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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Googly Eye Paper Decorations

{Paper decorations perfect for a Halloween or Monster party}

Googly Eye Paper Medallions by Crafting in the Rain

I've been busy.  I know you can relate. I've also been sick. You can probably relate there too.  I have several big projects in the works, and if you're following me on Instagram, you get little bits of the progress along the way, but the blog has been a little neglected as I haven't had finished results to show you yet.

One of the things I've been doing is getting ready for a party I get to do for CollectiveBias®  I thought I'd show you some of the prep work ahead of time, then after the party's done I can recap the treats, games and how it all came together.

I know I want some large paper medallions hanging behind the food set up, so I bough orange, green and black cardstock from Craft Warehouse.  If you've never made these before, they're really quite easy, but I believe you have to use the secret ingredient.  HOT GLUE.  If you try to make these with liquid glue, or glue dots, or just about anything else, it won't have a strong enough hold, your medallions will pop apart and you'll be cursing the whole idea.  Another tool that's pretty much necessary is a scoring board.  

I have this Martha Stewart one:
Martha Stewart Score Board
The large orange one is 12 inches across; I used strips of paper 6 inches wide (so whatever width you use, the finished circle will be twice that across)

Use the score board and bone folders to make fold lines down the strip of paper.  First make marks down every inch line.  Then flip the paper over and do every 1/2 inch.  This way the score lines press down in different directions making it easy to fold it accordion style.  

How to fold paper with scoring board

You will probably need at least 2 strips, more even for the bigger circles.  Over lap the ends and secure with hot glue. Fan it around and you can see if you need more strips or if you have enough.  Over lap and glue the ends to make a continuous ring.  Cut a circle of cardstock and spread some hot glue on it.  Press the accordion paper down so the middle sticks to the paper circle.  This will hold it all in place.  Add a large googly eye to the center and you're done!  Make a few more, and you've got a whole set ready for decorating a wall at your party.

This picture collage shows the steps for a smaller one that I made a while ago.

How to make a paper rosette by Crafting in the Rain

Have you made these before?  Are you with me on the hot glue?

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  1. They looks wonderful! Great idea. I'm hosing a state art giveaway that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/state-art-giveaway-from-word-lust.html

  2. Love these, Steph! Super fun. I've never tried the paper medallions before, but they look perfect for Halloween with the googly eyes. I'm sorry you've been sick. :( Hope you aren't stressing out too much. If you get a minute come link these up to the Halloween Link party we've got going on over 10 blogs all month long: http://persialou.blogspot.com/2013/10/owl-wreath-and-halloween-project-parade.html Good luck with the party prep! I'm sure it will be Ah-mazing!

  3. Googley eyes are just plain fun, and what a great way to use them. Our weekly Super Saturday Link Party is live. We would love to have you join us with any of your great ideas. It would make us so happy to have you on board. http://www.madefrompinterest.net/2013/10/super-saturday-link-party-14/