Celebrations, Crafts, Little Hands, Parties

Juice Can Lid Olympic Medals

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I have to admit I am a little conflicted over whether to share my party projects or to keep them all as a surprise for my party guests who follow the blog.  Lucky for those not coming to the party, I have decided to share my ideas right away and give you time to do it yourself before or during the Olympics.

Today I am sharing a simple Olympic medal craft I have planned for the kids coming to my son’s 4th birthday party.

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Supplies

  • Frozen juice can lids (1 per child)
  • Stickers for decorating
  • String or ribbon
  • Dried pasta with holes (rigatoni, penne, etc.)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Gel food coloring
  • Zipper seal bags

I came across the idea to use frozen juice concentrate lids as medals when I was searching Olympic ideas on the internet.  I could have just strung the medal on a thick ribbon, but I decided the craft needed a little more to it to help keep the kids busy.  I came across this Fantastic Fourth Olympic Party  from Put a Bow on It where she had pasta necklaces as an activity for the kids and decided to borrow the idea for the ribbon portion of my medals.

I have never made colored pasta before and was surprised at just how easy it is.  All it took was some rubbing alcohol, gel food coloring and dried pasta mixed up in a plastic bag and I had colored pasta.  For each color I used approximately 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, about 1/4 teaspoon of gel color and 2 cups of pasta.  I double bagged the pasta, as was recommended by Mommy Testers in their How to Make the Best Dyed Pasta tutorial, and then laid the colored pasta out on paper towel lined baking sheets to dry.  I then repeated for each of the 5 Olympic ring colors.  Luckily I needed the gel colors anyway for the cake so I wasn’t buying too many extra supplies for this project.

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Once I had the pasta prepared, I had my husband help drill a hole through my juice can lid and prepared a sample medal for the party.  To decorate the medal juice can lid portion, I used star shaped stickers I found from Dollarama and then strung the pasta on a ribbon I strung through the drilled hole.

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Camden seemed pretty excited about the finished medal so I am hoping the little Olympians at our party have just as much fun creating their own to wear!

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