Paper-craft Medals


Arabella recently won a bronze medal in her first gymnastics competition... Lucy a few days later made a fimo "Taonga" (Maori for treasure) medal at kindergarten. Inspired by these two events and each wanting what the other had, they decided they were going to make their own versions at home. I got up to find them already busy at the table with paper, pencils, a cup and scissors - Don't you love it when kids come up with their own craft ideas?!

So, to get you started on these super simple medals that will keep kids happy for at least a whole day, here is what you need:

 Paper-craft Medal supplies

Paper-craft Medal supplies

  • Plain paper
  • Colouring pencils
  • A cup/mug/glass
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Some card for the back
  • A hole punch
  • String/ribbon/wool

To start with, trace around your cup to make a circle. Cut it out - or let the kids do it, my girls particularly love cutting practice! Then let their creativity run wild as they colour whatever shapes, colours and patterns on their circle. It doesn't have to be perfect and they will be proud of their efforts whatever it looks like.

 Colouring, sticking, cutting & assembly

Colouring, sticking, cutting & assembly

When the circle is coloured in, stick it onto a piece of card to make it a bit sturdier and last longer - (as you can see we had various bits of patterned scrap card to choose from). Cut around the circle, punch a hole and add your string...

 Finished medals, front & back

Finished medals, front & back

Et Voila! About 15 minutes later, 2 finished medals, another craft project completed to add to their "school holiday makes" list and 2 happy little treasures :) All before breakfast!

 Crafting in their pjs, their very favourite thing!

Crafting in their pjs, their very favourite thing!