Easy Paper Quilling Apple Craft

Paper quilling! Who knew it’s such a fun activity! This fall-themed apple craft is a great beginner project with tons of fine motor practice!

No need for special tools or paper for this project, so it is a great beginner paper quilling craft and great for kids. Just a chopstick to use as a quilling tool and cut up cardstock that I cut on my paper cutter. Add in some glue and that’s really all you need!

You will need:

  • Chopstick, pencil or paintbrush to use as a quilling tool
  • White glue, glue dish (we used a plastic lid) and paintbrush
  • Sissors
  • Cardstock in red, green, yellow, brown, and white


1. First, cut your paper strips out of cardstock. I cut our strips 1/2 inch wide. You can use a paper cutter to make this faster and easier but if you don’t have one then you can always eyeball it and use scissors.

2. Trim your white cardstock if you’d like a smaller canvas.

3. Next, create the outline of your apple, 2 pieces of 8 1/4 inches for reference.  Take a paintbrush and paint the edge of your cardstock with glue, placing it down and shaping it into a half circle. Do the same with the second piece, making sure that the pieces join up like in the picture above.

4. Take a strip of brown paper and fold both ends to meet in the middle, then fold it in half like the picture above. Glue down your apple stem.

5. Take a piece of green paper to create your leaf. Glue the edge and shape it as you glue it down.

6. Take your chopstick, pencil or paintbrush (a chopstick seemed to work the best for us) and wrap a strip of paper around it. From there, kids can create a few different shapes. Try pinching both ends, pinching one end and just leaving it as a coil shape.

7. When you have made your different shapes of quills in red, green and yellow, place them into the apple and play around with the arrangement until you like how it looks.

8. Now it’s time to glue. You can use a paintbrush to apply the glue or just dip the quills into the glue. Continue to glue all of the paper quills down, adding more if needed.

9. Trim your paper down if you like. You can glue to additional piece of colored cardstock to make the piece pop!

Paper quilling can be so relaxing! Let us know if you tried this craft and how you liked it!!!

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