Paper Quilling Basics – How to do paper quilling?

Paper Quilling is an interesting paper craft for kids. FYI, it is also known as Paper Filigree! Summer workshops for kids often incorporate Paper Quilling as part of their programme. You can make all sorts of  wacky paper quilling designs with colorful paper strips.

How to do paper quilling?

Paper Quilling is the art of rolling colorful strips of paper into beautiful three dimensional patterns. The technique of making basic shapes and patterns is discussed here. Finally you have to assemble the different shapes to form awesome designs. It is so simple, my 7 year old son could do this with ease. Of course, I had to pick up the nuances first and then teach him. At the end of this tutorial you will know how to do paper quilling with basic designs.

Paper quilling techniques  - for kids

Paper quilling kit

How to do paper quilling - for kids

Slotted Tool - How to do paper quilling - for kids

For very basic quilling you need a slotted tool, colorful paper strips and a glue stick, that is all.

Paper quilling – How to use the slotted tool?

How to do paper quilling - for kids

Now the slotted tool is like a pen with a slit in its nib. Look at the picture above. Place one end of the paper strip in the slot of the tool and slightly turn this end. Hold the tool in your right hand. Next, place the slotted end with the paper strip between the index finger and thumb of your left hand. Keep rolling till the strip of paper ends. You get a coil. To increase or decrease the size of the coil, leave it loose and vice versa. Finally paste the open end of the coil with glue. This is a closed coil. You can leave this end without gluing it to get an open coil.

Basic quilling patterns

Basic Closed Coil, Arrow and Tear Drop Patterns

How to do paper quilling - basic designs

The basic shape is a closed coil. To get a teardrop, pinch one end of the closed coil. To get an arrow, first make a tear drop. Now make a depression by pinching the rounded corner of the teardrop, twice(Refer the pictures above).To get an eye, first make a teardrop. Then pinch the other rounded corner of the teardrop. So a coil and a teardrop are the simplest of all shapes. Once you master these shapes, the remaining shapes can be made easily.

More quilling patterns

Shapes - Paper Quilling

 

Paper quilling designs

You can use paper quilling patterns for a variety of designs. Make a beautiful scenery by quilling flowers, sun, clouds etc. and frame it. You can ask your kid to narrate a story based on this picture. My little one made a rabbit eating a carrot. Look at the picture below.

Paper quilling – Scenery

How to do paper quilling - designs

Paper quilling – Envelope design

How to do paper quilling - Envelope design

Use paper quills to decorate ornate envelopes and wedding cards.

Quilling Cards

How to do paper quilling -  Card making Photo Credits: Yamunah2002

Make beautiful greeting cards with paper quilling. You can also use paper quilling for scrapbook embellishments.

Paper Quilling – Animals

How to do paper quilling  - animal shapes

Check out these cute animals made by paper quilling techniques. Make paper quilling patterns from different colored strips. Draw a beautiful design or scenery on a thick sheet of chart paper and paste these patterns in accordance with quilling designs.

Advanced paper quilling requires a quilling needle, quilling comb, quilling board, tweezers and pins. Once you master the basics, you can learn advanced paper quilling techniques all by yourself using these  materials.

 

About Shreeja N

Software Consultant, Freelance Writer and fun loving mom to an 8 yr old who firmly believes in a 'Never Say Die' attitude.
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