Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips


Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips Tutorial



Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips


Do you have a hard time with glue showing on your quilling? In this video I’m going to share all the gluing tips I’ve learned since I started in 2006.


Tip 1 – Smear Your Glue Puddle

I often see instruction to pour out some glue, and then to dip your quilling into the puddle, but it’s easy to overcoat your quilling strip this way, which means your glue will be seen on your final work surface.


Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - Dipping Glue


Instead, I prefer to use another piece of plastic to smear the puddle flat. This way the depth of your glue puddle is very shallow.

Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - Smearing Glue

This allows you to gently press the innermost coils into the glue, coating every bit of it.

When I pick it up, I pre-loosen the inner coils so the glue’s suction won’t destroy the smooth arcs.

After lifting, I always turn it upside down to check if I’ve missed coating any of it. If I did, I’ll simply re-dip again.



Tip 2 - Missed Spots

Now, if you coiled your strip unevenly, it’s quite easy to miss getting it dipped fully into the glue. Or maybe you missed dipped a certain section. What do you do if your strip is already on your work surface? Let me show you how to add glue in a case like this.

Apply glue to a scrap piece of quilling paper and slip it under the areas that are missing glue, the press your strip down.



Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - Missing Glue

Tip 3 - Glue Dipping and Smearing Cards

When smearing my glue for dipping my pieces, I prefer to use a plastic card that has a matte surface rather than a high gloss surface. I usually use the Oyster card I got when I visited London.



Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - Glue Cards

Tip 4 - How to Undo Glued Pieces

As all quillers know, our work is hard to undo. If you’ve glued something down, don’t just tear it up. You’ll end up tearing the fibres of your work surface.

Instead, I extend an x-acto knife and slowly slice through the glue horizontally. This is another reason why it’s good to use as little glue as possible. 

If you have some stubborn bits, you may need to scrape the surface a bit. I then use an eraser to gently scour the fragments. Finally I use a bone folder to smoothen the surface as much as possible. 

I only remove my quilling as a last resort, and you’ll get the best results the faster you make your decision before the glue fully dries. I do suggest that you practice on a scrap piece first.


Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - How to Remove Glue



Tip 5 - My Favorite Quilling Glue Brand

I’m often asked what brand of glue I use. My favourite is Aleene’s Tacky Glue because it’s thick and dries fast. I use the large bottle when I need to smear it for dipping, and I put it in a fine tip bottle for applying directly onto my quilling strips. I store it upside down in a shot glass with a wet tissue at the bottom so it doesn’t clog and is always ready to use. 


Quilling Glue Basics - 5 Helpful Tips - Favorite Brand Aleene's Tacky Glue

I hope these tips help you with your quilling. I love reading your comments and hearing which tip you found the most helpful, because then it helps me decide what to show you in the future. Or if you have any tips to share, please comment so we can all learn from you as well.

Learn to Quill Letters - Paper Zen Alphabet E-books Giveaway


E-book Giveaway! Win a copy of Quilling Letters or Quilling Lowercase Letters


E-book Giveaway! Win a copy of Quilling Letters or Quilling Lowercase Letters


Visit All Things Paper to enter your name for a chance to win a copy of either of my e-books! Double your chances to win via Instagram.

While you're there, peruse Ann's well-curated showcasing a myriad of talented artists. She finds the most amazing things made of paper.

Quilling Lowercase Letter c - How to Outline

quilling letter c monogram tutorial pattern free



Quilling Lowercase Letter c - How to Outline


It's easy to tame the curves of the lowercase letter c. To know the exact length of each strip, simply lay your paper on top my of PDF e-book of patterns Quilling Lowercase Letters.

Watch my tutorial video showing how to outline the Lowercase Letter c, using softening and rubbing techniques to shape the curves. 






quilling lowercase letters alphabet tutorial pattern

Try quilling the Lowercase Letter a  – download a free template.


quilling lowercase letters alphabet tutorial pattern


Quilling Lowercase Letters can be purchased in my Etsy shop

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Free Pillow Box Template for Protecting Quilling Cards

Protect Your Quilled Cards with a Cushion of Air

quilling pillow box free template tutorial how to protect

Do you want to shield your precious quilling as you hand deliver a greeting card? Then I have a simple solution for you!

In the past, I've simply used an extra large envelope, letting the excess size accommodate the bulk of the quilling strips. The bulge was not great, but it got the job done fast. I did worry about squishing more fragile quilling designs though, because obviously the envelope is touching my quilling as it's going in and out.

I've also purchased sturdy boxes designed for jewelry to offer great protection for mailing. You can watch the video I made about it here. It was certainly more expensive to buy those boxes, and I'd do it for a special occasion like a wedding or for mailing; but I had to buy several of them at a time from a store that I don't visit often, which meant they sat in my closet, taking up storage space.


quilling pillow box free template tutorial how to protect

So imagine having a quick envelope on hand that completely surrounds your quilling with a puff of air! I'm talking about a simple pillow box, which looks just as it sounds. It has minimal gluing and tabs, making assembly quick and easy. The curved side flaps automatically force the paper away from your quilling, making sure nothing is touching your quilling.


