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.


 

 

36 Comments Leave yours

  1. They are gorgeous! And Happy New Year! Your work continues to inspire :-)

    • Sarah #

      Happy new year
      these are too easy and we want more crafts!!!

  2. Mai #

    So simple yet beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    :)

  3. Julie #

    Just what I/we to chase the doldrums away here.

    • Julie #

      Oops, forgot to type “need” in my comment.

  4. Joan #

    Ooohhhhh!!! I must have a go at these – they’re super. Thanks so much for the templates.

    Love Joan xx

  5. Mimouna #

    Superbe, merci! Tous mes voeux pour cette nouvelle année!!

    • Kate #

      Happy new year to you too Mimouna ^_^

  6. paper worm #

    I HAVE SO MUCH FREE TIME
    SO THIS HELPS ME DO SOMETHING WITH MY TIME

  7. HawaiianLibrarian #

    Mahalo for sharing a very clear tute on the mini medallions!

  8. Ranjeetha #

    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!!

    • Kate #

      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 ^_^

  9. These are so great!!

  10. Wow! Love these!

  11. very cute

  12. So much inspiration, thank you!

  13. Nancy #

    Wow….can’t wait to try these. My grandgirls will love these too. Thanks so much.

  14. 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.

  15. Ana Carolina #

    How pretty, I loooove your work!!

  16. So pretty! pinned for later parties!

  17. j #

    ty

  18. Carre #

    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.

  19. Hannah #

    I have just come accross these and would really like to try them out, but I could not find the template?

    • Kate #

      Hi Hannah…it’s in the ‘how-to’ section above highlighted in yellow ^_^

      • Hannah #

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

  20. dans #

    described the works not bad with the thread

    real shit that the description is so bad

  21. manelle #

    Thankyou. I like paperwork. This will keep me occupied.

  22. Sheepurls #

    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

  23. Verde Menta #

    Genial!! Gracias!!

  24. cozmad #

    template does not work! I do not know what A4 paper is.

    • Kate #

      Hi Cozmad…can you try again? What happens when you click on the link? Kate ^_^

  25. Rafia #

    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.;)

    • Kate #

      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 ^_^

      • Rafia #

        thanks thats most kind of you and have a good day

  26. Rafia #

    used my own tricks :d

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