Martha’s Medallions

I saw this fun crafting idea on The Martha Stewart Show, Thursday September 25, called Embellished Gift Bags.  I have seen these “medallions” before, but never with little scalloped edges!  

I didn’t have all the tools, so I sub’d a few things.  The only scallop cutter I have is this one from Fiscars, that I have owned for years.  It’s cuts very small scallops.  The Scallop cutter Martha has in her Craft line looks like it would work much better, but make do with what I have, until I add to my arsenal of crafting tools.  (DH is shuttering somewhere.)


This is what I used:

Okay, so following Hannah Milman’s directions, I cut 1 1/4″ wide x 12″ strips with a scallop cutter.  (slight pause here to change blade in Fiscar’s cutter.)

Pull away excess … man this was a well loved blade, time to buy a new one.  It’s a bit of a rough cut.

Okay, next, folding.  Eventually it needs to be folded (scallop width) back & forth, like a fan, but I found what worked for me was to first fold or score along each scallop & then do the back & forth fan shape.  It didn’t get all wonky that way:

And then you have a long narrow piece, which needs to have the ends atttached.  I used Sticky Strip Taped:

Okay, adhere it, into an accordian like bracelet:

And then you have small lampshades:

Push the lampshades flat, into a circle:

Tah-Dah!  How cute is that???

How do they stay flat?  Glue ‘em or use sticky strip on a cut out circle to afix to the middle:

I used a variety of punches & papers:

I also like to marker around the outside of the CS for definition:

And again, TAH-DAH:

So, do this, make smaller ones, attach ‘em to bigger ones, la-di-dah … 

Used:  Stampin’ Up PP:  Holiday Treasures, Chocolate Chip CS, Kiwi Kiss CS, Baja Blue CS, Riding Hood Red CS, Kiwi Kiss Ribbon, Riding Hood Red Ink, Old Olive Marker, Fiscars Cutter, Spot light on Christmas Stamp set, Sticky Tape, Circle Cutters (S.U. & Creative Memories).

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8 Responses to “Martha’s Medallions”

  • Wow, those are fun and beautiful to look at! I’m might just try my hand at it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial on your blog. You rock!

  • Boy — (or should I say “girl”!) — did you NAIL this! I love your version so much better than Martha’s, and you showed me how to use this is a way that goes way beyond award ribbons!

    You were the Tutorial of the Week at Card of the You can see the original post here.

    I did use a picture from your post, with links back to the site and the original post. I hope that is OK. Please feel free to email me if you need me to change anything.

    I also have an “I was featured” on badge for you if you want it :D

    Thanks again for sharing!

  • WOW! totally stunning! love how you did that! it gives the card such a fun texture and unique look – not to mention – gorgeous, beautiful and breathtaking!!!! :)
    best wishes,
    Sankari :)

  • Super cute! I love this idea! I will have to try it very very soon!!!

  • I might try this.
    Thanks for doing a little tutorial, I missed the show, so I would not have known how to do it.

  • Jenn:

    What an amazing tutorial!! Ahh, the queen of tutorials has done it, AGAIN! Let me tell you I am so, so, so proud of you! I’m so glad that you’re blog is taking off and you’re getting the recognition I knew would come to you. You’re so talented and generous with your knowledge of crafting. I am constantly amazed at the projects that you share with us. I can’t explain it. You’ve been so kind to me and treated me like a daughter from the very start of our blogging careers. We started at the same time and I have a feeling are friendship will only grow stronger as we continue our journey! Anyhoot, like I said, I just LOVE it when you’re “featured” because it is so deserved! Love and wet smoochies, jenn

  • Emmy:

    You make this seem so easy! I’m off to try one (or two) right now.

  • Ms.E:

    I want to make these paper medallions as decor for my best friends wedding, but I need to do them larger so that their at least 12″ wide. Any recommendations on the measurements for the paper strips? Your tutorial was awesome. Hope you can help :)

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