The art of paper quilling has been around for years– from monks during the Renaissance, to young girls trying to learn this art in the 19th century. Today, quilling has been a very popular hobby of a lot of people. If you’re a beginner and interested in knowing how to do paper quilling, we’ll tell you something; it’s very easy and all you need are the right tools.
With that, we’re here to help and give you a guide on how to do paper quilling.
It’s important to know the different types of paper quilling tools to get you started. The two main tools used in this craft are the needle tool and slotted tool. The latter is ideal for beginners, while the needle tool allows you to have a perfect creation. Likewise, you could also use a corsage needle or a toothpick if these tools aren’t available around the house.
Slotted tool – If you’ve never seen one before, it’s a thin, pencil-like instrument with a slot or slit located at the top. Though, there’s a downside to using one; it creates a tiny crimp in the middle of the paper, where it was slid into. However, if this doesn’t really bother you, then there’s nothing wrong with using this tool– especially if you’re a beginner.
Needle tool – It’s a quilling tool that’s trickier to use, but you’ll get an uncrimped, and professional looking spiral.
Quilling Strips – The art of quilling depends on the paper you’re going to use to make this craft, and you could either make or buy these. Most quillers use thin strips of colorful paper, and curl them in order to come up with several, incredible designs. Likewise, you could also make your own strips by cutting the pieces of paper into uniformed sizes, or if you don’t have much time, you could also get pre-cut paper in craft stores. The length of your strips would highly depend on the designs you’re planning to make.
Before you could make any wonderful piece, you’ll start with making a bunch of plain coil.
Coiling the Paper
If you’re using a slotted tool, begin by inserting one end of a quilling strip into the tiny slot of your tool. It’s important to ensure that it’s nice and snug; then, slowly twirl the tool away.
In order to make a coil, the paper should wrap around the end of the tool. Keep twirling ’till the whole strip is twisted neatly on the tool.
On the other hand, if you’re going to use a needle tool in this project, it’s advisable to get your fingers a little damp and try to curve one end of the paper strip around the needle. With your index finger and thumb, apply a little pressure and roll the paper around the needle.
Gluing the Designs
- Step 1: Pull the coil off. After rolling the piece of paper around your tool, slowly take it off. If you’re aiming for a loose coil, put it down, so that it’ll be slightly loose.
- Step 2: Glue the paper together. Once you’ve achieved the desired size of your coil, glue the tail. Using a toothpick, T-pin, or paper piercing device, and apply a tiny amount of glue on the inside side of the end of the strip and hold it for about 20 seconds. Note: You could use standard glues, such as Elmer’s glue. Likewise, you could also try Tacky glue because it dries quicker. Also, water-based super glue is applicable and it could hold the paper real well.
- Step 3: Quilling. Pinch the coil into your desired shape. This is optional and would be based on the pattern you’re following. For instance, you could pinch your paper coil into an eye shape to form a leaf. If you’re planning to make an ear, you could also do a triangle. It’s up to you.
- Step 4: Gluing the pieces together. The last step would be gluing all the paper coils together. Again, it’s important to only use a little amount of glue, so that your pieced wouldn’t turn into a disaster.
Easy Quilling Patterns to Try
You could always visit the craft store and purchase a book of quilling patterns if you’re a beginner. Also, you could use the Internet to look for quilling patterns for free. Here are some of the patterns you can try.
It’s a design that would allow you to create a beautiful angel that’s perfect as a cute gift or a Christmas tree topper.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than doing a handmade present to your loved ones.
Paper quilling takes a lot of practice and patience, but the results could really be rewarding. The more you practice, the better you can be.