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How to Make Kids' Necklaces

American Medals

Make your own American Medal.
Make your own American Medal.

Citizenship Day is a time to celebrate new citizens of the United States. It is also a day to remind us of our rights and privileges that have been guaranteed by the United States Constitution. With American Medals, you can present a new citizen with one of these homemade medals, or simply wear the medal yourself and celebrate your pride in being an American.

How to Make American Medals

What You'll Need:

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Empty plastic tub
  • Disposable plastic cups
  • Pencil
  • Markers or paints
  • Clear nail polish
  • Cord

Present your favorite American with a patriotic medal.


Mix plaster of Paris and water in an empty plastic tub until it is thick and smooth. Pour 1/2 inch of the mix into a small plastic cup.

Quickly poke a pencil at one edge to make a hole to thread the necklace cord through. When the plaster has dried, peel away the plastic cup.

Paint your medal on both sides, and let it dry. You can now draw or paint patriotic messages such as "I Am an American," "U.S.A. All the Way!," or "Life, Liberty, and Happiness."

Protect your medal with a coat of clear nail polish after the paint has dried.

Thread enough cord through the hole to make a loop large enough for your head to pass through. You are now ready to wear or give away your medal with pride.

On the next page, you'll learn how to make a necklace from flowers.

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