Friday, September 18, 2009

How to make a tray from a sari box

During wedding time we buy many silk saris. We can convert the sari boxes into beautiful trays
Materials needed
Hand made paper
Pins and


Select a good sari box with lid. Tray is made out of the lid. Lid id used to make template to cut handmade paper

Step 2

Cut thermocoal pieces of same height of the lid and attach to the lid all around with fevicol and pins. Fig 2

Step 3

Open the folding of the box slowly and spread. Fig 3

step 4

Use this as a template and cut handmade paper. Keep the template on hand made paper. Keeping a scale on the line of folding and fold paper and the template together and press. Make cuttings as it is in the template.(fig 4)

Step 5

Arrange the handmade paper in the lid fixed with thermocole.( Fig 5)

Step 6

Stick the handmade paper to the lid covered with thermocole adding bits of handmade paper wherever necessary.Cover the bottom portion of the tray with printed paper.
Cover the joints with 3D liners or ribbons. Now decorate according to your taste.
Tray can also be covered with cloth having nice prints. First cover the tray with template and then cover with a cloth. This makes the tray sturdy.
Small chocolate boxes can be covered and used as photo frames to display quilling work

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fabric flowers.

These are a few Japanese fabric flowers done by me.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

One stroke painting

These are a few one stroke paintings that I had done earlier

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Decorated Morada bagina.

In south Indian wedding morada bagina plays an great role. Mora is made out of bamboo.It is also used to clean lentils and cereals.In olden days new born babies were first kept in new mora and then in a cradle.During wedding Mora, filled with 5 types of lentils,rice,jaggery,salt Haldi,kukkum,blouse piece mirror. comb, black beads etc.. given as a gift. it is called"Morada bagina".During Gowri festival also "Morada bagina" is given as a gift.These are a few morada bagina That I have decorated for my nephew's wedding.

Decorated saree boxes.

Recently my nephew got married.I had decorated saree boxes in which we gave sarees for the bride .A few of them are here

Friday, February 6, 2009

My cute chrysanthemums

Fringed flowers are my favorite. I did these flowers using the same technique. One flower has got inward curl and the other two have outward curl

Saturday, January 31, 2009


Spirals are used to decorate a quilling project.Moisten one end of the strip and wind it around a long a knitting needle. Slide the paper off the needle.

double scrolls

Double scrolls are also used as fillers.Many types of double scrolls can be made.I have given a few examples.


Scrolls are used as fillers .They give fullness to a design and they are easy to make. It can be made from “4”paper. Length depends upon the design.Paper should be conditioned by holding the strip between thumb and index fingers and running fingernail along the length of the paper to loosen the fibers and make it easier to shape.

Open coil –Make loose coil, keeping the edges even remove the coil from the quilling tool and allow unwinding.

V scroll –Take strip of quilling paper .Mark the centre lightly with a pencil or with tour finger nail. Coil both the ends of the paper one by one till the center is reached. Pinch the centre of the paper so that Coils face outside the V.

T scroll. Method is same as V scroll. The unwound portion of the strip is made little bit longer and glued together. It is also called Stem scroll.

Heart scroll—Method is same as V scroll, here the centre is pinched so that the coils face each other and they are glued together.

S scroll—one end of paper is coiled till the centre and allowed to unwind. Next the other end of the coil is also wound in the opposite direction and allowed to unwind. Coils should touch each other forming the letter S.

C scroll---Each end of the paper strip is coiled towards the center forming the letter C.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Start with a tear drop, at the round end push inward a short way.


Start with a closed coil Pinch the coil around the centre with a pair of tweezers, then pinch and push each end towards the tweezers to make the six points.


Start with a closed coil and squeeze the sides gently without pinching to flatten slightly into an oval.


Make a diamond shape .Pinch the next two opposite corners at the same time, creating the four corners of the square.


Start by making the teardrop shape but before letting go of the pinched end push it back into the main part of the circle to form an indentation. Sharpen up the two outside points if required but they can be left rounded.


Make a tear drop. Holding the tip press the round portion of it on a flat surface. Two more points of the triangle is formed. Pinch the points well


Pinch the opposite sides of a loose coil simultaneously and at the same time push the middle portion in with the thumbs


Marquise shape is made. After pinching one point is turned to the left and the other is turned to the right

Marquise or Diamond or eye-

This shape is got when opposite sides of loose coil is pinched


-Make teardrop .gently press the pointed end to one side.

Coil shapes --- Teardrop

Loose coils can be shaped in to different shapes by pinching it. By pinching in more than one spot many interesting shapes can be done
Teardrop-Tear drop is formed by pinching it in one place. Pinch the part where the coil is glued. By doing so glued part will not be seen By pinching in more than one spot many interesting shapes can be done

Loose coil

Procedure of making loose coil is same as making tight coil except for the tension
applied on the paper. While starting to roll more tension is applied and later on tension
is eased a little. This makes coil centers small. After reaching the end; the coil is
removed from the tool and allowed to unwind .A drop of glue is applied to the end and
stuck. This is a loose coil. Loose coil forms the basis for other shapes of coils .To get
equal sized loose coils, rolled coils are allowed unwind inside a circle template of same
size. After the coil has relaxed apply glue and secure the loose end.