kids craft: make your own olympic medals

July 11, 2012

Another olympic-themed repost for you today! These medals were really fun to make (hello, glitter!) and even more fun to play with. If you are scared of glitter, then metallic paint would work just as well.

With all the Olympic buzz in our house, Juliet and I decided to make some medals both for ourselves and for some of her dolls.  This was cheap, easy, and fun. 

We started with three large plastic bottle caps (juice caps), a bowl of glue, and some glitter (conveniently, we had gold, silver, and bronze!)

Juliet dipped the caps in glue, 

Then sprinkled ONE METRIC TON of glitter onto each. 

She repeated the process with these three pasta lid tops. (The first round of plastic caps were the doll ones and these fancy metal ones were for us!)

We let them dry on a piece of wax paper. And after a few hours of dry time, I sprayed the with hairspray to seal in the glitter. (If you normally shy away from glitter, the hairspray really worked! It sealed it well and we have had minimal glitter transfer.)

I hot-glued ribbon to each medal and then they were ready for wearing! Juliet chose the bronze one as the one she wanted to wear (She has no idea what the colors mean and I didn't have the heart to tell her. She still thinks that everyone wins a race. She'll find out one day.)

Here's a close up of our three medals. I think they turned out kind of pretty and the bronze really is the most stylish. My girl has good taste. 

And here's a doll rockin' the silver. 

The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race (First Time Books(R))

Two books that feature races and winners that we love to read are The Berenstain Bears and The Big Road Race and 

Bicycle Race

Bicycle Race by Donald Crews. Juliet even made a reference to this book while we were watching speed skating the other day. She mentioned "number 9" as she was cheering. (Number 9 wins the race in this book.)

Do you have any favorite race or sports books? Leave a comment and let me know!

(I'm linking up to Muffin Tin Mom for her Glitter Project link up!)


Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Thanks for the hairspray tip! I saw this post and thought "Oh my, she's brave! She'll be vacuuming glitter until the next olympic games!"

Jackie said...

Those are really cute. The hairspray is a great tip! I am thinking of doing an Olympics theme next Friday with my preschoolers.

Raising a Happy Child said...

The first comment cracked me up - that's what I thought reading the post too. It's good to know that there is an antidote to glitter. Two books that we read and liked recently was Tacky and Winter Games (perfect for this Olympics) and Koala Lou (will be reviewed on Sat in my WMCIR post)

Kim said...

How cute! We are making medals at our house tomorrow to post next week. But no glitter for the toddler. :-)

vanessa said...

The hairspray is really holding up! We're at 5 days later and it's still staying put! (I did two heavy coats.)

The Life of Blights said...

So cute! I just love all your creativity...send some my way, will ya?

Amanda said...

Very cute! Love these metals!

Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom said...

I LOVE these! not only do they look simple to make, but they are really pretty, not something you always get with kid crafts!

Whitney @ Pen Pals and Picture Books said...

I love these! Hello glitter!! Maybe outside, since it's summer and all. The flags are so great too! I'm on the look out for olympics books myself, have a slew on hold at the library, we'll see how they turn out.

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