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Extreme Paper Quilling


Paper Quilling 3-D Sculptures

Paper quilling is a form of paper craft where long thin strips of paper are tightly rolled around a "quill" to form a filligree or openwork design. The quills originally used were the tips of goose feathers hence the name quilling. It is a paper craft practised by the genteel crowds of long ago who had a lot of leisure time on their hands. But this lost art has made a comeback.The origin of paper quilling dates back to the 13th century where nuns curled the gilded trimmings from bible pages to create a work of art. This lens is about paper quilling 3-D sculptures where possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

All photos were taken by Bakerwoman, jennysh_who in Flickr unless otherwise attributed.

Excellent video tutorial

This is a video of what paper quilling is all about for the uninitiated. It shows the basic shapes and patterns to build an artwork, whether it a flower, animal, insect or whatnot.

Blue and white peacock - Showy plumage


The male peacock has iridescent blue-green plumage. This paper quilling sculpture shows the "eyes" of the fanned tailed as oval-shaped coils.

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Red and white peacock - Wowing the crowd


Photo Credit: jennysh_who

In art, anything is possible. This is the one and only red and white peacock I have ever seen and it sits on top of my office cabinet. It never ceases to catch the attention of visitors who stop by my cubicle.

The ultimate chariot race - Who will reach the finish line first?


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This is a fantasy-inspired version of a frog in a chariot race. It is the frog slave driver prodding the slow crustacean to go faster. I would say it's a long way to Tipperary.

The flaming firebird


Photo Credit: jennysh_who

This is an interpretation of the Phoenix bird also called the fIrebird from Harry Potter's "The Sorcerer's Companion:A guide to the magical world of Harry Potter."This makes a great Christmas tree ornament or a desk décor for the Harry Potter fans.

Phoenix bird facing front


The difference between a tortoise and a turtle - Red tortoise


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The red tortoise has feet and live mostly on land and is a vegetarian while the green turtle have flippers and live primarily in the water.

Green turtle has flippers


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Paper quilled Blue Crab


Photo Credit: jennysh_who

This blue crab is a scavenger and is always on the lookout for dead blue crabs and leftover decaying flesh.

Pig warrior ( squealer) - Paper quilled armor, shield and spear


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If a battle ensued between the pig and frog warriors, who do you think will win? Will the piggies be squealing with delight and the amphibians be hopping mad? Or will the little piggy go "Wee, wee, wee all the way home?"

Frog warrior (croaker)


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A yellow sticky reminder

Paper quilling does not need a lot of glue to hold the ends of the coiled paper. This is to avoid residue buildup and warping the paper. Glue that dries clear, like Elmer's Glue, is the best to use with a dab at the end of a toothpick or T-pin.

Caterpillar or a snail or a scatterpillar?



A snail does not have legs but has an outer shell. A caterpillar has legs but does not have a shell. But this littler crawler not only have legs but a shell to hide in. I call it the scatterpillar.

Check out the different coils and patterns to use in paper quilling here. Learn about the different shapes, like square, teardrop, diamond, bell, and many more.

Paper Quilling grasshopper - Not just all legs- guess where its ears are


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The grasshopper is not only all legs which make it an Olympian hopper. The grasshopper is also all ears. You heard it right. The ears of a grasshopper are on the knee joints of its legs.

Red hot feline - A cat's meow


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This is the simplest of the paper quilling sculpture for the cat fancier. Art without the presence of a cat is not a cat's meow.

Little paper quilled piggy - "Wee, wee, wee, all the way home"


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Note the combination of different colored paper in the coil which makes the body of this cute piggy more visually pleasing.

Paint the town red in this charming rickshaw


This human-powered cycle rickshaw or pedicab is a common mode of transportation in South Asia. Some passenger seats are behind the driver, on the side of the driver or in front of the driver. In the case of this cycle rickshaw, the driver sits on a tadpole seat and uses his leg power to pedal the passengers or tourists around. This beats paying a membership fee at the health club, plus one gets paid developing good leg muscles.

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Rickshaw-cycle hybrid

This is a finely constructed paper quilling tricycle influenced by the flaming hot rod design. It is still foot-powered and has a back seat with a covered roof.

