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How to Quill Paper: 40+ Free Paper Quilling Patterns

Learn how to quill paper into all sorts of useful and beautiful designs.


Updated March 22, 2017
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How to Quill Paper 40 Free Paper Quilling Patterns

The art of paper quilling or paper filigree is a timeless craft that can be used for almost any project. From decorative items like wall hangings or coasters to DIY embellishments for scrapbook pages and cards, paper quilling patterns are as versatile as they are beautiful. If you're new to quilling, you only need to learn how to make a few basic coils in order to form the foundations for most of these paper quilling projects.

While the finished works are so beautiful that they might seem daunting, don't let this stop you! Once you learn how to quill paper, a gate will be opened to a world of paper crafting possibility. Embellish all of your upcoming paper crafts with quilled spirals, flowers, snowflakes, and more when you explore these 40+ Free Paper Quilling Patterns.

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In the categories below, you will find Homemade Card Ideas, How to Make Paper Jewelry, and More Free Quilling Patterns. There are varying degrees of skill level in each category, so take a look and see what you want to try next. We are always adding more incredible quilling ideas and art on AllFreePaperCrafts, too.

Make sure you check out this video right below. It's a tutorial for an adorable quilled birthday card. It's easy, fun, and festive!

How to Quill Paper

How to Quill Paper

Here are some quick tips for learning how to quill paper. Paper quilling is a fun craft to learn but does take practice and patience. Follow these steps to become familiar with this paper craft skill.

1. Familiarize yourself with the tools and strips of paper. Some quilling projects can be made with homemade tools and hand cut paper strips but if you're beginning, it's best to buy a quilling needle or slotted tool and precut quilling strips.

2. Learn the basic quilling shapes. There are only a few basic shapes you need to learn in order to start quilling.

3. Practice. Use worksheets like this one or this one to practice your quilling shapes before creating a new project.

4. Start with beginner projects. It can be tempting to choose a more complicated quilling piece, but you should start with simple designs, such as coils, flowers, hearts, or feathers.

Below, you will also find several helpful articles and video tutorials to look over and help you learn everything there is to know about paper quilling.

Homemade Card Ideas

2-for-1 Tent Card Tutorial

Homemade cards always look more thoughtful when they have added embellishments, and quilled flowers are a fabulous way to embellish any handmade card. From roses to daisies to grasses and more, these homemade card ideas have the loveliest decorations. Ask your niece what her favorite color is, grab a pattern for your friend's favorite flower, and start quilling gorgeous embellishments for handmade cards today!

How to Make Paper Jewelry

Quilled Bird Necklace

Turn your paper quilling into wearable crafts. These earrings and necklaces will be a hit when you wear them to family gatherings or give them as gifts to your loved ones. Use beautiful metallic quilling paper to give your jewelry projects a lustrous sheen. Quilled hearts and flowers make gorgeous pendants. Accessorize with paper and amaze everyone you see.

More Free Quilling Patterns

Radiant Quilled Butterfly

Decorate your home, Christmas tree, handmade cards, or scrapbook layouts with any of these remaining tutorials. String together several paper snowflakes to create a lovely garland for the winter season, and learn how to make paper flowers with various quilled coils. No matter what occasion you want to commemorate, you will find a beautiful paper quilling tutorial to suit your interests.

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My stepdaughter is new to quilling anyone know any books for complete beginner's

Hi! We don't have a book (yet!) but we do have a few tutorial articles, like,, and Some of the quillers featured in this collection have fantastic resources on their blogs. I would check out and -Krista, editor, AllFreePaperCrafts

nice site with great ideas.

Summer fruity fizz sandals necklace

Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest! We loved all of the creative choices. The new necklace name is Boho Fun! - Krista, Editor, AllFreePaperCrafts

vibrant tear drops

Alice's Quilled Wonderland Necklace

Rainbow Angel Wings 3

I would call it "Oh so quilled" necklace

Hanging By a Quill, or Quilled by the Neck

Crazy Quilled Collar

so much fun

Call it "Rainbow by the Sea"

"Spiraling outta control" is what I would name it

I'd call it "Ms. Frizzle's Statement Necklace"

I would call it "Dizzy Circle Necklace"!


I would call it "Aroraborealis" --- I am sure that the spelling is wrong --- but the colours remind me of the wonderful display of colour in a crisp winter's eve sky.

I would name this Blooming Fantastic 100%

I would name this Boho fun

I would name this "Rainbow Splash." sandhollowgems at yahoo dot com

Rainbow Quilled Neck Elegance

Burst of Colors Quilled Necklace

Radiant Rainbow Statement Necklace

I would name this project "Beaded Mosaic Paper Necklace."

Pop of Every Color Statement Necklace

I just got into paper quilling myself and I love how these projects range in skill level. I'm hoping to work up to that gorgeous Paper Quilled Heart Box.

My nephew loves to quill, so I'll be passing along these cool craft ideas to him.

I can't believe how gorgeous these are! Is this something a beginner can learn how to do?

You may want to start with this: Also, the Simple and Special Rick Rack Card is great for beginners!


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