What Paper to Use for Paper Quilling – Buy or Cut Your Own?

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Some of the questions that I get asked most frequently are about paper quilling strips.

Is it worth the extra expense to buy pre-cut strips?
Can’t I just cut my own?
Can I use a paper shredder to cut strips?
What type/weight of paper can I use to cut my own strips?

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33 responses to “What Paper to Use for Paper Quilling – Buy or Cut Your Own?

  1. Great article. I prefer pre cut paper as well. I would rather quill than cut. The price of strips isn’t too bad considering the work involved in cutting your own. There are times I cut my 1/8 pre-cut strips in half when I want a very thin strip instead of buying 1/16th strips. Thanks again for this super post.

  2. Good information. :) I’ve often wondered which way I would prefer to work. So far, I am with you. I like being able to just pluck a piece of paper from my box and get started. :) I don’t know if that’s part lazy or just working smarter instead of harder. lol :)

  3. Really interesting! I thought I was well versed in the world of all things crafty, but I hadn’t heard of paper quilling. You do it beautifully!

  4. Alyssa

    I prefer cutting my own… Since I’m in for cheaper and practical ways for I am a student and is saving money for possible future uses… But instead of carefully measuring each strip, I prefer folding it to halves and another half, then cut ‘em carefully. And I use a small philips screwdriver as the quilling tool xD.

    • Hi , I too make my own fringes . It’s funny you use a screwdriver. I put a slot in a chopstick …sanded it a bit and it’s deep enough to do up to 3/8 . necessity is the mother of all inventions……that and lack of $…Elaine

  5. ayushi patel

    I just want to that these quiling strips is it ecofrandly or not???? Which paper r u using in make strips????

    • Hi Ayushi :) it depends on what you mean by Eco friendly. All paper is Eco friendly because it will disintegrate easily if thrown away, you can compost it, it can be recycled, etc. on the other hand, paper that is made from recycled materials is even more Eco friendly. You can use recycled paper for paper quilling if you wish, though you might not get as nice of coils. The paper that I use is the pre-cut strips, which I don’t think are made from recycled materials. However, you can certainly recycle it when you are finished with it!

  6. Ribu

    Quiet helpful. Thanx fr sharing your thoughts. I have never made anything using quilling technique. Its my first time to try this. Actually I looked for quilling papers a lot in my city but couldn’t get that. So thinking of buying it online. Any suggestions for not so expensive n good quality quilling paper.. online..

    • Hi :) I think most quilling paper is reasonably priced if you consider the cost per strip. Of course some are cheaper than others. When you buy cheap paper, however, it is most likely just plain paper, not acid free. Acid free papers are the more expensive ones, but they are much better as your projects will last and not get browned or disintegrate over time. All papers that I sell are acid free at http://HoneysQuilling.com Most big quilling companies sell acid free papers :)

  7. niken

    it’s very nice design. Iike so much. I wanna make it. But how I can get same paper like your. because your papers are fullcolor and light. it,s waterproof paper? or plastic?
    thank.

    • Hi :) The papers that I usually use are from Lake City craft. There are also many other companies that sell paper strips like Quilled Creations, Paplin, and more. I sell paper strips and other quilling supplies here: http://HoneysQuilling.com they are paper, not plastic. When I make paper jewelry I use a sealant to make them water resistant. I also sell the sealants in the same online shop :)

  8. I enjoyed your article because I feel very identified with your experience. I’m in the process of cutting my own strips of paper cutter. And although I have a shredder I do not like are the banks since it looks very neat work. I would love to buy pre-cut strips, but in my country, not sold and would have to buy out of my country which makes it more expensive all this. But as you indicate you when you have dedicated precut paper quilling really do not lose much time and energy by cutting the paper strips. I am hopeful of being able to have pre-cut strips.
    Greetings from Chile
    María Pilar
    http://www.creaquilling.blogspot.com

  9. Great blog post :D I paper quill too, please do check out my blog Muslimahinsolace.blogspot.co.uk. I used to cut mine by hand, with scissors, then with a cutting blade then bought them online. But it is still very expensive, to get all the colours i need sometimes i pay £100 for them. And that is too much especially as I only started to sell some of my cards. I am not making enough to afford that. I got a paper shredder from Amazon and it is great, cuts to 3mm and gives a nice effect on the edges, I only got it recently.
    Do pop over to my blog and have a look at some of my cards some time :)

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  11. hi,
    thank you for sharing such a great thing.I hadn’t heard of paper quilling.but it’s too intresting.

  12. hema

    really a very gud information regarding paper quilling..how should we ask that paper in the market..??

    • Just ask for quilling paper, or paper quilling strips at a craft store or search online for a specialty store. If they don’t know what you are talking about when you ask, then they don’t have them :)

  13. rubina

    Hi I am new to KL and i don’t know where will I get the quilling cut sheets. Please help me

  14. Rabiyathul

    Hello Honey. This is a great article. I have a question here. How did you roll the butterfly coil above in the picture? I mean the wings. How you made them attached? and what’s the name of the coil? Thank you so much. :)

  15. Sonj

    Hi; I’m new to Quilling, I went online to see images to check out what people are talking about, and some of them are so fantastic! Where do you get the background colored paper that is shaded for the shape, say..of a dollar bill, parrot or a goldfish? I wonder if it is a pre colored paper or are they shading it ahead of time with colored pencils in the shape and softer colors they need? These people are so creative and gifted! I do many crafts and was looking to add to my skills and knowledge, as I think quilling can be used for many other applications. OHhh, the ideas are spinning in my head!

    • There are many methods for the background. You can purchase art paper, print out an image on paper, draw/color it yourself, or just use colored or white paper. The possibilities are endless!

  16. Trinetra dhara

    I dont have a quiling strip. Can I make it with a scrap paper? Because It is thicker than a normal paper.

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  18. Meena

    hi, your creations are very nice. I have just started making it. But here in Bahrain I am not gettting quilling papers. Please suggest me which paper shall I use to do this quillig. I have a scrap book but the paper is too thick like a chart paper. I will do extra work of cutting also. Please suggest me, can I use the colour paper which children use for craft work. I really need a help from experts like you.

    • Hi. Thank you for your compliments :) You can use any paper you are comfortable with. Give the craft paper a try and see if it works for you. Usually paper that is around 90-130gsm works best for quilling, so if the paper is labeled with the weight then you can easily tell. But some people like heavier or lighter papers, so feel free to use what you can find :)

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