Quilled Paper Art – Snowflake

Products Used

Tru-Ray® Construction Paper, 10 Classic Colors

Additional Products

  • Pencil
  • White School Glue
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Quilling Tools (optional)

Project Details

Paper Quilling uses rolled up pieces of paper to make art!

Lesson Plan Ideas

Paper Quilling started as a hobby for nuns and priests. They would cut the edges from the pages of books and create art from them. Then it became popular during the 18th century for women, because it was thought to be simple and not too stressful. Today, quilling is a hobby around the world… people use quilling to create wedding invitations, ornaments, or just art for fun.

Students looked at examples of quilled paper and I demonstrated how to create different shapes and curls. Students then created their own quilled snowflakes. They used rotational symmetry when creating their snowflake.

Project Developed by: Amy U. Brown, Art Teacher K-5, Hemenway Elementary School

Learning Objective

For Grades: 4, 5 and 6
Students will be able to identify types of paper quilled forms, and create one using the strategies demonstrated.

Common Core Standards

CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.1 Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.2 Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category and identify right triangles.
CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.B.4 Classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  1. Teacher uses PowerPoint lesson to show examples of paper quilling techniques and styles, as well as go over the history of paper quilling.

  2. Teacher demonstrates how to roll 12" x 1/2" strips of Tru-Ray® Construction Paper into coils, using either hands or a quilling tool.

  3. Students start with a 9" x 9" piece of Tru-Ray® Construction Paper backing.

  4. Using a pencil, students draw a dot in the center of their paper and use a ruler to draw six lines branching out from the center.

  5. Students begin rolling paper in sets of six.

  6. Students use white school glue to apply their paper coils to their snowflake design, using rotational symmetry.

    Image 1


  7. Students should experiment with different types of coils.

    Image 2


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