Some call them rosettes… I do, too.

Some call them medallions… I did here.

And others call them pinwheels… but that really is something else entirely.

Regardless of what you call them… a lovely rosette or medallion puts the EXTRA in extraordinary!


And….because you asked…I’ve put together a pleated medallion tutorial for you:

How to Make a Rosette…


Rosette or Medallion Tutorial ::


It all started with the bolt of ribbon that I picked up in my travels.  Somehow, somewhere, a gal will find a use for American flag ribbon when it’s marked down drastically.  So after carting it around the country and failing to sell it at my last garage sale, I had an ah ha! moment.  Don’t you love those!

I had been playing around with the idea of making some rosettes for Fourth of July, but I didn’t have any patriotic-colored scrapbooking paper and I didn’t have any money to spend.   So what did this crafty-wannabee gal do?  Put on the ol’ thinking cap (Does anyone ever use that term any more?)  and remembered this ribbon.


Create a Medallion with American Flag Ribbon ::


To me, this was the best idea ever for patriotic medallions.  There’s no cutting…and the pattern of the ribbon works into the project perfectly.  Yay!!

I don’t know if you can find this exact ribbon, mine was made by LionRibbon.  I hope so, but if not, I have a link below to some tri-colored ribbon that is the same material, and would look fabulous as well.  The key to this project is the ribbon.  It’s very stiff, fairly thin, and is satiny on the printed side and dull on the reverse.  It feels like it was starched.  When you go ribbon shopping…it’s important to get this old-fashioned kind of ribbon.  Nothing else will work quite so easily.

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Pleatead Medallion Tutorial :: Supply List


Pleated Medallion Tutorial :: Directions


Pleated Medallion Tutorial - Patriotic Rosette ::


1. To make the pleated medallion pictured here, cut 72 inches (6 feet) of 2 3/4 inch ribbon.

 Medallion Tutorial ::


2. A Fiskars trimmer with the black scoring ‘blade’  works great for this project.  Use the edge of the trimmer as the guide rather than measuring.  It worked beautifully giving a 1 inch pleat.

3. Score the ribbon with the scoring ‘blade’ beginning at the front edge and continuing to match the previous score mark with the edge each time.  So easy!


Pleated Medallion Tutorial Directions


4.  Score the entire length of ribbon.

5.  Using the score marks, begin to pleat the ribbon.


Accordion Pleated  Medallion Rosette Tutorial Steps ::


6.  Pull the ribbon together into pleats.

7.  Firmly press the pleats together to get the nice accordion folds.


Assemble Pleated Rosette ::


8.   Draw the ends of the accordion together to form a circle as is shown here.

9.   Using a hot glue gun, place a small amount of hot glue on the top of leading fold.

10. Take the top fold on the opposing side and place it on top of the glued ribbon edge to complete the circle.  Be careful not to burn your fingers.


Constructing a Ribbon Rosette ::


11.  Flip the accordion upside down and punch out a 1 1/2 inch punch from your cardstock.

12.  Carefully draw in the the pleats to form a circle and carefully hold it in place with one hand.

13.  Apply glue to the to edges of the inside circle and place the punched circle dot on top to neatly secure your medallion.


Ribbon Medallion Tutorial Assembly ::


14.  Flip the pleated rosette so it is face up.

15/16.  Punch out a 1 1/2″ circle in silver or red cardstock, a 1 1/4″ circle in blue cardstock, and a star in white cardstock.

17.  Use a permanent paper glue to glue the cardstock dots and star together.


Pleated Medallion Tutorial ::


18.  Using the hot glue gun, apply glue to the top edges of the pleated rosette as shown.

19. Carefully center the cardstock star to the hot glue on the inner pleats.


You now have a beautiful patriotic pleated medallion to adorn wreaths and banners and more.


Independence Day Wreath & Garland & Wreath :: Stars & Stripes ::


NOTE: If you choose a different type of ribbon you may need to enlist an iron to press in your folds and though hot glue may work, the inner pleats may need to be stitched with a needle and thread.  If you use some other type of ribbon, please let me know how it works out.


There are all kinds of possibilities for using pleated medallions beyond patriotic holidays.

Be creative.

Be Extraordinary!!

Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!


Please make my day by sharing your thoughts below.


  1. Diane says

    What a helpful tutorial. You always have such pretty projects and your wreath and banner are lovely. The medallion is a beautiful finishing touch. Thanks for sharing!

