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

Updated on April 10, 2016
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Paper quilling art - Quilled Fringed Flowers
Paper quilling art - Quilled Fringed Flowers | Source

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.

If you want to learn paper quilling, the following links are free tutorials on the basics of paper quilling.


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 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. Details on how to make huskings are outlined in the following link.


Pot of flowers
Pot of flowers | Source

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.


Before we get started

There are some basic tools and materials for paper quilling which 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 fringer 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 fringed flower

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Fringe the paper stripsRoll the fringed paper into a tight coil with a quilling toolThe coil should look something like thisPress the fringes down to form a flower
Fringe the paper strips
Fringe the paper strips | Source
Roll the fringed paper into a tight coil with a quilling tool
Roll the fringed paper into a tight coil with a quilling tool | Source
The coil should look something like this
The coil should look something like this | Source
Press the fringes down to form a flower
Press the fringes down to form a flower | Source

Making a basic fringed flower

You will need a strip of paper with a length of about 15-20cm and 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.

Click on the link below for a quick fringed flower project:


How to make a fringed flower with a centre

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Attach a thin quilling paper strip to the fringed paperRoll into a coil starting from the thin stripFringed flower with a solid white centreFringed flower with white fringed centreFringed flower with yellow and blue centre
Attach a thin quilling paper strip to the fringed paper
Attach a thin quilling paper strip to the fringed paper | Source
Roll into a coil starting from the thin strip
Roll into a coil starting from the thin strip | Source
Fringed flower with a solid white centre
Fringed flower with a solid white centre | Source
Fringed flower with white fringed centre
Fringed flower with white fringed centre | Source
Fringed flower with yellow and blue centre
Fringed flower with yellow and blue centre | Source

Adding 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 have 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.

More fringed flowers

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Paper fringed at an angleAttach the two fringed paper strips togetherRolling in progressFlower with slanted blue fringe and white fringed centreFlower with slanted fringe and solid white centre
Paper fringed at an angle
Paper fringed at an angle | Source
Attach the two fringed paper strips together
Attach the two fringed paper strips together | Source
Rolling in progress
Rolling in progress | Source
Flower with slanted blue fringe and white fringed centre
Flower with slanted blue fringe and white fringed centre | Source
Flower with slanted fringe and solid white centre
Flower with slanted fringe and solid white centre | Source

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.


For more techniques on creating beautiful paper quilled fringed flowers...

Click on this tutorial.



Lovely fringed flowers
Lovely fringed flowers | Source
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      lady rain 4 weeks ago from Australia

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

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      Kirk 5 weeks ago

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

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      neet 14 months ago

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

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      lady rain 21 months ago from Australia

      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: https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/Paper-Quilling-Techn

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      lady rain 22 months ago from Australia

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

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      Mary Norton 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      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.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      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!

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      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 :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      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.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      These are absolutely beautiful! Pinned.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      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 :)

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 5 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      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!!!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

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

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      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.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      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.

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      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.