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Paper Quilling: How to Make Fringed Flowers for Quilled Designs and Projects

Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and travels. She spends her weekends doing papercraft models and painting.

Make beautiful fringed flowers wth the simple art of paper quilling!

Make beautiful fringed flowers wth the simple art of paper quilling!

All About Paper Quilling

Interested in paper quilling? Look no further.

Paper quilling designs are beautiful and fun to create. Fringed flowers are one of the many types of flowers that can be created with craft paper and quilling paper. This article shows you how to make quilled fringed flowers for paper quilling projects. The step-by-step paper quilling instructions are easy to follow.

The free paper-quilling tutorials at the end of this article 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 quilled paper. With the knowledge of all the basic shapes in paper quilling, sophisticated patterns can be created for quilling projects.

One way of making flowers in paper quilling is the husking method. Husking flowers are designed with bigger coils and loops.

Pot of flowers

Pot of flowers

Paper quilling fringed flowers are very nice to look at. They may look difficult to make, but they are, in fact, very easy if you know how. The flowers are created by rolling a strip of quilling paper, which is similar to making the coils in paper quilling.


There are some basic tools and materials for paper quilling that you will need to make fringed flowers.

  • Strips of quilling paper
  • Coloured craft paper
  • A quilling tool
  • A pair of scissors
  • A ruler
  • Craft glue

If you want to cut paper strips to different widths, you may need a cutting mat and box cutter.

There are tools available for making fringes. They are called quilling paper fringers. I do not have a finger, so I fringe the paper by hand with a pair of scissors. It is not a difficult task to fringe your own paper strips, but the fringes will not be all even.

If you are going to make a lot of fringed flowers for your projects, it will be best to buy a paper fringer. The fringer tool will be able to make perfect fringes, and it will save you a lot of time in fringing too.

How to Make a Basic Fringed Flower

You will need a strip of paper with a length of about 15–20cm and a width of 1cm. To fringe the paper by hand, make small and even cuts about three-quarters across the width of the strip. The cuts should be at right angles to the edge of the paper. The fringe can have narrower width or wider width. The narrower the fringe, the more delicate the flower will look.

To ensure consistency with the same type of fringed flowers, you can line two or three strips of quilling paper together when cutting the fringe by hand. Each paper strip will have the same width and angle of cut if they are cut at the same time. The flowers will appear more or less similar to each other too.

To make a fringed flower, roll the fringed paper into a tight coil using a slotted quilling tool. Apply a little glue at the end of the strip to hold the shape of the coil. Wait for the glue to dry, then press the fringe down. The fringe can also be curled with a tool if required.

How to Add a Centre to the Flower

Here's how to make a flower with a nice centre. Glue a strip of thin quilling paper about 10cm long to a fringed strip of paper. Start making a coil by rolling from the end of the thin paper strip. Continue to roll carefully over the area where the two papers are joined so that the fringed paper wraps around the smaller coil. Finish making the coil by applying a little glue at the end of the fringed paper. Press the fringe down and you will see the flower has a nice solid white centre.

The flower can also have a fringed centre of a different colour by using two strips of fringed paper of two different colours. With a little bit of imagination and creativity, you can use a few more colours for each flower.

Cutting the Fringes

The width of the fringes and the angle of cutting the fringes affect the appearance of the flower. The paper strip can be cut at an angle when fringing. The picture on the right shows the blue paper strip fringed at an angle, while the white paper strip has right-angled cuts.

The white colour will form the centre of the flower, and the slanting blue fringe gives an interesting appearance to the flower. I have used a short strip of fringe for this flower, and its petals look spaced out. The longer the length of the fringed paper strip, the fuller the flower will look.

Be creative. Make a quilled flower pot for the fringed flowers. Use a combination of colours for making the flowers. Vary the width and length of the paper strips. With this technique and variations, the types of fringed flowers you can make will be endless.

Paper Quilling Techniques


lady rain (author) from Australia on August 24, 2017:

I have mentioned in the above tutorial, paper quilling strips with width of 1cm is good to work with.

Kirk on August 19, 2017:

What is the optimal minimum width strip possible to use when preparing the fringed strips? Thanks for responding!

neet on July 25, 2016:

its really amazing ...trying for my baby's sch project. i hope that i will make it perfect.

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 18, 2015:

Shreya, if you are new to paper quilling, you should start with the basic techniques first. Here's the link to a tutorial on how to do paper quilling for beginners:

lady rain (author) from Australia on November 09, 2015:

aesta1, paper quilled designs are always beautiful, I am sure you will enjoy making your own paper quilled embellishments.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 09, 2015:

I bought several boxes in Vietnam with paper quill designs. I see now that I can make one, too.

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 25, 2013:

rebecca, I enjoy making these flowers very much and I use them on handmade cards and gift tags. I hope you'll get to make some of these flowers soon. Thank you for leaving a comment here.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 25, 2013:

These are really cool. I am going to try paper quilling. Thanks for the ideas. Those little flowers are SO cute. I can imagine decorating packages and all sorts of other ideas with these!

lady rain (author) from Australia on October 31, 2012:

pstraubie48, thank you for your kind comments and for sharing the art of paper quilling with your followers. I hope more people will learn to appreciate this simple yet beautiful craft activity. Cheers :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 31, 2012:

Great hub. I posted a hub on this topic a while back I am a novice. Actually I had never heard of quilling until I ran across it one day and thought it was gorgeous. I have featured you in my article so others can see how beautiful it is when the art is learned well. I am learning. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 08, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan, thank you for your kind comment. I am glad you like the flowers :)

Claudia Porter on September 08, 2012:

These are absolutely beautiful! Pinned.

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 03, 2012:

picadilly, these fringed flowers are easy to create once you learn how to make them. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun creating these beautiful flowers. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment :)

Priscill Anne Alvik from Schaumburg, IL on September 03, 2012:

This is an amazing art form!!! I love your step by step instructions and feel I could do this myself!!! What a beautiful adornment these flowers would make on gifts and stationary. My mind is reeling with thoughts of all the endless possibilties!! Thank you for this hub!!!

lady rain (author) from Australia on August 23, 2012:

carol7777, thank you for your lovely comment. I enjoy making these flowers too!

carol stanley from Arizona on August 23, 2012:

These flowers are lovely and for those crafty people..they can really enjoy. Your instructions are easy to follow and I love the pictures of the flowers. Great Hub.

lady rain (author) from Australia on August 13, 2012:

Diana, I love handmade gifts because they can be made to suit each occasion. Paper quilling decorations are often used in wedding decorations and these fringed flowers would look awesome on wedding gifts and other craft projects. Thank you for your lovely comment.

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on August 13, 2012:

I remember making these in high school. I had nearly forgotten about how pretty a decoration they make. I cover a great deal of photo albums for gift giving with fabric and embellish them with all sorts of different decorations depending on the theme I'm working on. These paper flowers would be a great addition to my craft supplies. Perhaps the next wedding album I do will see some of these. Thank you for reminding me how to make these.