Tuesday, January 22

Paper magic: quill-dolls and earrings

My friend Pooja had the time of her life this week. The high-schooler and her friends made a 100 per cent profit at their school event, by selling things they made - trinkets and snacks!

Reminds me of the time we scampered at school and college, organising exhibitions and fests. Pooja made paper-quill earrings and dolls that I am drooling over. Wanna know why? Here they are:

Notice the delicate rolling of pink and black in this doll with cute hair curling in the ends. Notice the lovely flower too. Kudos Pooja.

This one, is of a woman in saree. Pooja made these dolls, and 40 pairs of earrings over 20 days, spending about three hours a day on the project.

She spent on quilling strips available at local stores in Bangalore, each pack costing Rs 40 to Rs 50.

``I used a glue bottle, quilling tool, earring hooks,'' says Pooja, suggesting one can use bedazzle stones for ``some bling''.

``It takes about 20 minutes to make a pair which is simple. Intricate patterns take more time. I used earring hooks too,'' Pooja adds in.

I am zapped. Firstly, I never knew paper-quill packets including tools were available for a price. I thought it was all about rolling paper over a skewer or toothpick!

Back in school, I remember making necklaces using paper beads that we made using this method.

Secondly, to spend so much time on a project of this sort needs patience. She made a 100 per cent profit along with her friends! Inspiring Pooja!

Here is a picture of her earrings that sold out during the school event:


 Look at the colour choice! My favourite is the fourth pair in the second row from the top of the picture (the picture at the bottom that is).

Am itching to do something with newsprint and recycle paper. Thanks Pooja.

Go ahead folks! Try something with paper that is lying around at home!

Pics Courtesy: Pooja Komarath
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  1. Its a huge hobby back in India. I know one friend who takes classes here in Midwest US. Kudos to Pooja and awesome job done.
    Love Ash.

  2. Very nice, love simplicity, the shiny is nice. rattling jewellery plan. Seems like they'd be fairly inexpensive to make, think two teenage grand daughters would love these. Next time I'm in craft store I'll be looking out for the supplies. Great post
    . Glad you had a good break, you deserve it. Sometimes other things like your family, friends deserve to come first before your blog.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Sanam. Thank you for your patience too, with my blog posts. Hope you like the fresh design.