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