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Quilling Paper Storage Ideas
Quilling paper is available in a dizzying array of colors and sizes. Many quillers end up with more paper than they know what to do with!
Quilled projects require a lot of different colors of quilling paper, which comes in solid colors as well as variegated hues, printed patterns, and metallic colors. Storing quilling paper is a challenge because you need to be able to see the color at a glance while keeping the delicate strips free from damage or dust.
There are a lot of ways to store quilling paper and this post will show you 12 different ways. Hopefully, you find something that will work for you!
12 Quilling Paper Storage Ideas
If you’re a quiller, you know that having your paper organized and easy to access is an important part of the process. It’s so much easier when you don’t have to rummage through a bag or box to find the color you want.
Here are some favorite ways to store quilling paper:
1. Quilling Paper Holder
A used tissue roll has been used to make this holder. This is very easy to do and you can also add paint or washi tape to decorate it.
2. A Folder To Store Quilling Strips
This is another great idea for storing your quilling strips. You can use an old folder to store these strips in.
3. Shoe organizer
A shoe organizer is one of the best ways to store quilling paper. You can hang it in your craft room or closet and you can easily remove individual strips from the pockets when you need them. Keep your stash in a box. Use old shoe boxes, or Pringles canisters to keep your paper stashed away in one place.
4. Martha Stewart Paper Stacking Boxes (or similar)
These boxes are designed for scrapbooking papers but you can use them for quilling too. In fact, if you search online for “paper stacking boxes” you will find similar products in different sizes and styles. Just make sure that you choose one that is deep enough so that the paper doesn’t stick out above the lid when it’s closed. You don’t want to get cardboard dust all over your quilling paper!
5. Fishing tackle box with adjustable compartments
You can find these at pretty much any sporting goods store or fishing store. The removable dividers make them perfect for storing
6. Photo boxes
Purchase photo boxes that have dividers that allow you to separate papers into different colors. You can also use larger photo boxes with no dividers but label each row of papers with their color name so you can find the shade you need at a glance.
7. In a glass jar with a lid
Mason jars are ideal for this purpose, and you can use them to store your strips permanently without having to transfer them to another container when you’re ready to work on your project. Just make sure that the lid seals tightly so moisture doesn’t get into your strips.
8. Plastic containers
The plastic containers with snap lids (like Tupperware) are a great option and very cheap. These can be recycled!
9. A Pencil Case
A pencil case is an inexpensive way to store your quilling paper either in the packets or already cut into strips. You can also buy bigger cases if you have more quilling supplies such as tools and glues that need storing too.
10. Plastic Ziplock Bags
If you prefer to keep your strips in their original packaging, then this might be one of the best ways to store them.
11. Binder with page protectors
You can put your quilling paper in page protectors and then put them in a binder. This is a nice way to store them because it’s easy to organize them into separate sections by color and size. The only downside is that some people don’t like the plastic on paper.
12. The tin can method
This is probably one of my favorite methods for storing paper because it’s so simple! Just take an empty tin can (like an empty coffee can) and use a utility knife or scissors to cut out a rectangular opening on the lid. Then fill it with your paper strips.
In summary, Quilling, the coiling and shaping of narrow paper strips to create a design, has been around for years — hundreds, in fact. During the Renaissance, nuns and monks rolled gold-gilded paper remnants trimmed during the bookmaking process, and used them to decorate religious objects as an alternative to costly gold filigree.
Quilling later became a pastime of 18th and 19th-century young ladies in England who would decorate tea caddies and pieces of furniture with paper filigree. Nowadays quilling is seeing a resurgence in popularity and is practiced by young and old alike.
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