Craft Warehouse fans, Michelle here, and I’m so excited to be a part of the 2014 Craft Warehouse Core Design Team. Today I’m sharing a project that is great for a home décor piece or as a fun decoration for a birthday party or bridal shower. Follow along to see how you could make one of these awesome pieces for yourself, using Echo Park's Summer Bliss collection available in stores!
Today I will share with you the process I used to create the letters as well as how to create the various size medallions. Let’s start with the chipboard letters.
These chipboard letters from Paper Accents are perfect for large projects like this wall hanging or banners. They are so versatile and can be customized in many different ways. You can even emboss them with embossing folders. For this project I started by painted the bare chipboard letters with a lime green acrylic paint.
Once the paint dried I added a second coat to make sure I got good coverage. After the second coat dried I added a layer of lime Stickles to the top to add glitter. Stickles is a great way to add glitter to projects, it’s quick and simple and when it dries you don’t have to worry about glitter shedding from your project.
Here’s a closer look at the finished letters. I love the how the Stickles add just the right amount of shimmer to this piece. Now that the letters are done let’s look at how to make all those medallions.
These medallions can be made any size you want. You will need two strips of patterned paper that are 12” long, the width of the strips will determine how large or small the medallions are. The largest I made used two strips that were 3” x 12”. I also made them in the following widths, 2 1/2 ” x 12”, 2” x 12”, 1 1/2 ” x 12” and 1” x 12”. The smaller the width of the strips the tighter the medallion will look. Regardless of the size of the medallion the process to create them is the same.
Starting at 1/2” and with the paper with the pattern face up, use a scoring tool to score at every inch, so ½”, 1 ½”, 2 ½”, 4 ½” and so on. When you get to the end flip the paper over so the back side is up and score at every inch starting at 1”. By flipping and scoring every other ½” this will create “hills”and “valleys” and it will help with the accordion folding later. Repeat the scoring on the second strip, but start with the back side up and finish with the front of the paper face up.
Once your scores are made, fold back and forth on the score lines, creating an accordion fold with each strip.
Now that the pieces are folded, place adhesive on the back side of on the edges of one of the strips, I used Scor Tape here, it’s quick and has a strong hold.
Attach one end of each strip together to create one long strip.
Then attach the two loose ends together to create a circular piece.
Now fold the medallion flat so it flowers out. Cover a scrap piece of cardstock with hot glue and lay the medallion flat on the hot glue. Hold in place until the glue hardens enough to hold in place. I then used a circle cutter to cut out the medallion centers out of a piece of patterned paper.
I made extra medallions so I plenty to choose from and just layered them randomly and attached them to a piece of chipboard or cardboard.
We’d love to see what you create so be sure to share on Instagram and hashtag #craftwarehouse if you decide to try out this awesome project!
Thanks for looking!
*Chipboard Letter Packs 2 for $8 (reg. $5.99) and Stickles Glitter Glue $2 (reg. $2.49) on sale until August 24th, 2014