Rolled flowers using quilling

Make Rolled Flowers Using the Cricut Quilling Tool

February 9th, 2018 | Contributor: Nessa, Cricut Blog Team

I have a penchant for old-fashioned crafts. My mom and I taught ourselves how to do needle tatting (a form of lacemaking) a few years ago and many dainty projects ensued. I’ve had my eye on the art of quilling (rolling paper strips to form art) for a while now and was pleased to see that Cricut® offers a quilling tool.

You can pair that tool with the 3D rolled flower images that you can find in Design Space to make your own lovely rolled flowers.

Supplies needed for quilling rolled flowers
What you’ll need:
Step 1: Choose your images
Choosing images in Design Space for rolled flowers

The images that I used can be found in the Flower Shoppe cartridge in Design Space and are included with Cricut Access. Choose the style(s) that you like and place on your canvas.

Rolled flowers in Design Space

There are 10 different spiral options, along with 40 other flowers and leaves that you can make. Resize as needed to fit your project.

Step 2: Cut out flower images
Cutting paper flowers on the Cricut Explore Air 2

Place your cardstock on the mat and turn the dial to that material. Cut out your flower spirals and remove from the mat.

Rolled paper flowers cut with a Cricut cutting machine
Step 3: Quill (roll) the flowers
Quilling paper flowers with the Cricut quilling tool

Place the end of your spiral in the slot on the quilling tool.

Rolling paper flowers with a Cricut quilling tool

Start turning it clockwise, holding the cardstock with your other hand to guide it. I like to place my index finger under the roll to help keep it rolling in the same layer.

Step 4: Glue it all together

The circle in the middle of the spiral is used to glue your rolled flower together.

Gluing together a rolled paper flower

Carefully let the rolled flower open a bit until the bottom is about the size of the circle.

Gluing together a rolled paper flower
Gluing a paper flower together

Place a drop of glue on the circle and attach to the bottom of the flower. Pinch for a minute or two until the glue holds.

Rolling a variety of paper flowers with the Cricut quilling tool

Voilà! You have lovely 3D rolled flowers that can be used in many different kinds of projects.

I am looking forward to exploring the art of quilling and will add more tutorials in the future. Have you tried it? What did you make? Leave a comment below.

21 thoughts on “Make Rolled Flowers Using the Cricut Quilling Tool

  1. Absolutely love the Cricut quilling tool. The barrel is smooth and even and just right size for arthritic hands. Love it so much, have two!


  2. Love making flowers! I have used lots of different papers. It’s a great way to use up your coloring pages!

  3. Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for this. I’m an avid quiller and this seems really easy and well worth it!

  4. So pleased to have stumbled upon this little tutorial! I’m an avid quiller & card maker, but I’m not using the Cricut I bought over 12 months ago. Perhaps this is the push I have needed to get it out again & finally work out how to operate it.

    • I am glad you found it then. I want to learn how to do all sorts of different quilling designs besides flowers. We have lots of Ready-to-Make cards, too.

    • Salut. C’est une cartouche Cricut appelée “Flower Shoppe”. Si vous avez Accès à Cricut, il est disponible dans le cadre de cela. Cliquez sur les images et faites une recherche pour ces mots après avoir cliqué sur la cartouche.

  5. Wow. Thank you SO much! I have had my cricut a couple years now, and still had no idea this quilling tool exists. I’m still learning so much about my machine. I greatly appreciate this tutorial.

  6. Thank you so much! I’ve stumbled across this because I was desperate to find out what I’ve been doing wrong. I’m a leftie and I’ve been turning it counter clockwise and I’ve been having issues. Hopefully it’ll now resolve since I’ve read your post! I do have a question though, how do you get the cardstock to roll smoothly without “wrinkling!?

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  8. I understand your love for the Circuit, but if you just start quilling with the paper strips you will really be proud of the things you can create. I used to work craft shows but my back could not stand all the packing up, set up and break down. My Step-Mom and I create earrings, necklaces, cards, tea light holders, brooches, little frogs, bears, penguins, you name it, we will try it. Happy rolling

    • Hi. I did buy some quilling strips and worked on some creations. I love how they have the different designs for rolled flowers already in Design Space, too. It really is such a lovely craft style.

    • Hi. The quilling tool is in the top picture and throughout the post. It has a very thin slot that is more for materials like paper. You could still possibly cut out leather and roll them up into flowers.

  9. I am so happy I came across this post. I have been quilling for a few months and I received a Cricut Explore Air 2 for Christmas. I am thrilled to get a chance to use it for these cute flowers. Thank you so much!

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