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Paper quilling is the art of cutting paper into thin, long strips, rolling and pinching these strips into different shapes, and then gluing these shapes together to form decorative art.

The exact origins of the art of quilling are a mystery but the popular theory is that it was started by nuns in Ancient Egypt.

Quilling continued as an art form during the Renaissance as well as in 18th century England. French and Italian nuns and monks would use quilling to decorate book covers and religious items during the Renaissance. Back then, the paper used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. Paper quilling is now used to decorate cards, boxes, gift bags, picture frames or even be made into 3D stand-alone art pieces. 

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