Quilling Paper Storage

I often get asked how I store my quilling paper. Trust me, it’s not an easy task when it comes to keeping quilling papers organized! I’ve used different methods, but this seems to work fairly well. Plus it looks so pretty when the papers are altogether!

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First, I highly recommend keeping your quilling paper in the package because it’ll keep your papers from creasing or tangling. I like the 17-inch length of our Quilled Creations papers because they stack neatly side-by-side and they fit in those standard storage bins with drawers! (Also, majority of my designs use strips 16-inches or less! The extra inch on the paper lengths allows you to tear off the ends – a good quilling technique!)

Use a binder ring and feed it through the hole in the packaging. You can find these at your local office supply store.

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Use one ring for all of your colors or several rings and group them by like colors.

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Next, use scissors to cut an opening though the bag. CUT ONLY ONE LAYER of the bag. Avoid cutting to the bag’s edge or it might rip completely from the label. If it does happen, then just reinforce the cut ends with tape. You only need a hole big enough to pull one end of the paper out.

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Detach a quilling strip from the inner layer (see photo). Pull a strip out and detach it from the other end. Simple! No kinks, no bends, no tangle! (Technique Tip: Once I have the strip out of the packaging, I immediately tear off the ends or the padding glue that might still be on the paper ends. You want to have a feathered torn end so when the paper’s end is glued to the coil it will look seamless!)

With multi-colored quilling packs, I use zip-lock bags or the 6″ x 9″ bags that our kits are stored in. I try to keep like colors together. It doesn’t always happen, especially when I’m in a rush to take some quilling paper on a trip or for a class. But the bags helps store those loose strips of quilling paper.

Another tip to hold your mixed/multi-colored paper packs (or papers from a quilling kit), is to fan the paper out and use a binder clip at one end of the paper. At the other end, cut or tear off the glued ends so that the strips are all separated. Then when you need a certain color, you just tear if off the binder clip.

Hang all of the papers so that they are within easy reach.

Hope this gives you some ideas for an organized craft/quilling area!!

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4/10/2017 1:57 PM
I store quilling strips in their original packaing in a Clear 12 x 12 IRIS storage container.  I remove label from quilling paper package, insert back of label into package with double sided adhesive tape, insert white cardstock into quilling paper packaging, tape front of label on front of package. I file packages by color, width size or numerically.  Bonus is I can store containers in bookshelves like books or stack them in storage units, under craft table or desk.  Storing them in plastic containers with snap tight lids prevents moisture and/or water damage.
4/10/2017 3:55 PM
Great idea, Karen!
5/10/2017 10:47 AM
Great ideas.
I'd be embarrassed to show you my papers, mostly shoved into baggies.
I will defiantly be trying your hints.
5/10/2017 5:55 PM
I just keep my strips in small stackable storage containers.  They are see through, which helps when selecting brands and colors.  I must admit sometimes It can be a little taxing looking for a particular color.  Neatness  and organization really counts with this craft, cause it does not take long to create a mess.
8/23/2017 7:40 AM
Excellent, yet simple, suggestions, Alli!!
9/24/2017 1:51 PM
Awesome Ideas!
10/9/2017 7:02 PM
I have two small craft storage units with three drawers each. About 3 feet tall each. Unopened packages of size 1/8 inch width and under going into one separated by colors hot/cold/green, lol. The other has larger width paper. I have five bins on the floor with opened paper and shapes. You do not want to see those at all. I tried using baggies for the opened ones but I keep pulling them out to use and end up with a larger mess. I have projects ranging from 3ft. x 5 ft. and 11x14 in. and several 8x10 in. with one or two 5x7 all going on at the same time.I have a stack of finished projects that all need matted and framed. I have finished items, ex. snowflakes, that need mounting. I have three more bins with just my tools and glue.This doesn't count all the cardstock and quilling books I have to hand. All this mess is in my living room as I have no other place to work. I would love for someone to come up with a way to organize this for me. I just gave up.
10/17/2017 10:39 PM
i use small rouse curtain  rods ring the king you have squeezes the ends (mettel) .  then cut a hanger add rings of quilling papers . put 2 small craft  sticks  one on each side then tape. when needs to add  more paper just cut the tape. add to your craft room works perfect.
7/8/2018 4:01 PM
What a great idea
10/24/2018 1:34 PM
Wow! Thanks for this tip. I am going to be getting started in quilling and I hadn't really thought about storage yet. I really like the binder rings and clips ideas. That would make them so easy to hang up on a hook.
11/22/2018 1:56 PM
This idea is brilliant and has completely organized my paper stash. I love seeing all the colors so neatly available and appreciate that the papers no longer become a tangled, crushed mess in ziploc bags. Thank you for sharing this tip.
1/19/2019 2:57 PM
I store my paper strips in empty paper towel tubes. I hot glued them into a honeycomb shape. Not only efficient but pretty!
2/1/2019 9:24 AM
I have to store everything in cat-proof containers. I tried hanging them with the binder clips and while I was grocery shopping my cats managed to eat most of my paper. I now use stacking storage bins, one for blues, greens, reds, pinks, etc.
2/7/2019 8:33 AM
i think this is a wonderful, inexpensive idea for keeping my strips organized and not get damaged.  Easy way to take inventory of the colors that I do have.  Any recommendations on getting my current strips where they will hang properly?   A majority of my paper is 24" long.  I do prefer the shorter strips.  Thanks so much.
2/10/2019 7:16 PM
Currently i have all my papers in a craft paper storage box.  I have the  various fringed packsges in tp tubes to keep organized and untangled.  My new packages are still closed in the packets.  I am going to buy a package of smoothie straws. I saw a posted picture that someone used straws to separate each individual color.  I like that idea to make my mess of papers more manageable. Plus i only need what I am working with.  It will be easy to taske when working on a project somewhere else or if i am in the hospital.
7/11/2019 9:10 AM
I love this idea. I have mine in storage containers. While that works, it also does not store them flat and they get  wrinkled etc. While they are still usable, it is much nicer if they don't get wrinkled in the first place. Thank you for sharing it!
8/7/2019 9:30 AM
I store my paper strips by color in tennis ball boxes. These boxes are themselves in a very simple cardboard box
8/23/2019 3:59 PM
I found that using orthodontic rubber bands work well.
I separate the colors and use 3 bands per set of strips, 2 on
each end and one in the middle.  Then lay them flat in
kitchen utensil drawer inserts.
1/16/2020 1:03 PM
Hey!  What a simple, yet absolutely brilliant idea!  As soon as I somehow unravel my tangly mare's nest of strips, I will give your idea a whack.  Or will whenever I next purchase more strips.  In bags.  With tags.

