Junior Varsity Quilling Tutorial

I learned the basics of quilling years ago but never advanced to varsity level projects and rarely found the inspiration to pull my supplies out of hiding. Fortunately, this ancient craft (also knows as paper filigree) seems to be making a resurgence and now inspiration abounds!

I don't claim to be an expert quilling artist, frankly, I'm not good at all!! But I am excited about this craft and wanted to share my very basic knowledge.

Quilling is a craft that's done by wrapping paper strips around a quill to form a coil. These coils are then arranged to create a design! It only requires a few supplies but a couple of them are specialized and a bit trickier to find.

- Quill
- Paper strips
- Foundation for your art (I use card stock)
- Glue
- Pin or toothpick for glue dotting (optional)

The quill is a small round tool with a forked point at the end. I don't often see these available for purchase in craft stores but you can find them online without any trouble.

To begin a coil, place the end of a paper strip between the two prongs of the quill. Try to get it at the very end to avoid having a bend in the center of your coil.

Next, you twist, twist, twist the paper strip around the quill! Do your best to keep the paper lined up with each twist. This will give you a nice level coil. Avoid the temptation to pull everything really tight. The tension should be snug but somewhat relaxed.

You can form tight coils by gluing without releasing the paper from the quill. This will give you a solid circle. Or you can release the coil and let it spring a bit! They can be tightened or loosened to fit whatever design you're working on.

When you're happy with the spring, use a toothpick or pin to place a teeny dot of glue on the end of the strip to secure it to the coil.

Here is a looser version of a coil. Use longer strips of paper to make bigger coils and shorter strips for smaller ones!

The coils can be pinched into all kinds of different shapes! The simplest is a tear drop but you can do heart shapes, 'S' shapes, even squares if you pinch right!

Once you've twisted the night away and have the coils you need, arrange them into your design and attach them to whatever foundation you've selected. Use your glue sparingly when attaching your coils, otherwise it can look sloppy.

I made a super simple flower to adorn a spring gift tag that I'll be using on a flower bouquet.

Now, are you ready to really be inspired?? Check out some of these amazing pieces of quilled art done by the varsity level of crafters!

Lily by Erin from Little Circles 

Quilled Elements by Michelle from A Can of Crafty Curiosities

Quilled Vintage Cameras by Sweet Spot Card Shop

Pretty incredible, huh?! I'm ready to get back up to my craft room and start practicing to play with the big boys of quilling!

What about you?? Ever tried this craft or seen other inspiring quilled art?


Natasha Hoover said...

Thank you!!! I don't know how to quill but it looks so cool. Your step by step instructions are awesome and your photos are great. Pinning, for sure!

Memories for Life said...

Quilling is such a neat craft. Your flower card turned out great. Those mosaics are amazing and the cameras are so cute :)

rubyslipperz said...

I've not ever tried quilling. Now, you've done it!!! =P

I'm thinking I need to get another finger. I've run out of fingers to put into different "craft" pies. =)

This looks WAY fun and what a CUTE card!


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i.ikeda said...

Oh yes, I've seen quilling and I'm always amazed by it. It's so gorgeous! You did wonderfully with your card by the way. It makes me want to go out and do it too, haha. I've never tried it though.

Duni said...

I love this craft, but have never tried it before, just admired it on other blogs :)
Your little tag with the quilled flower is ADORABLE! I love the lace you added :)

Anonymous said...

Very sweet card! Thanks for sharing all the projects as well...I might be interested in trying it out now.
Aimee from Craftmates

meet.make.laugh. said...

Cool! I have admired quilling from afar so it is neat to see a little tutorial on how they come together! Thanks for sharing! ~Stephanie

Erica said...

I've never tried this before. The results are just stunning. I love all the textures the paper edges add to the design.

craftmates said...

Your tag is pretty! love the quilled flower. so perfect for spring.- Irma

waggonswest said...

Thanks for sharing this. Your card is adorable.

Ann Martin said...

What a nice intro to quilling! I love to quill and enjoy coming across others who do too. You chose some great examples and your little card is an ideal way to encourage others to give quilling a try.

Additionsstyle said...

I haven't done quilling in years. I can see why their is a resurgence, it is so cool looking. I love the card you created and your quill flower in the perfect touch. Thanks for sharing those inspiration pieces, all I can say is amazing!!
Everyday Inspired

Nosnin said...

I LOVE the cameras!

erin said...

I love the cameras too and thank you for featuring my 'Lily'!

sllvncookie@aol.com said...

When I was little girl in schoollong time ago I would take piece paper & just roll it never knowing what I was doing,lol but I enjoy easy do why watching favorite T V program,Thank's Happy Easter/Cookie17....

becky said...

I just bought a few quilling supplies this week I could not believe my good fortune finding your site today on an old craft gossip article I had not read. This should be fun Thanks

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Sarah said...

My grandma used to do quilling and I've always wanted to try it. I think I'm gonna have to get some supplies...

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