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How To Cut Your Own Quilling Paper Strips

October 10, 2019

Hello, I’m Cecelia Louie of Paper Zen. One of the most common questions I get
asked is what kind of cooling paper am i using so I thought I’d share my thoughts
on quilling paper in general this is standard quilling paper and the most
common with used is 1/8 inch or 3 millimeter the weights quite light and
it’s suitable for making small small tight coils and traditional shapes this
is paper from Daiso they are a Japanese based dollar store it doesn’t say what
gsm weight is on the package but it’s thicker than traditional quilling paper
and not quite as thick as me Tom I like the weight of it and it’s great to quill
with but I just wish they had more colors they offer packages in what they
call warm and cool colors you see there’s three sizes that I’ve got here
so this is like a like a five by seven and then it goes up to even larger sizes
and as you can see that you know the smaller sizes that you get you get more
sheets per package and as you get larger you get less sheets but each one of
these packs are just two dollars so you just can’t lose using these papers the
shades are kind of pastel in color without being too soft so I really
really enjoy this paper I just can’t seem to get more colors in this when I’m
quilling letters I prefer using kansan me taunt paper which is a hundred and
sixty GSM every quilters got their preference but this is what’s sold
locally in my area so it’s convenient for me and it’s got a good range of
colors you can see here where branchy don’t from a deeper red into some soft
pinks and the weight of it is you know definitely a text weight it’s not a
cardstock it’s not bond weight I tend to flick my papers people who know me laugh
at that but to me I get the sense of a sheet of paper so this is the dice of
and this is me Tom and then for those who like scrapbooking you’ll know that
Basel is commonly sold in craft stores like Michaels and you can just hear how
much heavier that is this is definitely a card stock so I tend to use it only in
projects that tend to be larger so I have used basil or scrapbooking
cardstock for larger projects such as this quilt bird that I’ve made instead
of a quilling needle I use the crochet hook to the make these coils now this
might be a better option for those who have arthritis because it’s just easier
to handle here’s a comparison of all four types of paper as you can see the
basil has a lot more substance so the coils tend to spring back with more
resistance it’s a little harder to get a tight coil it is achievable it’s just
that I find that my fingers struggle with it quite a bit more this is my
cooling binder and this is how I like to store my strips after I’ve cut them this
is Ken send me Tom paper and this is how I store it so these are actually sheets
that I had from college when back in the day when photography was done using
negatives these are actually negative sleeve holders and I actually can’t find
one that I haven’t util ated so usually what happens is there’s three holes here
and then there’s already slotted pockets here so I just basically folded the
sheet in half and this time I sewed it sometimes I use double-sided tape
whatever and I store it this way so that they stay up and anything excess can
just kind of stay up there and it won’t be bothered and so I put all the blues
together and they just stay inside their channels and they don’t tend to fight so
I’ve got all my warm colors taking my cue from Daiso and then my greens these
were just the colors that I needed to do for a
recent project and when I need to work on say just one range of colors I can
just take that one range out and when I was doing my quote piece I just grabbed
all those colors and put them into a container like this just like that and
then I could just take any strip out they don’t fight with one another and I
just find storing it like this was great then when I’m done I just take it out
and put it back inside my binder this is a sheet that shows all the color ranges
that meet on has so I just that’s just a regular you know sheet like that and
then in a ways it goes and it just tucks into my shelf again so I’ve stored some
other sheets of paper that I’ve cut and this is also me tall it’s just 1/8 of an
inch again I use it for you another project so you know obviously I need to
keep them separate from there and as you can see I didn’t cut it all the way I
actually left the ends intact and that’s because they don’t fight this way they
