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Quilled Valentines Card

Quilled Valentines Card

The art of Quilling started in the 16th century when nuns used it to create orders and embellish religious articles. 

History of Quilling

Down through the ages it has gone by various names: paper-rolling, paper-scrolling, filigree, mosaic, and quilling.  The name quilling is thought to come from the use of feather quills to roll the strips of paper.  Today we can buy paper already cut into strips and elaborate tools.  Can you image creating some of these works of art by hand-cutting strips and rolling them with a bird feather ?








If you are interested in reading more about the history, click this link.  

Quilling Tools


There are two type of tools used to wrap quilling strips.  The one on the left is a slotted tool and the one on the left is a needle tool.  If you are new to quilling, I would recommend the slotted tool.  You insert the end of a quilling strip into the slot, then roll the tool to wrap the paper into a roll.  You just need to guide the paper with the opposite hand. 

With the needle tool, you must moisten the end of the paper to get it to stick to the needle, then wrap the paper around the needle.  It takes a bit of practice.  Experienced quillers like to use the needle tool because it leaves a smaller hole in the middle and does not have that small bend at the very beginning of the roll.


This tool is not absolutely essential, but I love it!   You could glue your pieces by sticking a toothpick into glue, or you can use this.  The bottle of glue has a needle at the top.  Just insert the need down into the piece you want to glue and squeeze out a small drop.  You can do it with one hand and the glue is a lot less visible. 

When you are finished gluing, be sure to insert a straight pin in the end of the needle to stop the glue from drying out.  I use a straight pin with a pearl at the end because it is a lot easier to put in and pull out. 

Amazon has a huge selection of quilling supplies.  If you are new to quilling, here are links to a some great beginners kits.


Basic Techniques

As you can see from the projects shown above that quilled projects can be quite elaborate.  They can also be quite simple, like our Valentine’s Card. In today’s post we are going to start simple and just cover the basics.  In later posts, we’ll tackle some more complex projects.  You can make almost any quilling project with just the two techniques we will be working with today.  One is making rolls, the other is making scrolls.   

You should start any quilling projects by making all of the rolls and scrolls first.  When I cook, I like to do as much of the prep work ahead of time (all of the slicing, dicing, and chopping).  The actual cooking part is a lot more fun when you can just toss in the ingredients and don’t have to stop in the middle.  The same is true when doing crafts.  With all the rolling and scrolling done, you can focus all of your attention on artistically combining the ingredients into a beautiful creation.


Quilling patterns will list the materials needed like this:

3 – 3 inch teardrops

2 – 3 inch open hearts

1 – 3 inch tight roll

2 – 3 inch  S-Scrolls

The first number shows you how many you need.  The second number tells you how long to cut the strip of paper. 


There are two types of circles, tight and loose.  After you wrap the paper around the tool you can either hold it tight and glue the end (tight circle) or you can let go and let the coil relax a bit, then glue the end.  This picture has three loose circles at the top and three tight circles at the bottom.  The size of the paper determines the size of the finished circle.

Starting with a loose circle, you can make several variations by pinching different points.


<–  Loose circle


<–  Teardrop created by pinching one side of the circle.

<–  Marquise created by pinching both sides of the circle.  You can curl each end in the opposite direction to make a shaped marquise.  Pinch all four sides to make a square.


<–  Rolled Heart created by pinching one side of the  circle then making a sharp indention on the other side



From left to right are:  C scroll, S scroll, S scroll variation, V scroll, and two variations of Open Heart scrolls.




Here are two buds.  The one on the left is made from a V scroll holding a teardrop.  The one of the right is a V scroll holding an Open Heart scroll.





Hearts and Flower Bouquet



1/8″ quilling strips, assorted colors

White craft glue that dries clear

1 sheet card stock





I am not making this like a traditional pattern.  I made my bouquet free-form and wanted you to do the same.  My only rule in crafting is “Become inspired, make it your own, and have fun!”.

I made all of the rolls and scrolls and assembled them all into flowers and buds.  The picture on the left shows two blue flowers made from 5 loose circles glued around a tight in the center. You can vary the size and the density of the rolls by cutting the strips of paper into different lengths.  The orange flower was made by pinching loose circles on one side to form a teardrop.  The yellow flower was made from marquise, loose circles pinched at both ends.

(1)  Sketch out how you want your bouquet to look.  List out how many rolls and scrolls of each type you need.  Start rolling!

(2) Wrap a piece of waxed paper around a piece of cardboard.  Layout the entire flower before you start gluing.  Put a tiny spot of glue where each of the pieces meet.  Let the flower sit until the glue is set before moving it to your bouquet. Assemble all of the buds and flowers.

(3)  Cut strips of green paper for the stems.  Cut a white strip and wrap around the base of the stems and tie a bow.  Make sure to leave it loose enough so you can fan out the stems. 

(4)  Fold the piece of cardstock in half.  Run the handle of the quilling tool along the length of the fold to flatten it out and make a crisp edge. 

(5)  Place the stem bundle on the card and fan the stems.  Glue just the back of the bow to the card so you can reposition the stems if you need to while arranging the flowers.

(6)  Lay out your entire bouquet before you start gluing. Plumbers use this technique, called dry fitting, to assemble all of their pipes to make sure everything fits before making it permanent.

I took this close-up picture at an angle so you could see the layers.  You can position the second layer of hearts and flowers so they are supported by the flowers underneath.  If you look closely, you can see than I put a loose circle under the small blue flower because there was nothing underneath that place.

I made two layers, but if you are mailing your card, you might want to make it a single layer to fit in the envelope.  If you are hand delivering it, you could add extra layers.




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