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How to Make Your Own Quilled Paper Jewelry

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How to Make Your Own Quilled Jewelry

How to Make Your Own Quilled Jewelry

Quilling Jewelry

Paper quilling designs are commonly used in crafts and decorations. But there's more to it: quilled items are now popularly used as fashion accessories like earrings, rings, and pendants. These quilled paper accessories are carefully handcrafted and they look very intricate and unique.

If you have yet to learn paper quilling, there are step-by-step instructions for basic quilling shapes in these tutorials: Basic Techniques, Shapes, and Designs and Comb Techniques, Shapes, and Designs.

How to Make Quilled Paper Earrings

These are the tools and materials required to make one pair of earrings pictured on the right.

  • Two strips blue quilling paper
  • Four strips red quilling paper
  • One pair hook earring findings
  • Two jump rings
  • A quilling tool
  • Craft glue
  • Clear varnish

Make six closed coils with the blue and red quilling paper strips. Shape each coil to form a teardrop shape.

Take two red teardrop shapes and glue them together so that they look like a red heart. Then glue a blue coil to top of the heart. Repeat with the remaining three coils to make a similar formation.

Apply clear varnish to the quilled items to strengthen them. Leave the coils to dry. Insert a jump ring to the top of each of the blue coil. Then attach the earring findings to the jump ring to make the earrings.

How to Make a Quilled Pendant

Here are the materials required to make a quilled pendant.

  • Strips of quilling paper (any colour of your choice)
  • One jump ring
  • A quilling tool
  • Glue
  • Clear varnish

With the strips of quilling paper, make some closed coils of different shapes. Arrange the coils together to form a pattern for the pendant. Use pins to hold the coils in place if necessary. Apply a small amount of craft glue in between the coils so that they stick together. Apply two layers of clear vanish to the quilled piece of jewelry to strengthen it. The coating of varnish also provides a waterproof layer for the pendant. Let the vanish dry before attaching a small jump ring on one of the coils. The quilled pendant is now ready to hang on a necklace.

Paper Quilled Ring

Materials required:

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  • Five strips of quilling paper with colours of your choice
  • One metal ring base with 8-10mm pad
  • A quilling tool
  • Craft glue
  • Clear varnish

Join the five strips of quilling paper together to form a very long strip and then make a tight coil. The coil should have a diameter of about 12mm. Give the coil a coat of varnish and leave to dry. Glue the coil to the metal pad of the ring and let the glue dry thoroughly before wearing the ring.

Fringed Flower Ring

Materials required:

  • Five strips quilling paper with colours of your preference
  • One strip of fringed quilling paper of 10mm width
  • One metal ring base with 8-10mm pad
  • Quilling tool
  • Glue

Make the coil as per previous instructions above for paper quilled ring and finish off the coiling with the strip of fringed quilling paper wrapped around the outside of the coil. Press the fringe down to form the fringed flower with a large colourful centre. Glue the fringed flower to the metal pad of the ring base and allow the glue to dry thoroughly before wearing the flower ring.

Questions & Answers

Question: What type of varnish do you use for quilled jewelry?

Answer: Craft varnish can be used on the quilled jewelry.

Question: What is a jump ring?

Answer: Jump rings are small metal rings about 5mm to 10mm in diameter. They are commonly used in jewelry making to connect chains, charms and other parts together.

© 2012 lady rain


Ankita. on March 11, 2015:

I have fallen in love with u lady rain... ur creativity now keeps on popping in my mind and raining on my work board... really thanks... thanks a million ton... and ur detailed way to show things are really worthy giving a thanks for... thankyou again.... love ya. ;) thanks again.

shree on February 05, 2015:

wow.. good job

saadiya on August 17, 2014:

I loved it...its really so pretty.

sana on August 17, 2014:

Its really very very good.I will try it.

seetha on August 16, 2014:

thank u so much

Sumedha on August 02, 2014:

Its very pretty

Loved it !

moon on May 28, 2014:

very nice

aiswarya on May 27, 2014:

thank you so much!!!!

aiswarya on May 27, 2014:

i am a student . i am also making this . but i couldn't get some materials needed for this . anyway i am very much satisfied with this quilled jewelry

ancy vinu on May 01, 2014:

very useful

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 03, 2014:

afeefa, if you can't find the craft supplies in your local stores, you can purchase them online from ebay or

afeefa on February 03, 2014:

thanks a lot.. i have been searching for the coatind to apply on my paper quilled ornaments...some says about ppa glue, crystal coating.. etc... but i didn't find any of this from nearby shops..

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 10, 2014:

Thanks Wonder wool :)

Priyanka Estambale from United States on January 10, 2014:

very pretty :)

lady rain (author) from Australia on November 15, 2013:

Dreamhowl - yes, making quilled jewelry is fun. I hope you'll try to make your own jewelry soon!

Jessica Peri from United States on November 15, 2013:

This looks like fun, and makes me want to actually try making jewelry. Thanks for sharing this - I'll have to give it a shot.

lady rain (author) from Australia on November 14, 2013:

oldiesmusic, making quilled jewelry is similar to making paper beads. You should be able to learn paper quilling rather quickly if you have done paper beads before. Thank you for stopping by :)

oldiesmusic from United States on November 14, 2013:

Really cute crafts! Geez, I really had to find lots of time to learn this craft. I miss doing these, I've done with beads before and this is something entirely different. Thanks for sharing! :)

paperhandcrafts on July 01, 2013:

very nice art

lady rain (author) from Australia on March 21, 2013:

pratheeksha, I'm pleased to know that you have made a pendant and a pair of earrings for your mom. I have no doubt they turned out really great! Thank you for leaving a feedback here.

pratheeksha on March 20, 2013:

really wonderful, i liked very much and i have gifted a pendent and a pair of earrings to my mom on her birthday.

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 26, 2013:

Natashalh, I make a lot of the basic coils while sitting in front of the TV.. at least, I'm not wasting my time if the shows are boring!

Natasha from Hawaii on February 26, 2013:

Very cute jewelry! Man, I really need to find the time to try paper quilting.

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 17, 2012:

Swetha, thank you for your kind feedback. I hope you get to make beautiful quilled jewellery, too :)

SWETHA on December 17, 2012:


lady rain (author) from Australia on September 11, 2012:

Wonder wool, thank you for your lovely comment :)

Priyanka Estambale from United States on September 10, 2012:

Awesome Jewellery. Loved It!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 05, 2012:

kristyleann, the rings are my favourite quilled jewellery items. They cost almost next to nothing to make, so I can afford to wear a different design everyday! Thank you for leaving a comment :)

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 05, 2012:

carol, paper quilling is a great form of art and craft to learn. I hope this hub gives you some new ideas to write on your other site. Cheers!

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 05, 2012:

Scribenet, the varnish coating also gives the quilled jewellery a glossy finish and enhances the colours. I hope you'll be able to get started on this new hobby soon! Thank you for your lovely comments :)

Kristy LeAnn from Princeton, WV on September 05, 2012:

What a cool idea! I've seen this done in other types of crafts but never jewelry. I'll have to try this out sometime. I especially love the rings. :)

carol stanley from Arizona on September 05, 2012:

This is something new to me. I have to say I find it really fascinating. I love crafts and write craft articles for another site. Thanks for sharing the information and excellent pictures.

Maggie Griess from Ontario, Canada on September 05, 2012:

I haven't checked the links yet...just wanted to comment first. Hubpages is always an interesting place to "find" neat things to do.

I love intricate designs and quilling looks like a great way to make some cool stuff. Making jewellery ....never even thought that to be practical...but if they are varnished... well there you go. I think I have found yet another "possible" hobby! LOL