Wednesday July 3, 2013

Medals in the Making

By Jennifer Cooper

This Fourth of July, show some good old American pride with these do-it-yourself red, white and blue medals. You can award them at backyard BBQs or wear them to your town’s Fourth of July parade. They’re easy enough for older kids to make for themselves and their friends. It’s also a great parent/grandparent-child project or craft for older siblings to do with little brothers and sisters.

You’ll need:

  • red felt
  • white felt
  • blue felt
  • scissors
  • gold or yellow embroidery floss
  • large embroidery or tapestry needle
  • ribbon (preferably red, white and blue)
  • bar pins
  • hot glue
  • pdf medal template

Step 1

Print out the pdf medal template. Cut out felt using the templates as your guide.

Step 2

Thread the embroidery floss on a needle. Decorate the blue circle using simple stitches. Make sure you don’t pull too tightly. You don’t want the felt to crinkle. Note, tapestry needles have blunt ends, which can be easier for younger children to use.

Step 3

Place a dab of hot glue on the back of the decorated blue circle. Affix to the center of a white circle.

Step 4

If desired, decorate white circle using simple stitches. Place a dab of hot glue to the back of the white circle and affix it to a red circle.

Step 5

Cut two lengths of ribbon. Use hot glue to affix them to the back of your medal.

 Step 6

Glue on a bar pin. It’s ready to wear! Go USA!

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