Easy Kids Olympic Crafts {with Mod Podge products from Plaid}

I have to let you in on a little secret today…. I am slightly obsessed with the Olympics! I can’t wait for the London Games to begin next month, and I always like to plan a few activities for my kids to help them get excited about watching too! So, when I returned home from vacation a few weeks ago and there was a HUGE box from Plaid Crafts on my doorstep… imagine my delight when I opened it up and found this:

An entire box full of Mod Podge goodness! I was so excited to try out some of their new product line, {which you can find at your local Michaels!}
There are so many fun new products, but here are a few I wanted to try right away:
 1. Wash Out Mod Podge for Kids – {a dream come true for any mom!}
2. Dimensional Magic – in Gold and Silver
3. Podgeable Shapes – brand new product
4. Roller Applicator – another easy product for kids to use
When I started looking through my box, the new Dimensional Magic colors caught my eye… Silver and Gold. Right away I thought about creating some “Olympic Medals” for my boys.
The podgeables come in a variety of shapes and sizes… sqaures, ovals, rectangles, etc. The 2″ circle podgeables were perfect for the medals. Then I grabbed the other supplies I needed, including some acrylic paints from Plaid {Martha Stewart line and FolkArt.}
I started by giving each podgeable circle a few coats of paint. The dimensional magic has a glittery finish, so I wanted to add some gold and silver paint as a basecoat first. Here’s what I did:
{1} Paint your podgeable shape with 2 coats of acrylic paint, and let dry. {2} Cover the entire top surface with the dimensional magic product. It applies so smoothly! I started from the outside edges and worked my way into the center to ensure complete coverage. {3} This is what it will look like when you are done applying the dimensional magic. {4} Repeat with other shapes, and let dry for at least 3 hours.
When they are completely dry, here’s how they look:

What I love about Dimensional Magic is the 3D effect it creates. There are so many creative ways you can use this product! Then I just added some ribbon with my hot glue gun, and this is how they turned out:

My boys love them!
We’ve got the medals…. now we need a quick and easy Olympic “event” so we can compete together in our backyard. We decided on the Discus Throw! I wanted the kids to be able to make their own personalized “discs” for the event. So we turned these dollar store frisbees…
…into these “official” 2012 Olympic Games discs:
I was determined to let them complete the project all by themselves, and the Mod Podge products made it so simple!
I printed out the London 2012 Olympic logo on white cardstock {and added their names to personalize them}. The boys had a blast coloring the logos exactly how they wanted them. {1} We measured the top of the frisbee and used a plate trace around the design. {2} I even let my 4-year-old cut his out all by himself! I really wanted to even up the edges, but I didn’t :)
{3} To attach the printed designs to the top of the frisbees, we used Wash Out Mod Podge, and I let the kids apply it with the foam applicator. This was their favorite part of the entire project. My 6-year-old kept telling me how “cool” it was! “You just squeeze it and it comes out on the roller, that is awesome mom!”
I kinda like being awesome.
{4} Even my 4-year-old could do it all by himself! {5} He used another handy Mod Podge tool to smooth out the paper, and get rid of any air bubbles. Then he applied another coat of Mod Podge on top. Once it was completely dry, I sprayed it with the Clear Acrylic Sealer to protect it. This is a new formula… Super Hi-Shine Ultrabrilliant. And let me tell you, it is very shiny and glossy!
I love how the finish came out with the spray sealer!
Now that the boys both had their new “discs”…. I had to make one for me too :)
{1} I used some of the new Podgeable Papers — with adorable vintage travel designs– and the regular {2} Gloss Mod Podge formula to apply the paper accents. {3} The final result is pretty cute, don’t you think?
But not quite as cute as this…
We had a blast playing with our new “discs” and holding our own mini medal ceremony.
Here’s one more look at our Olympic projects:
There are so many other Mod Podge goodies in my box that I can’t wait to try out! For the latest on their new products, check out Plaid on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Amy from Mod Podge Rocks, has also created a Community Pinterest Board where you’ll find all the latest Mod Podge projects — it’s pretty sweet!
Hope you guys are enjoying your summer. Only 41 more days until the 2012 Games begin! I can’t wait :)
Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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Comments

  1. says

    Super cute! I really love the Olympics too. I don’t have kids but may have to do something crafty (and maybe with my Mod Podge stash) too!

    Aubree (from the TBS Mod Podge Group)

  2. says

    Such fun projects! I love the glitter Dimensional Magic and can’t wait to play with it more. I love how much fun your kids had!

    PS – Thanks for the mention!!

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