Thursday, 19 April 2012

Ultra Short Paper Quilling Course

Hai, Dolls!
Today I spend some hours to share paper quilling techniques with my dear friend, Mirah. She is my college friend and seriously this girl is dangerously smart, friendly, cheerful and a supportive one. If you all dolls get lucky to know this girl, you must be thinking the same about her. :)

Mirah is about to participate "Indonesia Mengajar" and she wants to share paper quilling skill with the kids there. "Indonesia Mengajar" is a brilliant program that initiating young generation (fresh graduate, less than 25 year old) who has a good academic score to be a teacher for elementary school. The school supposed to be a school that having lack number of teacher and the teacher (in this program called "Pengajar Muda") will be spread through all over Indonesia. This is seriously a good program to share goodness and happiness to the kids since they have only limited resources physically, environmentally and financially. "Pengajar Muda" will be stayed in the location for a year and it will definitely give them a lot of new experience in life. More information about "Indonesia Mengajar" could be accessed in

Well, get back to the previous. Today, Mirah and I are having lunch together and we learn paper quillling after that. I bring her a card I made that covered with flowers in various technique. I meant to show her that there are various technique in paper quilling that everybody can easily learn. So, she choose some techniques that she wants to learn then we make it. It was about five techniques and she was a fast learner. It is only a matter of practice, so I definitely sure that she will be a good paper quilling teacher as long as she practice more. :)

(Mirah with her paper quilling work and a box of colorful paper strips for the kids)
(Mirah showing my handmade card while she was doing her paper quilling work)
(paper quilling we make in various technique, some paper quilling tools, and unsticky glue)
We learn about five techniques today, the basic paper quilling technique (lose-tight quill), beehive technique, rose petal technique, and some other variations. She enjoy a lot and it is good to know that basically she loves paper and ribbon, too. She said that she collects unique wrapping paper since she was in junior high school. This is a really good point because she has other resources already to create beautiful paper quilling works as long as she can combine them.
(stack of colorful paper strips to the kids)
Remind that the location of "Indonesia Mengajar" must be not in any big cities (and Mirah said that the location is quite far from the city) it may hard for them to find any paper to be quilled. Actually, they can quill from any other materials such as unused paper, old newspaper or magazine, or maybe young coconut leaf (even it may be harder), but I am certain that the kids might be happier to quill colorful paper instead. So, I give a little gift for them, a stack of colorful paper strips. I made it last night and I was so happy to combine the colors. I hope it will bring more joy, smile, and happiness for them. I told Mirah that they may use it to make a card for their mom in "Mother's Day" for example of her program. I really hope that the kids will enjoy it and I can not wait to see their beautiful creative works.

Enough for today, I am happy and sad at the same time because Mirah will leave the city in the next four days and I will be able to meet her again next year. I hope she will be happy, stay healthy, and keep on her passion to share goodness for the kids.

I will share more in my next post, Dolls!

Syaifa Tania

Paper Quilling Handmade and Createad by Syaifa Tania and Mirah Mahaswari
Photographed by Syaifa Tania


  1. wow, such a great idea to teach them paper quilling! Good luck for Mirah. Eh, what is Mirah's blog? I really want to read some stories about her experience with the kids there..

    1. Damaaaarrr! wait for my upcoming blog (linked to Indonesia Mengajar web) yaaa! :D hehe..

    2. @ damar: honey, yes she definitely has a great idea to teach the kids paper quilling and I am sure that she is going to be a great teacher, too! :)

      @ mirah: you have to! haha, we will patiently wait for your upcoming blog. I can't wait already to hear some exciting stories about you and the kids there! :D

  2. TANIA!!! you really made my day! One lovely quilling teacher plus a surprise box of paper strips..I couldnt thank more <3
    THANK YOUUU darling..dont forget to drop ur mail address, my future students will definitely send their quilling works one day :)

    1. haha I am highly flattered! :p
      good luck there, dear. I hope they will enjoy paper quilling and you too happy quilling, doll! :)