just don’t fight I it’s so easy to store and when I need them I just tear it or
use of Paris scissors and just snip it off as I need and it’s just great I like
storing it like this so with traditional papers quilling paper when when I have
some leftover and it’s you know you’ve detached it from the glue ends at either
end and where do you store the little bits and pieces so that’s actually how I
started using a binder method like this I just kind of shoved the small pieces
in here as I went so I tried to keep you know the same kind of color family
together and they’re just too small to put back in the package so I didn’t want
to get them bent and so this way I get to see exactly the length I need the
color I need and just you know kind of dig around in there this way I don’t
have as much boards going on in mice you know
supplies when I’m making shapes and need to store them before assembling I use a
fish tackle box because the dividers can be interchanged in the box is just six
bucks that’s a lot cheaper than the stuff I
find in craft stores this is a free template that you can download for my
blog I’ll leave a link in the show notes below it’s got four pages and the widths
vary from one eighth of an inch up to half an inch so it’s got all these
little lines all you need to do is print them directly onto your sheet or if you
want to use every inch you can just you know staple the sides of this printout
on top of your paper and you can cut all the way or you can do what I did and
leave the ends intact so it just stays as one whole sheet just the note though
when you’re printing from Adobe Acrobat make sure to check the page setup
settings uncheck the fit to page option or else your sheet is going to end up
either enlarged or reduced slightly and that’s not going to help you as for me
I’m too lazy to cut by hand I have an electric cutting machine I’ve
owned the silhouette SD in the past and now a Cricut Explorer if you have a
machine and you can import SVG files you can all stay low free files and cut your
own sheets so if you do happen to have a electronic die cutter like I do I’m just
going to give you some tips on how to release these strips from your mat
because it can be rather sticky the one that I’m using right now is for
cardstock so there’s two ways that I would go about doing this one is to lift
these edges and not pull if you’d pull you’re going to create an unnatural
curve in here and so what I prefer to do is lift up the edges and use some using
my needle tool I’m just going to run this and you see I’m keeping my strips
quite flat as I take it off the map another way and so then this way we’re
not getting any bends with our paper another way to do this is to actually
flip this upside down and let the initial strips come off like
that and then just gently pry them out up leaving your strips as flat as
possible and then we have some strips that are ready for storage now now if
you’re wondering how I store my traditional quilling papers this is a
foam core box that I’ve made and I don’t know if you can see I’m actually trying
try to show it to you all in one view here so I built this box to house my
other quilling papers that you know when they come shipped they’re kind of bent
out of shape and curved and stuff and I don’t like it when my papers are not
lying flat so I just have it on a sheet of foam core and basically I’ve used
thumbtacks to pin them in place to keep them as straight as I can and here I’ve
got layer after layer in different hues and channels in between so that they try
to stay as docile as possible I don’t know if that’s really possible is it if
you guys have great storage ideas let everyone else know in the comments below
so after talking about all the different kinds of paper I play with you might be
wondering why would anyone bother to cut their own quilling paper when I’m
cooling letters or larger shapes they’re Airy and I find the thicker paper holds
an airy or arc better it’s just easier to handle there’s just more gluing area
when it’s glued to your final surface also I consider myself a hybrid paper
crafter because I enjoyed die-cutting as much as quilling so it’s best when both
my worlds collide if I’m going to die-cut a project and make it match it’s
always easier to just cut everything from the same sheet of paper and know
the colors all go together I hope this video helps you decide on your paper
choices if you enjoyed this video please give it a thumbs up or leave comment
below I’d love to hear from you thanks


