How to Make Award Medals

By Philippa Jones
Make your own personalized award medals

Unless you have a stash of gold, silver or bronze it's unlikely you'll be molding award medals out of the real deal. Instead use your creativity to bring a few simple items together to make your own, personalized medals. You can save money by using some basic household items or take a trip to a craft store to create your own designs. Your award medals are only limited by your imagination.

Decide on the shape of medal you would like and use a theme to suit your club, school group or event.

Divide the modeling clay into three even pieces for a first, second and third place medal. You can change the number of medals and amount of clay used depending on your design and requirements.

Sculpt each piece of clay into your chosen award medal shape.

Get the correct size of the award medal by measuring the clay medal against your chest and seeing if it's too big or too small. Use this as a guide to correct its size so it is suitable for the winners.

Use a pencil to bore a hole where the ribbon will go through.

Harden the award medal by following the instructions on the modeling clay. Wait for the clay to harden while you make the award medal ribbon.

Cut a length of ribbon about 30 inches for the medal. This is tied through the medal so that the winner can wear it around the neck.

Use the paintbrush to apply glue to the length of ribbon. You can apply the glue all over the ribbon, in spots or in another pattern. Sprinkle the glue spots on the ribbon with glitter and put aside to dry.

Paint the hardened award medals using a variety of colors. Pick different colors for first, second and third place. You don't necessarily have to use gold, silver and bronze. For example, you could paint the medals in red, blue and yellow.

After the painted medals have dried, thread the ribbon through the hole of the award medal and tie the two ends together.

Tip

To define first, second and third positions of medals use different colored glitters on the ribbons and paint the modeling clay the same color as the glitter.

Make sure you make the hole in the medal for the ribbon before the clay dries, otherwise you will not be able to use a pencil to make a hole through the middle.

Use clay modeling tools to add definition, words or features on your clay medal before it hardens.

If you didn't want to use modeling clay, use thick cardboard, plastic cartons or egg boxes to make shapes. You can still paint them and thread the ribbon through in the same way.

About the Author

Based in Bristol, Philippa Jones has been a music journalist and script writer since 2007, working across a range of radio programs in the U.K. and Australia. Her articles have appeared in "Impact Magazine," "The Mic" and in local newspapers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Nottingham.