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DIY Olympic Medals for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
April 6, 2024
DIY olympic medals for kids

How to make DIY Olympic medals for kids that they can decorate themselves. Celebrate the Olympics with this fun and simple craft.

Updated May 2024

When Jean originally wrote this post, it was for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Now, 8 years later, we’re getting ready for the 2024 Olympics in Paris!

You can celebrate on your own with a backyard obstacle course, some outdoor games, or you can even host your own neighborhood Olympics.

And of course, you’ll need Olympic medals!

Here’s how to make super simple Olympic medals for kids, just in time for the games!

Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

DIY Olympic Medals for Kids



  1. Trace and cut paper

    First, trace the lids onto the paper.

    tracing medal on paper

    Then, cut the paper circles out inside your traced lines (so you’ll be able to fit the paper inside the lip of the lid).

    cutting olympic medal

  2. Glue medal together

    Glue the paper to the inside of the lid with a few dots from the hot glue gun.

    Cut a length of ribbon that will allow the medal to sit in the middle of your child’s chest. Form a loop, overlapping at the bottom. Use a dab from the hot glue gun to glue the overlapping ends together. And then add another dab or two to glue the ribbon to the back of the lid.

  3. Make more!

    You’ll want at least three medals (first, second, third) for however many events you have planned.

  4. Decorate

    Now decorate your new award medals! You can use any drawing materials you prefer; we used oil pastels to draw 1st, 2nd, and 3rd on ours.

    Add a coat of Mod Podge (optional).

Use your new DIY Olympic medals for backyard races, games, and obstacle courses!

You can also make an Olympic Games sign with a length of white easel paper, a mixing bowl, and some paint sticks. Simply trace the mixing bowl to create overlapping circles of blue, yellow, black, green, and red on the paper!

Use a mixing bowl to make the circles on an Olympic Games poster
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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