Thursday, August 28, 2014

Martha Stewart Paper Punch Art

DIY Wall Art -made in minutes with a paper punch! || Design Improvised blog

Have you ever used a paper punch? I’ve amassed a small collection of them thanks to my work with the 12 Months of Martha team and I must say they are quite addicting! They come in all shapes and sizes – from a simple circle punch (something I think every crafter needs in their toolbox) to amazingly intricate designs like the one I used for today’s project - all of which you can create in a matter of seconds - no scissors needed!

I got a sneak peek of this Martha Stewart cut and fold "abstract heart" punch that will be available in stores by late September. I thought the designs created by the punch were so beautiful they were practically a piece of art – so why not showcase them as one? 

DIY Wall Art -made in minutes with a paper punch! || Design Improvised blog

I love the 3D natural created by folding the paper on top of itself. I used a memory box frame to show this, rather than a regular picture frame which would flatten the medallions.

DIY Wall Art -made in minutes with a paper punch! || Design Improvised blog

This project only requires a short list of materials since I used the handful of two-toned colored papers that come along with the punch:

Supplies for 3D Paper Punch Art


  • Martha Stewart Abstract Heart Cut and Fold Punch (available in stores late September - mark your calendars!)
  • 6 sheets of two-toned colored paper (included with the punch above)
  • Memory box frame
  • Colorful paper for matting (I used this one)
  • Foam mounting squares
  • Scissors

Martha Stewart cut and fold punch


How to Make 3D Paper Punch Art


1. Punch a 3 inch circle out of each of the 6 sheets of paper that come with the punch. I punched with the more intense color facing up, and the lighter color facing down.

Martha Stewart cut and fold punch

2. For each punch, make sure to line up the previous punches with the markings provided on the top of the punch.

Martha Stewart cut and fold punch

Martha Stewart cut and fold punch

3. Once you have made a full circle, fold back each cut all the way.

Martha Stewart cut and fold punch

4. Then tuck each folded cut underneath the little tab created by the punch.

Martha Stewart cut and fold punch

5. Once your design is folded, use your scissors to cut around the edge of the design to form a "medallion".

Martha Stewart cut and fold punch

6. Lay out your medallions how you want to frame them.

Martha Stewart cut and fold punch

8. For my backdrop, I covered the backside of the memory box frame with a sheet of Snow & Graham wrapping paper. I like the look of a small geometric print behind these medallions, but you could also use a solid colored paper.

Snow and Graham wrapping paper

9. Use foam adhesives to adhere the medallions to the backdrop. You could also use regular double-sided tape, but the foam provides a little more dimension.

Snow and Graham wrapping paper

10. To give a final 3D look to your medallions, use your hands to gently shape them so they don’t lay completely flat.

DIY Wall Art -made in minutes with a paper punch! || Design Improvised blog

DIY Wall Art -made in minutes with a paper punch! || Design Improvised blog

10. Frame your final product and enjoy your handmade art! I think this one will be going in our foyer once I finally get around to decorating that space!

DIY Wall Art -made in minutes with a paper punch! || Design Improvised blog


I hope you try out this Martha Stewart punch once it comes out in stores in September. I promise you'll find lots of uses for it beyond this art project - it would make the prettiest DIY cards, present embellishments, and party decor. In fact, I have one more project I made with it so stay tuned!

This is post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as part of the #12MonthsofMartha program. All content and opinions are my own.

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