11 Paper Quilling Patterns for Beginners

quilled flower photo frame

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Paper quilling is the art of taking thin strips of colored paper, rolling them into a coil, pinching them to form a shape and then gluing the shapes together to create paper designs and objects. Quilling is an inexpensive craft that once you try, you'll be tempted to make your next hobby. All you need is paper and glue to make things that are both pretty to look at as well as stunning in design.

The best way to get started if you're new to quilling is to find inspiration. Study quilled art that you like and use it as a springboard for making your own fabulous designs. Pretty soon people will be admiring your work and using it as inspiration for their quilling projects.

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    Paper Quilled Monogram

    Framed letter R quilled monogram
    The Spruce / Rita Shehan

    Experiment and play with different shapes and techniques to create this easy but effective monogram. Once you have your outline, the creative freedom is all yours. This tutorial will introduce you to the six most common quilling shapes.

    Paper Quilled Monogram from The Spruce

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    Autumn Tree Greeting Card

    Quilled fall tree pattern
    Artsy Craftsy Mom

    Celebrate the autumn season by sending your friends greeting cards adorned with a beautiful quilled autumn tree. Even if you have never made a quilled craft before, you will be able to create this card in no time. It is merely made of eye-shaped quilled coils to represent the leaves and basic coiled strips to make the trunk of the tree.  The simplicity of the design radiates elegance, and the best part is the tree is so easy to make.

    Easy Paper Quilling Fall Tree Craft from Artsy Craftsy Mom

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    Quilled Snowflakes

    Quilled snowflakes
    Artsy Craftsy Mom / Red Ted Art

    It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas crafting. Gather the kids and make these lovely quilled snowflakes to decorate your Christmas tree. They are so beautiful, that you can even use them as inexpensive gifts for people on your Christmas list. Almost everyone will treasure a gift that you made with your hands—it makes the present that much more special.

    Quilled Snowflake Patterns from Red Ted Art

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    Quilled Ombre Colored Teardrop Vase

    Quilled vase
    Fern Makes / Instructables

    This trendy quilled teardrop vase is a wonderful project for beginning quillers. Just glue teardrop shapes in gradients of color onto a vase. This project can be made in under an hour. Who doesn't love a craft project that's quick and easy, but still looks so upscale.

    Paper Quilled Teardrop Vase from Fern Makes via Instructables

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    Quilled Paper Posies in a Basket

    Quilled flower basket
    She Saved

    This quilled basket of flowers has a sweet vintage appeal. Frame it for a charming new piece of wall art to hang in your home or to give away as a gift.

    Paper Quilling Flower Basket from She Saved

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    Contemporary Quilled Angel

    Quilled angel
    Panda Hall Learning Center

    Kids, and adults too, can make this modern quilled angel in less than 15 minutes. Can you imagine an entire Christmas tree adorned with these angels from top to bottom? It's certainly possible because they are so easy to make. You can quickly craft enough for your entire "Angel Tree" in a couple of hours. Your kids will love participating in this Christmas craft. Who knows—maybe it will become an annual holiday tradition for your family.

    Easy Quilling Angels from Panda Hall Learning Center

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    Green and Gold Quilled Teardrop Earrings

    Quilled earrings
    Paper Zen

    Make some earrings for yourself or for a gift. Paper Zen shows how to add a golden metallic shimmer to your quilled earrings to give them an extra bit of excitement.

    Quilling Paper Teardrop Earrings from Paper Zen

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    Quilled Flowers Decorating a Cake

    Quilled paper flower cake
    The House That Lars Built

    The next time you need to make a cake for a special occasion, decorate it with crepe paper kumquat branches interspersed with the cutest quilled daisies. The design was inspired by an Anthropologie window decoration—what a gorgeous upscale look. The quilled flowers are so sweet when tucked into the crepe paper kumquat branches.

    Paper Quilled Flower Cake from The House That Lars Built

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    Quilled Flower Pendant

    Quilled flower pendants
    Moms and Crafters

    Paper quilling naturally lends itself to jewelry projects. This beautiful pendant is made up of pink and blue eye shapes around a circular coil. Glue on a pearl and you're done. Little girls will love this project.

    Paper Quilling Flower Pendant from Moms and Crafters

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    Quilled Toy Paper Tops

    Paper quilled tops
    Creative Jewish Mom

    Quilling can even be used for toy making. Little kids will be thrilled with this paper top craft. All you have to do is make a round paper coil for the bottom of the top, and then build a wall of paper to form the base. Sara Rivka, from the blog the Creative Jewish Mom, says the tops will spin a surprisingly long time if they are made correctly.

    DIY Paper Top from Creative Jewish Mom

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    Colorful Paper Flower Frame

    Quilled flower photo frame
    Craft Bits

    Are you looking for an inexpensive but still impressive present to give to someone? This quilled paper frame might just be the craft project for you! Glue quilled flowers around a thrifty frame and you'll instantly have a gorgeous gift.

    Paper Quilled Photo Frame from Craft Bits