Paper Quilled Starry Night

Starry Starry Night is one of my favorites by Vincent Van Gogh.  I love the colors, and I love the movement and it seemed like a great piece of art to represent through the art of paper quilling.  For this completed project, I ended up using over 10,000 strips of paper!

paper quilled starry night van gogh

ufo unfinished projects challengeThis is my completed UFO for the month of June.  What?  Yep, I know it’s July.  I’m behind as usual.  But at least I finished something!

I’m the queen of UFO’s (Unfinished Objects), and this year I have challenged myself to complete one UFO per month for the entire year.  So for the month of June, I chose to finish my Quilled Starry Night picture.

For this project I used:

Quilling Tools
Assorted colors of cardstock
Paper Cutter
36″ x 24″ Navy Blue thick cardstock
Tacky Glue
White Colored Pencil

beginners quilling tool set

If you have never tried paper quilling before, I recommend this Beginners Quilling Tool Set.  Lots of great instructions and a bit of paper for practice too!  Paper quilling is a lot easier to do than it looks, and as you will see, it can be used for much more than just scrapbooking and card making.

paper quilled starry night

I started with a large sheet of thick cardstock in dark blue as the background.  The sheet is about 36″ x 24″.  (I tend to work big).  And that is most likely one of the reasons I have so many UFO’s!  I used a white colored pencil to draw in the basic lines, based on the original painting of Starry Starry Night.

I then began by cutting 1/4″ strips of paper in the colors that I wanted to work with.

paper crafts quilled butterfly headband

paper crafts quilled butterfly headband

I cut the strips in batches, based on what colors I wanted to use in what section.

fiskars portable paper cutter

I got a whole lot of use out of my Fiskars Portable Paper Cutter.  It was a major time saver on this project!

paper quilled starry night

The picture consists of thousands and thousands of quilled pieces of paper, glued down on their sides.  Like painting with paper.  Yes, this is a big project.  I probably have about 60 hours into it.

paper quilled starry night

I used basic quilling techniques, quilled circles, oval, and curves.  If you are interested in learning some of the basics, be sure to check out my Beginner Quilling Tutorial!

All quilled pieces were glued together with tacky glue, and then glued down on their sides to the large cardstock backing.

photography challenge circles paper quilling

I really enjoyed creating this project and plan on recreating a few other major artworks in the future.  So there are more UFO’s in the horizon!

paper quilled starry night van gogh

(This particular piece of art has been sold to a wonderful lady somewhere in Texas)

starry night ukrainian egg

Starry Starry Night has influenced me in other forms of art too, such as my Starry Night Ukrainian Egg!       

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  • Marsha C. Fears May 16, 2017, 7:28 pm

    Wow! That is just some piece unique art right there. May I ask how you came up with this ?? 🙂 😀

  • Pam June 2, 2016, 12:32 am

    Wow!!! That is absolutely amazing!!

  • Janice Wald April 19, 2015, 11:12 pm

    Thank you for coming to last week’s Inspire Me Monday Linky party. I’m Janice one of your hostesses.

  • Ashley April 17, 2015, 12:23 am

    Hi there! Visiting again from Craft Frenzy Friday. This is BEAUTIFUL work! Amazing! Thanks for sharing it again!

  • Heidi April 16, 2015, 9:41 pm

    That is absolutely gorgeous, Suzy! Fantastic job. Pinned.

  • Lisa/Syncopated Mama April 15, 2015, 8:26 am

    This is SO cool! I’m going to share it all over the place, right now!

  • the cape on the corner April 14, 2015, 2:55 pm

    i am always so amazed at things like this. wow!

  • Kathleen April 14, 2015, 7:14 am

    Gorgeous! I admire your patience.

  • Erica April 13, 2015, 7:36 pm

    Oh my goodness this is GORGEOUS! Vincent would be proud 🙂

  • David R May 8, 2014, 10:18 pm

    Would you sell this or make one? I’ll be a buyer! Let me know!

