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Olympic Crafts

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be held February 7-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Get in the game with your family with these spirited crafts!

 

Ceremonial Olympic Torch

 

Materials

  • 1 sheet of white construction paper
  • Clear tape
  • Red, yellow, and orange tissue paper, 12″x12″ square of each color
  • White craft glue

 

Tips: 1. To create a really tall torch (like the real Olympic torch), use a piece of white poster board instead of the construction paper. 2. Instead of tissue paper, use construction paper in the same colors. Simply cut them into flame shapes and glue inside the cone opening. 3. Have a piece of tape ready before rolling the cone, this way you won’t be struggling with the tape while trying to hold the cone’s shape.

 

Directions

  • Roll the construction paper into a cone shape, tape closed.
  • Layer the tissue paper squares, red on the bottom, then orange, and yellow on top.
  • Gather from the center of the squares and hold in your hand like a bouquet of flowers.
  • Put some white craft glue into the sides of the opening of the cone.
  • Place the tissue paper into the cone; let glue dry completely.

 

 

 Gold Medals

 

Materials

  • 2″ flat round paper mache discs
  • Gray Gesso (or any color)
  • Paintbrush
  • Gold spray paint
  • Large star punch
  • Posterboard, cardboard, or cardstock (whatever can be punched)
  • Glue (school or tacky)
  • 1/2″ or wider ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Newspaper or plastic bags to cover work area

 

Directions

  • Paint the paper mache with Gesso and let dry. (Note: Gesso primes the surface and doesn’t allow the paint to soak in). Let dry.
  • Punch 2-3 stars out of the stiff paper. Glue together and adhere to the middle of one side of the medal. Let dry.
  • Spray paint both sides of medal, allowing to dry before painting other side. Be sure to spray in well-ventilated area.
  • Measure the ribbon to fit around child’s neck (with excess to hang down to chest). Cut ribbon.
  • Glue the two ends to the back of the medal. Let dry.
  • Present child with the medal after the family-style Olympic challenge!

 

Courtesy of Spoonful.com