Olympics Craft Idea: Make Your Own Medals

Feb 18, 2014

Get the kids in the Olympic spirit with this simple and rewarding craft: personalized medals. 

What you need


  • any kind of round plastic lid (yogurt, margarine, sour cream, etc.) or paper circle for younger children
  • paint brush 
  • acrylic paint in gold, silver and bronze (or yellow, grey and orange)
  • glitter glue 
  • tape (preferably duct or something nice and sticky) 
  • hair dryer (to speed up drying process—optional)



1. Working on a space you don't mind messing up, lay out your lid with the flattest surface facing up. aint your medal to your liking. This may take a couple layers.
*Use a hairdryer to speed up drying process. A solid base will show off your glitter design the best but use your imagination!

2. Once the paint dries, it's time to add the glitter. This is a great opportunity to practice your letters, numbers or shapes and even colours. Is it your name you want to see sparkling? Is it a first place gold, a second place silver or a third bronze? What about the Olympic rings? Make sure they are in order: blue, black and red on top and yellow and green on the bottom.  

3. To hang your medal, drape the string or ribbon around your neck, measuring the length before cutting. Make sure it is long enough for your medal to be pulled over your head (around the center of your chest). Flip the lid over to the unfinished side and tape both ends securely. 

4. After all of that hard work its time to show off your creation. Stand tall and wear your medal with pride!  

Kathy Shultz is the award winning filmmaker of animated "A Sea Turtle Story" from the National Film Board of Canada. When she isn't dolling up Mamma Yamma and making props for Kid's CBC, she is playing with her one-year-old daughter and dreaming up her next big story. 

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