good memories!

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Nice lens, very detailed.

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      Squidwrk 3 years ago

      This is lovely! I just got new inspiration for digital artwork. Thank you for sharing this lens. Salute!

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      anushka-bansal-545 3 years ago

      this looks amazing..... but little hard for me

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      leny-mungoi 3 years ago

      woooow, its an amazing art... i do origamis kusudamas and sum "newspaper" art, but never knew quilling was so beautful

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      MissLivvy 3 years ago

      These are beautiful! Looks tricky though.

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      joann 3 years ago from utah

      I love your lens! I am into origami but always wanted to try quilling. This lens will help me get started!

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      soniabaad lm 3 years ago

      Wow this is so beautiful :)

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      amshumaan 3 years ago

      Thank you!

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      mythi 2 years ago

      Really awesome

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      angeline 23 months ago

      i love this

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