We’ve learned how to do many different DIY and crafting techniques over the years, but one of our absolute favourites is one that we actually only began trying to master recently: paper quilling! No matter what shape you create or how simple you keep thing when you’re still learning, paper quilled projects look almost irresistibly pretty.
Check out these 15 stunning paper quilling tutorials for people at all levels so that everyone can take part in creating something beautiful from deceivingly simple materials!
1. Quilled monograms
Are you decently experienced at curling simple paper quilled spirals but you’re still working on keeping things neat and tidy while you create nice shapes? Then letters are a great place to perfect your technique while still making something cool! Instructables guides you through the process of making a pretty monogram, because who doesn’t love a little personalization?
2. Paper quilled lotus earrings
Are you working on smaller pieces in more obscure shapes now rather than just circles and standard spirals, but you’re still not looking to make things too hard for yourself? Are you so in love with paper quilling that you’re keen to find ways to decorate your self in it along with your house? Then these adorable little lotus earrings from Honey’s Quilling are for you! They’re also a great opportunity to practice switching colours.
3. Royal pink flower
Are you looking to create something pretty and floral that will show off your delicate quilling skills to friends and family without being so difficult that you don’t want to give your hard work away when it’s finished? Then take a look at this pretty pink flower by Artimeno! Their tutorial is not in English but Google translate takes care of that easily and effectively for you.
4. Husking flower
Perhaps you’ve been paper quilling for a little while now but you’ve never tried layered paper quilling before? Then now is the time! This simple tutorial from Artlife shows you how to make loop petals, curling leaves, and a sprouting centre that looks almost realistic.
5. Shaped and quilled Easter eggs
When we said “layered quilling” did you picture a project in your mind that was actually 3D and structured? Well, that might not have been what we were talking about there specifically, but those projects totally exist too and they’re stunning! These embellished quilled Easter eggs from Umit Korkmaz are the perfect example and their tutorial teaches you how to make all the different layers.
6. Daffodil greeting card
Knowing that quilling is, in fact, done with paper, it probably makes sense then to consider making projects involving stationery like greeting cards! That’s what Artimeno did with these stunning little daffodils and we’re not sure we’ve ever seen a card so stunning. Adding simple, tiny pearls to the design takes things to a new level of pretty and delicate.
7. Quilled spiral vase
Are you still daunted by the idea of actually building structured pieces using quilled paper, even though you’ve become quite skilled at making spirals in all different colours and sizes? Then follow in DIY Ideas by You‘s footsteps and try using an old vase as a base on which to build your quilled piece! The final effect is stunning, especially if you use many different colours.
8. Beaded quilled beehive
Are you confident enough in your quilling skills that you’re actually looking for a way to jazz some of your projects up in order to make them particularly unique? Then beading just might be the answer for you! We can’t believe how gorgeous this honeycomb piece by Artlife is thanks to the addition of shiny little seed beads that look like droplets of honey within the comb.
9. Quilled owl keychains
Perhaps you’re looking for something small and simple that might be good for teaching your friends and family how to quill with you? We love projects like that too because we simply adore sharing our favourite skills with the ones we love! These adorable little owl keychains by My Crafts are the perfect thing because they’re not complicated, the finished product is adorable, and they’re not so simple as to be boring.
10. Quilled floral teacups
Perhaps one of our favourite things about paper quilling is that you can actually make things that are quite minimalist in their difficulty and still have them look quite intricate. Hobi Meydan, for example, created wall art by outlining the shape of a teacup and some flower and, for how quickly it can be done, the finished product is nothing short of fantastic.
11. Paint shaded maple leaves
When we first started learning how to paper quill, one of the first things we became obsessed with making was leaves. There are just so many designs and iterations that you can make no matter your skill level! If you, like us, have spent years now making leaves, however, you might be looking for a way to spruce them up a little. In that case, try this paint staining method from Artlife once your leaves are constructed in order to make them look realistic and artistic all at once.
12. Chunky quilled flowers
Are you a huge fan of paper quilling but you actually prefer a more pop art style that’s a little chunkier than a lot of the curling, swirling patterns we’ve shown you so far? Well, never fear, because there are tutorials out there that can help guide you through making that style of flower instead! This one from Instructables might be our favourite of the bunch.
13. Quilled pig with googly eyes
Are you looking for an easy paper quilling project that you can make with your kids, but that’s just a little funnier and more silly than what you’ve seen so far, just to keep them interested? Then try making a super fun googly eyed pig, just like this one from Hobi Meydan! It’s great practice in making simple shapes and attaching them firmly and besides, who doesn’t love a little piggy?
14. Paisley paper jewelry
Did you love the idea of quilled paper jewelry when we showed you the lotus earrings design but that particular shape just didn’t quite appeal to you the way you were hoping? Then check out some of these designs from Honey’s Hive instead! They’ll show you how they created all kinds of paisley inspired pieces that ra
15. Paper quilled strawberries
Are you looking for a super fun, kid-friendly paper quilling project that only involves a little bit of colour change but will still keep your little ones interested? Then these absolutely adorable little strawberries from The Papery Craftery are the project for you! Once they’re done you can turn them into all kinds of little trinkets. Try making them earrings, key chains, or fridge magnets.
Have you created other stunning paper quilling crafts that you’re very proud of but that you don’t see on our list? Tell us all about how you did it or link us to pictures of your work in the comments section!