Let’s know about Paper Quilling from the beginning


As the 1st article of craft section in Rapid Home Art I thought of doing an introduction about paper quilling from the very beginning. Nowdays it become more popular among all age groups whether it be male or female. Especially paper quilling greeting cards have good market and many of people create quilling cards as an income method. I really like paper quilling just because it is very simple yet can led to happen many unique creations like wall-hangings, decorator items, Jewellery and key chains. So let’s get to know about art of paper quilling.

Arts and crafts also follows trends as a way of reinventing. With the help of social media talented makers inspire people in large scale that arise popularity of paper quilling in these days. Quilling is resurfacing as a more accessible, affordable hobby for people of every age and background.

What is paper quilling?

Quilling is the art of manipulating and arranging small strips of paper into detailed designs. Depending on the desired shape and appearance, it can be rolled, looped, twisted, and curled. Glue is used to secure the paper strips into place. The name quilling is thought to come from the origin of the art; birds’ feathers, or quills, were used to coil the strips of paper around.

The History of Paper Quilling

As many origin of arts and crafts, paper quilling has its own story of birth. The art of quilling has been around for centuries, with a remarkably varied historical background spanning across continents. Even birth of quilling is a bit complex due to various opinions by different sources, popular suggestion is it was first seen in ancient Egypt, where certain filigree-type art inspired more modern quilling years later.

Also some suggest that traces of paper quilling going back hundreds of years to at least the 15th century or earlier than that. It is believed to have been created by French and Italian nuns and used to decorate religious objects in an effort to save money. The filigree was fashioned to simulate carved ivory and wrought iron—two very costly details. When the paper quilling was gilded, it was hard to distinguish from metal, making it a good option for struggling churches.

Quilling has persevered through time, most notably making its mark throughout the Western world. It had its heyday in England during the 18th century. In addition to very popular leisurely activity of embroidery, paper quilling was considered a “proper pastime” for affluent women and was taught in boarding schools, as well as to “ladies of leisure” because it was seen as not too “taxing” for them. They would adorn objects such as picture frames, baskets, and jewelry boxes. Quilling’s influence spread to the United States, but the practice waned by the 19th century; there are relatively few examples of paper quilling during this time.

Paper quilling with a remarkably varied had a renaissance as artistic creators have rediscovered the techniques. Using paper quilling techniques in traditional ways with a modern twist, artistic like Yulia Brodskaya, have given the curling and bending of paper instead of rolling. She uses the material like you would strokes of paint; her folded pieces resemble Impressionist artwork. Many people admire her art work not only her there are many talent artists whom can blow minds with magic of papers.

Supplies for Paper Quilling


There are only few equipment need to do quilling art. In here I suggest you to have those supplies if you interested in creating quilling crafts. There are lot of variations in instruments that used in advanced quilling techniques. At first let’s be familiar with basic supplements before the advanced ones.

Quilling paper :

There are paper strips come in the standard widths for quilling. There are different widths comes to make a creations out of variety of shapes. Normally I’m using color A4 papers to make strips. I have a Handheld Paper Shredder Machine to cut strips. Also there are shredder machine that can vary the width of paper strip as our desire amount. You can easily found these machines from any bookshops.

Slotted tool :

This tool will help you in evenly rolling the paper. Also many tools are now available for make different shapes. This tool is really cheap and can easily found. Also if you are DIY project handler let me give you an idea which is you can make it your own at home.

  1. For that you need large sewing needle which is about 4 inch length wide and a wooden stick to use as a hand holder. 
  2. Get hole side of needle and cut the tip part from it using a pliers. You need to end up with clear “U” shape. 
  3. Now stick needle to the wooden holder by it’s pointed tip. Done! Now you have your own version of slotted tool.


Get a sharp bladed pair of scissors to have quality cut paper.  Also there are craft Scissors to have curvy edges on paper, those are beautiful and creative.


Clear-drying glue suited for paper. Tacky Glue is a long-time crafter’s favorite.

T-pins and Straight pins

For the purpose of piercing the paper and to hold designs in place as they dry

Ruler and Tweezers

Helpful tips and tricks

1.Use Pre-cut Paper Strips for Your First Projects

Your initial attempts will have better results if you use precise machine-cut papers. Once you are comfortable with basic paper quilling techniques, you can cut your paper strips and explore your creativity by experimenting with more advanced methods.

2.Start With Small Paper Quilling Projects

You can quickly become overwhelmed when trying to tackle a craft project that is too complicated or too large. Small projects can promote feelings of success and accomplishment and can be the building blocks the help you master your skills one step at a time. Once you have mastered the basics, you can attempt complicated projects with ease.

3.Use the Right Paper Quilling Tools

It’s important to choose your quilling tools thoughtfully. You don’t need to buy any expensive tools to create paper filigree art initially–a toothpick or bamboo skewer will roll paper strips adequately. If you are bitten by the paper quilling bug and wish to continue, you should purchase a slotted quilling tool and a needle tool.

You can place the strip of paper into the upper slot of the slotted tool, giving you more control when rolling the paper strips. A needle device is a sizeable tapered needle with a long wooden handle. It helps you keep a steady hand when rolling strips of paper into various shapes. Both tools are quite helpful when you are working on large, complicated paper quilling projects.

4.Have a Light Touch When Using Glue with Paper Quilling

When gluing your rolled paper shapes, always remember to use glue sparingly. Too much glue can quickly ruin your project, which you may have worked on for hours. You can avoid the hassle of starting a project over with a little bit of caution. You can always add a bit more adhesive if necessary, but cannot remove excess glue. Remember the design rule “Less is More.”

5.Paper Quilling Patterns

Some beginners find using a premade quilling pattern quite helpful when first starting out. There are hundreds of paper quilling patterns available for purchase or free download on the internet. These printable patterns can guide beginners and help them build their skills.

All you have to do is place the printed pattern under a sheet of waxed paper and follow the suggestions. You will quickly have a quilling “masterpiece” that you will be proud to give as a gift or display in your home.

6.Master the Basic Paper Quilling Shapes

Learn the basic shapes before working on a paper quilling project. It can be quite helpful to make a master page of basic paper quilling shapes. Glue different shapes to a piece of cardboard to use as a reference sheet when working on various projects. The guide serves as both a reference and an inspiration source.

Paper Quilling Closing Thoughts

These are just a few tips to help you get started on your paper quilling journey. Remember that it will take awhile to master the craft, so be patient with yourself and practice. Paper quilling is incorporate with scrapbooking, card making, monograms, paper flowers, jewelry and even into pieces of wall art. It is incredible how you can make complicated shapes and patterns from simple paper strips and glue! You will find that if you keep at it, you will amaze yourself with your progress. You will soon be making pieces of quilling art that are beautiful and will be treasured by you and everyone you give a paper quilling project as a gift. In here I will show you amazing paper quilling art works that can take your breath away.

Inspiration to start quilling 

Before you begin your quest to quill, here is inspiration from contemporary paper quillers around the world. Look at it, no other words it’s simply OMG!!!!!


I will see you soon with basic shapes of paper quilling in detail. Till then…  

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