WATCH: Quill a gift card for mom this Mother's Day

We've put together a video to show you how to make shapes and for a more creative Mother's Day card.
We've put together a video to show you how to make shapes and for a more creative Mother's Day card.
Bashiera Parker

On 13 May families all over South Africa will be celebrating what should honestly be considered one of the most important days of the year: Mother’s Day. And while we certainly can’t get enough of the flowers, chocolates and homemade cards coming our way, our older children might be over the usual fold-over gift card. So dads, why not let them try their hand at quilling?

Quilling is the art of looping, rolling and bending strips of paper to make shapes that, when put together in a particular design, creates a 3D artwork. They can really be as creative as they want to and have fun – these can make the most gorgeous gift cards or photo frames to show their appreciation for mom.

Watch the video below showing you how to make various shapes and put them together in a creative design:


  • Colour cardboard (cut into strips)
  • Stapler
  • Toothpick
  • Glue
  • Thicker cardboard (to stick your artwork on)

Tips and tricks

  • All your strips of colour cardboard are cut at the exact same width. This will ensure an even display. We cut our strips at 2cm – it’s the perfect height!
  • Be sure to stick your shapes on a sturdier card to hold the weight of your design. Remember – the bigger and more intricate your design, the heavier it will be. Eventually a thinner card will start buckling and bending.
  • Use liquid glue that will dry clear. You’ll be using quite a lot of it and it will show on your card.
  • If you’re looking to kick things up a notch, write a little message in your frame or stick a beautiful image of mom with the family. It’s the perfect way to combine creativity with something precious near and dear to her heart.

Give this quilling tutorial a try and send us pictures of your artwork to

For more DIY ideas for Mother's Day also see:

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