On Tuesday I showed you one way of making paper rosettes/medallions, and here is another. I like the first method better, which is why I showed it to you first, but this one will give you fuller rosettes with a diameter of 6 inches instead of 8. It is pretty much the same as this one, so if my instructions aren’t clear enough check those out, as well (it’s also got some pretty inspiration photos).
Paper (12″ by 12″)
Thread or string
Binder clips (optional)
Hole punch (optional)
Gridded cutting mat (optional)
1. Measure and mark your paper into two strips, each 6″ wide by 12″ long. I am using lightweight scrapbooking paper that is 12″ by 12″ and white on the back side. Heavier paper will work, but the heavier it is the more difficult the folding will be.
2. Using your 1-inch grid on the cutting mat as a guide, accordion-fold your strips of paper.
3. Fold the strips in half lengthwise.
4. Cut a 6″ piece of string, or a 12″ piece of doubled thread. Unfold the paper strip that you just folded in half, and spread glue on the inside fold. Place the piece of string in the middle of the fold. Repeat for the other strip, placing the same piece of string across the fold. Press closed and let the glue dry (binder clips are helpful here).
5. After your glue has dried, cut a slit through one folded layer of paper at the center of one of the strips, so you have two flaps. Make sure not to cut the thread! Spread the flaps with glue and slip over the folded edges of the other piece of paper. Repeat with both flaps.
6. Tightly tie the string ends together at the back of the rosette.
7. Punch a hole and add a piece of string to hang it, and you’re done!
As you can see the rosettes made with this method end up a little bit fuller than the other ones, but they’re pretty similar. The other differences are that you only have to pleat two pieces of paper, instead of three, and you don’t need a glue gun. So they might be a little bit faster to make, but they both get the job done!