Though we love that sunshine in the summer time, it's good to prepare some activities to beat the boredom on those rainy, wet summer days. A great cure for boredom? A new craft!
Have you heard of quilling? Not to be confused with quilting, which is quite different. Quilling is the art of taking small strips of paper and rolling and shaping them to create pictures and designs.
I learned about quilling from my grandmother Evelyn who was quite good at it, and recently I've seen a bit of a resurgence of it as an art form - from artisans a our local farmer's market to beautiful greetings cards with intricate designs. Can it be complicated? Absolutely, but it does't have to be, in fact, you can explore quilling with simple tools from around your house, and then explore more options as you progress. Quilling is also a neat art form for little hands as well.
To get started, you need strips of lightweight paper, glue, and a tool to roll the paper such as a chopstick or even a toothpick. Again this is a great craft because you likely have those items on hand to get started. You can purchase quilling paper strips already cut to size, or you can cut small strips of paper. Don't forget one last thing: patience! Some of the paper can be quite small, and requires some finite handling, however don't let that get in the way of creating your next creation.
If you google quilling patterns and shapes, you can see how a small strip of paper can be rolled and shaped into various shapes like hearts, coils, leaves or even petals. Essentially you take the strip of paper, roll it into a coil and then create your shape. Flowers and other items from nature are a great starting point for your first creation. Once you've made the coil, dab a bit of glue on the loose end to close it off. Once dry, you can then shape it as needed. Even leaving it in a circle works great! Create your shapes and lay them on your paper and create your shapes - once it's laid out, dab some glue on the back and glue in place.
Pictured here I have one of my grandmother's beautiful creations that she left to me. As you can see, she got really creative with her shapes, and the details are incredible - something that surely came after from practice.
If you're ready to graduate to some more serious tools, look for a slotted quilling tool which allows you to insert the end of the paper into the tool and hold it in place as you wind and curl the paper. You can also make this a kid-friendly activity with strips of good ol' construction paper cut into strips for larger designs and to get a feel for the concept.
I always love seeing lost art forms be revived, and now I'm sure you'll be noticing quilling everywhere!
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!