I was looking around the craft store yesterday and came across some small chalkboard ornaments in the unfinished wood section (Craftwood brand made by Darice).
At 2-in x 3-in, these little chalkboards are the perfect size for a gift tag ornament and come complete with a hang cord attached. They are so inexpensive that you could make one for the teacher, room mother, and even the principal, without breaking the bank.
The chalkboard is recessed exactly 1/8-in so the quilling embellishments fit right in. I added an apple and pencil to mine, but there are many cute school embellishments you could add like a school bus, school bell, or old fashioned school house.
I was afraid that actual chalk would wipe off, so I used a white paint pen (Painters paint marker by Elmers) to paint on the numbers and letters.
The back of the chalkboard is nice and smooth making it easy to write the “to” and “from” information — and don’t forget to add the date.
Wouldn’t this be a great craft project to make with the kids?
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, but there is still time to make some fun candy covers. This would be a great quilling project to do together with the kids since you can make your own lollipop covers as simple or elaborate as you wish.
For the youngest ones, you could try a simple “Be My Valentine” sentiment with heart scrolls of various sizes or a quilled heart made from two teardrops. Older children would have fun thinking up their own quilling designs and matching sayings.
To make the lollipop cover, cut a piece of card stock 5-1/2 inches long and 2-1/2 inches wide. Score it at 2-1/2 inches, 2-3/4 inches, and 3 inches and fold accordion style so that the cover can adapt to the thickness of your particular lollipop. Line up the edges and punch two holes for the ribbon.
To assemble the covers: glue your quilling onto the front of the cover; fold it around your lollipop making sure that the lollipop stick is between the two holes; thread a ribbon through the holes and tie into a bow.
If you need a little help getting started, just search for “vintage Valentines” online. I found wonderful inspiration for my Valentine sentiments from Skip to My Lou’s blog post, “Cute Sayings for Valentines Day.”
While looking around the web for St. Patrick’s Day craft inspiration I ran across Pumpkin Petunia’s
free lucky penny template. Jo-Ann, a very crafty mom, created the template for her kids to use as a classroom handout for St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, after seeing the template, I knew that it was the perfect background for a little bit of quilling, so I added the quilled shamrocks. This time I made them with 4″ teardrop coils (using 1/8″ wide paper) that I paired into hearts, just like the ones used for the Upcycled Valentine’s Day Quilling
project. When you glue three hearts together, you have a shamrock. I added a small flat-back gold crystal for a little extra bling.
I must have had the lucky penny handouts still on my mind when I went to bed because I woke up thinking how fun it might be if the children could pretend that they were the king or queen of the leprechauns handing out the pennies. That, of course, meant that they would need a crown — a crown decorated with quilled shamrocks and precious jewels! The one I made, using 3/8″ wide quilling paper with a gold edge, is for your inspiration only. A child would do a much more creative version. Throw in some crayons, markers, and glitter and this crown would truly be fit for royalty.
Quilling Tip: I found references on the web to a National Lucky Penny Day celebrated on May 23rd in Canada and Great Britain. My international readers might like to make a batch of lucky penny cards to give to friends and family at that time. The crown (minus the shamrocks) would be a fun children’s project for anytime of the year.
My youngest daughter would tell you she is craft-challenged when it comes to the actual execution of a project, but she is as crafty as they come and has great ideas. The other day we were discussing Halloween and she suggested that I quill a face for a pumpkin. I’m thinking, “OK, I can quill some yellow triangles for eyes ….,” which didn’t seem too exciting so I put that idea away.
When Jen asked me if I had made the pumpkin yet, I knew I needed to take another look at the possibilities. And then it hit me — I could quill real features for the pumpkin, just like a Mr. Potato Head!
I used a tiny gourd-type pumpkin found at the grocery store. There is no pattern since you would have to adjust the quilling shapes to fit whatever size pumpkin you had, but here is a list of the coils I used:
Eyes: Tight coils starting with black for the pupil, then blue for the iris, and finishing with white. The eyelashes are fringed from a 3/8″ wide strip.
Mouth: Two half-circles on top with one large half circle on the bottom. Glue them together and pinch the sides.
Ears: Two curved teardrops; larger on top, smaller on the bottom.
I accessorized this stylish Miss with jump rings for earrings and a blue bow tied to her stem to match her eyes. I glued the features directly to the pumpkin using Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, but any strong, thick glue should do fine.
This would be a great project to do with children. If you need further inspiration, simply surf the Internet for additional photos of decorated pumpkins. Turn your pumpkin into a scary monster with jagged teeth or a beautiful princess with a crown. You could color your pumpkin first with markers before gluing on the features if you’d like. The possibilities are endless. Just pull out your quilling papers and let your imagination go wild!
Quilling Tip: The idea isn’t just for pumpkins. You can quill faces for all sorts of fruits and vegetables. How about a yellow squash bird or an eggplant clown with a big red nose? This is one time when it is fine if children play with their food.