  • Reply Akvi DIY January 26, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Wow!!! Amazing. Well done!!! ??? I also make videos on youtube. You can check it If you want. ??

  • Reply Trudi Groth January 26, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    This is a great video! Gave me all sorts of ideas and inspirations. I love watching your videos as I'm a newbie to quilling and your videos really help me understand how to create projects. Thank you so much. 🙂

  • Reply Martine Riviere January 26, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Merci pour cette super vidéo d'information, ça donne des idées d'organisation 😀 J'aime bien votre manière de stocker vos papiers. Je n'ai pas tout compris concernant le choix des différents papiers mais je vais visiter les liens que vous avez gentiment indiqués. Etant en France je n'ai probablement pas accès aux mêmes distributeurs, mais je devrais pouvoir trouver des équivalents. Encore merci pour toutes vos belles vidéos. Belle continuation et plaisir.

  • Reply sewittoday1 January 26, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    lovely video can you buy online for the Dollar store you mentioned?

  • Reply Edina Hodos January 26, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Excellent topic! It comes up daily on FB groups. Shared!

  • Reply Kathy Koss January 27, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Excellent video and information, thank you!

  • Reply CourseShaper February 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    I just love your tips and tricks – so helpful! Re storage, to you have any recommendations for storing finished works? For small ones I use CD jewel cases (without the insert) and cigarette boxes (which also double as box frames), but I haven't come up yet with a solution for larger pieces.

    And thank you for your templates!

  • Reply Meenakshi Motwani March 5, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Cecelia.. I purchased the machine u recommended here CRICUT
    It's doing amazing for me
    I can quill fast now

  • Reply AndaLias April 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Great video!!?Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Reply Brissy Girl June 10, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Not sure if its my device or the video itself but the audio and video is waaay out of whack. There's a good 2minute delay between what you're saying and what you're showing.

    Apart from the technical frustrations with the video, your ideas were very informative.

  • Reply nancy knebel July 5, 2018 at 12:29 am


    Wow! I wish I had information like this 50 years ago when I first tried quilling. There was nothing out there. I quite then. I got interested again this past winter recovering from a hip replacement. THINGS have change! You are an inspiration! Thank You!

  • Reply Ana Ting July 28, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Thank you for your tips.Sharing your ideas makes easier for me to make my project.l love❤ your video so cool.

  • Reply Jan Peirson October 11, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I enjoyed this particular video as you’ve shown me other types of paper for quilling! Your instructions are always easy to follow. I have appreciated any of your videos that I have watched as well as learning from each one. For storage, I have been using 5 x 7” boxes that would hold photos. Consequently, my strips are always curved exactly like they arrive at my home in cellophane packs. I do like your storage idea so much better, so will be trying that idea as it will offer my strips nice and straight. I’ve told a friend as well as my daughter about your videos and both of them have learned from you as well now! Many thanks for all the help you’ve given in your videos as I have learned so much from them. Please continue to make your videos as I promise to watch and enjoy them!

  • Reply Denise Wilscam October 26, 2018 at 3:43 am

    I wasn’t even looking for storage ideas. That’s pretty slick how you store your strips. Thanks!

  • Reply Agnes Smith October 28, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I'm very new to quilling and love the foam board storage idea. Would you mind sharing how you made it? I read the blog but would like a little more details (a tutorial if possible). Thank you.

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  • Reply Mini Israni December 10, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Cecelia, can you share some ideas with Cricut that can help in quilling.. some shapes or any trick n tips

  • Reply Mini Israni December 10, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Subscribed instantly!!!
    I am hard core quiller and have purchased cricut explore specially for paper strips. Now i think i should go a step ahead n utilize the machine for quilling more. Also , can you also tell me how to add die cutting as i have the cricut explore One

  • Reply Traceyann Massay January 4, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you this was very helpful. What size strips do you use for letters

  • Reply Chrissie Nicely March 2, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Wonderful tips and great ideas! Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply Xina Norres March 2, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing your ideas. I tried to download your files for cutting the paper on my Cricut Explore Air, but it didn't work, every time that I try it shows error…. : (

  • Reply That70sHeidi March 16, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I have been trying to find more than 2 shades of blue for AGES and now I have a source!! Thank you so much for that, the aqua color is divine.

  • Reply sarfraz ahmad March 20, 2019 at 9:26 am

    This is no good

  • Reply Meenakshi Motwani March 28, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Hey dear, I wish to make 2mm n 1mm strips with cricut.. is it possible? Do u have the svg for it ? ..if not how to make it

  • Reply Mina Gray April 3, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Wow this video was amazing! Thank you so much for the tips and for showing us how you store your papers. Really appreciate the effort you put in making this great video ?

  • Reply Robin Mccracken April 12, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks for some of the ideas for storing the paper strips. I have a problem with storage and some these ideas will help

  • Reply jishapc July 15, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Hello, thank you for sharing. can we cut 1mm and 1 inch wide quilling strips using Cricut Explore. Please suggest.

  • Reply CheryleAllene August 8, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Will these files work with a Cricut

  • Reply Laura Prado August 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    cannot thank enough for this video. was wondering if a cricut or silhouette would work for cutting quilling strips and now I'm convinced. Also, love the binder ideas!!!

  • Reply VampireAngel9 August 23, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Looking to try Quilling out! Thank you for posting all this information! I love the craftsmanship & organization.

  • Reply Elisabeth Clancy September 8, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Thank you so much for sharing

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