Quilled World Map

Introduction: Quilled World Map

Paper quilling is an amazing technique. I first got to know about quilling when I was in 9th grade. Since then I have had made many projects for art exhibitions throughout my school years. They all are so fun to work on. This is one of them which I am going to share with you guys.

Quilling art is created by twisting/folding/rolling the paper strips in different shapes and sizes to make beautiful designs etc. In general, it's quite easy and interesting. With a little practice, anyone can do paper quilling flawlessly. :)

In this instructable, I will show you how to make Quilled World Map.


For this instructable, you will need the following materials and tools-

  • Colored Paper strips (3-5mm)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A4 size black Paper (thickness preferable 200+ GSM)
  • Pencil
  • World map stencil or World map reference
  • Slotted tool (optional)
  • Tweezer


Draw the World map with the help of stencil on the paper.
Use a reference to Draw the World map (free-hand) on black A4 size sheet with a pencil. Keep the pressure of pencil lighter.

You can use the grid method too. Here I am using an old atlas book as a reference to draw the map.

Step 2: Quilling Paper Strips

Roll the paper strips in different types of decorative structures, shapes, and designs. Glue the endings so that it can stay stable in its curled/twisted form.

You can try different shapes such as-
Loose scroll
Small/big/loose coiled circles

Here's a Tutorial Video which I found on YT guiding how to make different quilling shapes.

Step 3: Arrange the Quilled Shapes on the Map and Paste It

Arrange the quilled pieces onto the map. Try to make it look more creative with design, place them accordingly.

Pour some glue on cardboard. Glue one side of quilled pieces as shown in the picture.

And then paste it very carefully over the map. Fill the map with different quilled shapes & colored pieces.
Also, don't add too much glue on it.

Step 4: Final Touch and Framing

The quilled world map is almost ready. Add the necessary things. Frame the decorative artwork on the wall.

You can try new designs and patterns too.

Step 5: Additional Steps

  • Gently roll the paper with controlled pressure. Don't apply excessive force.
  • If possible, use fabric glue instead of regular glue.
  • Use tracing paper if you are not well acquainted with drawing free-hand map or stencil.
  • Keep the background (Black Paper) clean as much possible.

Thank you! I hope you like it. :)

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    This is great! So unique and colorful :)