Ah, Mother’s Day! You’ve got the gift, you’ve chosen the card and you’ve picked out the wrapping paper, but somehow… it just doesn’t feel personal enough. Fear not, we’ve got a nifty idea which you can make for Mummy Dearest and it involves the art of quilling.

So… what exactly is quilling? We said the same thing to our good friend and expert crafter & stylist Emily Dawe and so, she came up with this brilliant tutorial for us. Quilling, which is also known as paper filigree, is a form of art where you take strips of paper and roll, shape and glue them together to create a multitude of decorative designs. Emily has designed a heart – perfect for showing your Mum how much you love her, but once you know how it’s done, you can create any design you like.

Come on then… lets have some fun! Before you get too excited though, you’ll need the following items:

Step 1

Either draw a heart shape freehand, or print one from your computer, and use to cut out a template from thin card. Position the template onto the centre of the foam board and draw round with a pencil.


Step 2

Mark 1.5cm down on opposite ends of a piece of thin card. Place your ruler onto the marks and use a sharp craft knife to cut a strip of paper. Cut strips from all of the different coloured card.


Step 3

Take a strip of bright pink card and apply a little PVA glue to one edge, using a cocktail stick.


Step 4 

Carefully place the pink strip of paper over the pencil-drawn heart. You will need to hold it in place for a few seconds so the glue adheres to the board.


Step 5

If your strip isn’t long enough to go round the whole heart, simply stick another pink strip right up next to the first one and continue gluing round the edge until the whole heart is complete.


Step 6

To make a triple loop: cut a 4cm pale pink strip, a 6cm bright pink strip and an 8cm lilac strip. Apply a little glue to one end of the pale pink strip.


Bend the strip over and pinch the two ends together.


Continue gluing and sticking the three strips, one over the other.


Finally add a couple of mini pegs to hold them in place while the glue dries. Make seven all together. Once they are dry, position them onto the picture, three either side of the heart and keep one back for later.


Once they are dry, position them onto the picture, three either side of the heart and keep one back for later.


Step 7 

To make a coil: Take a strip of paper and place a cocktail stick over one end, curl the paper round the stick and tuck the end under so it catches.


Keeping your thumb and forefinger on the coil, start turning the cocktail stick round and round until you come to the end


Then apply a little glue to secure it.


Pinch it at just one end to create a petal shape. Make three of these.


Step 8

Make three coils from green paper, glue the ends then pinch either side of the coil to create a leaf shape.


Step 9

Continue making coils from the different coloured paper, stretching some out.


Step 10

Cut off some of the ends of paper to create to create loops of various sizes, start positioning them onto the picture.


Step 11 

Once you have a good selection of coils, petals, leaves and loops, position them onto the picture – but don’t glue anything down just yet. Keep building up the design, coiling more if you need.




Step 12 

Once you are happy with the positioning, apply a little glue to the edges of the strips with a cocktail stick. You will probably find you can fit in a few more towards the end.





Hopefully, you’ll end up with something similar to this… we certainly hope so and if not, well… practice makes perfect! Yay 🙂


Thank you Emily for the wonderful tutorial and if you want to find out more about what Emily does, make sure to visit her website: Please share any makes with us and Emily on Instagram: @frompaperchase @embolina12  and tag us as we’d love to see what you create!

Project, instructions and photography: Emily Dawe 


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