Art at Home: Play with Paper- Quilling Fun!

Ages 4+

What you’ll need:

  • Paper: any kind, any color — as long as it’s easy to cut! 
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Glue or tape
  • Any kind of container: cardboard box, tupperware, etc

Create Paper Strips:

  1. Use a ruler and pencil to draw straight lines about 1”-2” apart across your whole paper
  2. Cut paper along lines to create strips
    → Fun Trick: Stack 2 or 3 papers on top of each other and cut all at once to create tons of paper strips !
  3. The more colors the more fun 
  4. Strips should be at least 6” long!


  1. Take one paper strip and wrap it tightly around a pen, pencil, or marker: use those hand muscles to wrap!!
  2. Remove your chosen drawing tool and see how the paper has maintained its cylindrical shape!
  3. Repeat to create a collection of coiled paper pieces.
  4. Loose ends of papers can either be glued or taped down to hold shape.

Creating Your Masterpiece:

  1. Your quilled paper strips can be kept to their cylindrical shape but can also be altered!
  2. Pinch ends to create different shapes (see reference image!)
  3. Begin to place your quilled paper strips next to each other within your container- position them so they nestle together.
  4. Think of each quilled piece as a puzzle piece: work together to make your colorful paper design within the container.
  5. Individual pieces can be taped together to really keep your paper sculpture in tact.
reference of quilling shapes,

Melanie Rothschild


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