Quilling is a craft technique that involves rolling, shaping, and gluing strips of paper to create intricate designs and patterns. Quilling can be used to create a variety of items such as cards, wall hangings, and home decor.


Quilling is an ancient craft that has been around for centuries, with the earliest known examples dating back to ancient Egypt and China. In Europe, quilling was popular during the Renaissance and was often used to decorate books, clothing and household items. Today, quilling is still a popular craft enjoyed by many crafters.

Materials Needed:

  • Quilling paper (available in a variety of colors and patterns)
  • Quilling needle or toothpick
  • Glue or glue gun
  • Quilling board or foam pad (optional)

Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is a craft technique that involves rolling, shaping, and gluing thin strips of paper to create decorative designs.

Here Are Some Step-By-Step Instructions For Quilling:

  1. Gather your materials: Before you begin, gather all of the materials you will need for quilling, such as quilling paper, a slotted quilling tool, glue, a quilling board or foam pad, and a pair of scissors.
  2. Start by selecting paper: Select the quilling paper in the color of your choice and cut it into strips of the desired width.
  3. Use the quilling tool: Take one strip of paper and insert it into the slotted quilling tool. Hold the end of the paper with your finger and roll the tool away from you to create a tight coil.
  4. Release the coil: Carefully release the coil from the quilling tool and use your finger to shape it into a tight spiral.
  5. Apply glue: Apply glue to the end of the strip to secure the coil in place.
  6. Repeat the process: Repeat the process to create additional coils in different colors and sizes.
  7. Assemble the design: Assemble the coils to create the desired design, using the glue to secure them in place.
  8. Allow the glue to dry: Allow the glue to dry completely before handling the quilled piece.
  9. Enjoy your finished piece: Once your quilled piece is complete, you can use it as a decorative item or as a component in other crafts or DIY projects.

Quilling is a fun and relaxing craft, but it requires patience and precision. Remember to use good quality quilling paper and to take your time when shaping and gluing the coils. Have fun experimenting with different colors and designs to create unique and personalized pieces.

Paper Quilling for Beginners

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Tips and Tricks:

  • Experiment with different types of quilling paper to create unique designs.
  • Practice different shapes and patterns on scrap paper before attempting a final project.
  • Use a quilling board or foam pad to hold the shapes in place while gluing for more precise and accurate work.
  • Use a quilting needle or toothpick to shape and adjust the loops and circles.

Project Examples:

  • A quilling card made with a variety of colored strips arranged in a floral pattern.
  • A quilling wall hanging made with a variety of different shapes and patterns.
  • A quilling framed art piece created with a specific color scheme or theme.

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Easy Paper Quilling for Beginners: Shapes & Monogramming

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Learn how to paper quill basic shapes and monograms with our easy to follow quilling video for beginners. From tight coils to diamonds, paper quilling can be used to achieve some fantastic results – even if you are a beginner!

Kim Lazaroe

Hi, my name is Kim. I've always enjoyed making crafts for each holiday and season throughout the year. My fond memories are making crafts with my mom or helping my dad build something around the house. Now I get to create new crafting memories with my daughter and husband as well as share my knowledge and experience in crafting with the world. Hope you enjoy my site.

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