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Quilled Valentines and Cards




Replete with curls, scrolls, coils, folds, and rolls, these ornate quilled valentines are perfect ways to express your love.

Before you start, learn how to make quilled shapes for each of the cards below.

These open hearts begin as single strips of paper; crease them at the center and then roll inward from each end. Glue several to a card, and write candy-heart sentiments beneath them. Or slip one to a secret admirer and let it speak for itself.

Classic valentine messages never go out of style. You can shape individual strips of paper, curling the ends as you would a ribbon, to form letters that resemble calligraphy. Use carefully placed dabs of craft glue to hold each letter in place on a card.

Set your valentine's heart aflutter with an elaborate floral card. Create a trio of fringed flowers, such as daisies or zinnias, and glue them to folded card stock. Use an opaque pen to add a message in your own script. 

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.


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Reviews (9)

  • dellaangel46 10 Feb, 2011

    I clicked on get tutural and I didn't get it. Please send it to me. I really want to learn quilling.

  • RegalAtrocity 7 Feb, 2009

    Wow this is a great idea. The quills look so beautiful. I also REALLY LIKE the 'Enlarge This Photo' option now! Just amazing. It is great to be able to see the pictures. Wonderful!

  • CatzCat 6 Feb, 2009

    Instead of using their Love Inspirations, you could just write I Love You in different languages and affix a quilled heart above each I Love You! Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Je t'aime, Ich liebe Dich, S' ayapo, Ti amo, Szeretlek, etc.

  • meganannm 5 Feb, 2009

    The page with the specific heart card instructions list the sayings in the instructions, try this link to the card:

  • maggiesmom33 7 Feb, 2008

    Some ideas on love inspiration/writing <a href="">prompts</a> are: I knew you were the one when... You make me melt when... I love you being in my life because... Total of 39 prompts are available.

  • heleninparis 5 Feb, 2008

    I cannot read them either and I thank you jenbill21 for helping us out. I wish all the pictures had an ability to "zoom" into so we could see detail. I just thought, we could probably buy a box of the candy valentine hearts and use the messages from them, that would give us plenty of ideas I bet! Happy Valentines to all.

  • jenbill21 24 Jan, 2008

    Very cute!

    I can read some of them: "be good", "you're sweet", "hug me", "you and me", "kiss me", "be true", "my love", "sweet talk"....

  • lizzybean 23 Jan, 2008

    Bunks98 I love it too! Sadly, I can't read it either...can someone please help us out?

  • bunks98 22 Jan, 2008

    I love the card at the top of the page with the multiple hearts. Can anyone help me read the words underneath the hearts? Help me!