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There is no question that I am a HUGE fan of the Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board (which I blogged about earlier this season). So . . . I figured, why not share another project idea—just in time for the holidays—that utilizes this easy-to-use, ingenious tool.

For Martha's Holiday Open House special on Hallmark Channel (which aired on Monday the 6th and will continue to air throughout December), these gorgeous paper medallions were used all over the Maple Avenue house at the Bedford farm to add depth and shine to Martha's trees and to accent doorways and windows.

Along with the scoring board, all you need is a few readily available tools (ruler, craft knife, edge punches, hot-glue gun) and a pack of really good 12-by-12-inch paper to score and punch and fold these beautiful medallions to your heart's delight!

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The Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board—a must-have item for any crafter!

2 The Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board—a must-have item for any crafter!

For this project I used paper from the

3 For this project I used paper from the "Neutrals" Essential Paper Pad, which comes in convenient 12-by-12-inch sheets.

I cut four 3-inch-wide strips from one sheet of paper. Here I used a craft knife and a ruler on a self-healing mat (all Martha Stewart Crafts products)...

4 I cut four 3-inch-wide strips from one sheet of paper. Here I used a craft knife and a ruler on a self-healing mat (all Martha Stewart Crafts products)...

...or you can use the Martha Stewart Crafts Paper Trimmer to do the same thing.

5 ...or you can use the Martha Stewart Crafts Paper Trimmer to do the same thing.

Next, I punched one edge of each of the strips with the

6 Next, I punched one edge of each of the strips with the "Double Loops" Martha Stewart Crafts Edge Punch.

For an added effect on the inner part of the medallion, score the punched strip 1.25 inches from the nonpunched edge and fold the strip along the score.

7 For an added effect on the inner part of the medallion, score the punched strip 1.25 inches from the nonpunched edge and fold the strip along the score.

I inserted the fold into the punch only two-thirds to three-quarters of the way. When punched, a fabulous pattern emerged without separating the paper along the fold.

8 I inserted the fold into the punch only two-thirds to three-quarters of the way. When punched, a fabulous pattern emerged without separating the paper along the fold.

Here, all four strips have been punched along the edge and along the scored fold as described in the previous slide.

9 Here, all four strips have been punched along the edge and along the scored fold as described in the previous slide.

Next, I scored the paper on the gold side, every four loops. (With other punches, I would score in the valleys of the punch, or even just every two inches.)

10 Next, I scored the paper on the gold side, every four loops. (With other punches, I would score in the valleys of the punch, or even just every two inches.)

Here is the completely scored strip.

11 Here is the completely scored strip.

I then turned the strip over and scored every four loops, starting two loops in from the first score. This created opposite scores every two loops...

12 I then turned the strip over and scored every four loops, starting two loops in from the first score. This created opposite scores every two loops...

...that allowed each strip to be accordion-folded as shown above.

13 ...that allowed each strip to be accordion-folded as shown above.

I then glued all four of the strips together with hot glue to form one long strip.

14 I then glued all four of the strips together with hot glue to form one long strip.

Then I glued the ends of the strip together and turned the completed, folded loop on end.

15 Then I glued the ends of the strip together and turned the completed, folded loop on end.

I pushed the upper edges of the folded loop together and downward to create the circular medallion.

16 I pushed the upper edges of the folded loop together and downward to create the circular medallion.

Applying hot glue in the center and letting the glue set completely, I held the medallion's shape in place.

17 Applying hot glue in the center and letting the glue set completely, I held the medallion's shape in place.

The glued medallion.

18 The glued medallion.

To cover the glued center of the medallion, and for some extra shimmer and fun, I added small medallions and paper dresdens to the center with hot glue.

19 To cover the glued center of the medallion, and for some extra shimmer and fun, I added small medallions and paper dresdens to the center with hot glue.

Check out this gallery of my favorite medallions from the special. Notice the use of many different kinds of Martha Stewart Crafts edge punches and paper patterns, as well as paper dresdens and spun glass circles that add a special, shimmery touch to the center of each of the already spectacular medallions.

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And last but not least, paper crafter Cindy Shattock of Schaumburg, Illinois, sent the folks over at TV crafts a fabulous idea of her own that utilizes the scoring board and paper medallions (or rosettes, as she calls them) to fashion a really impressive holiday tree.

In addition to being a mother of two and the very proud grandmother of a newly arrived little girl, Cindy is a sales associate at Archiver's in Algonquin, Illinois. When given the task of making a very special gift for a fellow employee, Cindy turned to the scoring board for creative inspiration and this is what she came up with. I gave the project a try and was delighted with the result. You will be, too!

For complete instructions on how to make Cindy's rosette tree, click here. (Be sure to follow Cindy's instructions exactly—I messed up a bit and made scores every 1 inch instead of every 1/2 inch and while the tree still turned out pretty nice, I think Cindy's is much nicer!)

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Cindy's gorgeous tree!

1 Cindy's gorgeous tree!

I prepped all my medallions in various colors/patterns per Cindy's specs (see the link above for instructions and a template) and I hot-glued all the medallions together using a circular punched piece of paper between each layer (as instructed).

2 I prepped all my medallions in various colors/patterns per Cindy's specs (see the link above for instructions and a template) and I hot-glued all the medallions together using a circular punched piece of paper between each layer (as instructed).

The final result is just stunning! Thank you, Cindy!

3 The final result is just stunning! Thank you, Cindy!

Comments (10)

  • What a great idea for a crafty tablescape for Christmas. Maybe add a little Martha Stewart glitter on the edges of the rosettes for a snowy holiday tree look.

  • Great idea!

  • What a clever idea. I wanted to see this tree as soon as my friend told me about it. Congrats to Cindy.

  • Oh, my! Those medallions are just beautiful! I can't wait to make some, although I hope I have the good sense to NOT start them before my holiday party on Friday. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • it seems so complex. but since my wife loves any kind of paper art, it would make her curious to try this creativity. thanks for the review..

  • [...] and red velvet ribbon around the packages. Finally, we topped each one with paper fan medallions. Click here for instructions. Each medallion is centered by a circle of card-stock that we rubber stamped with red and black [...]

  • Awesome!! I love medallions, I have just learned how to make them, but not like these ones! Now I'm going to get started on ones just like these, wow, I'm going to wow some people with them! Thanks, I'm use this alot Martha. P.S. Love you Martha.

  • BUENOS DIAS, DESEO FELICITARLA POR SU CREATIVIDAD YO TRABAJO MUCHOS PROYECTOS EN MI ESCUELA, LOS QUE PODEMOS ENCONTRAR, EN MI PAIS NO ES FACIL OBTENER SUS LIBROS QUE NOS GUSTARIA TENERLO EN NUESTRA BIBLIOTECA Y VARIAS DE SUS HERRAMIENTAS PARA TRABAJAR CON NUESTROS ESTUDIANTES UN ABRAZO DESDE COLOMBIA, GRACIAS

  • Simply Beautiful!!

  • These medallions are beautiful. I am always looking for ideas for handmade embellishments. I, too, love my Martha Stewart score board.

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