I just spent a month volunteering in Brazil at IPBio Research Centre in Iporanga. I was volunteering as a research assistant and they gave us many exciting projects to work on! One of the projects they had us working on, particularly when it was a rainy day, was making these crafts out of old petri dishes. One of the things the centre studies is bioluminescent mushrooms, and so they had the idea to create mushrooms from quilling art in the old petri dishes. These would then be hung up along the windows as a display, as well as to act as an extra deterrent to help prevent birds from flying into the windows. Below you can see the video of creating the quilling project as well as some of the amazing birds that could be seen in the area!

More info: ipbio.org.br

Quilling With Birds! Decoration to Prevent Window Crashes

Trace petri dish, design pattern, line up paper strip and cut to size

Green Headed Tanager

Dip paper strip into glue, line up petri dish, place strip over pattern

Violet-capped Woodnymph

Cut out all pieces, bend to create the appropriate shapes, glue down


Roll up strips of paper of different sizes

Blond-crested Woodpecker

Tear-drop shapes are created by pinching one side of the roll

Saw-billed Hummingbird

Tightly pack the rolls into the outline to complete your design!