Born to be Wild - Flmaing hot rod motorcycle


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Tear into town in this eye-popping flaming cycle. This will make the Harley Davidson aficionados green with envy.

Top view of paper quill motorcycle - Details at every turn


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The ultimate rock band circus act - There is more to see than meets the eye


This paper quilling sculpture has it all. A motley crew of musicians, caterpillar and turtles stunt performers, and a whole lot more. This is the work of one who had a very fertile imagination and the epitome of patience.

Everybody is getting into the act - Paper quilling rocks


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This is a close-up of the details put into the rock band sculpture. DIfferent colors and types of paper coils were used to created this fanciful and magical work of art.

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Nature comes to life in these 3D paper quilling artwork.

A labor of love.

Larger and more complex paper quilling 3D sculptures can take a week or more to do. Each work has so much details and is a cross between a mosaic and a painting when viewed from a distance. It is hard to believe these are all made of paper.

These 3-dimensional quilled flowers are bursting with life and are just as amazing when viewed closeup or at a distance.

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Your thoughts on this paper craft?

KathyZ1 on October 16, 2013:

Interesting lens. Really enjoy it.

SquidooPower on June 19, 2013:

Incredible stuff. I have a friend who makes flowers like this and they are beautiful.

SquidooPower on June 19, 2013:

Incredible stuff. I have a friend who makes flowers like this and they are beautiful.

TheGardenGuys on June 05, 2013:

Fantastic designs.

anonymous on May 16, 2013:

Amazing. Thank you for sharing this.

Michelllle on March 13, 2013:

Wow, I didn't even know what paper quilling was-beaytiful.

anonymous on March 01, 2013:

Now, I was sure that I had blessed this a while time like the present, your 3 year Squid Birthday to break out the angel dust....I know I've been here and you have added several new mesmerizing images here of paper quilling to the max!

PinkstonePictures from Miami Beach, FL on February 22, 2013:


InfoCoop on February 13, 2013:

So cool! I've heard of this until now.

NibsyNell on January 27, 2013:

These are exquisite!

Suunnyy on January 20, 2013:

The flaming firebird looks amazing!

FamilySolutions1 on January 03, 2013:

I feel that everyone should have a hobby, a personal interest outside their job and family and everyday life. While we focus on a craft we take the time out from our hectic schedules and often have time to reflect on our lives while actually working on it. Paper quilling is great because it allows the individual to express their creativity by choosing the color, design etc.

anonymous on December 12, 2012:

The quilling technique is so amazing. I've discovered it recently and fell in love immediately. But designs on this page are really extreme, that must be really difficult. Amazing lens thank you for sharing.

mistaben on December 05, 2012:

What an amazing art!

Kay on November 28, 2012:

I have seen this before but had no clue what it was. These are incredible! Blessed and thank you. I really enjoyed your page.

RGrieco on November 22, 2012:

Very clever, have never seen this before.

SecondSally on November 13, 2012:

Great lens. I've seen this done at the elementary school level, but never anything this intricate and beautiful.

PennyHowe on November 11, 2012:

Learned something new today--thanks for the lessons. I can see why you were awarded a purple star for this fantastic lens. Love all the pictures--how creative.

My favorite is the chariot.

Vikki from US on November 08, 2012:

I had never heard of it either. Really beautiful designs though!

C A Chancellor from US/TN on October 30, 2012:

Wow! I'd never heard of paper quilling before and I'm so impressed with these sculptures -- I wouldn't have imagined you could make such intricate and unique designs with rolled paper. Thanks for sharing these fabulous photos.

anonymous on October 18, 2012:

Great lens and interesting ideas.I would like to try this once!

Rankography on October 18, 2012:

Wow really cool lens and craft projects! Blessings

olmpal on October 01, 2012:

Cool and fun Paper Quilling art! Such colorful designs!

Mary Stuart on September 01, 2012:

I'd never heard of paper quilling until now. What a beautiful collection of artwork!

cdevries on August 28, 2012:

Fantastic! Beautiful work. (I think the grasshopper is my favorite.) And a great Lens. Squid Angel blessed.

