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How To Make Paper Quilling Flower For Beginners.


  • 2 ½ strips of quilling paper in desired flower petal color.  
  • One strip of green quilling paper for the leaves and stems  
  • One very small pearl or other gem for the center of the flower.  I bought this pack from dollar tree and used the smallest size in the pack.  You could also make a very tight small closed coil out of the quilling paper and place this in the center of your flower.  
  • The cork board quilling mat with shapes  
  • Quilling tool (unslotted or slotted)  
  • I recommend quilling tweezers  
  • I recommend pins (the pins with the ball at the end)  

You can get many of the items in the supplies list all in one kit. I personally have the first kit.

If you are new to paper quilling you may want to check out this post that explains some of the techniques more in depth and how to use some of the tools.

To start I measured one piece of paper quill strip and cut it directly in half.  Then I coiled one of the halves completely. 

paper quilling

Next, I placed the coil inside one of the tear drop shapes on my cork board.  I selected the smallest size I had available.  This allows the coil to unravel some, but within the size restraint that you want.  Sometimes the coil would not unravel much, so I would move it to the next size up so it had a little more room.  This seemed to work.  I think this was needed when I coiled the paper to tightly.  Once it has uncoiled you can place a small dot of glue on the end to close the coil. 

paper quilling

Now, you will want to pinch one end to form the tear drop.  Use the tear drop shape it is sitting in to help you.  If the coil did not unravel enough, then you can pinch off the one side first before applying the glue.  While you are pinching the one end you can try to work with it and make it a little longer.  For this flower you will want to make a total of five of these tear drop shapes of the same color.   

I then pinned the flower petals down using the pins to hold them in place.  This way they will not move while drying and to insure my spacing is okay.  The pointing end of the tear drop should be facing inward, towards the flowers center.  Apply a small amount of glue between each petal and use the tweezers to hold them together as they dry.   

Next, I cut two green strips of quilling paper for the vines.  I did not measure this.  I just cut about the length I thought looked good compared to how big my flower was.  Then I took my quilling tool and ran it along one side of the green quilling paper and then again along the other side of the quilling paper, but in the opposite direction.  This method is similar to how you curl a ribbon on a gift.  Then use your finger or the quilling tool to create a small coil at one end of the green quilling paper.  I did the same thing again to make a total of two vines coming off my flower.  Feel free to make more if you want.  Once you have these to your liking, place a small dot of glue to the uncoiled end of the vine and slide it between one of the flower petals.  Use the tweezers to help hold the vine and flower petal until the glue dries.   

There is still something missing.  It needs a few leaves.  I made these the same way I made the flower petals, but on a much smaller scale.  So, less quilling paper is needed.  This time the pointy side will be facing outward.  Apply a small amount of glue where you would like your leaves to go.  I decided to do two leaves on each side.  I also tried to make them look a little random by placing them in slightly different locations.  Also feel free to add a little extra curve to the tip of the leaf.  Then glue them in place.   

Finally, apply a little glue to the pearl or other accent center piece (you may want to use tweezers to hold it) and carefully place it in the center of your flower.  This may take a little longer to dry.  Once everything is dry you are done.  You can apply this flower to a card, put it in a picture frame, or make more flowers to make a bigger art piece.   

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