Paper Quilling Tips


  • The slotted tool is quite easy to use, however, the only disadvantage is that the slot leaves a small crimp in the center of each coil. The needle tool is more difficult to master, although is creates coils with perfectly round centers.

Slotted Tool

  • Hold tool in dominant hand and slip strip end into slot. Evenly turn tool to roll paper. When you reach the end of the strip, apply glue to torn end. (Note: Torn ends blend better than cut edges.) Hold in place for several seconds, then slide tight coil from tool. For loose coil, let wound paper relax and slip off tool; glue loose end to circle. For marquise shape, pinch opposite ends of loose coil into points.

Needle Tool

  • Moisten strip end and bend end of paper over needle. Use even pressure of thumb and index finger to roll paper to end of strip. Tool does not turn, so rotate paper around the needle. Make tight or loose coils in same way as slotted tool.

Did You Know?

  • Quilling is an art form that dates back to the 16th century. It is believed to have begun in European monasteries by nuns and monks who used gilded paper coils to decorate religious objects as an alternative to more costly metal filigree. It was popular in Victorian England and crossed the Atlantic with early colonists who decorated their homes with quilled candle sconces and trays.