There are around 5000 coins and medals in the Museum collection. Medals have been given out to people for all sorts of reasons, from bravery to remembering someone's amazing achievement. 

Collection image of a medal awarded for bravery at sea. Medal looks like a coin with a head in profile and a hole drilled in the top with a ring attached

This medal was created to celebrate Sir Francis Drake's journey around the world. 

Collection image of medal with engraved world map including latitude and longitudinal lines

Why don't you create your own medal? You could make it for yourself or for someone else.  

What would your medal be for? 

You will need:

craft materials on table including scrap cardboard from recycling, silver foil, pencil, glue, scissors

Any type of card



Glue stick


Step 1

Draw a circle onto your piece of card. It can be as big or as small as you like.

Tip: Why not try drawing around something round to help you get a smooth circle?

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Step 2

Carefully cut out your circle. You might want to get some help with this!

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Step 3

Carefully cut out some tinfoil. You will need enough to cover your circle. 

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Step 4

Fold the tinfoil around your piece of card. Make sure the shiny side is on top and try to keep it smooth.

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Step 5

Use a pencil to make marks on your medal.

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Step 6

What will you include in your design? Will you draw a person, or an animal? Will you add any patterns or words?

If you want you could stick a ribbon on so that your medal can be worn.

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Now you've made your medal don't forget to share it with us on social media!