MyBabyBoo on August 28, 2012:

Interesting lens, great job!

anonymous on August 21, 2012:

Creative work... Please visit my paper quilling blog I have started exploring this art recently :-)

WhyCleanCounts on August 04, 2012:

great lens, Paper Quilling is one of my crafting techniques to try. I would love to get good at it!

intermarks on August 02, 2012:

This is a very creative paper craft idea. Nice lens.

potovanja on July 30, 2012:

I find your lens very great, so i give you your 204 likes:). Thank you 4 visit my...

Nightcat on July 25, 2012:

Wow, thank for sharing! I was looking for a cruelty free option to replace feathers in crafting and this will certainly do it. Thanks! :)

jlshernandez (author) on July 22, 2012:

@anonymous: Perhaps, boredom can lead to some creative artwork with rolled strips of paper.

anonymous on July 22, 2012:

Oh, how neat! The possibilities are endless! I used to roll paper up like this when I was bored, but I never thought to actually made something out of it!

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on July 21, 2012:

This is an amazing art. Great lens!

Jan 1980 on July 19, 2012:

Very interesting lens,this is very good peace of art.You can make anything from paper.

jlshernandez (author) on July 16, 2012:

@PebblesBedrock: I have slowly trying to fix the links to Flickr photos which are not displaying. I can see most of them. Thanks for the heads up.

PebblesBedrock on June 29, 2012:

What a great craft. I too had some issues with viewing all of the photos. Really like the peacocks. Would like to try this sometime also. Great lens. Thank you :)

felisajale on June 23, 2012:

beautiful craft!

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on June 20, 2012:

(I think there may be a glitch on your page. I can only see about half of your photos). The photos I can see are excellent creative works. Thanks for sharing! These are some of the most interesting quilling pieces I've seen.

LouisaDembul on June 13, 2012:

wow, this paper quilling is fantastic!

pcgamehardware on June 10, 2012:

Really cool craft, thanks for sharing such fabulous artwork. :)

psiloveyou1 on June 03, 2012:

I have done a little bit of quilling and know how much patience it takes! This is the first time I've seen 3D quilling....what a wonderful art!

FamilySolutions1 on June 01, 2012:

Wow! This looks like a beautiful craft. I have a retail store where we sell lots of crafts and in my experience, my customers want easy craft kits. This is for the crafter who wants to take it to the next level. You made beautiful stuff.

Little Linda Pinda from Florida on May 30, 2012:

So pretty and do much detail. This is the first time I ever heard of it.

sherioz on May 28, 2012:

I love these. Thanks for sharing

biggking lm on May 28, 2012:

that's awesome!

Lori Green from Las Vegas on May 27, 2012:

Wow, excellent. I have a friend who does this. I just FB liked it.

Millionairemomma on May 21, 2012:

This lens was done so well!

Genesis Davies from Guatemala on May 21, 2012:

Pretty cool stuff! My mom used to do paper quilling and even sold some of her work (Christmas ornaments). She never did anything like the sculptures here though.

gypsyman27 lm on May 20, 2012:

I think this is very interesting and you have shown the craft and explained it well. See you around the galaxy...

3levels on May 19, 2012:

I'd never heard of quilling before. What you can produce with this art is amazing

papermotor on May 08, 2012:

Wow, amazing! This lens is one of my favorite... I had to check it twice because those flowers are so good looking. :) Thanks for it.

mumsgather on May 07, 2012:

These are amazingly beautiful. How creative to make such beautiful art with paper. Blessed!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on May 03, 2012:

This is some cool artwork.

Rose Jones on April 30, 2012:

Back to sprinkle some angel dust . Blessed!

JoyfulReviewer on April 24, 2012:

This unique craft is so fascinating ... would like to try it someday when I have more free time. Thanks for presenting so many wonderful examples and resources. ~~Blessed~~

hippiechicjewelz on April 18, 2012:

I am amazed at the intricate designs, beautiful! Im not sure if I could do it but it sure is gorgeous!

anonymous on April 04, 2012:

waw.. that's great creations. only from paper and become a great art.

anonymous on April 04, 2012:

waw.. that's great creations. only from paper and become a great art.

Aquavel on April 04, 2012:

These are amazing creations! I love, love, LOVE them! I'm always enjoyed creating artworks with paper but I've never done anything like this. Looks like sculptural weaving and designing! So colorful & fun! Great work!

