The Enchanting Facets & Types of 3D Quilling

Quilling is a fascinating art form that opens a new world of creative play. It is the art of rolling narrow strips of paper and then giving them a shape to make the most exquisite designs. In its many avatars quilling projects range from simple gift tags and cards to pictures, jewellery, three-dimensional models or the decoration of boxes. Of these, 3D quilling is an especially fascinating option.

Here, we are going to discuss a few unique types of 3D quilling and their mesmerizing facets. 3D quilling is an ocean in itself and by varying the way in which it is done; one can easily achieve diversity in the 3D creations. What may seem like little modifications in the arrangement of coils can make a whole lot of a difference and this is what makes the world of 3D quilling totally fascinating.


Dome Based 3D Quilling:

The most common type of 3D quilling begins with making a dome shape out of a tight coil with the help of a Quilling Mould.

The essential ingredients to make these 3D domes and cones possible are a pair of steady hands, the skill to bend the coils to give them the desired shape and of course patience!


Even a simple 3D quilling project like the bodies of the finger puppets shown in the image needs around 8 strips. For a novice quiller, winding up even 8 strips can be quite a task if done with a manual quilling tool. The Super Quiller & Sticky Back Quilling Strips make it really easy for anyone and everyone.



For beginners, we recommend starting with thicker strips like 10 mm strips as these tend to pop out the least. Another useful tip is to have the tight coils slightly less snug; this helps in easier and smoother expansion.

This unique approach can give way to a whole lot of interesting quilling projects. Let us take a case in point of the adorable mini 3D Quilling Ganesha. To make the quilling Ganesha, we need tight coils. The key while making the domes and the cones is to glue them from inside and make them sturdy. Assemble the coils as explained here and your 3D quilling Ganesha is good to go!

Some other projects that can be made using this approach are Trophy, Yo-Bot - the Paper Quilling Robot, Jhumkas and Professional Finger Buddies (Puppets).


Another interesting material to use here are the Crinkle Strips. These are made of corrugated paper which is sturdy to roll for young hands and voluminous to easily make bigger coils. Check out the Flying Flight.

Plane Based 3D Quilling:

Another approach is the plane based approach where 2D coils are glued together in 2D planes which are then joined together to make a 3D object.

Let’s take the example of the Monster box. This uses 6 different 2D planes. Each 2D plane is made simply using loose coils. This may look like a LOT of coils, but the with the Super Quiller, making coils is super quick. The uniformity in the size of coils used here is very important to get a neat creation as the coils of the same size on both sides are essential to ensure that both sides are of the same size – this is where using a Quilling Board becomes very important. Another important aspect is the placement and alignment of the coils within the 2D plane. All our projects have free downloadable templates that make it easy for you to get the perfect alignment.

Examples of this style are the Monster Box and Dazzling Vase Sleeve. In the case of the Classic Blue Pen Stand and the Ornamental Candle Holder, we use the Border Buddy and make tight border shapes to assemble the planes that make these objects.

Arranging Coils to make 3D Creations:

Then we have the approach where 2D coils are combined and arranged in interesting formations (unlike the plain based arrangement) to directly make a 3D environment or object. Examples of this approach are the Mini Quilled Island and the 3D Quilling Cycle. In each of these, 2D coils are so arranged that it gives a 3 dimensional effect to the project.

The Mini Quilled Island uses just a few loose coils shaped in interesting manners to create a beautiful landscape that contains a simple house, boat and coconut tree! This is a delightful project that is quick to make even for a little child.

The 3D Quilling Cycle is spectacular 3D quilling idea. It begins simply with a bunch of tight coils but the trick here lies in the careful assembly to make the 3D quilling creation look stunning!

Decorative Quilling on 3D Objects:

Another distinct form of 3D quilling is Decorative 3D Quilling where a pre-existing 3D object is taken and is decorated with quilling. It could be as simple as decorating the Wooden box  with coils or as unconventional as using intricate craft techniques on the easy to use template of the make your own quilled pretty princess. Here 2D coils are used to enhance the given form of the 3D quilling doll.
























Since the pre-existing 3D object is a sturdy base in decorative quilling, it increases the utility of the 3D quilling creation manifold as is the case with the Wooden box. There is also variety in this style of 3D quilling as the base itself presents innumerable choice options.


On the onset 3D quilling may seem to be a challenge as compared to normal coiling. However, as we have seen, our expertly designed simple products will help to make 3D quilling easy for even a novice quiller to come out a winner! So don’t fret and get going, get Quilling!


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