How to do Paper Quilling - Part 1

Learn Paper Quilling


We have been getting a lot of enquiries from people who want to do quilling, but are not sure how to get started, what are the tools required and where to begin.  Well, now you don’t need to look any further!  This blog covers everything that you wanted to know; everything you will need to get you going. You will be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to pick-up within half an hour of practice. 

 (For those of you who are still wondering what is Paper Quilling, just checkout the Wikipedia page on Paper Quilling to give you an idea of the technique).

For the benefit of beginners, we have divided the blog into 2 Parts:

  • Part 1- Making circular coils and giving them shape to create designs
  • Part 2- Creating more intricate shapes, using other advanced tools

To begin with you need a slotted quilling tool, quilling strips, a quill board and tweezer. The technique basically involves following steps:

1 Make a Coil: Make coils of paper using the slotted tool. Till recently this was done using a manual tool which used to take a lot of time. With our patented automatic quilling tool, now you can make these coils in a blink of an eye. Below video guide shows you how to use the tool.


 2. Give it Shape: Start with a 5 mm strip, since that is easier to handle then a 3 mm. Once you have made the coil, remove it from the slotted tool. What you get is called a ‘Tight Coil’. This is a circular shape coil which is also used in various designs. However, if you want to make different shapes from the coil, what you will need is a ‘Loose coil’. Loose coils are made by expanding a tight coil in the required size using a quilling board, as shown in the image below:

    Glue the edge of the expanded coil so that it does not open up. Once you have glued the edge you can give it the desired shape by pinching it with your fingers. You may use a tweezer to get a more precise shape. Below video illustration, shows how to make various basic shapes with the help of loose coil.


    3. Use the shapes to create designs: You can explore some cool, fun and easy quilling ideas in our projects section. These projects come with downloadable templates to help you make the required design. They are also linked to our quilling board, so you can exactly know which size of the circle should be used to expand the coils, for making a particular design. Our projects section keeps getting updated with new ideas every week and is categorized based on difficulty level.

    Once you have explored some of the projects, you can start experimenting with your own designs or research the internet to get some inspiration. You may find some of the items in our projects section interesting to enable your creative ideas.

    4 Must Have Quilling Tools for Beginners:

    1. Slotted Tool :Using an automated tool does make quilling a lot easier. Sometimes, people who start with manual tool, loose interest since they end up spending bulk of the time in making coils which is repetitive. Automated Quilling Tool is very easy to use and you can get used to it in just 5 minutes.
    2. Quilling Strips:Choosing the right set of quilling paper also makes a lot of difference to the final output. We have worked hard to create one of the best assortments of quilling strips that you can get anywhere in India. You have more than 100+ options to choose from across different colours, paper type and size of the strip to create the desired look and effect. Strips like glow in the dark, crinkle strips and tone packs are some of our unique offerings to make your quilling experience a lot more fun and delightful!
    3. Quilling Board: Board helps to bring more consistency to your designs. If you are making a flower and want to make 5 petals in the eye shape of the same size, expanding the coils in the same circle of quilling board will help you to easily achieve that. 
    4. Tweezer: Lot of experienced quillers sometimes do not use tweezer and can create shapes with their hands directly. Tweezers makes the task of giving shapes to coils, a lot easier, and hence we recommend it for beginners. 
    There are other tools like border buddy, Quilling Comb and Quilling Mould which are also used frequently, however, if you are just getting started – then the above tools should be good enough.


    Hope this will help you to get started with quilling. It’s a fascinating technique and what better way to bring the new year than getting a cool creative hobby!  If you have any questions, fee free to write to us at or you can chat with our quilling experts online through our website.

    Quill On Team
    Quill On Team


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