This post is being share with as part of my partnership with Command Brand
It is official, it is October, so I can totally start sharing Halloween projects! I have always loved Halloween, but the last few years I have not used much orange and black. This year, I am totally feeling the classic colors of Halloween. I have always loved paper medallions but I have never made them. I thought Halloween would be a perfect time to figure them out and share the details with you.
And my favorite thing about this project it is not technically hard, it is just a good old fashioned paper craft that you could even involve kids in.
Here are the materials you will need:
- Decorative 12 x 12 scrapbook paper – you will need 2 sheets for each medallion
- A ruler
- A cutting matte or a surface you don’t mind folding and cutting on
- A scoring tool
- Hole Punch
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Glue stick or adhesive roller
- Optional: decorative tape, stickers, a cutting blade
- Command Brand Decorative Hooks
First, line up your paper on your cutting matte and use your ruler and scoring tool to score your paper every inch. If there is a directional pattern to your paper, be sure to consider what direction you want your paper to go in. For each medallion, score two sheets.
If you are tempted to skip this step and just try to fold it by eye, don’t waste your time. I tried, the scoring makes the fold crisp and it really does need to be evenly spaced to work. See, my impatience can be of value!
Now cut your paper in half – cutting in the opposite direction that you just scored the lines. In other words, you should end up with two equal pieces that will fold over at the shorter width. Do this for both sheets so that you end of with 4 equal pieces.
Optional – add decorative tape on one end of each of the sheets. You can also follow along that same edge with a decorative punch to add more detail.
Then fold each piece in an accordion shape along the scored lines.
Another option is to add the decorative tape on the ends, and then fold along the scored lines.
Then using your ruler and a cutting blade, trim the end on a diagonal, this will create a point for each section.
Once all four pieces are decorated the way you like, use your adhesive to attach each piece to the next.
Keep going until you make a complete circle.
Then push down the center to create the medallion shape.
Use hot glue to connect the center together.
Then, add a decorative sticker or detail at the center. This creates more interest and also hides the glue holding it together.
Punch a hole in the top and thread a piece of ribbon through it. To hang the medallions at differing heights, cut the ribbon in different lengths.
To hang your medallions, use Command Brand decorative clips.
Simply remove the blue liner and attach the tab to the hook. Then remove the black liner and attach the hook to the wall. Be sure to clean the area first with isopropyl alcohol for the best hold. Hold the hook in place for 30 seconds. Wait one hour before handing your medallions.
When I made mine, I used several styles of paper, attached tape on some, not on others. I used the decorative edge punch on some and I cut on the angle on others. For the one with the orange stripes, I created the stripes with the decorative tape. Of course, you could do them all the same, I just really like the mix of patterns – especially for Halloween.
Creating paper medallions is certainly not new but there are endless possibilites. Your paper, tape, punch and sticker choices make it so that there are endless possibilities and a great way to create a personalize project.
I hung mine on our transom window in our entry and I think it does a great job of setting a fun and “ready for Halloween” vibe – which is perfect since our daughter’s birthday is the day before Halloween!
Wishing you a day filled with happy paper crafting and Halloween fun! And as always, thanks for reading!
Disclosure: This post is written as part of partnership with Command Brand. All ideas and opinions are my very own!