My kid's quilling — dragonfly

Dragonfly, paper quilling

My children love quilling just like I do, and I keep saying this craft is suitable for kids. Here's just one example. Some time ago my eldest daughter who is 8 years old created this blue dragonfly. She saw me making the flower with curled petals, and wanted to use the same technique for dragonfly's wings. She used the standard 1/8"-wide quilling strips (hand-cut). The dragonfly measures about 2 3/8" (6 cm) in length, 2 1/8" (5.5 cm) wingspan.

Those of you who are going to try quilling with children might like the article Paper quilling for kids: 10 tips I wrote earlier. Links to other examples of quilled insect designs can be found in this round-up post: Insects — quilling designs.

By the way, when I say "my children" that means also two 6-year-olds, including a boy :)


Yasmin said…
So pretty ! Your kids have the quilling genes from you :)
Nandita SS said…
Can't believe that an 8year old did that. It's just beautiful :)
Baukje said…
great as your children have made ​​beautiful dragonfly!
Greetings Baukje
Ann said…
You've taught her well, Inna - wonderful dragonfly!
lulu_ma said…
awesome!can't believe it's from an 8 years old.
Hussena said…
this is so beautiful your daughter is so talented she done a very good job on this dragonfly.
Inna D. said…
Thanks all very much for your kind comments!
Like mother, like daughter.. lovely dragonfly..
Wow, it's a wonderful specimen! I really like those colours too.
Gorgeous, she takes after you, love the wings!
So happy to hear that chidren are getting involved with this art!!!
Hi Inna, just posted about this project on Craft Gossip's Lesson Plan page.
You are so talented at Quilling, and its really inspiring that your children have such an interest too! Here's the link, and feel free to send me links when you come up with another project for kids!
Liza Arie said…
Вот это да, Инночка - да у вас это семейное!!! Не представляю как в таком возрасте можно такую красотищу сделать. Наверно, только имея Такую маму в качестве вдохновения!!!
Какая ажурная стрекоза! Ваша дочь умничка!!)))
Dr Sonia S V said…
Lovely dragon fly!! My kiddo is 5 and loves to try her hand at whatever I do. I once let her even try parchment craft!

Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V
Well, it is very hard to believe, it is done by an eight years old kid. Your daughter is very talented. It is very exquisite work.
Carolyn said…
Wow...amazing it's made by an 8 year old, she is a clever kid!
Anonymous said…
Hi Inna: I'm a therapist who works with children who have experienced some form of abuse/trauma. I find that paper quilling can be very therapeutic for them; one of the things I always stress is that no matter what happens to the paper they "twirl" it's never a mistake because whatever they curl can be used for something.
I really like your idea from an earlier blog that mentioned making a quilling tool with a felt pen and toothpick...I've also found that the tools from Klutz are the right size for small hands. (I prefer them as well!)
I've also found that "googly" eyes are a big hit on any creatures we make!
Inna D. said…
Teresa, thank you very much for the valuable information! You are absolutely right. By the way, Jane Jenkins in her excellent book "Quilling: Techniques and Inspiration" recommends that children use their fingers only. My younger daughter, for instance, doesn't use a quilling tool at all. I think you might want to try this with your patients.
Leanne said…
You are awesome Inna. I love your creations.

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