Are you having some sort of competition or goal that needs some special award, certificate, trophy, or medal of some sort? There is no reason to go out and buy expensive award sheets or medals because you can make your very own with the following crafts ideas below.
You can utilize materials that are already around your house to create some great looking awards and trophies. You don't need to be an adult to make these creative creations...all you need to do is have some time on your hands and the materials handy.
One way to make a homemade medal ribbon...the kind that you put around somebody's neck...is to get a piece of cereal box cardboard. Cut it into a circle. Write the #1, 2, or 3 or whatever on the circle with pipe cleaners or string or little toothpicks or whatever. Then cover the entire circle with tin foil (silver or gold). Rub down over the letters or numbers and you will get an embossed coin. Poke a hole at the top of the coin and string a ribbon through it. Tada...you have a ribbon award.
If you want to make a trophy, here is one way to do it....Take a large disposable cup that is wider than a cardboard toilet paper roll. Find a cup or something round to trace a circle that is wider than the toilet paper roll....and trace it on a piece of cardboard. Glue that cardboard to the bottom of the toilet paper roll. Glue the cup to the top of the toilet paper roll. Cut out cardboard handles. After the glue dries, paint everything yellow, gold, silver, or whatever color you want to. If the paint isn't sticking to the plastic cup, then add a bit of Elmer's glue to the paint.
Another way to make a medal trophy is to take 2 cups that are the same size. Attach them bottom to bottom with glue. When the glue dries....you can either paint them gold, silver, or whatever color or you can use tin or gold foil and wrap them to make them look like they are medals or at least made from medal. You can attach them to a base that is cardboard and wrap that in foil too or paint it. For handles, you can use cardboard or pipe cleaners that are painted the same color.
A really simple way for preschoolers or toddlers to make their own medal ribbons is to take a small paper plate....Write what you want on the the plate...such as 'First Place' or 'Best Mom' or whatever. Then take 2 pieces of ribbon and attach them to the back of the plate so that they hang down from the bottom of the plate. Now it looks like a fancy award ribbon.
If you need a special trophy, such as for a race or a contest, then here is an easy, but nice looking trophy to make. You will need two disposable cups and paste them together....the bottom cup should be upside down. To make the handles, all you have to do are cut 2 circles. Fold them in half and then cut a half circle out of one of the sides of the circle. Then fold the solid side in half. That is the part that you glue to each side of the cup.
These award ribbons turn out beautifully. Paint the inside of the cap a nice color or trace colorful paper and paste it into the inside of the cap. Cut 2 ribbons, each about 2 inches long. Then Tape the 2 ribbons ont he back of the cap with masking tape. Also tape on a safety pin to attach to each winner's shirt. Write the message on the inside of the cap - such as '#1' or 'Best Painter' or whatever you want.
Here is another ribbons badge that you can make...this one with a jar cap, instead of a lid. This one is better to make for Mom or Dad or a Best Friend because it insludes a picture inside the lid. Find a picture that you like and trace the lid around the face on your photo. Cut the photo out...make it just a bit smaller than the line you traced. Now paste it within the cap. Paste two ribbons, criss-crossed on the back of the cap. Paint 'Best Dad' or 'Best Mom' or 'Best Friend' on the ribbons. This can stick to a llocker or fridge if you just paste a magnet on the back of the cap. However, if you want this to be a decorative pin, then tape a safety pin on the back.
#1 Cereal Box Medal Ribbon - Make a #1 badge ribbon that is made with cereal box, paint, and ribbons.