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Paper Medallions

What you will make:

Make paper medallions to decorate gift packages. The medallions are a nice alternative to bows and ribbon, and when made from foil, add extra elegance to your present. There are three different medallion designs, each with two sizes. Use each size alone, or make them with contrasting colors and layer the two sizes together. The medallions can also be hung in a window or made into a simple mobile with pipe cleaners and thread.

Bonus patterns: Also included in the project are medallion printables in red and green for Christmas, and jewel-tones and metallic colors for all occasions.

Here's what you need:
  • Cardstock or computer paper
  • Origami squares or gift wrap cut into squares: 4" (10 cm) and 6" (15 cm)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Optional: Pipe cleaners, thread and tape.

This project is rated EASY to do.

How to Make Paper Medallions for Gift Packages

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose a medallion to make. There is one pattern that includes all six medallion templates, and two patterns for green and red medallions that coordinate with Aunt Annie's Christmas Stripe ePaper. For any occasion there are faux metallic and jewel-tone medallion printables—just print, cut and fold. Download and print the pattern. Make templates by printing directly on cardstock, or print on paper and transfer the pattern to lightweight cardboard. Print the colored medallions to plain paper or glossy photo paper.

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's Crafts project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select "Auto-Rotate and Center" or "Choose paper source by PDF page size" to ensure the best fit.

Cut out templates Step 2: Cut Templates

Cut each template on its black outline. Try to cut exactly to keep the points sharp. The larger templates are sized for 6" (15 cm) squares, and the smaller templates for 4" (10 cm) squares.

For the green and red medallions, cut out the medallions, being sure to cut straight and evenly, then go to Step 4.

Step 3: Cut Medallions

Fold your gift wrap or origami square in half, right side out. Align the template on the folded edge. Using a pencil, carefully trace around the template onto the paper. Keeping the paper folded, cut out the medallion. Be sure to cut straight and evenly. Unfold the medallion.

Fold origami square, trace template, cut and unfold
Step 4: Fold Fold medallions point-to-point all around medallion

Keeping the right side out, fold the medallion across in a straight line from point to point, through the center of the medallion. Use a small plastic ruler with a sharp edge over which to fold the medallion. Repeat for each point.

Next, fold the medallion wrong side out from each inward point (or "valley") to inward point, through the center. Repeat these folds all the way around.

Refold the point-to-point folds to make sure that they are crisp and prominent. The medallions should take on a three-dimensional shape after folding.

Step 5: Glue Glue medallions together and to package

To make a double medallion, glue a small medallion on top of a large medallion. Just a few spots of glue on some of the large medallion's peaks should be enough.

To attach the medallion to a gift package, place a little glue on the medallion's underside and gently press it on the package.

Tip: Make the medallion and wrap the gift using the same wrapping paper. Glue the medallion to a contrasting square of wrapping paper.

That's it! You are done!
Green paper medallion on present wrapped in red

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Thanks to...

Thanks to Janet LaFara for creating the original paper medallions project and patterns for Aunt Annie's Craft Page in 1997.

Janet suggested other uses for the medallions: "Hang the medallions in a window or use the medallions for Christmas tree ornaments."

Project Extra

Green and red striped medallions

Tip: Decorate Christmas presents with green- and red-striped medallions. Select either the 12-point or 8-point pattern, then print, cut and fold.

Striped bag decorated with green and red medallion

Tip: The green and red medallions coordinate with the Christmas Stripe ePaper.

Layered paper medallion

Tip: For a nice effect, make a small medallion out of the same wrapping paper used on the package and a harmonizing color for a large medallion. Glue the smaller medallion on top of the larger one.

Standing fan paper medallion

Tip: Make a standing fan-like decoration for your package using a medallion. Cut along two adjacent valley folds to the center, removing one point section. Glue the two cut sides to the package to form a half-moon. For a finished look, use double-side origami paper or glue two squares together, back-to-back.

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