    Love it! And my favorite art piece, thank you for sharing your work

    • Susan Myers May 12, 2014, 8:34 pm

      Hi David,

      The original Quilled Starry Night sold about a year and a half ago to a woman in Texas. Thank you so much for your kind words! It is my favorite art piece too!


  • MPaula April 16, 2014, 12:40 am

    A labour of love. Quilling seems well suited to impressionism.

  • Anne S April 17, 2013, 6:32 pm

    This is just an awesome picture! I also love Van Gogh’s Starry Night and admire you for the time and effort this must have taken. It looks great!

    • Susan Myers April 24, 2013, 10:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Anne! It was a lot of work, but I just fell in love with the process! I plan on doing another master’s work soon.

  • cty March 15, 2013, 1:32 am

    WOW! And I thought my 2,000 piece puzzle of Starry Night was impressive; it is nothing compared to this. If there I could own any piece of art I desired it would be Starry Night. I want to do this quilling even though I never quilled before. Question: Did you place the long “unquilled pieces in first & then “fill in” with tightly quilled pieces. (sorry if my terminology is wrong). Also it seems you did this quite a while ago– but please reply.

    • Susan Myers March 15, 2013, 2:49 pm

      Hi Charlene!

      Thank you for your kind words! In answer to your question, I worked on it a small section at a time. And yes, I put in unquilled pieces first and worked around them. The project was completed in July of 2011, and sold about 8 months ago to a nice lady in Texas.

      I currently have another project of similar nature in the works. I just need about two extra days each week to fit all my projects in! 🙂

  • Sherry Merryman September 28, 2012, 8:14 pm

    Great pic. I’ve been wanting to do something on my livingroom wall on large scale but I rent. Want a large branch that I can attach birds, butterflies, bird houses, leaves to it and change it for the seasons and holidays. How did you attach Starry Nights to your wall? I was thinking of making the outline of a branch with small nails and wrapping yarn around them for the outline and crisscrossing the yarn to fill it in. Then adding the decorations to the nails or the yarn. Does this sound doable? You have terrific ideas. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Sherry

  • Jennifer July 17, 2012, 10:23 pm

    Wow, that is gorgeous! Amazing and brilliant, too!

  • Lizzie April 27, 2012, 1:54 pm

    Suzy, you bring back wonderful memories for me. I’m a Born Artist, going at it for 69 years. That’s right. July 21, 1943. I’ve prob worked with every medium God and man made and I continue to try new ones as I’m still teaching art.
    Back in the 70s I created some quilled artwork to decorate our home and I recently found some of my old artwork in my wonderful ole’ Mom’s attic. I designed a 12×16 vertical pic of Indian Summer corn and placed it in a shadow box. You inspired me – think I’ll hang it in my home/studio. Maybe I can even figure out how to send you a pic of it.
    Ain’t life fun and grand? Much love to you girlie, many blessings, and lots of smiles……. God loves us all, don’t He 🙂 Ms Lizzie

  • Myths March 30, 2012, 3:47 am

    Wow ! This is just wow ! The BIGGEST and complicated quilling piece I have seen. Wow !

  • CelticRose March 14, 2012, 12:17 am

    Amazing! I tried quilling back in the ’80’s, but never saw anything that made me want to keep doing it. Maybe if I’d seen something like this…

  • Christing February 22, 2012, 1:51 pm

    I stumbled on your site more or less at random and saw this amazing project. I’m overwhelmed! This is one of my favorite images, and you’ve made it even more beautiful and filled it with even more movement. Fantastic.

  • Jennifer February 21, 2012, 2:03 pm

    I love it! I has inspired me to create my own as a backdrop in my weddding. One question though, how do you hand this, it being so big? I never quilled before so does it get secured to your background cardstock? I’m worried about the weight when trying to hang it. What do you think?

  • SusanDreams September 26, 2011, 3:43 pm

    have spent most of the morning reading through your blog of tutorials =) everything is wonderful! Thanks for sharing so many great and thrifty ideas!

  • Elaine Shandra September 19, 2011, 1:44 pm

    How amazing! For a creative arts project, I made my first quilt using Starry Night.

