Vintage Fourth of July Wreath

4th of July wreath made with paper medallions and stars

Putting together a vintage inspired wreath was easy.  I had some paper medallions left from the 4th of July mantel and an old grapevine wreath sitting in the basement.  Simply find your glue of choice and go to town! On a side note, this may come across as a lazy post.  But just because I already had the items on hand doesn’t make it lazy… Well it might, but hell, did you see the mess I made already this week?  At least this craft came out lovely. Here are all the tutorials you need: How to Make 5 Pointed Stars … Read more…

Free Paper Rosette Templates

Free printable template. Flat and pointed paper medallions or rosettes.

Check out my first free printable template!  These two templates will allow you to create a 6 inch paper medallion or paper rosette.  On Monday I showed you how to create your own DIY medallion, but if you are making a lot of them or want an easy template to get started with simply print these on the backside of any 8.5 X 11 inch sheet of paper. Click here for the tutorial on how to create paper medallions or rosettes. The first printable template will make a paper rosette with flat edges like the red one on the left … Read more…

How to Make Paper Medallions or Rosettes

Pleated paper medallions, also known as paper rosettes, are easy to make.  The following step by step tutorial will show how I created paper medallions for a Fourth of July inspired mantel decoration.  You only need a few tools (namely scissors, paper, and glue) to create these pretty rosettes.   Supplies Paper Scissors Glue (hot glue recommended) Ruler Thing that you can trace and make a circle Writing implement Step 1: Math & Preparation The first step in creating a paper medallion is deciding what diameter you want.  This particular tutorial creates a rosette that is 6 inches across.  In … Read more…

Paper Stars: How To Make 5 Pointed 3-D

The following tutorial shows how to create a folded paper star that was used in my Fourth of July mantel.  The final star is raised, 3-dimensional, with 5 points. Supplies: Rectangle of Paper (ratio like 8.5 X 11 in but can be smaller or larger)  The small stars in the above 4th of July mantel were a single sheet of 8.5 X 11 inch paper cut in half.  Thick/Cardstock Paper* holds its shape well. Scissors Folding steps: Fold paper in half Take the left hand corner and fold it over to middle of the opposite side (halfway between 1 & … Read more…

Fourth of July Decorations

The 4th of July is right around the corner and I wanted to create some mantel decorations to move into Summer and mark the holiday.  We have had some job/educational changes recently so full blown decorating had to be done on the cheap.  In comes stars and firework paper-craft mantel decorations.  The entire thing was created with 6 sheets of decorative paper (.20 a sheet on sale) and 8 sheets white cardstock (from a giant pack so more around .10 a sheet). $2.00 for the new supplies put this mantel within budget.  I had a few supplies, like super sticky … Read more…