Planning a grad party this year? It’s so easy to make graduation decorations to wow your guests! These large paper medallions look amazing hanging from the ceiling or hung in a group on the wall as a backdrop. Keep reading for the paper rosettes tutorial to learn how to make them.
I originally published this DIY grad party decor tutorial back in 2012 on my blog A Heart Full of Love when I was making a bunch of grad party crafts for my oldest daughter. These easy-to-make large paper rosettes were a hit at my oldest daughter’s graduation open house. I got so many comments about how nice they looked hanging from the ceiling and twirling about.
I made these paper medallions again when my son graduated in 2016 and I plan on using them again when my youngest two daughters graduate from high school in a few years. I love how they look and I especially love how simple they are to put together!
There are many tutorials out there that call for using a glue gun to hold the medallion together. This paper rosettes tutorial uses yarn and a hole punch to hold the medallions together. I have made them both ways and I think the yarn method is simpler and much less messy.
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Supplies Needed To Make Graduation Decorations
Want to make some of these graduation paper medallions? Here’s what you will need…
- 3 sheets of 12×12 graduation themed scrapbooking paper
- Paper Trimmer
- Scoring Board
- Transparent tape
- Hole punch
- Plastic canvas needle
- Cardstock in black, white, and school colors
- Graduation themed die-cuts (or cut your own with a Cricut)
- Glue Dots or strong adhesive tape runner
- Glue gun
I also used a Cricut electronic die cutting machine and several cartridges when making this DIY grad party decor
Instructions to Make Large Paper Rosettes
Cut each piece of 12″ x 12″ graduation themed scrapbooking paper in half. So you will have 6 pieces that are 6 inches X 12 inches. Set the last piece aside for another project as you will only need 5.
Position your paper with the long edge at the top of the scoring board. Score the paper at 1 inch intervals. (I scored it on the backside but I don’t think it really matters.) Repeat this process for the remaining 4 pieces of paper.
Take one of the scored pieces of patterned paper and fold along the score lines, back and forth like if you were making a paper fan. Repeat this folding process for the remaining 4 pieces of paper
The next step in this paper rosettes tutorial is to tape the ends of each of the 5 scored papers together so you have one long strip of pleated paper. Then tape the beginning and ending edge together to form a ring.
At the middle of each folded section, punch a hole. I punched my hole approx 1/2 inch from the edge. No need to measure, just try to be consistent in your placement.
Thread the needle with the yarn. Sew through the holes in each of the pleats.
Gather the pleats together tightly by pulling on the ends of the yarn and pushing the folds together. Knot to hold.
Decorating Your Large Paper Medallions
After you make paper medallion decorations, you will need to decorate the front. Use an electronic die cuttter to cut the cardstock shapes to add to the large paper medallions for your DIY grad party decor. If you have a Cricut die cutting machine, here are the cartridges I used and the shapes I cut
- Two (2) – 3 inch circles from white cardstock (using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge)
- One (1) – 3 1/2 inch flower from orange cardstock (using the Bloom cartridge)
- One (1) – 2 3/4 inch graduation cap from black cardstock (using the Recess cartridge)
- One (1) – 2 3/4 inch tassle from orange cardstock (using the Recess cartridge)
Use glue dots or a strong adhesive tape runner to assemble the graduation die cuts . First adhere one of the white circles to the flower. Then add the black grad cap. Lastly, add the tassel.
Use hot glue to adhere the remaining white circle to the back of the pleated paper medallion. This adds stability to the graduation paper rosettes.
Use hot glue to adhere the graduation cap decoration to the front of the medallion.
The last thing you need to do to make paper medallion decorations is to punch a hole in the top and add a string loop so you can hang it.
Other ideas for using these paper medallions for DIY Grad Party Decor
- Make a bunch of smaller paper medallions and string them together as a banner. Put the numbers for the graduation year or spell out congrats.
- Make a bunch of different sized paper rosettes and hang them on the wall for a photo backdrop.
- Use double-sided graduation patterned paper and decorate both sides. Hang them from the ceiling so they will twirl around.
- Hang several of these on the wall behind your gift or food table.
- Make smaller ones and hang in a swag on the front of your guest book table.
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For more ideas to make graduation decorations and favors, be sure to check out the rest of my grad party ideas. If you have any questions about how to make paper medallion decorations, be sure to leave me a comment below. Happy crafting!