Quilled Bluebird of Happiness - De-File Your Taxes

I often listen to Studio 360 and was interested to learn via Helen Hiebert's Sunday Paper about a contest the show was sponsoring that invited creatives to make something - anything - from a U.S. 1040 tax form. Entries will be judged in time for Tax Day, April 15 (well, it's the 18th this year, don't panic) by Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace.

Quilled Bluebird of Happiness Necklace
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.

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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.

Quilled Bluebird of Happiness

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.

Tax Bird - Quilled Paper Necklace

And have a gander (ha! birds are on my mind) at the other contest entries right here. People are so creative!

Update! See the results and listen to a little interview with contest winner Erin Farley about the making of her stylish tax form dress.

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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