Quilled Paper Art – Sun Project

Quilled Paper Art – Sun Project

Difficulty: Moderate

Paper Quilling is using rolled up pieces of paper to make art. It 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! Modified lesson plan, originally developed by: Amy U. Brown, Art Teacher K-5, Hemenway Elementary School

Products Used:

Other Tools and Materials Needed:

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

Lesson Plan Ideas

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify types of paper quilled forms, and create one using the strategies demonstrated.

Common Core Standards for Grades 4-6

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.


Project Steps:

  1. Step 1:

    Teacher uses PowerPoint lesson to show examples of paper quilling techniques and styles, as well as go over the history of paper quilling. (Download high res PDF of Basic Quilling Shapes image above.)

    Step 1



  2. Step 2:

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

  3. Step 3:

    Students start with a 9″ x 9″ piece of Turquoise, Tru-Ray® Construction Paper backing.

  4. Step 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.

    Step 4


  5. Step 5:

    Students begin rolling paper in sets of six. Students should experiment with different types of coils.

    Step 5


  6. Step 6:

    Using rotational symmetry, students use white school glue to apply their paper coils to their sun design.

    Step 6




1. For loose coils wrap paper strips around a pencil. For tighter coils use just your fingers and start with a smaller center.

2. Toothpicks or small brushes are useful when trying to add glue to the small paper edges of the coils.

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