Quilling Bird

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on Quilling Birds, how to make birds out of quilling, or curled paper. Last Thursday, my mother hosted the June meeting of her women’s group at our house (I am a member as well, the youngest one!). First we had the the meeting, and after that the usual draw for a prize given by the host.  Afterwards, I taught everyone the basics of quilling.

Because the craft for the meeting was quilling, I thought a nice quarter draw/host prize would be something quilling related. So several days before the meeting, I started to make a quilled chickadee, similar to the one I made for my father’s birthday.  I got the idea from The Book of Paper Quilling: Techniques & Projects for Paper Filigree by Malinda Johnston. I had a lot of fun making it, and the woman who won it was very happy to receive it,


I am updating this to add, in case you want to do something similar, that I used a frame that was a little thicker/deeper to make room for the quilling, and also took the glass out.

Quilling Birds

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!