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Quilling Tutorial: Master the art of paper crafting

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Posted on July 30, 2019 by Linnea Holgersson from Creative Fabrica

Quilling is a way of crafting that involves rolling narrow stripes of paper and create cool shapes with a 3D effect. The decorations can be made in different colors and when glued together they create a unique and beautiful design.

The papers are used to create personal greeting cards, gift bags, boxes, and much more.

Quilling is a fun and easy way to express your creativity, and it doesn’t require expensive crafting gear. In this tutorial, crafter Cherilyn from  D Crafting Czar will walk us though the steps how to create beautiful quilling art.

Supplies needed

  • Slotted quilling tool
  • 10mm paper strips (180-200gsm ) in different colors (The papers in this example is cut by hand)
  • Fine tip glue applicator or round toothpick
  • Glue that dries clear
  • Fine tip tweezers
  • Embossing tool
  • Quilling crimper
  • Thick board for the base (I use matting board)


Start out with selecting a text with a font that you would like to create. Print the word or sentence and make sure the font is set on outline.

Cut out the letters and paste them directly onto the thick board.

Use papers strips for the outline, and lay them down so they cover the outline of the letters. To set the outlined paper strips, apply glue on one side of the outline using fine tip glue applicator or toothpick. Hold it in place for a few seconds until the glue dries. Then go on until you finish outlining all the letters. For corners, use toothpick and tweezers as a guide to help fold the paper.

See an example in the image below:

Then, you can start decorating the letters with quilled flowers, leaves and butterflies. Make sure to fill the whole space, and that there are no gaps.

Flowers and leaves

I drew the flowers and leaves directly on the board using the embossing tool. Then I pasted the paper strips directly on the outline I drew.

I also used a quilling crimper to create a waffled effect.

Filling in the letters

In filling the letters, I used Beehive quilling technique. Watch this tutorial to learn this way of quilling:

Play around with different colors and shapes to create a beautiful overall design.

My greatest source of knowledge and inspiration for quilling is Youtube, so I really recommend you all to check out Youtube tutorials on quilling.

For more quilled projects, make sure to visit my Facebook Page D Crafting Czar.

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Lilian Barker

June 28, 2021

So pretty!

Creative Fabrica

Glad you like it! Hope you will test it out!

Jan Hunter

February 12, 2021


Creative Fabrica

This quilling piece is amazing!

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Jan Hunter

February 12, 2021

It is. Inspires me to get my tools and papers out -- and play again.

Creative Fabrica

You should do it! Perfect weekend activity. And don't forget to share the results with us in your Creative Fabrica feed! ;)

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