Make Festive Patriotic Party Medallions with Free Printables

Still looking for July 4th decorating ideas?  No worries, there is still plenty of time to whip up some DIY patriotic decorations before the 4th arrives. 

These patriotic centerpiece decorations using paper medallions are quick and easy, since I’m providing a tutorial AND the printables! 

July 4th medallions in metal bucket.
Patriotic Rosette Centerpiece

This project coordinates with my Stars & Stripes Printable Party Kit and other printable patriotic party decorations.

How to Make a Patriotic Centerpiece

Paper medallions, also called rosettes, are a simple folded paper craft with a big impact. Hang them from the ceiling with string, tape to a wall to make a photo backdrop, or add to a container to make a centerpiece.

You can never have too many. Adding more only increases the festivity.

Download the printable patriotic circles at the bottom of the post, then use the instructions below to make these a pretty patriotic centerpiece for your July 4th picnic table.

July 4th Free Printable party decor

Patriotic Party Medallion Decorations

Yield: 1 set
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: 2
Estimated Cost: under $10

Easy July 4th party centerpiece. Patriotic Medallion Home Decor using free printables and folded paper. | Carla Schauer Studio


  • Stars & Stripes Printable Party Medallions
  • 12×12″ red and blue cardstock and/or patterned paper
  • paper glue (I like Zip Dry from Beacon Adhesives because it dries very quickly)
  • Bamboo skewers


  • scissors, circle cutter, or 3" circle punch


  1. Download free Stars & Stripes printable circles. Print the 3″ circles onto heavy white cardstock. Cut out using a circle cutter, 3″ punch, or plain old scissors. Set them aside for later.

    July 4th printable paper medallion materials
  2. Cut 2 strips of cardstock to 3×12″ each. Fold paper accordion‐style into 1⁄2″ pleats (just like paper fans from elementary school!). Each strip will become 1⁄2 of the medallion. Overlap folds and glue together using Zip Dry to form one long strip.

    Printable Party Medallion tutorial steps
  3. Overlap and glue the open ends of paper strip together to form a circle. Don’t worry if you end up with a circle that pops up like figure 4. We’ll fix that.

    Printable paper medallion tutorial 2
  4. Add a drop of Zip Dry in between folds on reverse side of medallion, and gently push the center down to form the folded circle shape. I also like to glue a circle of extra cardstock to the back of the medallion to help secure the circle in place (or a circle cut from a second Stars & Stripes printed circle if I’m hanging the finished medallions).

    Printable Paper Medallion Tutorial
  5. When the medallion is dry, glue the Stars & Stripes 3″ Circle to the center of the front. Don’t be skimpy with the glue here, the extra will sink down into the folds and help adhere the circle more securely. Your medallion is finished!

    July 4th Free Printable party decor


Glue a bamboo skewer to the back of one of the folds, or punch a hole in the top to hang.

Repeat steps with the other freebie circles and remaining cardstock or patterned paper.

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Once I finished my patriotic medallions, I chose to add the skewers, trim them to 3 sizes, and pop them in a metal bucket.  I also added a bottle wrap from the complete Stars & Stripes Printable Party Kit to accent the bucket.

Download the Patriotic Printable Decorations

Download the patriotic printable decorations using the button below, and print as many as you need. Personal use only.

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Free Patriotic Sparkler/Glowstick Holder Printables

Make July 4th Sparkler Holders. These free printables from Carla Schauer Designs coordinate with another free printable patriotic project, and a full Stars & Stripes printable party!
Free July 4th Sparkler Holder Printables |Carla Schauer Designs

Get the coordinating patriotic sparkler holders!

View the July 4th Sparkler Holder project post to download the FREE Stars & Stripes Printable.

More Patriotic Decorations: Stars & Stripes Printable Party Kit

Patriotic Printable Party Supplies | Carla Schauer Designs
Patriotic Printable Party Supplies | Carla Schauer Designs

The Deluxe Stars & Stripes printable party kit comes with both 4th of July and non-holiday specific USA printables.  The set includes 14 print-at-home files, some of which can be customized by you.

See all Stars & Stripes printable party photos.

Purchase Stars & Stripes party on Etsy.

Until next time…

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  1. Michelle de Jongh says:

    You gave great instructions for the medallions. I will be attempting them for the Fourth of July. Thanks for the printable circle.

  2. Thank you, Carla, for these cute medallion centers. I have made medallions before, but now I plan on making patriotic ones for Memorial Day and the Fourth.