How to Make a Faux Military Medal

Military medals have been given to victorious generals and heroic soldiers in many wars all throughout history and the world. Finding a genuine military medal can be difficult and expensive. If your child needs his own faux military medal as part of a costume for a school play or for Halloween or you need one for a fancy-dress party, you can design and make your own.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottle cap

  • Hammer

  • Enamel metallic paint

  • Medium and small paint brushes

  • Red ribbon, 2-inch

  • Scissors

  • Epoxy glue

  • Large safety pin

Step 1

Pound a bottle cap flat with a hammer so that the sides of the bottle cap are pushed underneath the top. Gently tap the edges to smooth down any points.

Step 2

Paint the bottle cap using a medium paint brush and enamel paint. Silver or gold are good military medal colors. Leave the paint to dry.

Step 3

Paint military details onto the medal using a small paint brush and different colors of enamel paint. Stars, an eagle or a heart are all common to military medals. Leave the paint to dry.

Step 4

Cut out a piece of ribbon from 2 to 3-½ inches long. Cut one end of the ribbon to a point, from which the medal will hang.

Step 5

Glue the point of the triangle to the back of the medal using epoxy glue. Leave the medal overnight to let the epoxy glue dry.

Step 6

Glue a large safety pin to the back of the ribbon, just below the top.


As an alternative to the bottle cap, or for a larger medal, cut out a circular piece of heavy cardboard or plastic.

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