BeatMaker2020 on April 01, 2012:

Wow, that's amazing, never knew you could do that with just paper!

TTMall on March 29, 2012:

Great lens subject! Thanks for sharing!

frugal123 on March 29, 2012:

I do a lot of crafts and I have never seen this craft. It is amazing. Excellent site.

Lisa from Rhode Island on March 27, 2012:

Love this lens well done. I would love to try this very cool!!!!!!

klaird on March 26, 2012:

These paper quilling crafts are incredible! I've featured this lens on my 101 Craft Ideas for Adults. Great Job!

Chuck Nelson from California on March 25, 2012:

A challenging but beautiful artform

anonymous on March 22, 2012:

very good lens


bofirebear1 on March 15, 2012:

Great lenses. My wife has been quilling with paper and porcupine quills for over 20 years. Amazing what can be done with this.

JoshK47 on March 14, 2012:

Wow - these are quite remarkable indeed! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

Katie Harp on March 08, 2012:

blessed by a squid angel :) <3

MelonyVaughan on March 05, 2012:

Simply stunning! I love the flaming firebird!

im1337mi on March 05, 2012:

Amazing stuff, thanks for sharing!

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on February 25, 2012:

This is terrific! I've never done this type of craft, but it certainly has my attention now. I just might try this soon. Thanks

lftypjk900 on February 25, 2012:

I was completely mesmerized watching the video. I have always wanted to lean this craft. I am definitely going to try it. thanks for a wonderfully informative lens.

mary lighthouse15 on February 21, 2012:

Beautiful! I haven't heard of this before.

pufek77 lm on February 21, 2012:

Wow.First time I see this amazing paper art.

Thank You for this great lens!!!

anonymous on February 21, 2012:

This Lense is outstanding and beautiful - No wonder it was nominated for the purple star! Great Job.

Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on February 21, 2012:

I've always admired paper quilling. I like the Chariot Race and all the flowers...awesome!

RCGraphicsDesign on February 21, 2012:

Love the lens - love the work. An amazing craft. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

davenjilli lm on February 20, 2012:

Wow, so much talent and creativity! Totally deserves the purple star!

cajkovska lm on February 16, 2012:

Amazing things... i will try this

Rose Jones on February 08, 2012:

My mother loved this when I would do it - she would put quilling papers into my suitcases because then she knew I would make her something when I went away to school.

flycatcherrr on February 04, 2012:

My grandmother was very creative and she showed me how to do quilling among other heritage crafts, but I had forgotten all about it until now!

jimmyworldstar on February 03, 2012:

Paper craft is amazing considering how thin and fragile it is. I like the peacock and phoenix the most.

Linda Pogue from Missouri on February 02, 2012:

My sister and I did paper quilling when we were teens, but nothing compared to what you have in this lens. I haven't thought of it in years. Thank you for sharing. Blessings!

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

These are amazing, I have just started doing this. You inspire me so much! Thank you for all the great photos!

printabledolls on January 30, 2012:

Incredible art so interesting and Beautiful

printabledolls on January 30, 2012:

Wow this is an art! Very interesting

nikyweber on January 27, 2012:

Thank you for posting! awesome lens!

myamya on January 27, 2012:

Nice post! thumbs up!

sheezie77 on January 27, 2012:

vegy nice lens! well done!

KNMalathi on January 24, 2012:

The 3D Taucons and the Indian parrot chief are fabulous. I need to try them

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on December 15, 2011:

I think these are amazing, especially the Phoenix and the grasshopper.

SteveKaye on December 09, 2011:

This is an absolutely amazing discovery. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful, creative lens. Thank you.

cmadden on December 06, 2011:

It must take some pretty amazing imagination and patience to do this! Wow.

emmaklarkins on December 04, 2011:

What an awesome art form!

spartakct on December 04, 2011:

Amazing lens! wonderful crafts

Dee Gallemore on December 01, 2011:

Beautiful paper quilling craftings . . . wonderfully presented . . . Blessed!

bharat01 on November 28, 2011:

Hey great lens with the useful information, and congrates for winning a Purple Star.......:)

anonymous on November 14, 2011:

Wow this is beautiful art, the makers of these are so very talented. I had no idea about this type of art until this lens.

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