  • Penny A September 3, 2011, 2:12 am

    WOW — This is simply stunning! I found your blog today (09/02) via

    Beautiful work — I look forward to tooling around to see what else you have been up to 😉

  • Marissa August 28, 2011, 8:59 pm

    This is the most awesome-st project i have seen. It is simply mind blowing. Im completely amazed. You have inspired me to take up quilling.

  • Ramya August 27, 2011, 5:29 am

    Oh my God!! This is just mind blowing to say the least!! Great job…. quilling at its best Susan!

  • kimberlyo66 August 25, 2011, 1:19 am

    Wow! That is so, so pretty. Amazing job Susan.

  • Danee August 11, 2011, 2:42 pm

    Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow….. you are very quill-anted. I've never been all that impressed with quilling but you certainly elevated it to another level. The faux iron, the faux china, the butterfly, this….. I"m impressed.

  • susy August 8, 2011, 3:03 am

    lavoro stupendo.

  • Becca August 7, 2011, 12:43 am

    I love this! It is amazing and must have taken hours. I also have a Michaels' wood UFO that sat for a couple of months, which I finished this morning. I think it will show up on my blog next Friday or so. Busy crafting bee today! 🙂 Anyway just had to let you know this is GORGEOUS.

  • Katherine Tyrrell August 6, 2011, 12:52 pm

    See comments on for how your visuals have travelled rather further than you might be aware.

    Amazing work BTW! 🙂

  • Christelle August 6, 2011, 6:22 am

    It's breathtaking! Your talent and dedication are inspiring.

  • nidhi August 4, 2011, 11:38 pm

    that's simply stunning!

  • HeartFelt 4 Kids August 4, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Really beautiful!!

  • Natalie West Winningham August 4, 2011, 9:32 pm

    When I saw the words "Quilled" and "Starry Night," I thought: OF COURSE! Clever and so creative (and patient). Beautiful work!

  • Chacha Nation August 4, 2011, 9:16 pm

    Amazing!!! This is truly talent!! It is inspiring me to get my quilling tools out and start again!!! Thank you!

  • Sugar Art By Tami August 4, 2011, 9:14 pm

    O my word, that is so beautiful! Van Gogh would be flattered!

  • Daneilia @ Anchors Away August 4, 2011, 3:58 pm

    This is just Amazing! This is my fave piece from Van Gogh and you made it so uniquely…gorgeous.

  • Tiff August 4, 2011, 3:55 pm

    WOW! that had to take weeks to make. It's beautiful!

  • Allie August 4, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Whoa. I just saw this featured on House of Hepworths. This is crazy awesome. Incredible. Great job.

  • Allison @ House of Hepworths August 4, 2011, 5:20 am

    You've been featured!

    Check out your feature at my weekly Hookin Up with HoH Link Party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  • Jess August 3, 2011, 8:27 pm

    This is beyond beautiful! Van Gogh's work lends itself beautifully to that technique!

  • Tracey Lipman August 3, 2011, 6:11 pm

    I saw this post when you first put it up and was blown away. This piece is amazing. Thought I'd share with you that you ended up on the British Daily Telegraph website on pictures of the day.
    Hope the link works so you can see it. Its a pity they didn't link to your blog. They mentioned your name and you got two pictures! Way to go gal.

  • Rachel August 2, 2011, 9:26 pm

    Super amazing! Such an inspiration for a complete novice quiller! Looking forward to seeing your next project! x

  • gordy August 2, 2011, 5:42 pm

    Sooooo amazing! You are Qilling van Gogh 😉 Beautiful!

  • Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy August 2, 2011, 4:10 am

    Holy freaking AMAZING! I can't get over it. I'm featuring this tonight on Topsy Turvy Tuesday's! Thanks for linking up yet again! Just AMAZING!

  • Andrea August 2, 2011, 1:42 am

    Amazing!! Really, I absolutely LOVE it! Is it for sale? If so, how much? Seriously, I love it!

  • Inna (Crafts, Kids, Quilling) July 31, 2011, 6:41 am

    Wow! Your Quilled Starry Night just amazing!

