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Quilling Valentines: Frame Card


Embellish handwritten poems, messages, and family photographs with intricate combinations of quilled shapes. The scroll, the marquise, the tight circle, and the teardrop are all easy to master; quill the shapes first, and then combine them to create borders. Or draw a border design and curl strips of paper to match.

Here, we arranged a series of fleurs-de-lis, each made from three V scrolls of graduated sizes, and one teardrop.

To learn how to make other quilled shapes, use our Quilling How-To.


  • Glue
  • Pattern of your choice
  • Ruler


  1. Step 1

    Create a freehand pattern that incorporates several of the basic shapes in the glossary or purchase a published pattern, many of which are available in clip-art books.

  2. Step 2

    Form and glue individual shapes, using the pattern as a guide.

  3. Step 3

    Use a ruler to draw a rectangle on the card.

  4. Step 4


    Dab points of glue on undersides of quilled shapes and position them, standing on edge, along the pencil line.

  5. Step 5

    Hold in place for 15 seconds to allow glue to set.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2002