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DIY Olympic Gold Medals

DIY Olympic Gold Medals

By Cindy Hopper

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

Cindy Hopper

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 cont...

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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31 Comments
  • DIY Olympic Gold Medals | Skip To My Lou

    July 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

    […] you are looking for some crafts to celebrate the Olympics, skip on over to AlphaMom today where I am sharing how to make Olympic Gold Medals. It is a fun craft for […]

  • Cocuklacocuk

    July 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Very cute, My daughter will like this gold metals

  • Jenny

    July 12, 2012 at 11:49 am

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

  • kelly hayes

    July 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    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

  • Lola Finkelstein

    July 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    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 ?

  • Stephanie @ Henry Happened

    July 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

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

  • Laura

    July 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

    These are amazing, Cindy!!!

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  • Mika

    July 23, 2012 at 6:11 am

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

  • Amy

    July 23, 2012 at 9:18 am

    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!!! 

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    July 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

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  • Laura

    July 29, 2012 at 1:02 am

    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 🙂

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    July 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

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  • Sue

    July 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    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.  

  • […] Everyone can get a gold when the create their own!  The 2012 medals have a abstract design with lots of straight lines that are fun to re-create.  You can find easy step-by-step instructions that Cindy from Skip to My Lou created on Alpha mom. […]

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  • Paul

    December 2, 2015 at 8:27 am

    This is a fantastic idea, I hope you don’t mind, but we are going to get the kids making them and presenting them for our sunken trampoline event next week!

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