How to Make Quilling Paper

    by Suzie Faloon

    About the Author

    Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.


    Paper quilling is an art that requires very little expense. With just a little paper you can design elaborate filigree designs to embellish greeting or Christmas cards, packages, create hanging ornaments and other hand-made gifts. The main items needed are thin strips of paper. The paper must be precision cut to maintain the quilling shapes you create. You can make your own quilling paper if it is hard to find specific quilling supplies in your area.

    Things You'll Need

    • 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheets of 60- to 80-pound, acid-free colored paper
    • Paper trimmer
    • Ruler with 1/4- and 1/8-inch markings

    Measure and mark a sheet of paper with 1/8-, 1/4-, 1/2-inch or other desired width for your quilling paper strips. You may want to use different sizes depending on what type of quilling project you are doing.

    Place the sheet of paper on the flat bed of the paper trimmer.

    Line the paper up so that it is even along the entire length. Some paper cutters have markings on the tool to help you line up your paper. These are useful and make your quilling project a lot easier. Cutting along the length of the paper makes for cleaner cuts.

    Slide the cutter mechanism and cut the paper strip. Take your time to ensure the strip doesn't have any jagged edges or tears.

    Check to see if the first strip is the size that you need. It is a good idea to cut more strips than you need for your quilling project. Store the strips in a container to keep them from being crushed.

    • You can measure, mark with pencil and cut with a pair of scissors if desired. It is a tedious job.
    • Some crafters run paper through a straight cut shredder. You are taking a chance on uneven or ruined paper strips.
    • Experiment with different weights and textures of paper to see how they hold their curl. Standard quilling paper is marked as 60- to 80-pound text weight, heavier than copy paper, but more flexible than card stock.
    • You must have accurate, even cuts or your quilling shapes will be awkward and have bent portions.
    • Keep paper cutters out of reach of children.

    Photo Credits

    • Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images