For the last few years, I’ve cut wood slices to make placement medals for the local nature center’s annual Fly with the Flock fun run. This year as I was cutting the wood slices for the fun run, I thought that they would be fun for a Cub Scout Pinewood Derby medal. I volunteer with the local cub scouts, and whipped these up for the boys. I think the boys liked their medals, glitter and all. Although one boy thought the race car looked like a duck, oh well.
These medals are really easy to make and are really cheap. You’ll want to find some branches that have fallen or trimmed from a tree and have dried for some time. It’s best if the wood is very dry. A good size to look for is around 2 1/2″ – 3″ diameter branches. You’ll also need string, glitter, Elmer’s glue and a foam brush.
Wood slices are really easy to cut on a band saw. Trim any protruding branches off of the main branch. Make the wood slices approximately 1/4″-ish thick, and steadily feed the branch into the blade. You don’t need to push to hard, let the blade do the work. If you don’t have a band saw, a miter saw or a table saw will work. If you don’t have a band saw, hopefully you know a nice woodworker who does 🙂
Near the top of each medal, drill a small hole for the necklace string.
Next you’ll want to create the symbols that you want on the medal face. I found this race car from clip art in Word. The font is Gill Sans Ultra Bold. The possibilities are endless.
Once I came up with a design, I cut out a template with an X-acto knife. I put the template on the wood slice and dabbed Elmer’s glue (the white kind kids use in school) on with a foam brush. Then I removed the template and poured glitter on the face and tapped off the extra glitter. Let the glue and glitter dry. Once dry, I carefully removed the excess glitter with a vacuum hose. I put a light coat of polyurethane on top, thinking that it might hold the glitter in place, but I don’t think it made a difference.
If glitter isn’t your thing, you can always write and draw on the medals with a sharpie. That is what the nature center does with their fun run medals, and they turn out great.
To install the string, I folded a piece of string in half and threaded the fold through the hole. Take the string ends and thread them through the string loop/fold and pull the ends tight, and tie the ends together.
My son was so thrilled with these medals, he can’t wait to be a big cub scout. We made him a special medal. We printed a picture of a race car and used mod podge to glue it onto the wood slice, he loves it.
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What a fun idea – I bet the boys loved these!