Paper Quilling - How to Make Cute Owls

Updated on March 11, 2017
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Cute Owl Designs
Cute Owl Designs | Source

Here is another fun tutorial on paper quilling. In this tutorial, we are going to make some cute owls. If you are new to paper quilling, click on the following links for free tutorials on how to do paper quilling projects.

The free paper quilling tutorials will teach you how to get started with paper quilling, and how to use the correct tools and craft materials. You will also learn how to form quilling patterns with your own quilled paper. With the knowledge of how to make some basic shapes with strips of quilling paper, you will be able to create sophisticated patterns on your own for different projects.

Quilling materials
Quilling materials | Source

Let's Get Started

Here are the tools and materials you need for making some cute owls.

  • strips of quilling paper
  • a quilling tool
  • a pair of scissor
  • craft glue
  • a toothpick

Eyes

  1. Use one strip of white quilling paper and half a strip of black quilling paper for each eye.
  2. Use a toothpick to apply a tiny amount of glue to one end of a paper. Join the two strips of paper together.
  3. With a slotted quilling tool, start rolling from the open end of the black quilling paper. Make a tight coil. Finish making the coil by applying a little glue at the end of the white quilling paper.
  4. Repeat with another strip of black and white paper to make another tight coil for the other eye.
  5. Cut a 4cm strip of yellow quilling paper. Roll it up to make a very small coil. Use a pair of pliers (or your fingers) to pinch one end of the coil so that it looks like a small triangular.
  6. The above instructions above are illustrated below in pictures.

Pictorial Instructions for Making the Eyes

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One strip of white quilling paper and half a strip of black paper joined together.Start coiling from the black quilling paper.Small coiled yellow paper.Make a small triangle shape with the yellow coil.The eyes and the beak.
One strip of white quilling paper and half a strip of black paper joined together.
One strip of white quilling paper and half a strip of black paper joined together. | Source
Start coiling from the black quilling paper.
Start coiling from the black quilling paper. | Source
Small coiled yellow paper.
Small coiled yellow paper. | Source
Make a small triangle shape with the yellow coil.
Make a small triangle shape with the yellow coil. | Source
The eyes and the beak.
The eyes and the beak. | Source

The Body

  1. Next, make the body of the owl by joining two strips of blue quilling paper together to make a big closed coil.
  2. Make two closed coils with half a strip of the pink quilling paper for each coil. Press the coils with your fingers to make them into teardrop shapes.
  3. Now we have all the 'parts,' it's time to assemble them together. Apply a little glue on the side of the eyes to stick them together. Put the little yellow coil somewhere in between them.
  4. Use your fingers to shape the blue coil so that it looks like a tulip flower or something similar to the picture below.
  5. Place the blue coil below the two eyes and glue it there.

Pictorial Instructions for Making the Body

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Coiling two strips of blue quilling paper.The parts of the owl. The coils are ready to be assembled.Stick the eyes and beak together. Shape the blue coil to look like a tulip flower.Join the blue coil to the eyes.
Coiling two strips of blue quilling paper.
Coiling two strips of blue quilling paper. | Source
The parts of the owl. The coils are ready to be assembled.
The parts of the owl. The coils are ready to be assembled. | Source
Stick the eyes and beak together. Shape the blue coil to look like a tulip flower.
Stick the eyes and beak together. Shape the blue coil to look like a tulip flower. | Source
Join the blue coil to the eyes.
Join the blue coil to the eyes. | Source

Next Steps

  1. Join two strips of blue quilling paper together to form a longer strip. You can use more strips of paper if you want to make a bigger or fatter owl!
  2. Wrap the strip of blue paper around the coils. Secure the end of the quilling paper with glue. Apply a little glue to the pink teardrop coils and stick them on each side of the big blue coil to form the wings.
  3. Make a circle with a short strip of blue quilling paper. Flatten the circle and paste it on the top of the quilled owl.

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Wrap a blue quilling paper around the coils.The body of the owl should look something like this.Stick the pink coils on each side of the bodyMake a small circle with a blue strip of quilling paper.Flatten the blue circle and paste it on the head of the owl.
Wrap a blue quilling paper around the coils.
Wrap a blue quilling paper around the coils. | Source
The body of the owl should look something like this.
The body of the owl should look something like this. | Source
Stick the pink coils on each side of the body
Stick the pink coils on each side of the body | Source
Make a small circle with a blue strip of quilling paper.
Make a small circle with a blue strip of quilling paper. | Source
Flatten the blue circle and paste it on the head of the owl.
Flatten the blue circle and paste it on the head of the owl. | Source

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        Caroline johnston 

        4 months ago

        I just started doing quilting and enjoying it. Now I have steps off doing it I'm going to improve my work.

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        Tammy 

        6 months ago

        Thank you for the post. I just finished mine

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        shajith 

        8 months ago

        good any photos

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        lady rain 

        2 years ago from Australia

        teaches12345, I used to do my quilling craft projects in the car every day while waiting to pick up the kids from school. That added up to a lot of "free" time for me! I hope you will be able to find time to do paper quilling, too.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        2 years ago

        Adorable! I only wish I had time to make these for gifts.

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        lady rain 

        2 years ago from Australia

        Thank you Glimmer Twin Fan, I am so honoured you read my hubs :)

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        2 years ago

        Your quilling hubs are always exquisite and this one is no exception. I love these projects and really need to give quilling a try.

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        lady rain 

        2 years ago from Australia

        Linnea - thank you, I am sure your owls will turn out awesome, too!

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        Linnea Lewis 

        2 years ago from South Carolina, USA

        Very cute owls, and I think I will give this tutorial a try! Thank you for such a nice idea!

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        lady rain 

        2 years ago from Australia

        purl3agony, I use both Bostik glue stick and PVA craft glue. I find PVA glue tends to stick better but it's messy if I am not careful.

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        Donna Herron 

        2 years ago from USA

        These owls are so adorable and your tutorial is very easy to follow. I'm curious, what brand of craft glue do you normally use? Thanks so much for sharing?

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        lady rain 

        2 years ago from Australia

        Kristen, now that you've heard of paper quilling, why not give it a shot, you'll be amazed at what you can create with quilling paper!

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        Kristen Howe 

        2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Lady Rain, I never heard of paper quilling. But it's a pretty cool and fun crafty idea. So cute! I love it!

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        lady rain 

        2 years ago from Australia

        pstraubie48, thank you for your lovely comment. Since you already know how to quill, I hope you'll get to make the little owls soon. I'm sure your designs will be lovely. Thank you for sharing, pinning, g+ing and tweeting.

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        Patricia Scott 

        2 years ago from sunny Florida

        Your little owls are just precious.

        I know it takes time and patience to produce such cute

        quilled creations...

        .I have experimented with quilling and even posted a hub about my efforts as a novice

        thank you for sharing these with us.

        Angels are on the way to you this wee hour of the morning ....ps

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