Quilling Project Done

Anneliese Fox
3 min readMay 4, 2022

When one thing leads to another…

Image of a quilled vase of lavender flowers made by author.
Cute quilled vase of flowers… now where to hang it? photo by author

For some reason, I thought it would be fun to take a class on quilling. Quilling is the art of twirling tiny strips of paper into shapes to make designs. Not sure why I signed up for the class. Might have been because I bought a packet of quilling strips twenty years ago and they were sitting in the drawer. Or, I just wanted to get out of the house for a little while. Anyway, the class was the last Friday in March and it was fun.

As is often the case with a craft workshop, I did not finish the project that night. Came close, got all the component pieces constructed, but did not do the final assembly.

Making the time to sit down and do the final bit took a month. Pretty fast for me, I think. Probably took all of fifteen minutes to glue the pieces into place.

One of the interesting things about taking the class… all tools and materials were supplied. Made things simple, for sure. Maybe the reason I never used those quilling strips sitting in my drawer was that I didn’t have any tools? Doubtful. I could have cobbled up something, had I known what was even required. Now I do. And our generous teacher gave us each a packet of tools to take home and quill.

So now, not only do I have paper for quilling (double since the teacher provided that as well), but I also have a handful of tools. Yay! More stuff to find homes in my craft space.

I repurposed a box, but that wasn’t good enough. The tools came in a plastic zip-lock bag. I didn’t think that was pretty enough. So I designed and 3D printed a little toolbox.

The adorable little toolbox resting on the 3D printer. photo by author

The feature I like best about my toolbox is a recess for storing the tiny little glue bottle. Once the drawers are closed and the bottle installed, the bottle helps to keep the drawers closed. This puppy isn’t being stored on the workbench. It fits into the larger box with the quilling paper, which will reside on a shelf in the closet. I didn’t want the drawers to accidentally slide out while getting out or putting away the quilling collection.

So project done. I’ve completed the quilling exercise and come up with a delightful little box to store the tools. Next time the urge comes upon me to do a little quilling, I’ll be all set.

If you’ve the urge to print one of these for yourself. You can download the files here: https://www.printables.com/model/194127-box-for-quilling-tools



Anneliese Fox

Writer of speculative fiction, programmer, artist in wood and clay, owner of Fox Computer Systems. My almost weekly blog follows what interests me at the moment