Since I'm making a series of smaller cards showing how to quill Lowercase Letters, this is the perfect time to introduce this free template to you for your projects. This template is customized to fit a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card, which is exactly a quarter of a letter-size sheet of card stock.

Watch my YouTube Video or follow these directions:

  1. Download the template:
    a) PDF file for hand cutting or
    b) SVG file for electric cutting machine (Cricut Explore or Silhouette with applicable software).
  2. Score along the dotted lines. If you're cutting by hand, you can use a dried up pen or scoring tool.
  3. Cut along the solid lines.
  4. Always pre-fold your scores lines to make it easier on yourself later.
  5. Apply glue along the tab, and glue the pillow box together.
  6. Fold down one side (it doesn't matter which one you do first).
  7. Insert your 4.25 x 5.5 inch card and fold the other side down. All the flaps are notched so it's easy to open.

Quilling Letter T and How to Make Tulips Tutorial

quilling letters monogram letter t tulip flower tutorial pattern


Quilling Letter T and How to Make Tulips Tutorial


Do you enjoy quilling flowers as much as I do? Quilling lends itself to bouquets so naturally! My friend's birthday is coming up and she loves yellow, so I quilled these eternal tulip blossoms for her to enjoy.

Quilling Lowercase Letter b - How to Outline



Quilling Lowercase Letter b - How to Outline


Following up on my e-book, Quilling Lowercase Letters, here is a tutorial video showing how to outline the Lowercase Letter b, using softening and rubbing techniques to shape the curves. 




quilling lowercase letters alphabet tutorial pattern

Try quilling the Lowercase Letter a  – download a free template.


quilling lowercase letters alphabet tutorial pattern


Quilling Lowercase Letters can be purchased in my Etsy shop

Quilling Lowercase Letter a and How to Quill a Peacock Feather Tutorial

Quilling Lowercase Letter a and How to Quill a Feather Tutorial

Quilling Lowercase Letter a and How to Quill a Feather Tutorial

I have always found lowercase letters to be cuter than their uppercase counterparts. Uppercase letters tend to look more rigid and structured because of all the straight sides. But just because lowercase letters are cute, doesn’t mean it’s easier for quilling. It’s actually much more challenging to deal with all these curves.


Quilling Letter S and How to Make Stars Tutorial

Quilling Letter S Tutorial and How to Make Stars

Learn how to Quill the Letter S and How to Make Stars on Edge

Learn how to outline the Letter S using on edge quilling techniques. This time I’m quilling onto black card stock to make yellow stars shine in a starry night.

Paper Mushroom Party Favor Gift Box - SVG File for cutting with Cricut Explore or Silhouette Machine


Paper Mushroom Gift Box SVG File for Cricut Explore Silhouette

Paper Mushroom Party Favor Gift Box - SVG File

A friend of mine loves mushrooms and every time we go for a hike, we’re on the lookout for them along the trails. 


Paper Mushroom Gift Box SVG File for Cricut Explore Silhouette - Gift Card

So I made this box for her and put a gift card inside, along with some chocolates and a lip balm for super sunny days. Afterwards, she can use it to store paper clips and keep it to decorate her office desk.


Paper Mushroom Gift Box SVG File for Cricut Explore Silhouette - Gnome

It was so fun to personalize the stem with a gnome, a door, a window and grass. The gnome is layered, so his beard and moustache really look dimensional!


Paper Mushroom Gift Box SVG File for Cricut Explore Silhouette - Clips


Of course, a single mushroom can get lonely, so I gave it a little friend. It's not big enough to put a gift card inside, but it's so sweet to see a mini-me on a desk, and it can hold items like paper clips. It's reduced 75% of the larger mushroom, but of course, when you have a cutter, you can ask it to make anything as small as you like.


Paper Mushroom Gift Box SVG File for Cricut Explore Silhouette - Message

What's a gift without a heartfelt message? When they peek under the roof, they'll see your writing there.


Paper Mushroom Gift Box SVG File for Cricut Explore Silhouette - Measurements


It's a good size and fits in your hand quite comfortably.


Paper Mushroom Gift Box SVG File for Cricut Explore Silhouette - Mock Ups

It took me quite a few tries to make this fun fungi, and my room was a forest of shrooms when I finally got the tabs just right. For me, it's a fevered quest that gets more frenzied the closer I get to knowing I'm almost there, but not quite.



You can watch the trailer here, and the SVG file is available in my Etsy shop.

Quilling Numbers E-book, 13 Patterns and Templates for Quilling Numbers and More

 Quilling Number E-book Birthday Card

Quilling Numbers E-book for Birthday Cards

Are you celebrating a friend’s birthday? Or commemorating a special anniversary? Or maybe you’re helping a bride and groom make their wedding day unforgettable.

All these memorable moments in life are marked in numbers. If you’d like to start quilling numbers, add punctuation marks, or quill an ampersand, then I’ve made this book just for you.

Just like my previous book, Quilling Letters, you don’t have to use a ruler to measure anything. Just lay your strip on top of my template, then score and snip where indicated. Each segment has a corresponding number matching the template so you can follow along easily.