Gold medal in sports crafting

We are moving on to round two in the recycle old sports trophies and medals and such project. So as not to set the bar too high, we are tackling another easy one, upcycling (trendy word for taking old junk and making it into new junk) medals into magnets to use on the fridge or any other metal surface. This is so stinking easy! If this were a Learn to Skate program, it would be appropriate for the third group–the kids that can barely stand up and try to suck their thumbs through the helmet cage.

medalsIMG_6883Supplies:  Medals (obviously), a pack of magnet buttons, a pair of pliers (needle nose are best) and some glue that will bond plastic and metal.

Step 1: Gather up the old medals you’ve got looped around drawer knobs and hanging from the bedpost. We’re going to remove the medals from the fastener with the pliers.

Just grab the loop part with the pliers and bend it gently to create a space to slip it off.

Step 2: Open the packet of magnets. (See, told you this was easy.)

Step 3: Figure out how many magnets you will need per medal. Some of the bigger medals, or the really heavy ones, will need more than one magnet.

Step 4: Read the directions on the glue. Apply some glue to the back of the magnet, then place the magnet, glue side down, on the medal. It might recommend clamping the items together, in which case you can put a heavy book or a brick on them for a few hours.

Step 5: Allow glue to dry.

Step 6: Pop one of those nifty new upcycled babies on your fridge and admire your handy work!


Lessons learned
The magnets I bought weren’t very strong and I had to use two or three on some medals. When I make more of these, I will use the neodymium magnets that expert crafters use. And, as I instructed you, read the directions on the glue BEFORE you use it. I used the Gorilla Glue White Glue, and did it all wrong. I put on too much glue, not realizing that it foams up, and made a bit of a mess the first time and actually adhered a medal to the counter. But hey, it’s on the back where you can’t see it, so no harm, no foul in my crafting book.

Also, a shout out to Laura Lorraine for the completely awesome “Live to Goal” bottle cap you see hanging on the fridge. She will custom make those with your team name or player numbers.

I’m contemplating something more advanced for the next project but in the meantime, I’d like to show off your crafts so send me a photo of how your project turned out.

2 Comments on “Gold medal in sports crafting”

  1. Blogbrarian says:

    Why didn’t I think of this? Now tell me what to do with all of those trophies gathering dust.

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