How to Make Plywood Ceiling Medallions

  • 4-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 200-350
What You'll Need
Drywall screws
Measuring tape
Safety goggles
Paint brushes

Ceiling medallions can be an amazingly decorative, and sometimes functional asset for any room. They not only unify the room’s decor, but they also can create a finished look for any space. If you are planning on moving to a new home or just remodeling your own, a plywood ceiling medallion is a great do-it-yourself addition. Here is a quick step-by-step guide to complete this project on your own.


First, you must etermine what size you want to make your medallion., and this will depend on the space and function. If you intend to install a ceiling fan after this project, you may want to go a little bigger. The best way to measure is to get the dimensions of both the length and width of the ceiling. Multiply those numbers together and get the total. Take that number and divide it by 7.

This number is just a general estimate, but it will determine the medallion size that is appropriate for the room. From there, you can eyeball it for what you like. If you have a shorter ceiling, meaning that it is lower than 9 feet, then a smaller medallion will look better. Measure around any fixtures. Use a pencil and paper to mark the dimensions.

Cut Plywood

Wear safety goggles and gloves when you are making cuts. Use a saw to cut the plywood into a circular shape in the dimensions that you have already planned. Cut out a center to match the light fixture that will be installed there.


Prime and paint the medallion to your liking. Place a tarp if you are working inside and be sure to cover the floor and furniture you're working around because painting gets messy. It is best to allow the primer to set for an hour or so, then use a paintbrush to add the paint color that you like. Allow it to dry completely before doing any more work.


When the ceiling medallion is finished, attach it. Paint its back with epoxy adhesive. Carefully apply the medallion to the ceiling in the correct spot. Hold it there for several minutes, then allow it to dry completely. Once it is dry, drill holes and insert drywall screws to hold it in place.

Now that you are finished, you can attach the light fixture and test it.