How to Make Paper Quilling Flowers

Make a Beautiful Flower From Simple Strips of Paper

What is Quilling?

paper quilled daisies hanging next to a vase
Rita Shehan

Paper quilling, also called paper filigree, is the art of rolling, scrolling, and shaping paper strips into delightful designs. Quilling is not new; it has been around since the 15th century but is just as well-liked today as it was hundreds of years ago.

This hobby is very easy to learn, doesn't cost a lot of money and produces beautiful works of art in a short period of time. No wonder it has been popular for hundreds of years!

Flowers are one of the most beloved designs in quilling, and this tutorial concentrates on making a simple daisy from strips of paper. Learn how to make the flower from two paper shapes, and you will soon be on your way to creating more beautiful paper filigree projects.

Gather Your Materials

tools needed to make quilled flowers
Rita Shehan

If you are a complete beginner, you probably already have the simple supplies to get started in your house. All you need are paper strips, craft glue, and some straight pins to hold down the project. Of course, it makes the job easier if you purchase some basic quilling tools.

To make the paper flower you will need:

  • Paper strips approximately 3/8 inch wide and 12 inches long
  • Slotted quilling tool
  • Needle quilling tool
  • Toothpicks
  • Waxed paper
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Portable paper trimmer (if you are cutting your paper strips by hand)
  • Quilling Board

Construct the Daisy Petals

quilled paper in quilling template
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You will need six white paper strips to make the daisy petals. To make a paper petal, you first have to take a piece of paper and insert it into the slot of the slotted quilling tool. Hold the tool in your hand between your thumb and index finger and slowly turn the tool so the paper winds evenly around the tip.

Pull the coil from the tool and place it into a circle on the quilling board, and allow the coil to unwind until it is the size of the circle. Our board is sized in millimeters, and we used the 25-millimeter circle template, which is a little under one inch. If your template board has circles sized in inches, use the one-inch circle template for your petals.

Remove the paper coil and glue the end of the strip and let it dry. You may then squeeze the paper coil into different shapes.

Squeeze the Paper Coil Into a Teardrop Shape

steps to make a teardrop shape quilled paper roll
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To form a paper coil into a teardrop shape, you must first pull the inside of the coil gently downwards and hold while pinching one side of the circle to form a point.

Your paper circle will now be in a teardrop shape. Make six paper teardrop shapes to form the petals of your quilled daisy.

Make the Center of the Daisy

tightly rolled quilled cricle
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To make the center of the daisy, you will need two paper strips and the slotted tool. Thread one end of the paper strip into the slot and turn the tool making sure to maintain tension.

After you form the center coil place some glue on the end of the paper strip and let it dry. Do not remove the coil from the tool.

Place a bit of glue onto the rolled coil and place another paper strip aligned with the end of the first paper strip. Roll the second paper strip onto the coil, maintaining tension, and add some glue to the end of the second paper strip.

Let the glue dry and remove the tight coil from the slotted tool.

Glue Together Your Quilled Shapes

three quilled flowers
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Arrange the six teardrop petals around the paper coil to form the flower shape. Glue the teardrops to the paper coil and to the sides of each teardrop shape. It sometimes helps to use straight pins to keep the quilled rolls in place until the glue dries. After the flower dries you will be able to pick it up and it should hold its shape. 

Some Quilled Flower Ideas

quilled flowers in a pot
Rita Shehan

Quilled flowers can be used in card projects, scrapbooking, and wall hangings. We used our flowers in a 3D project. Our flowerpot example was made by hot gluing some thin wooden dowels onto the back of the flowers and then placing them into a  pot filled with dry floral foam covered with Spanish moss — what a delightful way to welcome spring or summer.