The majority of my crafts and activities are for children of all ages, but I felt like maybe it was time for a craft that was solely for older children. That is not to say younger children can’t give it a go, but quilling is notoriously tricky and requires a lot of fine motor skills.

I got my first quilling set when I was around 10 years old, and I spent many hours trying things out with it, but as is often the case, I moved on and forgot about it. Fast forward twenty years and I have rediscovered my love for quilling.

So what is quilling?

Well, it is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Do you need specialised equipment to do it? Yes and no. Of course if your child really enjoys doing it then of course it is much easier with the right tools, but saying that you can use ordinary house items. I will add that it is much easier to buy the paper for it rather than having to cut paper into thin strips.


You will need:

  • Paper – quilled paper is readily and cheaply available at Amazon and hobby craft.
  • Toothpicks
  • PVA glue
  • Glitter
  • Thread

How to quill:

Here is a great video about how to quill.

Instead of using the slotted quilling tool, like in the video, you can use the toothpick instead.

The person is using a sizer to make sure that all the circles are the same size, again you don’t really need it, it can be done by eye.

How to make the snowflake


You will need to make 12 circles the same size and 6 smaller circles.


Turn the 12 bigger circles into eye shapes by gentle squeezing the circle between your fingers.

Start gluing 6 of the eye shapes into a star shape. When it has dried add the other eye shapes around the edge, glue them into place and again leave for a minute to dry. Finish the design by adding the smaller circles to the tips of the outer eye shapes.


Finally, using your finger, gentle pat glue onto the top surface of the snowflake and sprinkle glitter on top.

Leave it to dry over night and then add some thread though one of the circles to create a loop, so that you can hang up your snowflake ornament.


Happy Quilling.

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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