Mini paper medallions {hello 2013!}

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We took our decorations down a few days ago which is always a bit sad :-/ so I made a few new decorations to hang up in their place.

Paper medallions have been around for aeons. I remember making them when I was a kid. I’ve seen a few pinned on Pinterest lately so I think they are making a bit of a comeback.

Mini paper medallions

The medallions I made are quite dinky (about 6 – 10cm in diameter). They look really nice hung up in a group…..and they also make fabulous gift toppers.

All you need is A4 paper, scissors, glue and thread so you don’t even need to go to the craft store (not sure whether that is a good or bad thing!). If you fancy making a few then check out the how-to below.

Mini paper medallions

Mini paper medallions

Mini paper medallions

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ A4 Paper
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Needle (for scoring)
+ Thread
+ Double sided tape/glue
+ Printable templates (all files are at the bottom of the post)

HOW TO
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1. Print the template onto A4 paper. You can make four medallions from each sheet of A4 paper. Cut out.

2. Using a needle, prick holes in the template, where marked.

3. Using a needle and ruler score along all straight lines.

4. Fold the piece of paper up (accordion fold).

5. Cut out the diamond shapes.

6. Cut a length of cotton (I cut about an arms length).

7 & 8. Start threading the cotton through all the holes (apart from the first hole and last hole).

9. Stick one end of the paper to the other end. I used double sided tape but you can also use glue (I would wait for the glue to dry before finishing the rest of the steps).

10. Thread the cotton through the last hole.

11. Pull on the ends of the cotton until they are tight and then press down on the medallion to flatten….be careful at this point as the medallion will spring back up if not held in place.

12. Weight the medallion and tie a double knot in the thread. This part is quite tricky as the knot needs to be tight in order for the medallion to stay flat. If you have someone around who can help you then do ask!

You can of course make bigger medallions. Just make sure that the length of the paper is at least eight times longer than the width.

42 thoughts on “Mini paper medallions {hello 2013!}

  1. These are lovely !! I’m planning on making these for my baby room mobile !!!

    You should record a YouTube video with instructions . It would be great to see a live step by step process.

    Once again they are beautiful!!

    1. Hi Ranjeetha,

      I often think of doing videos. I’m a complete wreck in front of a camera though…too much of an introvert!! Maybe one day ^_^

  2. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I bought these dies this past weekend when the store owner showed me a card with one of these flower medallions on it, but I didn’t quite understand the directions. Now I don’t need to try to re-invent the wheel.

  3. I enjoyed your tutorial! I find it very inspiring! I will have to add my own touches by using starched fabrics instead of paper and using other pattern cutouts…. what can I say I’m a quilter and love fabrics, Gift Toppers, Ornaments..all kinds of uses for these…something my kids would also enjoy making.

      1. Thank you. I had wondered why the word template word highlighted, seemingly randomly. I think I was probably looking for a hyperlink somewhere.

  4. These are so cute and so easy to make. Even for children So you can spend some fun crafty hours together on a rainy afternoon.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Petra

  5. thank you so much and it really helped justed wanna ask you if you could show the steps in pics next time as it was quite hard.sorry if i am being rude.;)

    1. Hi Rafia,

      I really try to do step by step images for most of my projects but sometimes I just run out of time. (Minieco is just a part time affair!).

      I will definitely keep your comment in mind though.

      Kate ^_^

  6. Just come across your site. I love paper folding etc so will give these a go. Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity in sharing this with us.

  7. Hi Kate, you mentioned about the usage of cotton in steps 6, 7 & 8. I dont really understand this part as I don’t see any cotton on the final output. Can you inspire me?
    Thank you :)

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