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Paper Medallion Decorations

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart


Some projects, such as note cards or gift wrap, are created to serve a particular purpose while others are made mainly to delight the eye. These charming punched-paper medallions fall into the latter category -- use them to brighten a door, wall, or window or string a few together for a garland or mobile. The layered collage effect is a terrific way to highlight favorite special papers (or use up scraps destined for the recycling bin). These were developed using the Circle-Edge Punch by crafter Ebony Bizys of the blog Hello Sandwich. Ebony has lots of experience with Martha Stewart Crafts products -- in fact, she often promotes the products at hobby shows in Japan, where she lives (view photos of her work here), and she also has won a Gift Wrap Challenge on our Crafts Department blog. See more crafts using the Circle Edge Punch.


  • Metallic papers

  • Illustrated papers or origami paper

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick or glue tape

  • Brass grommets

  • Metallic cord

  • Assorted beads, crystals


  1. Start with a punched circle as your base, and embellish as desired. You may decide to leave the base as is (see large gold and small pink medallions) or back it with another piece of paper (see medium medallion backed with fringed metallic gold paper). The cutouts along the edge frame whatever you choose to feature in the circle center. Note: Some metallic papers may be too thin to punch cleanly; you might need to adhere them to a more substantial backing prior to punching.

  2. Create the medallion center. Measure the area within your punched circle, then cut a circle of printed paper to fit within; you might also wish to back the printed paper with another slightly larger circle and cut fringed edges. Adhere the medallion center to the punched circle. If desired, cut out additional silhouettes from illustrated papers (Ebony embellished with a bird and various flowers) and collage them overlapping the center circle of the medallion.

  3. Create a hanging loop. Ebony used a length of metallic cord for each hanging loop, and attached it to the top of the medallion with a brass grommet.

  4. Create an anchor for the medallion base. Beads or small crystals or stones thread on cord add a little extra weight beneath a medallion to keep it from flapping in the breeze. Ebony strung tiny wood beads in different colors on a piece of metallic cord and embellished the cord with small heart-shaped crystals; she then attached it to the base of each medallion with another brass grommet. Finish the anchor with a handmade tassel (learn how to make a tassel).

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