It’s no secret that lots of crafters are supply hoarders.
Quilling paper artists are no different!
There is always the newest tool or another pack of paper strips to buy.
It is easy to get overwhelmed!
But a newcomer to quilling doesn’t really need many supplies at all!
Today, I’m sharing the essential toolkit for quilling beginners so all newcomers can get started now!
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Obviously, there is no quilling without paper!
Quilling paper is a little difficult to find in stores, but it is available by the tons online.
Every color and shade, multiple lengths, thick and thin. You can find it all.
Many experienced quillers prefer cutting their own strips, but for now, buy a bunch of packs of paper and just start quilling!
Yes, you can make due with a wooden dowel or a toothpick, but for under $10, you can pick up a needle tool and a slotted tool.
Grab them both and see which you like better.
If you need some tips on which tool to use, check out this post on the difference between the two tools.
Glue is another supply that all quillers have a personal preference about.
I mostly use regular, old extra-strength white glue.
It dries quickly but is still moveable for a few moments.
There is really no need to get fancy with your glue!
Needle-nosed glue bottle
A glue bottle with a small nozzle is another item you can pick up for a couple dollars that will make your quilling much more efficient.
Fill it up once every few weeks, and you’ll be able to glue your shapes and strips quickly and easily.
If you tend to make a mess with your glue, this one is for you!
Now, I went without using needle-nosed tweezers for a few years, but when I finally got some… I was amazed at how handy they are!
I use them constantly to pick up small coils, to work in tight spaces, or to hold strips in place while they dry.
They are super handy.
Cutting mat with measurements
I can’t recommend a cutting mat enough!
I keep one on my workspace at all times, so I can quickly lay a strip down and tear off exactly what I need.
No more hunting for a ruler when I’m trying to keep all my strips the same length.
The mat is in front of me all the time!
At this point in my quilling journey, I have quite a collection of corkboards to work on.
Corkboards are really useful to build your quilling masterpieces on and to pin pieces together while they dry.
And I think for the beginner, a really handy tool is a board with a coil template on the back.
Once you get the basics of quilling down, you can start gathering more fun supplies, like quilling combs, fingers and molds.
Are there any other basic quilling tools that you really love? Leave a comment below!