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.
Roll out 0.454kg. of polymer clay into a 1/2-inch thick sheet.
Place a silver dollar on top of the clay sheet, and cut around it with a clay knife.
Remove the clay circle from the clay sheet.
Poke a hole near the top of the clay circle using a toothpick.
Decorate the front of the clay circle using more polymer clay and the toothpick.
Bake the medal in a 200 degree oven for 10 minutes. Let it cool.
Paint the medal using acrylic paints. Let the medal dry.
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.
Cut a length of ribbon to measure 18 inches long.
Insert the ribbon through the wire ring, and tie the ends to wear the medal.