  • Lindsey July 30, 2011, 3:26 pm

    Saw this posted somewhere else–it looks so cool! Great job!

  • Jeannie July 30, 2011, 2:40 pm

    Wow, I had one of those klutz craft books when I was a kid about 'paper rolling' I had no idea it was called quilling! This work is INCREDIBLE and is like you said, perfect to render into a quilling masterpiece! Honestly I'm so impressed, I remember as a child being amazed at my mom making a peacock out of quilling, but this is on a whole other level. I might have to try quilling for my next art assignment, you've just inspired me!

    Oh btw, I saw this on the Daily What! 😀

  • {nifty thrifty things} July 30, 2011, 1:21 pm

    Wow! This really looks amazing!!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! 🙂

  • Molly Smith July 30, 2011, 3:25 am

    Wow, this is gorgeous and so much detail involved. Thanks for sharing! I'd like to link this to my blog on Aug 1. Stunning detail.

  • Snuggly Monkey mama July 29, 2011, 8:09 pm

    This is beyond amazing! I've just added it to my pinterest board – LOVE IT!

  • Davi July 29, 2011, 3:27 am

    Wow saw this on Make it Monday had to come see what it was! AMAZING creation…Ive never seen someone use quilling like this it is Wonderful!!

  • Claudia July 29, 2011, 3:07 am

    This is one of my favorite works. You are truly talented!

  • Nicole@Thrifty Decorating July 28, 2011, 10:43 pm

    Thanks for linking, Suzy! 🙂

  • aquariann July 28, 2011, 7:02 pm

    Wow! *stare*

  • Michelle@Somedaycrafts July 28, 2011, 6:20 am

    Amazing. I featured this at

  • Catherine July 28, 2011, 4:57 am

    Ok, usually I don't use too many acronyms beyond lol but OMFG!!! You are nuts lady! But an awesomely incredibly well done job. I am in awe!

  • Lesley Paige July 27, 2011, 8:32 pm

    This is so awesome! You have some incredible skills (and patience)! Thanks for sharing!


  • Jenna July 27, 2011, 3:48 pm

    Oh.My.Gosh. This is FANTASTIC! I love quilling, but have yet to tackle a major project like this. I'm in awe of your mad skillz and patience. Wow, just WOW!


  • Sandy July 27, 2011, 2:05 pm

    Wow, fantastic example of quilling, a wondrous creation, love the colours. I saw it on Make It Monday and came for a closer look,

  • Ann July 27, 2011, 1:37 pm

    You are one dedicated quiller, Suzy – well done!

  • Jamie July 27, 2011, 10:42 am

    This is absolutely stunning and amazing!

  • Fot July 27, 2011, 6:42 am

    WOW, This must have taken you forever, I love the quiling! holy moley im speachless. Thank-you for sharing your creative talent with us.~ADORABLE my friend ,I'm peeking in from the " Make It Monday" blog 🙂
    scrappingmamma ~

  • Mel the Crafty Scientist July 27, 2011, 2:09 am

    This is absolutely unbelievably amazing! I seriously cannot believe you made this… and without some magical machine or crew of elves… just wow!!! It's truly gorgeous! : )

  • Mindie Hilton July 26, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Featuring this on Friday, thanks for linking up at Bacon Time.

  • SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime July 26, 2011, 9:33 pm

    I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party 🙂

  • Mary J July 26, 2011, 8:11 pm

    Wowee! You must be one very patient person! Amazing work!

    Thx for linking it up to the Make it Monday party!

    Mary J x

  • Rochelle @Home Sweet Homebodies July 26, 2011, 7:20 pm

    Oh. My. Wow! That is amazing! Way to go.

  • anne July 26, 2011, 6:24 pm

    OMG… This is amazing.. I saw the a small pic on Make It Monday, thinking it looked like 'starry night' and had to come see the bigger picture.. and wow. I am glad I did. You must have a lot of patience to make such a pic with the paper quilling technique.. thanks for sharing it..

  • Cherished Bliss July 26, 2011, 5:19 pm

    Wow! This is beautiful! Thanks for linking up this week!

