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Fleur-De-Lis Medallion Christmas Ornament

Top your tree with this beautiful, handmade fleur-de-lis medallion.


  • 3-inch square each of medium-weight and lightweight cardboard
  • 20 to 25 pages from a book (ours are from a vintage French book)
  • Fast-drying glue (such as Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue)
  • 4-inch length of 18-gauge wire
  • Stapler
  • Small weight (such as a jar, vase, or paperweight)
  • Parchment paper or blank flyleaf (endpaper) from book
  • Roll of crepe paper: ivory
  • 1/2-inch-wide silk ribbon: ecru


Make the Paper Scrolls

Cut twenty-four 2x3-inch rectangles from the book pages. Roll 12 rectangles crosswise (starting at one short end) and staple the ends (see photo, above). Roll the remaining rectangles on the diagonal; staple the ends.

Prepare the Base

Center the 3-inch square of medium-weight cardboard on a book page; trim excess page, leaving a 1-inch allowance of book page around the cardboard. Wrap allowance to back of cardboard and glue in place. Make a small hole centered and 1/2 inch from the top of the square. Fold wire in half and twist ends together for 1/2 inch. Poke twisted end through the hole in covered square from right side. Fold wire up on each side of covered square to create and secure hanging loop (see photo, above).

Trace quarter-circle pattern (available, below) four times to draw an 8-inch-diameter circle onto white paper. Center covered square, wrong side up, on circle (see photo, above). Evenly space 12 diagonally wrapped paper rolls around the square, using outer edge of paper circle as a guide. Glue rolls to base. Glue a crosswise paper roll between each pair of diagonal rolls. Place a small weight in the center, being careful not to crush outer part of rolls. Let dry.

Make the Fleur-De-Lis Medallion

Copy, print, or stamp desired fleur-de-lis medallion onto parchment paper and cut out. Cut a shape slightly smaller than the medallion shape from lightweight cardboard; set aside.

Run a bead of glue around back edge of parchment-paper medallion. Working off the crepe paper roll, adhere crepe paper around parchment-paper medallion, beginning at bottom of medallion and finger-creasing pleats every 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Allow 3/4 inch of ruffle to show around medallion (see photo, above). When finished finger-creasing pleats, cut crepe paper from roll.

Finish the Ornament

Glue lightweight cardboard shape to back of finished medallion. Glue medallion to center of rolled-paper ornament; weight in place until dry. Thread ribbon through wire loop and tie in bow for a hanging loop.

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