Quilled Bird Designs

I've been thinking about the zillions of quilled birds that are flying around the internet. Birds are so varied and colorful, it's no wonder many of us like to try our hand at replicating them with paper strips.

Here's a card I made that features a Jacobean fellow, inspired by a crewelwork design. I seem to be on a roll with good luck cards lately.

Quilled Jacobean Bird Card

The textured background was the cover of a museum brochure originally - I wish I had an unlimited supply; love it! After doing a run of marriage certificates and wedding invitations in subtle colors, I enjoyed using such vivid shades of quilling paper.


Same goes for this little parrot. Whimsical and bright, I made him as part of a collection of baby animals to go on a frame for one of our nephews. Now that I'm taking such a close look, I see he kind of looks like he's tip-toeing along the branch, ha!


Wendy Verity of Australia made this adorable abstract owl... sorry the pic is a bit overexposed, but we can make out the clever design just fine. She rolled silver-edged paper with green and purple to give his eyes such a nice shine, and he looks very handsome against the Cuttlebug embossed background.

Quilled owl

If you're new here and would like to see a recap of some other birds I've quilled, visit Donaville Herrick's beautiful new site, Dearest Nature [no longer available], where she kindly featured several of my feathered friends earlier this week.

If you've quilled a bird (or even a flock!) you'd like to share with everyone, I hope you'll post a link in the comments section.
Ann Martin
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  1. Such cute examples Ann, The flamboyant Jacobean bird card looks awesome, I like the clever way you have added the yellow strips to the body of the parrot .The owl again amazes me as to how paper strips when rolled and arranged can spring to life.My recent quilled bird,peacock

  2. Am a fan of your quilled birds..Ann. I love that perfect take you took on each bird.
    I have not done many quilled birds...yet my beginner's touch in my recent post

  3. Ann, I love your 2 quilled birds, especially the way you have quilled the wing and body of the little parrot...oh so cute! I also love Wendy's stylised owl...I did have to pleasure to actually view Wendy's card up close at one of the Sydney quiller's meetings...he has such great eyes!..a clever design!

  4. I love your parrot..It has different touch on its body..Unique I must say..All birds that I have so far in my blog http://syazcards.blogspot.com/search/label/Bird

  5. a beautiful cards pretty colors
    Greetings from Holland Baukje

  6. Love your birds, very colorful and fun. That owl is cute.
    I was thinking the other day about supplies I've used in the past that I wished I would have had more of and got to thinking that maybe I should scan and copy things that way I could sort of reuse things

  7. Love all your birds with the vivid colours. The abstract owl is really eye opening - so much possibilities with quilling, honestly it's only our imagination that is the limit.

  8. These birds are fabulous. Very colourful too. Love the parrot.

  9. I love your little birds.
    Here are my quilled birds:

  10. I love your birds! The colours that you have used are fun, bright and well... stunning!
    I'm into 3D Quilling, and made a couple of little owls which you might like to check out:


    I should make some more fun birds like the ones you have here!

  11. Thanks for sharing your beautiful birds....loved them all!

  12. As always they are absolutely beautiful.
    The links shared by your blog readers are also so much inspiring.
    We are also a fan of quilled birds as you know.
    Here are two of our few bird creations.


    -Amrita and Nimisha
    Team Navanka Creations.

  13. wow such an adorable parrot..i love quilled birds too..here are some of my creations


  14. Hello Ann,
    Brilliant colors,very unique birds.
    I was inspired by your post and made these quilled birds yesterday!!


    please do check this as well

  15. I love the first bird and all his lovely colors. I especially like whatever you used on the edge of the card--is it a yarn of some sort?

  16. Thanks Melissa, yes, a type of yarn... I love the colors in it.


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