  • Sam July 26, 2011, 11:41 am

    That is amazing and so beautiful!

  • Jaimee July 26, 2011, 1:37 am

    This is absolutely STUNNING! I have a framed print of Starry Night. It's one of my favorites, too. I LOVE your creative version! Makes me want to quill up some famous paintings, too : ) GOOD WORK! I'm sharing this on my crafty facebook page.
    Jaimee @

  • shopannies July 26, 2011, 1:20 am

    love that quilt very fanciful

  • Christine July 26, 2011, 12:05 am

    Wow, you were so brave to even begin that project! It turned out beautifully.

  • Jill July 25, 2011, 11:26 pm

    Oh my goodness Suzy that picture is just incredible! Well done for finishing it! I'm gobsmacked! So much detail, so much time – and unbelievable result!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • creativejewishmom/sara July 25, 2011, 8:37 pm

    You are just something else! who would have thought, well you, that's right! amazing piece and so glad you finished it in order to share with the rest of us whose jaws are dropping open wide! and thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling sunday!

  • mamapez5 July 25, 2011, 7:57 pm

    That's an amazing piece of work. You must be so pleased with it. The colours are superb and you certainly have captured the movement. It's just great, and who cares if it is a month late. It's your project and you took your time to get it how you want it. Beautiful.
    I like the idea of UFOs. You might see me over at the Flicker pool sometime soon. Kate x

  • Carmella July 25, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing with Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop, I am co-hosting this week and I am so happy I found you there!
    This project just blows my mind…so pretty!

  • Dr Sonia S V July 25, 2011, 6:05 pm

    Dropped in seeing your card on Make it Monday. It is simply amazing!

    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V

  • Lisa Jane July 25, 2011, 5:49 pm

    oh wow this is absolutely stunning – a real work of art and must have taken so much patience ..
    Just amazing
    Thanks for joining us at Make it Monday this week
    Lisa x

  • acreativeneed July 25, 2011, 5:46 pm

    WOW!! I saw this on Make it Monday and was really intrigued! I came in for a closer look and I'm blown away! This is fabulous art!

  • the cape on the corner July 25, 2011, 5:18 pm

    that is amazing. absolutely amazing! coming over from the answer is chocolate's feature!

  • Dana July 25, 2011, 5:08 pm

    Hi – I saw your project on Make it Monday and all I can say is WOW! Your quilling is totally incredible!

  • Just Jaime July 25, 2011, 5:07 pm


  • Eemeli July 25, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Crazy! That would take me ages to make 🙂 Saw this on Make It Monday and had to come and check it out. Totally love it (and blue is my fav color so this really rocks ^^)
    Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

  • Birgit July 25, 2011, 3:38 pm

    OK-Amazing!!! I love this Van Gogh painting as well and you really captured it. Even if you work on big areas you love fine details and the patience needed to construct this is clearly evident as well as your joy you get out of creating such beautiful work. Impressive!

  • Jenn Erickson July 25, 2011, 3:12 pm

    Suzy, I am positively floored by your Starry Night — Phenomenal!!

  • Shirley-anne July 25, 2011, 2:14 pm

    I can only say DITTO….
    Wonderful project to share on Make it Monday .

  • The Answer Is Chocolate July 25, 2011, 2:13 pm

    I just had to feature this as part of my Open House Wrap Up today!

  • Michelle July 25, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Hi Suzy

    Oh WOW!! This is absolutely amazing!! You are so creative and talented. This must have taken ages to complete.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  • JHill July 25, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Yeah, this is AMAZING! I am seriously wowwed. Featuring you on the Mad in Crafts facebook page. Thanks so much for linking up!

  • Connie July 25, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Wow! That is wonderful! I've never seen quilling with that much detail, great work.

  • Renata July 24, 2011, 9:06 pm

    Wow, the quilling is amazing. I think it's fair that you took more than a month to complete that one. I keep telling myself that I need to finish more projects before I start new ones, but I can't resist especially when I come across blogs like yours 🙂
    But one UFO a month seems doable. (BTW, I think the UFO abbreviation is so perfect, lol!)

