My son and I are here to show you how to make an Olympic torch out of household items and a few child-friendly craft supplies! Just last week, my little man brought up the subject of ice skating and how he would like to go again. I was taken aback by this declaration because he was “scared skateless” the last time we went, but I suppose he was only four then! Our talk of ice skating quickly turned to talk of the upcoming Olympic games, and he is now eagerly awaiting the ice skating competitions! I am not going to lie, I love skating, and am not-so-secretly hoping he falls in love with it, because I would love to have a little skating buddy!
I’m a bit ashamed to admit that, before our little conversation, I didn’t even know the start date for the 2018 Olympics! I have since learned that the official opening ceremony is February 9th, and is to air on NBC at 8PM EST, although some competitions will start the day before. As I sought out this info, I was treated to a whole host of interesting Olympic facts. For instance, I found out what the Olympic rings stand for (https://www.olympic.org/olympic-rings) as well as the meaning behind the lighting of the torch (https://www.olympic.org/olympic-torch-relay) and how it makes its journey to the games (despite being on fire the whole time)! All my reading inspired me to join in, and that is how this fun project came to be! Now that you are clued-up about the Olympics, all you have left to do is make your torch and enjoy the games! Follow along, and we will show you how we made ours! 🙂
How to Make an Olympic Torch
For this project, you will need:
1 paper towel tube
Construction paper (we used off-white)
Round jewels (like these ones from Craft Project Ideas)
Tempera paint (like this washable paint from Craft Project Ideas)
Paint brush or foam brush
White gift wrap tissue
Lay the tissue out flat, and gently paint with fire-like colors, sprinkle with glitter, and set aside to dry while you work on the torch.
Wrap the paper towel tube in paper by rolling it up and securing with tape.
Cut out a circle about 5 inches across and then cut an X in the center, making it just big enough to fit over the end of the tube.
Start at the bottom and push the circle toward the top, then secure with tape.
Attach the jewels with glue.
When your tissue is dry, gently fold it as shown and place it in the top of your torch. You’re all set! Let the games begin! 🙂
We are totally looking forward to watching figure skating, although I really enjoy watching several of the winter events! Which events do you enjoy watching? Lets us know in the comments below!
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