Coffee and Crafts: Paper Quilling

Paper Quilling

Coffee and Crafts: Paper Quilling

Welcome to the first ever Coffee and Crafts with Pallets, Paper and Paint. During the first Coffee and Crafts: Paper quilling,ย  we will be learning a few basic steps and making a couple tiny projects.

I’ve chosen paper quilling for the first Coffee and Crafts because it can be so simple and easy to learn. We will start with a couple small projects and maybe one day we will move on to a big project. But for now lets begin with the basics. Which is pretty much all I know lol I find paper quilling very relaxing and super easy with just a few simple tools.

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Let’s learn Paper Quilling

I talked a bit about paper quilling in my post titled “9 paper crafting ideas”.
I have made a couple of cards using the paper quilling technique and I made a decorative heart in a frame. But that’s really all that I have done with it. I have a giant old frame that I would love to put a decorative paper quilling design in. So I better learn how to do it! Let’s learn paper quilling together.

What is paper quilling?

Paper Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs.

You can use any type of paper but thin paper works best in my opinion. I’ve used cardstock as well and loved the results. The cardstock that I use in most of my paper creations is the Core’dinations value pack. I’ve also had great results with Recollections brand cardstock. 65# weight is all you need. If you go heavier, it doesn’t seem to roll or look as nice. You will see the creases when you roll the paper.

If you don’t want to cut your own paper strips you can buy them already cut. I purchased a quilling kit when I wanted to start learning. There are also great books with designs all mapped out for you. Such as this one. There are so many pretty colors and designs to choose from. I did a heart design from a template I purchased and it sold before the event I took it to even started! So that was a nice surprise!

You only need a few tools for this craft (and don’t forget your most important tool….coffee!)

You will need:
  • Slotted tool
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • quilling paper
  • a small piece of paper to glue your design to

The designs we are going to do today are very easy. We are going to make a tight coil, a loose coil, teardrop, marquise and a swirl. Most of the shapes are made with the same technique. See, super simple. So let’s take a big sip of coffee and get started!

Getting Started

The first design we are going to make is an ice cream cone. Just in time for the sunny summer days! For this design we need to make 2 loose coils and one tight coil. And then pinch them into shape. Let’s begin with the smallest one first, the tight coil. This will be the cherry on top of our ice cream cone. This piece of paper is 1.5 inches long. So tiny and probably the hardest one just because it’s so little.

Paper Quilling

With the slotted tool, slip one end of the paper into the slot. Then twirl the paper (in either direction, doesn’t matter) holding the paper tight on the tool so it doesn’t unravel. *to avoid pulling the center out of the roll, push the roll off the tool.

Once off the tool, you want to place a small dot of glue on the end to hold it all together. You have just made your first shape! See how easy! Let’s make the scoop of ice cream next!

For the scoop of ice cream you will need a piece of paper 8 inches long. You’re going to do the same thing you did for the tight coil of the cherry. But this time don’t glue it just yet. Take it off the slotted tool and let it unravel itself just a bit. There is a ruler with holes in it if you want to measure just how big you want your scoop of ice cream. But being that this is such a tiny little design, it won’t unravel too much so I didn’t use it for this project.

Once it has unraveled a bit, glue the end to hold it together. Pinch a point to form a teardrop shape. And than pinch another point to form a half circle. Curl the points with your fingers or around the tip of the tool, which ever is easiest for you. And now you have made your ice cream scoop! Isn’t this fun! Imagine all the colors you could make for the ice cream!

One final shape before we glue it all down, the ice cream cone. No ice cream is complete without a cone.

For the cone you will need an 8 inch piece of paper and do the same thing you did for the scoop. Make a loose coil and pinch it into a tear drop. Then hold the teardrop shape and press in with the other finger to make two more points, forming a triangle. And that’s how you make the cone.

Now we get to put it all together! Here’s where the tweezers could come in handy. I find it easier just to use my fingers and usually end up with glue on my fingers and coffee cup and everything else. But messy is more fun right? ๐Ÿ™‚

I just dab some glue onto a piece of scrap paper. You don’t need a lot with this tiny project. You want to lightly dip each piece of the design in the glue and place it on a 2 inch square piece of paper.

I started with the cone, then the scoop and finally the cherry. And there you have your first piece of paper quilled art! Wasn’t that fun!

In the video below I will show you how to make a tulip as well. The instructions are just as simple as the ice cream cone. So grab a second cup of coffee and enjoy watching my very first video tutorial!


If you have any suggestions on what you would like me to attempt next, leave a comment below or email me with coffee and crafts as the subject.


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8 thoughts on “Coffee and Crafts: Paper Quilling

  1. Oh gosh, this is so cool! This will be a perfect summer craft for my teenage daughter. Sheโ€™s very artsy and I love giving her projects like this. She gets to express her creative genius and I get cool stuff to decorate with! Thank you!

  2. This is such a cool project! I love the summer vibes of the ice cream cone and the tulip. I have never heard of paper quilling before, but I’ve seen it on cards and other crafts. I would love to give it a try some day. Also, your video was a great tutorial!

  3. These are so cute! I especially love your breakdown of the best paper- I tend to buy the wrong products for crafts then have a hard time making them, lol

  4. Wow. This is so neat!! I have done origami before but never considered anything like this. My daughter would totally love this! We are going to add it to the summer to-do list. Thanks!!

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