Follow these 5 steps to create colorfully playful paper medallions that look like big flower blooms. It’s a fun and easy way to bring color and texture into a child’s living space. Hang the paper medallions individually or arrange different-sized medallions into a collage. To make medallions:
1. Cut a strip of decorative paper; the wider the strip, the larger a medallion will be. Strips may range from 2-3/4 to 5”W and 20”L.
2. Score the strip every 1/4” to 1/2” inch. Use scissors and punches - decorative or regular - to trim one of the long edges that will become the outside edge of the medallion. To punch up the designs try varying the edges with scallops, points, or a fringe created by holes punched into the edge.
3. Accordion-fold the scored lines. Glue the short ends together, forming a tube. For best results, use fast-drying glue, such as ZipDry. Gently flatten the tube onto your work surface to form the medallion, gluing in the center to keep it from coming undone.
4. Embellish the center of the medallion with paper circles. Use a circle punch, or cut circles with scissors using a drinking glass, cookie cutter, or other round object as a template.
5. Punch a small hole in the top of the medallion. Thread string, ribbon, hemp or fishing line through the hole to hang your work of art. Another option is to collage several medallions together with hot gun glue and balsa wood strips on the backs to connect clusters of several medallions or more.
Have fun! Share pictures of your creations with us when you’re finished.
SOURCE: 2012 Young America Mix Collection Design Guide - available at Young America Signature Shops and Young America retailers nationwide.