Learn the Art of Basic Paper Quilling Shapes

Learn antique paper quilling shapes and curls to create your own flowers, snowflakes, butterflies, birds, and abstract artwork.



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Loose Coil: Roll from one end tightly. Hold until glued then loosen tension and release from tool. Glue on one end, pulling edges to one side.
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Petal: Bend the tip of a teardrop slightly to one side.
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Tight Coil: Roll from one end tightly. Hold until glued. Release from tool, and glue the end.
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Teardrop: Make a loose coil. Pinch one end to a point.
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Diamond: Start with a loose coil and pinch the opposite ends. Shape with the fingers so that the center remains in the middle.
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Leaf: Bend one or more ends of a diamond.
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Heart: Fold the strip of paper in half. Roll the ends inward toward the center of the fold. Glue the adjoining edges.
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Beehive: After rolling and gluing a tight coil, push the inside up from the center with a pencil or other blunt object to contour its shape. This adds dimension. Glue inside.
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V-Shape: Fold the paper in half. Roll each end outward, away from the fold. If desired, secure the V's point with glue.
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