Crafting for Christmas?

The crisp winter weather and all the warm, fuzzy feelings I get around Thanksgiving and Christmas tends to also put me in the mood for crafts. I enjoy working with my hands and creating something tangible as a result. With more time spent indoors out of the chilly winds and potentially subzero temperatures, it’s a great time to get comfortable with your your favorite tea or coffee or of course some delicious hot cocoa and learn a new craft as I just did today!

Quilling, or paper filigree, has been around for a long time (Possibly even previous to the 15th century!) and although I wasn’t familiar with this organized art form I have enjoyed playing around with paper since I was a little kid. I often would make flowers out of crepe paper after parties and I would try to make them quite elaborate. Oragami seemed pretty fascinating off and on though I’ve only learned a few pieces. Back to today’s project….

I actually stumbled upon quilling a couple days ago when I was searching for paper angels for our Angel Tree where I work.  At one point I did a search for paper ornaments came across an ornate snowflake done by Reese Dixon. You can view the instructions on her blog by clicking HERE.  I was intrigued by how cool these looked when they were just various forms of rolled up paper! Being somewhat impulsive, I decided I wanted to try my hand at this right away, especially with Christmas so close at hand and how cool would it be to put some new homemade ornaments on my tree?! I headed to Imagine That, our local craft store, where I was happily immersed in all the fascinating odds and ends, bits and pieces and the books that show you how to put them all together and was helped to find everything I needed for my projects.  Another nice thing about quilling, is that it’s relatively inexpensive to get started. I think I spent about $35.00 and for the most part, my only ongoing costs will be paper and glue (and the occasional bottle of glitter).

I followed Reese’s instructions for her snowflake and mine turned out pretty good. I had some odds and ends left over so I played around and made a flower.  Once you get the hang of the basic shapes you can get pretty creative with this art form and there are some really amazing designs out there. If you’re feeling crafty and you’re looking for something a little different you might give this a try. It’s fun, it’s pretty easy and even children can do it and the lower cost makes it a nice choice when you’re on a budget.

If you’d like some more information on quilling, be sure to check out The North American Quilling Guild!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ibumary
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 20:11:20

    I think these are absolutely gorgeous! So very delicate looking. Thanks for sharing.


    • alegnasevarg
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:13:14

      Thank you! I’ll be posting one other pic on here of a couple other snowflakes that I made. I think they turned out better and show how intricate quilling/paper filigree can get! 🙂


  2. Mary
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 17:26:44

    I can’t wait to see them.


  3. alegnasevarg
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 19:27:00

    I’m sorry, I’m having trouble getting the picture transferred from my cell. I may end up waiting until I finish this next snowflake and then taking a picture with my digital camera instead.


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