As well as my passion for birds, I also have one for quilling, and the two are easily combined. Quilling is a paper craft where you make pictures out of rolled lengths of paper.
For example, I made this chickadee for my father’s birthday last month:
The start of a wren I am working on now,
The finished bird, just waiting for the rest of the card,
The completed card,
I first started quilling about three years ago, my mother gave a page a day quilling calendar, which started me on my way. It was lots of fun, and soon I decided I wanted to learn more. The first bird I made was a wren and the next one was a chickadee. I am hoping to make different kinds of birds including bluebirds, goldfinches, cardinals, and more wrens. I will be sure to post any more quilled birds I make!
Since the calendar I first used isn’t available any more, here’s a list of some of my favorite quilling resources:
Quilled Creations: supplies in the U.S. (they ship to Canada, too)
Paper Quilling: supplies in New Brunswick, Canada
My brothers and I like lots of Klutz kits (and my mother likes to buy them for friends’ and cousins’ birthdays), and I was happy to find out they have a quilling kit, which is great for kids, Twirled Paper: Make Almost Anything With Simple Paper Strips by Jacqueline Lee; you can also buy extra packs of more paper.
The Art of Paper Quilling: Designing Handcrafted Gifts and Cards by Claire Sun-ok Choi
The Book of Paper Quilling: Techniques & Projects for Paper Filigree by Malinda Johnston
(this is on sale now at Amazon.com and very good)
I also have another bird-related craft I made last year, perfect for Spring, which I will post about soon!