How to Quill Tutorial

I had several people ask me how to quill– and thought it would be a great idea to do a post on it so other people can see how to do it too!  This paper craft technique can be used on cards and scrapbooks– as well as other projects.  Today, I am going to demonstrate how to make a simple flower– but, the sky is the limit on what you can create!  The basic shapes are easy to roll, and then you just create from there!  Enjoy!





  • Quilling paper strips, torn in half
  • Clear-drying glue (school glue is fine!)
  • Quilling tool
  • Quill template (optional)
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Quill point (optional)




Using your quilling tool, slide the torn end into the slot and begin to roll a tight circle.



When the entire piece of quill strip is rolled, place a small amount of glue on the end and press firmly in place.  This is for the center of the flower we are making.


Roll a second strip (for the petals) and prior to gluing, slide off onto your table or in your template to allow it to loosen a bit.

Using your quill point or a toothpick, glue the end and press firmly.

Make 5 more petals in this same way.


Take each petal (pink in the picture) and pinch slightly where you glued the end.

You are making a teardrop shape (see the picture below.)


Arrange your petals around the tight circle you made in the first step.

Glue to your project using clear-drying glue.

Easy, right?

Find more shapes and other information at the North American Quilling Guild’s website.  Make sure you check out some of their pictures!  WOWZA!

They also have a .pdf file with shapes that is awesome!

Here is another site that has instructions for basic quill shapes.

Here is a super easy card I made with quilled shapes.


Now, go have some fun with this interesting technique!

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