    • Diane says

      I’m so pleased that you find the tutorial helpful, Diane.
      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave your encouraging words. 🙂

  2. How neat! What a great way to make use of extra ribbons. This is the perfect decor for our Federal holidays. Thanks for sharing this useful tutorial. I am Pinning, xoGinger

    • Diane says

      Now I wish I hadn’t gotten rid of all my old ribbon!! 🙂 You can be sure I’ll be keeping my eye open for some at tag sales, now!
      Thanks Ginger for popping over and sharing your kind words of encouragement.

  3. These are so pretty and you did a fabulous job. Great tutorial. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Diane says

      Awwww…you are so kind. Thank you, Marty!!

  4. I’m visiting from the Dedicated House. Thanks for sharing this! Now I’ll be looking for the perfect ribbon to do this project 🙂 Good thing I have a year to search!
    ~Erin @ Erin’s 2 Cents

    • Diane says

      Haha!! I hope it doesn’t take you a year Erin!! 🙂 There just might be some at the next yard sale. 🙂
      Thanks for popping by and for your kind thoughts!

  5. What a pretty rosette and the step by step tutorial very helpful! I couldn’t get around putting any decorations for the 4th this year but I will bookmark this for next year! I’m pining it onto my Because it’s pretty board. Thanks for sharing! Came over My Home Away from Home party!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Lizy!! I hope you’re able to have fun making several next year. I think they would be fun in black and orange for a dressed up halloween, too.

  6. So Pretty! wow, that’s 50 yards? but makes a nice full pleat. Thanks for sharing your tutorial 😉

    • Diane says

      Thanks JoAnn! Oh…the bolt is 50 yards? Usually that’s about what comes in a bolt of ribbon. The actual rosette took 6 feet or 2 yards. Lots of projects still to be made from my single roll. 🙂 Hmmm….I’ll wait until next year, now. [wink]

  7. Jenna says

    Thanks for the great tutorial Diane, I want to make some of these for an upcoming Mexican party [not with patriotic ribbon of course!] I hope I can find this ribbon in some other bright colors for medalions!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Jenna! 🙂 I’m pretty sure that you’ll find the ribbon you need. I think it’s more available in plain colors.
      Let me know how your project goes! It sounds sooo fun!

  8. It turned out so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. It’s such a neat idea.

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet! Thank you Megan!
      Hope your week is over to an extraordinary start!

  9. Hi Diane, this is really pretty. Fun to have around the house on days of celebration. Hope you are well!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Rose! I am well and thanks for asking. 🙂

  10. Mel says

    First of all, I have that patterned ribbon with the white back–go figure! LOL And there was no part of me that even thought of using the scoring bit on the cutting board! Geeze……and I looked and wondered what the point was (especially when I have prescored cards for the making. NOW I know! Yours turned out cuter than cute. I hadn’t figured out it was the ribbon! (yes, bit slow to catch on…LOL)
    Oh–and in this house we still ‘put on our thinking caps’. :-/
    That is NO indicator of age, I’m sure……..

    • Diane says

      Maybe there’s some playtime in your future? I’m surely standing against any knives and dead bones [wink] but, should you have some quiet time in another form, you could then be all set with some of your own decor for next year’s big parade and party. Maybe? Just me thinking and scheming…I do that well. 😉

      Haha! I think I had mine put together before I realized how cool “that” ribbon was. I was more than a little happy with the outcome.
      Are you sure it’s no indicator of age? 😉

  11. Judi says

    I have a great deal of this type of ribbon and never really knew what to do with it!! I thought it must have been made for outside use or something? Just sits here looking pretty on the roll. It’s not your lovely patriotic pattern, but I now have something I can try to make with what I have ~ thanks again for your sharing your creativity. Judi

    • Diane says

      Hi Judy!
      I have used this kind of ribbon outside….and believe me…it doesn’t hold up well to rain and snow. 😉
      Oh…I do hope you give the rosette a try with your ribbon. I know it will be beautiful!
      Thank you so much for stopping by with your lovely thoughts.
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  12. Sandi says

    Very pretty, Diane! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us..


    • Diane says

      You are so welcome Sandi!
      Thank you for popping by with your sweet thoughts. 🙂

  13. I adore rosettes! They can add so much charm to any event, simple and extravagant.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Diane says

      You are right Suzanne…they really do make an Extraordinary splash! 🙂
      May your week be blessed!

  14. Jamie says

    Love the rosette….I never would have guessed that you used ribbon to make it…..What a great idea!
    Jamie |

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Jamie!
      It was just one of those creative inspirations.
      Glad you like it!


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