How Do I "quill" Flowers?

Decorating By Ladybug78 Updated 7 Apr 2011 , 5:16pm by CakeCrystals

Ladybug78 Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 2:15am
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I am not even sure if "how do I quill flowers" is the best
way to ask the question but I like the look. I need help with the technique. Please help.

18 replies
jobueno Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 1:10pm
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Could you post a pic so we could see what you mean?

jobueno Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 1:13pm
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Could you post a pic so we could see what you mean?

jamiekwebb Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 1:37pm
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I think you just cut the fondant and shape it like you want (on it's side then do more that is smaller and so on and so forth... that probably doesn't help though.

Mug-a-Bug Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 1:45pm
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Here is a picture of quilled flowers. I DID NOT MAKE THIS CAKE, and I'm not sure who did, but it is really neat. I bought a neat little tool from the grocery store (Kroger's). I think it was called a garlic mincer, but it was basically a small pizza cutter with multiple wheels. It cuts perfect pieces for quilling. I recommend using all gumpaste, or at least 50/50; roll it fairly thin, cut your pieces then just twirl 'em up! I lay each strip on it's side and wrap it around a dowel to start, then twirl twirl twirl. I lay each piece on it's side to dry. I haven't made flowers but can't wait to try it.

pupandbon Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 5:12pm
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i did a search to find this garlic thing since i'm dying to try quilling, too. what i found that looks like what mug a bug described is actually called a rolling herb mincer. gotta find me one!!! the one i found while searching is about $25. i'd love to find a bargain...

metria Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 5:24pm
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Mug-a-Bug Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 7:56pm
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I think I only paid $7-8 bucks for mine. I got it at King Soopers (if you happen to have those where you live). I'm sure you could find them anywhere.

mamawrobin Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 3:57am
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Glad to see this thread. I've been searching for information on how to do quilled flowers AND I'm loving the garlic mincer! What a neat tool. I gotta have one!

JenJen28 Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 8:02pm
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I say go to your local craft store and by a how to book on quilling. It's very popular for scrap booking and you might even find some tools to make it the job easier as well. I have found that a lot of the tools for scrap booking like rubber stamps and tool or books for clay modeling work just a well for fondant also.

mamawrobin Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 11:32pm
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I agree. I have several clay tools that I use for fondant. I will be looking for that book on quilling. Thanks.

AKS Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 11:48pm
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Google "quilling" and you should be able to gather the info you need. Basically, it is a paper craft using thin strips of paper rolled up, either by hand or with a tool, into circles. You then manipulate the circle into one of a few basic shapes. You then glue them together to create one large shape. Hope this makes sense. It is really beautiful on a cake.

dalis4joe Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 11:57pm
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I got this one at Target for 2.00 on sale! love it! for borders.... for quilling... trims, etc.

squeaky121603 Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 9:09pm
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are there any tutorials out there on quilling gumpaste? I would love to learn this technique.

mcdonald Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 8:18pm
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I am trying this on a cake this week end...

imagenthatnj Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 8:44pm
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I have a book by a designer from Argentina where she uses individual gradated petal cutters to shape the gumpaste/fondant around them, on the outside.

This kind of cutters:

warchild Posted 1 Apr 2011 , 9:38pm
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Heres some basic instructions for 1 or 2 looped quilled flowers from Wilton. (Keep in mind the more loops added for each petal, the more it will look like real quilling.) Ignore the Wilton leaves though, they just chose cut outs. You'd want to do your leaves the same as the flowers if you want leaves on your cake.

Also a nice clear photo of quilled flowers on a finished cake. By stefanitadio.

CakeCrystals Posted 7 Apr 2011 , 5:16pm
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There are some neat videos on quilling on youtube. Here is one that I viewed:


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