Good morning! I wanted to hop on the blog today to share an oldie but a goodie with you – my Mother’s Day Medallion Pin! I blogged about making medallion pins last year, but until now this Mother’s Day pin didn’t have its own special post. I thought it deserved one along with a little update!! Medallion pins are a great inexpensive gift to create that really make the recipient feel special and loved! You can use any combination of pretty paper and ribbons along with the free printable below. I’ve updated the printable to include a few different options including Grandmas and Nana! Happy Mother’s Day!
Tutorial for Mother’s Day Medallion Pin
- Free Printable Pattern – Mother’s Day Medallion Pin Free Printable
- Decorative Paper
- Hot glue gun
- Tape runner or gluestick
- Paper Cutter
- Circle cutter (optional)
- Scoring board and stylus (optional but very helpful!)
STEP 1: Cut decorative paper for the medallion pin. For the larger medallion, cut two 12″ strips of paper 2″ wide. For the smaller medallion, cut one 12″ strip of paper 1.25″ wide. Also cut three 2″ diameter circles – one is visible on the top of the medallion, 1 is visible from the back of the medallion and one is never seen ( it is sandwiched in the middle of the medallion). Also cut two little squares out of paper; you will never see these. The squares can be about 1″ by 1″.
STEP 2: Score the strips of paper. The fastest and easiest way to do this is with a scoring board and stylus. Score the 2″ wide piece of paper every 1/2″. Score the 1 1/4″ wide piece of paper every 1/4″. You can also do this without the scoring tools by marking fold lines on your strips of paper with pencil. Before I purchased my scoring board and stylus I used to score paper in the groove of my cutting board. This worked fine it just did not create as smooth of a fold as the scoring board and sometimes my paper would crack along the fold line.
STEP 5: Connect the paper strips into a circle. I used my tape runner, but you could also use hot glue or a glue stick, to connect the two ends. Use your small paper squares as a base for your medallion. I put a blob of hot glue on the paper square and then pushed my medallion down onto it. Hold it for a minute to set. I added a little hot glue to the top center of my medallion as well – just to really secure it. Do this for each medallion.
STEP 6: Create the ribbon loop layer. Adhere your ribbon loops to one of your paper circles; this is the one that will never be seen. I attached 5 wide ribbon loops and then filled in with 5 thin ribbon loops. Once my ribbon loops were all on, I glued the small medallion to the center of the ribbon loops circle. I used hot glue for this step.
STEP 7: Adhere the decorative tag. I used Photoshop to make the decorative tags for these. You can find the downloadable file under “Supplies Needed”. You could create your own or easily handwrite these. I glued the decorative tag to one of my circles, then glued this to the top of the small medallion. Glue the small medallion (with the ribbon loops and decorative tag already attached to it) to the top of the large medallion. So the order is as follows: large medallion, ribbon layer, small medallion, decorative tag.
STEP 8: Attach ribbon ends. I used my last circle (visible from the back) for my ribbon ends. I used three types of ribbon cut to almost the same length. Glue the ribbons to the paper circle, then glue that to the back of the large medallion. Finish it up by hot gluing your pin to the back of everything.
To recap the order of everything: From top to bottom, it goes:
- Decorative tag on paper circle
- Small medallion
- Ribbon loop layer on paper circle
- Large medallion
- Ribbon ends on paper circle
- Pin back
The Mother’s Day Medallion Pin is finished and ready to be gifted! I love the variety and personalization you can put into this gift and it makes such a beautiful keepsake! You can use the free download or create your own unique tag for the pin. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful moms, grandmas and mom figures out there! I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! I’ll be back next week to wrap up our woodland-themed party posts! Only a couple left including a great DIY party game tutorial with free printable :)
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