I Quilled Superman

We’ve dabbled in  origami and tissue paper crafting  but I’ve been intrigued by “Quilling” (kind of the art of twirling paper fancily) ever since I first saw it featured  last April,on the The Outlaw Mom’s Blog as part of her “CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT.”  Series.

So, I bought all the stuff the craft store aisle implied I needed by its mere presence in the “quilling” section and promptly stuffed my own stocking with it.

I Quilled Superman 4

Our son’s birthday party is coming around AGAIN and he wants another Super Hero party.   We love themed parties and we love Super Heroes so we’re looking forward to this one after last year’s!

You can go here to see what it looked like (The Pinnable Post).  And you can go here to read about all of the funny stuff that happened at it  (The Un-Pinnable Post).  🙂

 This year our 4-year old son is the primary Super Hero Instructor at his own personalized Super Hero Training Academy.  That post will be out sometime next month.  🙂

We always try to create our own activities and props which saves a lot of money and also gets the kids excited and invested in their parties in the weeks leading up to the big celebration of their arrivals.

I reasoned that this was as good a time as any to try to learn to quill and make a Super Hero sign for our front door.

So, I sat down last night, read the instructions, messed up a few coils and then completed my very first quilling project!

I Quilled Superman 2

He’s not perfect by a long-shot.

And, I don’t really have any tips or tutorials for you other than it takes a few screw-ups to figure out how to get the coils where you want them at first.

And, there is an art that I have not yet mastered that enables one to emplace glue in a way that doesn’t smudge or crust or ruin the effect.

I didn’t have a template- just an image in my mind of my little boy, wearing his beloved Clark Kent curl and his cape (which is why his initial is on the front of the costume)- so all I can tell you is that I built the  image as I went and then just filled up the empty space between the coils.

No real plan.

See how easy this is?

I only offer this up to you to show you that you can create some pretty cool stuff

if you’re willing to just dive in and screw up a few coils with sticky fingers before making something you love.  

I was “Super” intimidated by the look of quilled art before breaking out the tools- which explains why it took nearly a full month to just open the packaging and read the instructions.

I Quilled Superman 1

Our son is just tickled at this paper rendition of him.

It isn’t pristine at all.  There are definitely some amateurish flaws- but to our little boy, it is just perfect.

And, I am well aware that my lack of a template or clear artistic vision resulted in a bouffant resembling the fuzzy turban of one of Queen Elizabeth’s Palace Guards, or perhaps the image is less Superman and more Napoleon Bonaparte in his jammies….but, I only had two goals when I set out to make this for my little boy:

1)   Learn How To Quill and

2)  Quill a Clark Kent Curl

There is our son at the local kids’ hair salon where he asks for “The Clark Kent” haircut and they totally give it to him.


And here is how I “Quilled” Superman’s curl to match my baby boy’s:

I Quilled Superman 3

There is still a lot of learning to be done when it comes to paper crafting- but I have to say, I think quilling may have just become a new hobby.  (Because I need another one of those).

Just, whatever anyone does, DO NOT buy me crochet needles or sewing machines or woodworking or distressing tools.  🙂




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27 Responses to I Quilled Superman

    • A Writer Weaves A Tale…Yes, it takes patience to do any kind of paper crafting which is why I enjoy it. It forces one to slow down to create. And, I am one that is routinely on the move- Our son is just thrilled by it- and that makes a mommy very happy. 🙂

  1. Hobbies – hmmm…my career? Ha, ha. As if I ever really had one other than drinking beer. I love your quilled Superman and his Clark Kent curl. In my ENTIRE life, I don’t think I could’ve created anything close to that with paper. “Super” cool – good luck with the par-tay!

    • Nami- Really and truly, you totally could do a project like this if it interested you! I think paper crafting is like any hobby- you’ve either got a passion for it- or you could just leave it altogether. It does require patience to get the techniques down and then to do the projects- which is probably what scares folks off- but for me, it is something to do while watching TV with my hubby and it is very relaxing. Wish you guys were closer because you would totally get an invite to the bday party!

    • Thanks, Mia! It took more time to figure out how to do it than it did to do it! haha! But, I’ve hopped onto the learning curve so I think future projects will go more smoothly. 🙂

  2. This is the COOLEST thing you have ever done. (Not really really, but really. You know what I mean and where I’m coming from!) I didn’t read a single word of your post. I’m sure there’s a funny story attached to the AWESOME photos. You rock!!!!! We are planning birthday parties at the same time again this year! (Which we would since I’m pretty sure our children’s birthdays occur at the same time EVERY YEAR). Rock on, Master Quiller!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thank you, Chrissy! I still have to mail stuff to your new address! If I get a second, I may be able to do something for you guys!

  3. I’d say you are a natural born quiller! What a great first attempt and I was so glad to read you think you might have found a new hobby. (I love to quill too.) Even young kids enjoy quilling, so maybe it can be a party craft some year soon. There’s a fantastic Klutz book called Twirled Paper with great designs for kids to try. What a fun blog you have. 🙂

    • Ann- Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my little blog! I have always admired quilling art- and I am so thrilled to finally be able to try projects out myself and to teach my kids how to do it- Just like origami. I hope that when they get older, they remember the times we spent doing these kinds of paper art and they can teach their children. I will look for the book you suggest! Thank you!

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