Bluebird of Happiness, 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches
Called De-File Your Taxes (clever!), the contest description was accompanied by the upbeat catch phrase Tax Time Doesn't Have to Be a Nightmare. Thus I was prompted to hand cut 1/8-inch strips from a 1040 form and shape them into a filigree bird necklace as my entry.
Not that anyone is ever happy about paying taxes, but hey, if it means we get to live in a democracy and there's a chance that a refund will wing its way to my mailbox, sign me up.
My paper bird pales in comparison to the vivid feathered version, but the form did indeed print out with (light) blue and white stripes, thus its Bluebird moniker. If you would like to make one of your own, here is my Quilled Bird Necklace tutorial.
Update! See the results and listen to a little interview with contest winner Erin Farley about the making of her stylish tax form dress.