Category: Paper Crafts
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Whimsical, Holiday, Cute
Cardboard, construction paper, quilling paper, glue, glitter
What was your inspiration?
I love Christmas, and when it's that time of the year, I'm always crafting up a storm, making gifts and decorations, especially ornaments for the tree and "knick knacks" to go on my shelf. This one I started off the top of my head, when I said to myself, "every year we do a gingerbread house, but they never last, what if I tried to make one out of quilling?" Of course, I decided that the base of the house should be made out of cardboard and construction paper, because even if I made the house out of quilled shapes, it wouldn't be too sturdy, so the rectangle shape of the house itself, and it's roof, is all construction paper, and the square flat base the entire scene sits on is cardboard. The rest, is all quilling paper!
What are you most proud of?
I love how the candies came out. I love how they look "in quilled form." The graham cracker sidewalk with the gummy candies and hershey kisses lining it, the sugary sweets all over the roof, and the tootsie rolls siting next to the gummy bear. The candies along the windows and over the front door and back window, I think they all came out great!
And I love the tree lights, if I can find at least one thing each Christmas to drape quilled christmas tree lights on, then I'm happy ;)
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I took extensive notes as I was making everything, so if I want to make another to give as a gift, or make more to sell at a craft show, I can turn back to those notes and either make one exactly like this, or (more probably) just a little bit different so neither one is exactly the same. When I do end up making another, if I make something new for that one, like a new piece of candy or a differently-shaped house, I will add that to my notes for future reference also.