Biscuit Flower Medallion

Biscuit Flower Medallion

INSTRUCTIONS:

Begin with the Centre Section

Step 1: Unscrew the ball finial from the post cap and remove any hardware attached to it. Find the centre of the 18-inch [45.72 cm] pine round, drill a pilot hole through the wood, and add a countersink to the back side. Glue and screw the finial to the pine round.

Step 2: Glue about 30 wooden buttons to the upper third of the finial. Glue a ring of size-0 biscuits around the finial so that they overlap the outer ring of buttons. Then add a second row of size-0 biscuits so their tips are even with the first row but offset so they cover the gaps between the first layer. Repeat this for two more rows, working out from the centre.

Step 3: Switch to the 20-size biscuits and add another five rows, again alternating the position of each biscuit with the ones below. With each row, lower the upper tips of the biscuits about 1/2 inch [1.27 m] beneath the tips of the previous row in the circle. Continue adding circles until the bottom tips touch the pine round.

Add the Remaining Petals

Step 1: Cut 2-inch x 4-inch [5.08 cm x 10.16 cm] pieces of corrugated cardboard, stack them two high, and arrange them around the edge of the pine round (but not under it). Glue a row of 20-size biscuits around the outside edge of the disk so the outside biscuit tips rest on the cardboard but lean against the disk at an angle. Then add two more layers, alternating the position of each petal so it covers the gap between the petals below as much as possible while shifting the tips inward 1/2 inch [1.27 cm] with each row.

Step 2: On the final layer from the previous step, glue 0-size biscuits tip to tip in a circle about 3/4-inch [1.91 cm] from the outside tips of the large biscuits. This creates a support for the next row. Glue a row of 20-size biscuits so they rest almost parallel with the pine round.

Step 3: Shifting back to the centre again, add alternating rows while gradually tilting the outside tips of the biscuits vertical and toward the outside ring.

Step 4: After the centre section meets the outside ring, fill in any gaps by gluing and inserting biscuits to create a gradual transition between the core and the outside.

Step 5: You can leave the finished flower as it is, but plate biscuits are designed to absorb moisture — even from the air. To apply a protective finish, spray on several light coats of clear sealer or paint. Then fasten two D-ring hangers to the back.

Good to Know: Avoid exposing the finished project to rain, snow, or heavy dew.

Enlarge the Medallion (0ptional)

Step 1: To turn the 20-inch [50.8 cm] medallion into a 38-inch [96.52 cm] decoration, find the centre of a 36-inch [91.44] pine round and drill a 1/8-inch [.318 cm] pilot hole through it. Then screw the medallion you created in the previous steps to the centre of the 36-inch [91.44 cm] round.

Step 2: Lay the outside row of biscuits flat around the edge with the ends hanging over. Move the next row inward about 1/2 inch [1.27 cm] and lay this circle at a slight angle over the inside ends of the first row. Repeat with additional circles until you’re able to slide the tips of the inside biscuits under the tips of the biscuits from the centre section. Fill in with additional biscuits as needed.

Good to Know: Just as no real flower is perfect, you can mix biscuit sizes between rows and even within them for a more natural look. Experiment with different looks by first laying circular rows of biscuits in place without glue.

Step 3: Screw a pair of D-ring hangers to the back to hang it on a wall. To suspend it from chains or ropes, drive screw eyes into the outer edge of the pine round at the 10 and 2 positions.

PROJECT DETAILS

Skill Level: Beginner

Estimated Cost: $186 + paint for the large medallion

Time Estimate: 1 Weekend

Tools:

  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood glue

Materials:

  • 1 (4 for large) – 0-size plate joining biscuits, 150-count, #119290
  • 1 (5 for large) – 10-size plate joining biscuits, 125-count, #119406
  • 2 (6 for large) – 20-size plate joining biscuits, 100-count, #119438
  • 1 x 18 [45.72 cm] stain-grade pine round, #1016
  • 1 x 36 [91.44 cm] stain-grade pine round (optional)
  • Oak buttons, #19438
  • Cedar post cap (for the ball only)
  • #8-1-5/8-in [4.13 cm] wood screws
  • Large D-ring hangers, #264575


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