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Make your own medals out of paper

If you’ve ever dreamed of winning the gold, silver or bronze medals, but can’t be in London to compete in this year’s Summer Olympic Games, why not craft a few faux medals to celebrate your own medal-worthy accomplishments? This project comes together easily and also makes a cute garland to decorate for a game-themed party when strung together, end to end.

DIY Summer games medal

Tackle this project as a mother-daughter duo to bond before the Summer Olympic Games.

Supplies to make one faux medal:

  • 1, 8.5-inch by 11-inch sheet of glitter cardstock (in gold, silver or bronze)
  • 2, 8.5-inch by 11-inch sheets of coordinating cardstock
  • 1 yard of purple ribbon
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Printer or black marker
  • Wide-mouthed canning jar

Step 1:

Cut out two 2-inch by 11-inch strips of paper from the solid cardstock. Carefully fan-fold the strips with 1/3-inch folds, using care that your folds are crisp. A bone folder, available at most craft stores, will help with this.

Step 1

Step 2:

Use your hot glue gun to glue the ends of your strips together, creating one long strip that measures approximately 2 inches by 21 inches. Next, glue the free ends together to create a fan-folded loop, as shown.

Step 2

Step 3:

Out of your leftover cardstock, cut out two circles roughly the size of a quarter. Lay your paper loop on a flat surface and carefully push the top edges into the center, creating a flat disk. Use care so that you don’t rip your paper. Glue a disk in the center of each side to hold the circular fan flat and in place.

Step 3

Step 4:

Use the top edge of your wide-mouthed canning jar to trace a circle onto the wrong side of your glitter cardstock. Cut out the circle. Fold the ribbon in half, as shown, and glue onto the back of the circle.

Step 4

Step 5:

Glue the glitter circle onto the top/center of the fan-folded disk.

step 5

Step 6:

Print and cut out your desired message. Carefully glue to the front of your medal. The font shown is Needlework Good in 48 point and is available for free download.

Step 6

Final product

finished medals

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