pleated projects week: pleated medallions


This week should be fun … five different projects all using the same folding techniques to create pleats. Each one is inexpensive {yay!}, easy to achieve {double yay!} and can be altered to make tons of different projects. At the end of the week we’ll do a link party where you can show off your pleated projects.

Up first: how to make pleated medallions.


There are two ways to make these pretty medallions so I’ll show you both ways.

For the first way, here’s what you need:


:: 8.5 x 11 cardstock
:: scissors
:: hot glue gun {not shown}
:: coordinating paper {optional}


cut paper into three equal strips


Begin by folding one strip up about a half inch. Turn over and fold equally. Flip over again and continue folding. Don’t worry about being perfect, just try to keep the folds mostly even.


Once you’ve folded all three pieces, connect end to end using hot glue until you have one continuous accordion-folded strip. Then join the two ends to make a circle.


Now flatten the circle and squeeze in toward the center.


Secure with hot glue.


You can stop here, or embellish further with a coordinating circle in the center.


Freehand {or not} a circle and hot glue to the center.


Cute, right?

To make a medallion another way, here’s what you’ll need:


:: four equal pieces of paper {I used wrapping paper from paper source}
:: scissors
:: hot glue gun {not shown}
:: coordinating paper {optional}


Stack all four sheets {it helps if the paper is not as thick as card stock} and accordion fold. Separate the four pieces. flatten one piece at a time and fold in half.


Glue ends of folds together to create one continuous accordion fan.



Again, you can leave this as is, or embellish with a center circle.



By varying the size of paper as well as the size of folds, you can get large and small medallions.

We hung a cluster from twine over Audrey’s bed for a colorful, whimsical touch.



Come back tomorrow for another great pleated project!

25 Responses to pleated projects week: pleated medallions

  1. Amy April 14, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    I love these. I think they will make a great touch to a baby shower we are having for my SIL. Are you using double sided paper, or is the back side just white?

  2. Wendy April 25, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Love! The patterned papers you used are beautiful! Would love to know where you got them. Love reading your blog by the way. Today’s post especially (4/25 He takes great delight in you). Wonderful! Thank you!!!

  3. A Mother Far from Home March 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Would you mind adding in as an update (or just a comment) how big the diameter is of the medallions of the two you did? Sounds tedious, but I’m trying to plan a space and am wondering if the top one is about a foot in diameter or 6″, etc. Love this :)

  4. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} March 9, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    OMG! These are so cute and so much easier to make than I thought they would be!

  5. Kathleen March 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    How timely this “Thistlekeeping” is for my needs! I’d just been making notes about doing something with these medallions for our church bazaar and for me … and you send this! What fun … and oh how sweet they are in Audrey’s room! Absolutely LOVE the colors ~ so sophisticated, and yet sweet and young at the same time …

    So love your blog!

  6. Christie April 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I love these!! I made them once before, but like your way a lot better. And, I’ve been wanting to do something fun over my baby’s crib and THIS IS IT!! I never could have imagined to use these, but it’s perfect, and it will be easy and I can do it!!
    Thank you so, so, so much.

  7. KMP Modern April 8, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    I absolutely love these projects. They are perfect for a spring/ summer garden party or children’s soiree. I like the second example, especially the paper you chose, with four pieces because it offers extra pleats. Thanks for posting.

  8. Gretchen April 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Love love love! I think my studio needs a cluster!! Yes, indeed!

  9. Tonia April 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Love! These will be great for mothers day & memorial day. Where is the teal blanket on her bed from? Is it chenille?

    • emily April 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      The blanket is from target {it should still be available now}. It is cotton/acrylic and a great color.

  10. asia@ itsanorganizedchaos.com April 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    such a big girl room for a 3 year old…it’s so cute. My 3 year old is still in his crib…strong willed child would never take a nap if he had a big boy bed.

  11. Kayla April 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I love these and made a whole bunch for my daughters first birthday. I displayed them on the wall above the food table and they made such a fun and bright statement!!!

  12. Jeana April 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    This project couldn’t have come at a better time… I’m having my daughters 8th bday party this weekend and these will definitely be included in the decor, thank u!

  13. Gayla April 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. I hope to make these soon.

  14. Sallys April 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    I made medallions for our New Year’s Eve party with gold patterned wrapping paper! They looked amazing over the buffet table and a classy change from helium balloons! Yours are so pretty, I used the first method, but your second method looks more substantial, will try that next time!
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Andrea April 8, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I love these medallions! I’ve been wanting to make them for a long time–thanks for the instructions :) I’m looking forward to seeing what other pleated ideas you have!

  16. Pam April 8, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    Oh boy I love this! I am going to make some for my dinning room branch that hangs from the ceiling. Thanks you just made my day!

  17. Catherine April 8, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Oh, I haven’t made these in a long time but thanks for the reminder as I adore them! I am going to make some to hang from my dining room curtain rod just to cheer things up a bit. It is rainy and grey this week so it will be nice to have a little burst of colour!

  18. Chaney April 8, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Ooo! I’m so excited about this! I’m thinking it’s time to update my burlap wreath with a few of these for spring…Can’t wait to link up later this week! Thanks (as always) for the great tutorials!

  19. Bethany April 8, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    SO cute. What kind of string did you use to hang them? This would be a cute idea for a mobile!

    • emily April 8, 2013 at 8:54 am #

      I used baker’s twine taped to the back of the medallion and then taped to the ceiling with washi tape. It did not hold for long, fyi. I will probably rehang with push pins next time.

  20. Sarah Barksdale Design April 8, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    So Cute! these look really great hanging over Audrey’s bed.

  21. jennie April 8, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    I love, love, love your beautiful blog and look forward to enjoying it every day! I have a quick question that I wonder about every time I see someone hanging something from the ceiling: from what do you hang your medallions?

    • emily April 8, 2013 at 8:55 am #

      I used bakers twine taped to the medallion and then taped them to the ceiling with washi tape. It looked cute until most of them fell down overnight. We’ll try again using push pins.

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