Quilling or Paper Filigree

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This lesson came about because of my desperate need to use up this giant box of donated strips.

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I’ve done several different lessons with several different grade levels over the last few weeks but the box is still half full.

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I showed my students how to wrap the paper into a little roll then let it go or not, then glue it and squash it into different shapes. They used a paintbrush handle to twist the paper onto.

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There are loads of videos and how to’s out there on the internet if you want to do something super fancy. For my 5th grade students, I just had them do flowers.

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We looked at historic and modern day examples. I did this with 5th grade because it was a handicraft from the Colonial period.

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The term quilling comes from how colonists would twist the paper around their quills to make this decorative art.

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