How to make a medal craft

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How to make a medal craft
You can make homemade medals with craft materials. (medal image by Henryk Olszewski from

If you are organising a field day event for elementary-aged children, you can reward the children's involvement in the day's events by providing the winners with whimsical medals. Although you can buy novelty medals from a party or educational supply store, you can save money by creating your own medals from craft supplies, like oven-bakable polymer clay. When you make your own craft medals, you can customise the medals to suit the particular events.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Polymer clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Silver dollar
  • Clay knife
  • Point tool
  • Toothpick
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Woven ribbon, 1-inch wide
  • Scissors
  • Baking tray

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  1. 1

    Roll out 0.454kg. of polymer clay into a 1/2-inch thick sheet.

  2. 2

    Place a silver dollar on top of the clay sheet, and cut around it with a clay knife.

  3. 3

    Remove the clay circle from the clay sheet.

  4. 4

    Poke a hole near the top of the clay circle using a toothpick.

  5. 5

    Decorate the front of the clay circle using more polymer clay and the toothpick.

  6. 6

    Bake the medal in a 200 degree oven for 10 minutes. Let it cool.

  7. 7

    Paint the medal using acrylic paints. Let the medal dry.

  8. 8

    Cut a length or wire to measure 1-inch, and wrap it into a ring through the hole in the medal using needle-nosed pliers.

  9. 9

    Cut a length of ribbon to measure 18 inches long.

  10. 10

    Insert the ribbon through the wire ring, and tie the ends to wear the medal.

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