Olympic Gold Medal Birthday Party Invites DIY

It’s happening! My tween is turning 12! Aaaaah!

Olympic birthday party medal invites

We are big on homemade themed parties in our house. Last year it was a spa sleepover. Another great theme we’ve tried for fun is a Minute to Win It games at home.

This year we kept going back and forth on party themes, and she finally decided on an Olympic themed party a week before the party. Aaaaah! Let me just let out another tiny scream. First task on our list – make the invitations.

I literally made her Olympic gold medal invitations in less than in hour, with supplies I had on hand at home. I realize many of you may not have the crafty storage that I do, but all of these supplies can easily be found at your local craft store.

These are the supplies I used:

  • Gold glitter self-adhesive foam sheet
  • Ribbon of choice
  • 2″ circle paper punch
  • 1-1/2″ hexagon paper punch (you could use a smaller circle one here too, just something smaller than the 2″ circle)
  • Yellow/gold cardstock paper to print on
  • Scissors
  • Tape runner or double-sided tape

I planned for the medals all to be 2″ circles with the gold glitter showing on the front and the party details printed on coordinating yellow-gold paper on the back. The most time-intensive part was fitting all of the details of the party on the 2″ circle. I created a quick printable for the party detail circles and the front “Maggie is turning 12” badge for the front.

homemade olympic medal craft supplies

First step – punch out all of the invite detail circle and the hexagon fronts. We needed 9 invitations in total. Next we cut 9 lengths of ribbon about 28″ long. Then I cut 9 squares of the glitter foam that was larger than the 2″ circles.

Once I had all of my materials gathered, it was just a matter of putting them all together.

Olympic Medal Birthday Party Homemade invites

Since the gold glitter foam was self-adhesive, it was really easy to sandwich the ends of the ribbon in-between the yellow circles to create the hanging medals.

Then I used the yellow circles as a template to cut around the gold glitter, making sure not to cut the ribbon.

Finally, I attached the hexagon fronts with my tape runner, and voilá!

Tween wearing olympic homemade gold medal birthday invites

She went to school the next day wearing her medals around her neck ready to pass out to all of her friends.

Now we just have to plan the rest of the party. Aaaaah! One more tiny scream. = )

Hope you are enjoying watching the Olympics as much as we are.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!


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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  6 comments for “Olympic Gold Medal Birthday Party Invites DIY

  1. Marsha Cook
    February 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hi Pauline,
    I stumbled upon your adorable Olympic Medal invites through Pinterest and love them! I’m a mom of a tween as well that will be turning eleven in March and we’ve been thinking about the “Cake Boss” theme you did but this invite is adorbs! Would love to hear your ideas on the birthday activities y’all plan! Thanks so much for posting your awesome ideas!

    The Creatively challenged,
    Marsha Cook 😉

    • February 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      I love it Marsha! Thanks for the great comment! I will definitely keep you posted on our crafty ideas for the party. We are party crafting today. = ) My whole goal of the blog is to help the “creatively challenged”, but I bet you are more creative than you think. I just want to give you and the rest of my readers the confidence to try a new craft idea. Enjoy!

  2. Ashley
    June 24, 2016 at 7:44 pm


    I’m doing an Olympic themed party for my 6 yr old little boy in July. I wanted to make invites like this. I’m glad I stumbled upon your tutorial. You don’t happen to have the template for the 2 inch circle you would share? I would greatly appreciate it. I’m a little challenged in that area. I’ve very creative but lack in the execution 😉

    • June 25, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Hi Ashley, I’m glad you stumbled on our site too! For my template I created a two inch circle in my Illustrator program and copied it as many times as it would fit on an 8.5″ x 11″ page. The biggest template tool I used though was my 2″ hole punch. Hope that helps.
      Happy crafting!

  3. Mandy
    January 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Love this! Where did you get the gold glitter foam from?

    • February 11, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      I found the fun glittery foam sheet at my local Michael’s store. You may be able to find it in the stationery section of Target as well.

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