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DIY Olympic Gold Medals

Jul12

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Make your own homemade gold medals to celebrate the upcoming Olympics and your own special gold medalists!

I love Pluffy from Sculpey. It is nice soft workable clay that doesn’t harden until you bake it.  Another fabulous product is metallic paint from DecoArt (which is non-toxic and water-based). It really makes your objects look like metal. So grab some Pluffy (one package will make about three medals), Metallics Paint, a brush and ribbon and you are ready to get started. All supplies can be found at Michael’s Arts & Crafts!

We used found objects to cut and press into the clay. A drinking glass made the perfect circle.

The cap to a lip balm made perfect rings and a skewer made nice lines.

Be sure to use this opportunity to talk about the gold medals. They were designed by a British Artist, David Watkins.

The Story of the 2012 Olympic Medal

picture from http://www.london2012.com

“The Olympic medals’ circular form is a metaphor for the world. The front of the medal always depicts the same imagery at the Summer Games – the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, stepping out of the depiction of the Parthenon to arrive in the Host City.

The design for the reverse features five symbolic element.

  • The curved background implies a bowl similar to the design of an amphitheater.
  • The core emblem is an architectural expression, a metaphor for the modern city, and is deliberately jewel-like.
  • The grid suggests both a pulling together and a sense of outreach – an image of radiating energy that represents the athletes’ efforts.
  • The River Thames in the background is a symbol for London and also suggests a fluttering baroque ribbon, adding a sense of celebration.
  • The square is the final balancing motif of the design, opposing the overall circularity of the design, emphasizing its focus on the center and reinforcing the sense of ‘place’ as in a map inset.”

We used some of these elements for inspiration for our homemade kids’ Olympic medals. Don’t forget to make a way to hang the medal on a ribbon or string. It’s important for safety reasons to bake clay according to package instructions.  (Also, it’s good practice to always ventilate your area well when crafting.)

Paint the medal. It will take about three coats for total coverage.

Presenting my gold medal swimmers!

Here’s an alternative homemade Olympic Gold Medal made from cookies.  It’s a craft idea from the most recent Winter Games.

 

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If you are interested on other fun crafts to do with your kids don’t miss Cindy’s summer craft camp.

 

About the author


http://Skiptomylou.org
Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy's family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy's personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.


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29 Responses to “DIY Olympic Gold Medals”

  1. Cocuklacocuk Jul 12 at 8:33 am Reply Reply

    Very cute, My daughter will like this gold metals

  2. Jenny Jul 12 at 11:49 am Reply Reply

    Such a great idea!  Love this …. and those are the cutest Olypians I have ever seen!  

  3. kelly hayes Jul 12 at 1:21 pm Reply Reply

    I’m inspired to use your great craft as a beginning of the year activity with my smaller class of incoming students – “You’re going to be a champion in 4th grade.” Thanks

  4. Lola Finkelstein Jul 13 at 12:33 pm Reply Reply

    These are awesome. I made 800 Medlas from Bottle Caps in June for a Mock Olympics at the kids school. I will share this with the PTA for next year ! Maybe we could get the ASB to make them ?

  5. great idea to make with the kids and perhaps “reward” them these weeks!

  6. Laura Jul 18 at 11:27 am Reply Reply

    These are amazing, Cindy!!!

  7. Mika Jul 23 at 6:11 am Reply Reply

    They didn’t look homemade! Yet when you broke it down, it looks very do-able! Love that ;)

  8. Amy Jul 23 at 9:18 am Reply Reply

    Oh, this is so clever! My son just had an Olympic-themed birthday party and I made the medals by pasting a print-out over gold coins. This is cuter and more fun to make, I am sure!!! 

  9. Laura Jul 29 at 1:02 am Reply Reply

    I am in love with this tutorial and congrats on your Times feature! It is not anywhere near as cool a shout-out as the London Times, but I have pinned your post and shared at http://creativityunmasked.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/olympic-diy-round-up.html :)

  10. Sue Jul 31 at 7:16 pm Reply Reply

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post.  My son has Olympic fever and we are now planning an Olympic theme for his birthday party in a few weeks.  These will be perfect for the loot bags.  

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