Tag Archive 'Quilling with Kids'

Nov 21 2012

Quilled Chalkboard Ornament for Teacher

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).

chalkboard ornament with quilling embellishments

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. 

chalkboard ornament supplies
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?



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Feb 07 2012

Quilled Valentine Lollipop Covers

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. 

quilled Valentine Lollipop Covers

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. 

lollipop cover template 

lollipop cover side view

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.”  


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May 31 2011

Quilled Bookmark

Published by under Quilling Pattern

quilled_bookmark     This quilled bookmark is a good project for children because it is quick and easy to do.  And since the quilling is glued onto a wooden base, it becomes very durable, even for little ones who may not be as gentle with the paper coils as adults would be.

     The materials used are very inexpensive, making it an ideal group project.  The cross shown in this post would be a good choice for a Sunday school class or vacation Bible school.  You could easily change the wooden base, however, to appeal to any group — perhaps a wooden heart with a quilled heart on top, or a round disk with a quilled flower for girls or a bug for boys.

quilled_bookmark2     For each bookmark, you will need:  a small wooden shape, paint or scrapbook paper, a jump ring, assorted beads, cording, glue, and quilling paper of your choice.

     To make the bookmark pendant, drill a small hole in the wooden shape for the jump ring.  Paint the wooden piece or glue scrapbook paper scraps to the front and back.  Insert the jump ring.  Glue the quilling design of your choice to the top of the wooden shape.

     To assemble the bookmark, thread one end of the cord through the beads, then through the pendant’s jump ring, and back through the beads.  Secure the cord by wrapping it around back around itself and tying a knot.  Tie a knot at the other end of the cord to finish the bookmark.

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Jun 06 2010

Quilled Puzzle Piece Magnet

quilled-cherries-puzzle-magnetI really appreciate all of the feedback I receive from my newsletter subscribers and blog readers.   One request that I hear quite often is for more quilling projects made from recycled materials, which is great because I enjoy creating them!
Several weeks ago, I stopped by a local thrift store and found a handmade cookbook from 1971.  You know the kind — the recipes were all typed with a real typewriter then the pages were mimeographed and bound with a metal prong file clip into a book for the club members.  It was awesome and all for only $0.50.  What a bargain.
Along with the retro cookbook, I have had an old children’s puzzle in my supply stash for quite awhile (ever since the all important “last piece” went missing).   When I looked in my inspiration bin and saw the cookbook and puzzle pieces, I knew I had the ingredients to cook up this week’s project — a quilled kitchen magnet.
Since your materials will differ (we are trying to use what we have, remember), I offer these general instructions as a guide for making your own Quilled Puzzle Piece Magnet.
You will need
Chipboard puzzle piece
Background paper (scrapbook paper, old wallpaper, etc.)
Recipe (from old book, newspaper, magazine, etc.)
Quilling paper, 1/8″ wide
Basic quilling tools (discussed earlier)
Spray adhesive
Sandpaper or emery board
Permanent fine-line marker, black
Distress ink (I used Tim Holtz’s Tea Dye)
Cotton swab
Spray acrylic sealer (optional)
General instructions
  1. Turn your puzzle piece so that the plain chipboard side is facing up (this will be the front of your magnet) and place it onto your background paper (right side of paper facing up), trace around the puzzle piece and cut out.  Spray the front of the puzzle piece and the back side of the cut-out background paper with spray adhesive and adhere the two together. 
  2. Tear the recipe to fit the puzzle piece and glue in place.  Clean up the edges of the puzzle piece by sanding them with the sand paper or emery board.
  3. Dab the cotton swab on the ink pad and highlight the edges of the puzzle piece and torn edges of the recipe.  Using the permanent marker, make stitch marks around the edges of the puzzle piece. 
  4. You are now ready to add the quilling.  Here is where you can get creative matching the quilling to your chosen recipe.  Since the one I selected was “Cherries in the Snow,” I added ripe red cherries with green leaves.  This design would also work well with a cherry pie or tart recipe. 
  5. Spray the puzzle piece with an acrylic sealer (optional), glue a magnet to the back, and you’re done.
Quilling Tip
If you want THE gift for a special holiday that is sure to touch the recipient’s heart, make a copy of a handwritten recipe from a cherished family member and use it on the magnet, matching your quilling to the recipe.  If your family is anything like mine, be ready for a big hug and have an extra tissue handy.

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Mar 06 2010

St. Patrick’s Day Quilling with Kids

Published by under Quilling with Kids

lucky-penny-quilled-shamrocksWhile 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.
kings-crown-with-quillingI 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. 

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Oct 23 2009

Halloween Mommy & Me Quilling Class

Published by under Quilled Card,Quilling News

We had a fun time quilling at the recent Mommy & Me quilling class.  It was the first time I had taught a class with children, but they did great, as you can see!
I will be teaching a beginner Christmas quilling class on Thursday, November 5th, from 6:00-8:30pm at the Marietta Community School, the continuing education division of Marietta City Schools.  Check out the MCS online course catalog for complete registration information.  There are still spaces available, so if you would like to get a head start on your Christmas decorating or gift-giving projects, please sign up and join us.

Newsletter Teaser

The second issue of my newsletter is almost ready.  You’ll receive a free quilling pattern — this time for a popular late summer flower — along with complete instructions for turning it into a sunny card.  You’ll also learn of a wonderful charity that will welcome all of the cards you can quill.  So, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, do it now.  You won’t want to miss it!

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Oct 18 2009

Quilling with Kids — Ms. Pumpkin Head

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. 
quilling-pumpkin-headWhen 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.
  • Nose:  Teardrop
  • 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.
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