Posts Tagged ‘Kids’

My Heart to Yours – Mother’s Day Quilled Necklace

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Tomorrow I’m going into my daughter’s fourth grade class to teach them how to quill!  I can’t wait!  We timed it perfectly so that the kids can make a pretty pendant for their mom as a Mother’s Day gift!  It’s quick and easy!

They can even pick out their own background!

I used a 1-inch punch (by Fiskars) and my left over scrapbook paper to punch different circles. This is a great way to use up those small scrap pieces!

Here’s how to make it the QUILLED HEART NECKLACE:

1. ) To make the heart, roll two 8-inch (20 cm) strips of RED quilling paper (1/8-inch wide) into teardrops and glue them together.

2.) Glue the circle piece into the pendant (most craft glues will work!).  You can find the pendant on our website, “Round Necklace Pendant“.  They’re super light and the perfect depth for quilling!

3.) Glue the heart inside the pendant.

I’m still debating whether I’ll put the Crystal Coat Glaze on top of their hearts.  I know it’ll look fabulous with the shiny covering, but there won’t be enough class time to let them dry. :(

But…we’ll frame the necklace inside a tri-fold card with a circle cutout. Then they can decorate and write a special message inside!  Too cute!  I can see this being a nice Valentine’s Day gift too!

Wishing all the moms out there a wonderful weekend!

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Drivers wanted!

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

My summer has been go-go-go!!!  I haven’t found much time to just sit in front of my computer or craft desk…which I miss!  Sorry for the long break between blog posts.  I really miss working on fun & creative projects for all of you!

Here is where I’ve been almost all summer…

…in a (hot) car driving kids to camps, Vacation Bible School, swim lessons, soccer, karate, library, friend’s houses or traveling somewhere far away to visit family.  But, it has been a good summer!  When the kids are busy, then the summer flies by!

So here’s a fun little project to keep your kids busy!


- Bright white quilling paper, 1/8-inch wide

- Black quilling paper, 1/8-inch wide

- Leaf Green, Blue, Yellow and/or Red quilling paper, 1/4-inch wide

- Needle or slotted tool

- craft glue


1.) For a car, use the wider paper or 1/4-inch wide quilling paper.  Roll a 12-inch strip of paper into a rectangle and roll a 6-inch strip of paper into a square.  Glue them together.

2.) For the wheels, use the narrow paper or 1/8-inch wide quilling paper.  Measure and tear a 6-inch BLACK strip of paper and a 3-inch BRIGHT WHITE strip of paper.  Glue the two strips together by placing a small dab of glue at a paper’s end and overlapping the second strip.

Use a straight edge to make sure both strips are straight!

Starting from the BRIGHT WHITE end, roll the 9-inch strip into a tight circle.  Repeat for the other wheels.

3.) Glue the wheels to the side of the car.

Hope you’re having a great summer vacation!  Safe travels!

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Not your typical tie for Dad!

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Are you getting a head start on Father’s day gifts?  Here’s a fast and simple project you can make with the kids.  It’s a “Father’s Day Quilled Tie Sticky Note Pad Holder” (that’s a mouthful!). Dad will love this decorative and functional gift!

Last year I taught this project to a group of second graders. They loved it and dads gave it rave reviews!  At least it’s a different twist on the usual tie-giving occasion!

- 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide – Light blue quilling paper

- Slotted tool

- craft glue

Other Supplies:

- Printed scrapbook card stock: stripe pattern

- Card stock: blue and white

- 3-inch x 3-inch Sticky Note Pad

- Scissors

- Black pen

- Adhesive tabs


1.) Cut out a 7-inch x 3.5-inch (17.5 cm x 8.7 cm) rectangle from printed card stock.  Center two score lines at 3 1/4-inch and 3 3/4-inch to create the fold lines.

2. ) Cut out a 3-inch x 3 inch (7.5 cm x 7.5 cm)  square from blue card stock. Mount the blue square to the folded striped printed card stock with adhesive tabs.

3.) Trace or print out the shirt pattern.  Fold down the collar. Mount the shirt on the blue card stock.

4.) To make the quilled tie, roll a LIGHT BLUE 16-inch (40 cm) strip of paper into a loose circle and pinch it into a marquise.  To make the knot, roll a LIGHT BLUE 4-inch (10 cm) strip of paper into a loose circle and pinch it into a triangle. Glue the pieces to the shirt.

5.) With the black pen, write “#1 Dad”, “Happy Father’s Day!” or your own fun sentiment.

These decorative sticky notepads make great teacher gifts too!!

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Under the Sea…quilling and kids

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The North American Quilling Guild is having their annual conference on April 30 & May 1. If you’re in the area, stop by to see some amazing quilled artwork! There are many talented quillers that attend – my work looks so simple in comparison to some of the elaborate pieces that are displayed. It’s a wonderful conference to see if you want to be inspired!! I’m planning to teach and demo miniature treasure boxes or maybe the little basket.

The conference is in Long Island, New York…by the ocean! Kay Shockley, the co-ordinator of the conference, told me on the phone that they quilled a bunch of sea life using my “Under the Sea” kit as part of the conference decor. I’m excited to see the results!

If you want to see how a child views the “Under the Sea” kit, then enjoy this interpretation by my youngest daughter (7-years old).

She was sick for a whole week in December. So this is what we did together at home to pass the time. The overall size is about 5-inches x 7-inches.

We used 1/4-inch wide quilling paper. The wider width is much easier for kids to roll!  She didn’t want to read my instructions or use my suggested lengths/circle sizes (kids are so smart!). Instead, she just used the front cover picture and eye-balled the size coils she wanted. It turned out great!

“Nemo needs to have his own anemone!”

She scolded me for not putting that in the kit!

Post a comment and let me know what your kids like to quill!

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

At a young age, I scored fairly well on spatial relations, 3D visual learning…or something like that.  I think it meant I had an eye for drawing objects with depth, perspective, and proportion (but please don’t ask me to draw people!). I’m thankful for my art teachers who helped develop and fine-tune these skills! Skills that are perfect for quilling!

In return, I love teaching kids how to quill. With kids, there’s something exciting that happens when they pinch little rolls of paper strips into something wonderful!  They see paper in a whole new light! So if you get an opportunity to teach or show a child how to quill, then take it!

Here’s a quilled lemonade stand that my daughter made when she was 8 years old. Those are cars zooming across the road, not turtles!

She even made a “boom box” off to the left. The two girls are wearing dresses made from a large tight coil.  The technique is similar to the Easter Basket project.

“She’s doing a split because she’s happy to buy some lemonade!”

Gotta love their creativity!

(I’ll be posting some other projects made by kids!)

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