Making Quilled Boxes

My friend and student, Lorna, expressed a wish to make boxes this term – so here’s the first.

Box made with paper strips

Box made with paper strips

The lid comes off

The lid comes off

This box has a base and lid, 4.5cm (2 ¾”) in diameter.  Because I knew I’d be decorating the lid with flowers, I was able to start it with lots of strips and roll them all together.  This saves a lot of time.
Before I started, I added an extra half length to the outer strip so that all the ends would glue down smoothly.  After that, I added strips to the coil, one at a time, until it was the size I wanted.

Parts of the box

Parts of the box

I had to be a bit more careful with the base to make a neater centre.  The sides of the box are a Ring Coil, 3.5cm (1 ¼”) in diameter to begin.  Three full length strips will increase its size a little.  If your widest strips are not wide enough, pile them on top of each other and finish them with a hand cut strip from a piece of paper.

To keep the lid in place, make a Ring Coil smaller than 3.5cm and keep adding to it until it is a nice snug fit inside the box.  Then glue it to the underside of the lid.  A knob made from two Cup Coils is useful for the top.  Flowers are prettier but be sure to use strong enough coils to stand up to being gripped.  Most of mine are Cup Coils.  Coat all surfaces smoothly and thinly with PVA glue, which dries clear, for protection.  When your box is dry, you may like to spray it with the acryllic spray I have mentioned before.

For more information about Tight Coils of different kinds and their uses, Jane’s ‘Fourth Instruction Book’ is an easy to follow introduction.  There’s a book, ‘Three Dimensional Quilling – Making Characters’, by Jane, which has lots of ideas for using Tight Coils to make model people and animals.

For up to date information about quillers and quilling, it’s really worth joining “The Quilling Guild”.  You can visit  to see more.  When you join, there is a Members’ Blog, where quilling ideas are regularly shared and explained.

Coming up next ……. a Pot Pourri Box!


About Jane Jenkins Quilling

My interests are: Quilling - the art of manipulating paper strips to create pictures, greetings cards, free standing characters, floral displays, etc. Also Calligraphy - the art of fine writing. Decorative Painting/Folk Art - brush stroke work to decorate wooden and metal objects and paint on canvas.
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2 Responses to Making Quilled Boxes

  1. jillsquills says:

    I read your tip on the spray with interest – not the easiest thing to find if you have any tips though!

  2. If you want to know where to buy the acryllic spray, the details are on our post on Dec 2012. The spray lasts well, so we have found that the largish aerosol is not wasted in time. I could arrange a demo at the 2013 Celebration Quilling Guild Anniversary Display in Liverpool, if that would be useful.

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