  • Ethnic Girl Fun July 24, 2011, 6:40 pm

    This is so pretty!

  • Brooke July 24, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Wow. My jaw is dropping! That's an amazing piece of artwork!

  • Mindie Hilton July 24, 2011, 2:29 pm

    This is amazing, don't know if you linked it yet to Bacon Time but if you do, will feature for sure. You are so tallented. Having two little boys at home, not sure if I could complete something so cool. Wow again, beautiful.

  • SUGANTHI July 24, 2011, 6:05 am

    This looks so amazing.

  • Staci July 24, 2011, 12:58 am

    That's awesome!

  • Good Girl Gone Green July 23, 2011, 10:59 pm

    You made that? I can't believe that! That is amazing….you have some talent!

  • Maggie July 23, 2011, 9:52 pm

    I'm beyond speechless on how you recreated this famous work using quilling.
    I commend you on using all those pieces of paper to create a work of love.
    I'm inviting you to add this to our linking party at
    Have a great weekend,

  • Joni Nickrent July 23, 2011, 3:25 pm

    WOW! Absolutely Amazing! You are a artsy, craftsy, sitcom ROCK STAR!

  • The Answer Is Chocolate July 23, 2011, 3:02 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh!! You are AMAZING! I adore Starry Night but Van Gogh himself would have to agree this beats the original!

  • dollystar July 23, 2011, 11:19 am

    Incrivelmente maravilhoso e diferente de tudo quanto já vi…é preciso muita determinação e paciência para alcançar esse resultado

  • Mαρία July 23, 2011, 7:39 am

    It's fantastic!

  • Jill July 22, 2011, 11:48 pm

    Wow! That's amazing!!! Beautiful work.

  • Saraccino July 22, 2011, 10:04 pm

    Awesome and beautiful! 🙂

  • Maja July 22, 2011, 8:54 pm

    wooooooooooooooowwwww… I am speechless 🙂

  • Lynda July 22, 2011, 7:06 pm

    OMG!!!!!! I can't wait to see that up close. wowee wow wow wow!!!!!!!!

  • Delaney July 22, 2011, 6:43 pm

    This is way cool!

  • RhettDidntGiveADamn July 22, 2011, 6:35 pm

    Oh, I'm blown away! Nice work.

  • CREATIVE MIND July 22, 2011, 6:03 pm

    Lovely..So much fun with paper it 🙂

  • Jane July 22, 2011, 4:01 pm

    This is absolutely mindblowing, Suzy!! You have commendable patience!

  • Michelle@Somedaycrafts July 22, 2011, 3:24 pm

    Pure amazement! I like yours better than the real thing.

  • Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers July 22, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Better late then never, especially with this piece! It's gorgeous!!! You did an amazing job.

  • Kathy of KZ Embroidery July 22, 2011, 2:00 pm

    My favorite picture done in my favorite craft! WOW!!

  • Whimsy-ma-blog July 22, 2011, 1:16 pm

    ok, so I say this every time you post, but wow! That is so great! I love it!

    And how did I miss your May UFO? It's adorable! My craft room is busting at the seams with UFO's. I really need to complete some too!

  • Corey July 22, 2011, 1:14 pm

    Your quilling is absolutely incredible

  • Ειρηνη Σ July 22, 2011, 12:53 pm


  • Lynne July 22, 2011, 12:52 pm

    When we saw this partially done, I knew it would be incredible – but holy cow!! I think that may be one of the best things you've done! It came out absolutely perfect!!

  • Deborah March July 22, 2011, 12:43 pm

    WOW!!! Jaw droppingly GORGEOUS!!!

  • chillin with Quillin July 22, 2011, 12:20 pm

    Wow,love it, alot of work put into it!!!!

  • Katy Cameron July 22, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Oh wow, that is stunning! So glad you finished it and shared :o)

  • " me " July 22, 2011, 11:45 am

    I am really impressed by that !!!! So beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Laina @ Vibrant Serenity July 22, 2011, 11:06 am

    That is amazing! I am swooning over it!