Handmade gifts were a norm in my family when I was growing up. With ample time for crafting and little money for spending, it was the best way to give a thoughtful gift to a family member or friend. Now that I am adult I enjoy sometimes being able to shop for gifts for family and loved ones. However, I still very much enjoy making gifts for them as well! Sometimes there is nothing better than being able to make that perfect gift.
My older brother has been a long time fan of the comic strip Dilbert. So a couple years ago when I was sitting down to make gifts for all of my siblings, I had the idea to make Dilbert magnets for him from paper quilling. It took some time and patience (as quilling usually does!) but I came up with these designs that I was very happy with, and he was too!
To make these magnets I wanted the shapes to be as solid as possible. Yet I still had to be able to shape them. Dilbert’s head was probably the most difficult part of this project. I had to let the paper expand just enough so that I could shape it into a rectangle, but still have it mostly solid. It just so happened that there is a tiny gap that looks like a crooked smile haha! Dilbert’s glasses and nose were solid circles and I pressed reeeeaaaaally hard to get them into the right shapes. Same with Dogbert’s glasses, hands, and feet. I was quite pleased with the way Dilbert’s tie came out. I cut out the shape with red paper (I used 3/8″ wide quilling paper) and made it a couple layers thick. Then I used strips of 1/8″ wide black quilling paper to glue on the strips. I bent it the way I wanted it and then put on a couple layers of liquid sealer so that it would stay stiff.
I sealed these magnets with a glossy topcoat like diamond glaze so that they would be nice and sturdy.
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