DIY Quilled Flower Locket Tutorial

This is the first of a three part quilled jewelry series for your own personal use that I mentioned in the All Things Paper occasional newsletter last month... am finally making good on my promise!

Perhaps you're on the lookout for handcrafted gift ideas that are something a bit different and don't involve a huge time investment or costly supplies. The projects in this series? Yes, on all counts.

First up, a crimped flower to decorate a necklace pendant... it's a good starter project if you've never quilled before.

Quilled flower locket tutorial

Use any type of pendant blank to display your flower - they come in all shapes and sizes. When scouting the aisles at Michaels recently, this set of lockets caught my eye. Although the pair is inexpensive (just $3.99), the quality is surprisingly nice and the non-adhesive, yet clingy type of plastic wrap had kept each one perfectly scratch-free. The diameter of the large locket is 1.25 inches and the small one is 1 inch; each holds two photos. (I realize this sounds like a sponsored infomercial, but it is not - I just like 'em.)




Quilling paper - watermelon pink, green, black or silver-edged black, 1/8 inch standard width strips OR cut your own light to medium weight paper using a craft knife, metal-edged ruler, and cutting mat
Quilling tool - slotted tool or needle tool OR substitute a stiff wire or even a muffin tester
Glue - I like Scotch Clear Glue for quilling and Crafter's Pick: The Ultimate or Aleene's Tacky Glue to adhere quilling to a slick surface
Crimper - mine is made by Fiskars and is much larger than needed. Quilling supply sites sell small ones
Tweezers -
I like this kind with a precision tip
Paper piercing tool or cocktail stick -
to apply glue
T-pin or glass head pin -
to shape flower center
Non-stick surface -
use as glue palette and work board. An acrylic sheet, waxed paper, or Styrofoam tray are fine too; I usually use a jar lid
Damp cloth -
to keep fingers glue-free and to dampen fingertips when rolling quilling paper on a needle tool
Jewelry pliers -
2, mine are flat nose
Jump ring -
Locket -
Necklace chain -
Metallic silver gel pen -

Additional quilling and paper craft supplies can be found in my Amazon shop.



1. Crimp a 10-12 inch strip of pink quilling paper. If you use the Fiskar's crimper, gently squeeze the handle while turning the knob or you'll wind up with confetti. I know this to be true. :)

2. Insert one end of the crimped strip into the quilling tool slot and roll the strip by turning the tool with one hand and guiding the paper with the other. (Using a needle tool? Rotate the strip, not the tool.) Roll strip all the way to the end using a light touch as you want the strip to retain much of the crimping. Allow strip to relax and slip it off the tool. Glue the end in place. This is called a loose coil. Tip: if your strip has a torn end rather than a sharp cut, the paper will adhere more smoothly when glued.

3. Roll a 2.5 inch strip of silver-edged black paper as the flower center (or use plain black quilling paper as shown here and color the top of the dome with a metallic silver gel pen). Glue torn end in place before slipping coil off the tool. This is called a tight coil.


Shape the coil top by pressing a T-pin or a glass head pin against one flat side.


Apply a small amount of glue inside the dome to preserve shape.

4. Apply a bit of glue to the domed tight coil's outer surface and place it on the work board, dome up. Position the crimped coil over the dome... you now have a flower with a center.

Nearly done, just the leaves to go!


5. Make a pair of shaped marquises. First leaf: roll a 3 inch green strip, allow the coil to relax and slip it off the tool. (I used a needle tool for the leaves, but the slotted tool would be fine to use instead. I like that needle tool coils don't have the center crimp that the slotted tool produces.)


Compress this loose coil gently.

Then sharply pinch two opposite points.


Glue and trim end. Hold the ends of the marquise between thumbs and index fingers and curve them gently, one end up and one end down to create a leafy shape.

Make the second leaf with a 4 inch strip.

Quilled flower locket tutorial
6. Apply a bit of glue to one leaf. Adhere the other leaf to the first one and then glue the pair to the side of the flower. Allow glue to dry for a few minutes.

7. Apply a thin coat of glue to the back of the flower with a fingertip or cocktail stick. Using tweezers, center the flower on the locket. It's best to not wiggle it into position as this will leave a snail trail of glue. Set locket aside to dry overnight... this is pretty important!


8. The following day: twist open the jump ring with pliers and slip it through the fixed locket ring. Close jump ring and thread onto necklace chain. It's ready to wear or give away; perhaps to a little girl on your holiday list.

Quilled flower locket tutorial

Next week I'll show how to make another type of design on the larger locket pendant.

Two things:

I think the Crafts 'n things blog (edit: sadly no longer) is one of the internet's best kept crafty secrets... they have a dozen copies of three new craft books to give away, including All Things Paper, but only a couple of entries so far. Let's surprise them with a ton of traffic!

For the card and paper flower makers among us, All Free Papercrafts asked me to announce their brand new free eBook. It's a very nicely assembled collection of paper crafting projects gathered from around the web. You just might pick up some new techniques.

September 2017: You'll find many new quilled jewelry designs in my how-to book, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry.

Ann Martin
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  1. Lovely...Thanks for the pointers :)

  2. Wow! It's so pretty! Thank you for sharing & showing, Ann!

  3. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing how you made it!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  4. I learnt quilling from your tutorials . Your tutorials are so good and very useful for all quillers.

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    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can get one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a great project idea!

  6. Aack! Your work is always so pretty...thank you for the tutorial!!

  7. Aw thanks Kim, and you're welcome!

  8. I'm new to paper crafting. What happens if the rose pendant gets wet? (This could easily happen with a child especially.). Is the pendant ruined? Is there any way to protect a quilled artwork from being destroyed? Thanks for the lesson. Elizabeth

    1. Hi Elizabeth, right you are, paper doesn't like getting wet. You can spray or brush the front of the pendant with an acrylic fixative to help protect it. Krylon makes some, also Liqui-tex. I generally don't do this as it can make the center of a coil swell, but if you practice, you might be able to apply a light enough coating so the end result is fine. Avoid glossy fixatives as they make paper look more like plastic.


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