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Tools used for quilling

Do you ever look in awe at a work of quilling art and wonder how much talent and hard work went into its creation? The number of pieces and how exacting the artists are with creating each work of art is breathtaking. What's even more remarkable is that it only takes a handful of tools to create this amazing art!

Quilling is a fine paper art that you can do at home with a little bit of practice, perseverance, and patience. To quill, you’ll need a handful of tools. You can start quilling with many household items you likely already have or you can use specially made tools. The good news is that tools for quilling are not pricey and are quite durable making this a relatively inexpensive hobby!

When looking at what quilling tools and supplies are available on the market, you may be overwhelmed. You'll see curling coaches, circle size rulers, cricuts, quilling fringers, quilling crimpers, border buddies, electric quilling tools, and more. We can promise you that many of these tools are not needed to create quilling art. Our master quillers use the tools featured below to create each of our cards. 

With the tools that follow, you can create lovely quilling art that can be displayed as home decor or given to your friends and family as gifts. Keep reading to see what 5 tools you will need to start quilling.

Quilling Pen

A quilling pen, also known as a quilling tool or a slotted quilling tool, has a special slotted tip that is used to quickly coil the papers around.   

Quilling pen



Tweezers are used to shape the coils and also to maneuver the quilled papers in tight areas. 



Quilling Paper Strips

What is quilling paper? It is strips of colored paper for coiling and shaping. Each quilled piece will be an element of the overall cohesive design. 

Strips of quilling paper



You'll need something handy to cut the papers to your desired length. A pair of good household scissors will suffice. Our artisans have found that paper cutters in the style shown below is more effective and efficient.   

Paper cutter


Glue and a Paper Base

Lastly, you'll need school glue and a paper base. Standard school glue is used to adhere the paper strips to the paper base. A paper base is needed to arrange and secure your coiled design on to.


Do It Yourself!

DIY Quilling Kit

If you'd like to try your hand at quilling, check out our DIY quilling kits. We offer a variety of designs for beginner and advanced quillers. Each kit includes all of the tools and supplies you'll need to quill each included design.