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Paper Quilling Tips

Turn strips of paper into works of art using this intricate technique

The art of quilling isn't as tricky as you might think. This interesting craft may take a bit of time to perfect, but once you master the basics you'll be on your way to creating beautiful makes.

Curl, roll and twist coloured paper into the shapes you want and watch your scrapbooking, card-making, jewellery designs and wall art transform before your eyes.But first, here are some tips and tricks to get you started.

1. Gather your tools

Before you start your quilling project, you need to have the right tools. As a beginner, it's best to use a slotted tool as it is easier to handle. However, this instrument may cause your paper to crease, so once you've mastered the skills of shaping your paper treat yourself to a needle tool. This will ensure a neater finish with no creasing. Other tools to add to your stash include a quilling board, quilling mould, tweezers and a crimper.

2. Choose your paper

If you think ordinary paper will do the trick, think again! Plain paper can't be rolled or curled to create beautiful quilled makes – you'll be frustrated and it will take the fun out of learning this technique. It's best to get pre-cut quilling paper packs – you'll be able to choose between a range of colours, sizes and textures to best suit what you want to make.

3. Learn basic shapes

Learn the basics before you dive in. There are more than 30 quilling shapes that you can enjoy getting to grips with, such as the rolled paper coil, tight coil, loose coil, teardrop, curved teardrop, marquise, slug, tulip, square, petal, leaf and scrolls

4. Try simple projects

Eager to make more intricate items? We know the feeling, but it's best to start out small in order to master the basic shapes. Try making simple greeting cards or place cards. This craft technique requires a lot of patience so don't be too hard on yourself if you don't create a masterpiece straight away.

Paper Quilling Tips