Thanks very much for sharing such a do-able, simple, and great idea!
9/6/2021 12:37 PM
Love this idea and so glad I saw it when I started quilling again last year. So simple and definitely keeps my paper strips organized.
4/16/2022 7:37 AM
I use photo storage containers. Store paper corner to corner, half bow as you  originally get them with a slight bow back to corner like a poor figure 8. No kinking, stay dry, easy transport, containers are clear and easy useability - just remove the individual containers you want to work with.
.  If I am on the go and want to take my tools and paper,  I just remove the individual color cases that I am not using and just pack my tools on those areas. The case has a handle and snaps close. I found mine in the local hobby store for half the price. Here is an example to look at:
novelinks Transparent 4" x 6" Photo Cases and Clear Craft Keeper with Handle - 16 Inner Cases Plastic Storage Container Box (Multi-Colored) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C8C2FXX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_EJTGVR59Z3CGC17581A4
11/28/2022 3:46 PM
I use hangers and clips.  I use the hangers designed for pants.  They have 4-5 bars on them that also detach and swing open.  I buy tiny clips that are attached to a hoop on Amazon, very inexpensive.  I clip the top of the paper tag and hang the hoop over the arms of the hangers.  I also use tiny pliers to close the hoop over the bars or they tend to fall off easily when sorting through them.  I use both sides of the hanger.  Arm 1, 3 and 5 on the front side and 2 and 4 on the other.  

I put 1mm on 1 hanger, 1.5 on another, etc.  The colors are sorted white to black.   When I need a color, I just unsnap the package and return it when finished.  The hangers all hang on a heavy rod by size 1mm-10mm, then metallics, quillography, etc.

I also carefully clip an opening to get the strips.  I use tiny scissors to make a slot at the top of the bag, in the back of the package only as QC explained above.

I really hope this isn’t confusing!!  It’s hard to explain without posting a photo!

1/13/2024 9:36 AM
I store my strips in clear over the door shoe racks by color family (and keep in packaging). I have an index card in front with details about length, width, and brand. While using the paper, I keep the packaging tacked to a bulletin board over my desk. I loved reading the tips here and also ideas of the commenters. Thanks for the post!