We’re all a little jealous of some friends who won the McDonald’s Happy Meal Chefs contest and are headed over to London to watch the Olympics in person, so we’ve been trying out all sorts of fun related activities we can do at home…
One activity I remember repeating throughout my childhood were mini-Olympics.
It’s only natural that I would keep the tradition alive, so this year we’ll not only be watching the London Olympics, but we’ll be holding a friendly little competition of our own complete with medals ceremonies. Do any of you do this?
Today I am sharing a quick tutorial on how to make some really fun salt dough Olympic medals that you can make with your kids or on your own!
Salt Dough Recipe
This project is very simple and requires the following supplies:
- Bowl, rolling pin, cookie cutters
- 4 c. flour
- 1 c. salt
- 1 1/2 c. water
Mix your dry ingredients and then add the water. I went with a bit of a drier mix, but you can add a little water/flour to adjust yours as needed. Continue kneading until your dough is nice and smooth.
Many hands make light work…
Sprinkle flour on your work surface and then start to spread the dough out for cutting (as you can see the boys totally enjoyed this process).
After the boys spread it out a bit, they took turns with the rolling pin until we had the dough to about 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch thick.
Once your dough is rolled out to the desired thickness, you can cut it into a variety of shapes. For this project, we wanted a circle and just used the end of a drinking glass.
Poke holes in the top so that you will be able to thread your ribbon through.
Once you have holes in the top, you can decorate the actual “medal.” We used toothpicks to make some lines and then used the lid of a marker to create the Olympic rings.
Place the decorated items into the oven and bake. Most recipes suggest baking at 200 degrees for two hours, but you can increase baking temperature and decrease time. We baked out medals at 325 degrees until they were dry…It took about an hour in our oven.
Because the kids helped out with these, we used craft paint to cover the medals. If you wanted to go with something faster you could easily use spray paint.
As you can see, we also used a little glitter. Everything’s better with glitter isn’t it?
We’re all set for our Olympic games! Can’t wait.
If you wanted to make the salt dough a bit more sturdy, you could spray the medals with a glossy clear coat.
How are you celebrating the Olympic games this year? Will you watch with your family?
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