Olympic Medals: Made using Baking Soda Modeling Clay

Help your child make his very own Gold medals! We halved our baking soda modeling clay recipe for the boys to participate in creating their gold-medal masterpieces. The process was just as fun for them as getting to show off their medals!!!

Here’s what you’ll need:  baking soda, cornstarch, water, a circle cookie cutter, gold metallic paint, and ribbon. Optional:  shellac, clear acrylic spray OR clear nail polish.


1. In a saucepan, mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of cornstarch.


2. Add a tiny bit less than 3/4 cup of water in the pan and stir.


 3. Stir over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.


At first, it will be liquid like this…


…and then it will become the consistency of playdough.


4. Once the mixture is a playdough-like consistency, take it off the stove and dump onto a clean surface. Cover with a clean dishtowel until it cools down.


5. Separate the dough.


 6. Have your child roll the dough out onto a clean surface and use a circle cookie-cutter to create the medal.


7. Use a straw to make a hole in the top portion of each medal.




8. Use a marker cap to make an Olympic-ring design by pressing slightly into the surface of the medal. You can also use numbered cookie cutters as well.


 9. Let the medals dry overnight, or until they have become a clay-like consistency.


 10. Let your child paint each medal using gold metallic paint.




 The medals are ready to dry!


Optional:  Once the paint is dry, spray the medals with clear enamel spray, shellac, or even give it a quick coat with some clear nail polish. This isn’t required, but it does help ensure that the medals hold up a little longer (plus it gives them a glossy luster). :)


Once dry, string a ribbon through the hole!




 Here are our future little Olympians!




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  1. I am doing an Olympic themed party next week for a bunch of teenage boys that are living in a group to turn their lives around. It is a group called Teen Challenge. Anyway, parents and my family gets together a few times a year and hosts a dinner or a party for these guys. I love the clay medal idea! I have already come up with my own medals – I googled Olympic medals and I noticed that some of the past medal designs have had a hole in the middle, so I went to the hardware store and bought the biggest washers I could find ($.40 each) and took them home and spray painted them the different colors. I have ribbon that I will string through the hole in the middle. I have also bought the stamping kit from Harbor Freight (I think it was $8.00 at the most) and I will stamp words on the washers. I am not sure what I am going to put yet, I think it depends on how hard it is to stamp letters into the washers. I love these ideas!

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