Paper medallions can add a lot of pizazz to your papercrafts. Here's how to make them! It's easier than it looks, especially if you have a scoring board. I use a Martha Stewart scoring board
. It's small, lightweight, and very affordable. I've made these medallions without the board, and trust me, if you want to make some medallions, a scoring board is the way to go!
1. Cut a strip of paper 12" long, and a little less than half the diameter you wish your medallion to be. The strip I'm using in this tutorial is 1 1/4" wide, and the finished medallion is a little over 2 1/2" in diameter.
2. Place the strip along the top and side guidelines of the scoring board, and using the scoring utensil, score every 1/2" (on the Martha Stewart board, shown here, you would score on each dot.) Your paper is longer than the board, so when you get to the edge of the board in your scoring, simply slide your paper over to the left to continue scoring your strip.
3. Once you have scored every 1/2", flip the paper over and score between each scored area. Now you will have a score line every 1/4". Flipping the paper makes it easier to fold.
4. Finish scoring all the way to the end, and then fold the strip accordion-fashioned.
5. In order to join your medallion correctly, you'll need to cut off one of the ends at the first fold.
6. Put a strip of double stick tape on one end, and bring the other end around (your strip should be in a circle now). Attach firmly.
7. Here's the tricky part: stand the strip up on one edge, and using both your hands, gently press the top edge down to the middle. Take a circle, coat it up well with glue, and place it on the center, holding firmly. I use white glue, and then set the medallion under a stack of books to set.
8. Once it's set, you have a festive medallion.
I used a medallion on a paper theater
I just posted, and here's one on a fall banner I made last year. Aren't they fun?