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Aztec Coin Medallion Craft

Aztec Coin Medallion Craft

Total Time 30 minutes or less Ages school-age

Had it not been for the Aztec Medallion the young William Turner was wearing when he was rescued from sea, Elizabeth Swann might never have realized he was a pirate. And when she took the medallion and hid it to ensure Will's safety, little did she know that the boy's father had taken this particular coin from a cursed chest of gold. Until its return, the pirate Barbossa and his entire crew would be sentenced to live forever. Unlike Will's medallion, this shiny gold pendant isn't cursed, but it's likely to give mutineers second thoughts the instant they spot it!

Download Aztec Coin Medallion Template

by Cindy Littlefield

What you'll need

  • Aztec medallion templates
  • Scissors
  • Thin cardboard or card stock
  • Nontoxic gold leaf pen or paint
  • Glue stick
  • Small container (for mixing paint and glue)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White glue or Mod Podge
  • Small paintbrush
  • Fine-tipped black marker
  • Thin black cording, 30-inches long
  • Magnetic necklace clasp

How to make it

1. Print the template and cut out the pieces. Trace the pieces onto the cardboard and then cut out the tracings.

Aztec Coin Medallion step 2

2. Cut out a 1/4- by 4-inch strip from scrap cardboard and paint both sides of it gold. When the gold leaf is dry, staple the ends of the strip together to form a loop, as shown.

Aztec Coin Medallion step 3

3. Then glue the stapled portion to the back of the larger circle so that the loop extends above it (you will thread the necklace cord through it later).

Aztec Coin Medallion step 4

4. Cut strips from the ornate edges of the doily and glue the pieces onto the face of both circles. Cover the back of the larger circle as well, going right over the stapled portion of the loop. Trim the edges of the doily flush with the circle.

5. Mix together 2 tablespoons or so of black paint and 1 tablespoon of white glue or Mod Podge, and use it to paint the doily-covered surfaces. Let the paint dry completely. Then brush the raised surfaces of the painted circles with gold leaf.

6. Color the face of the cardboard skull with gold leaf. Use the black marker to draw and shade in eyes and a nose. Outline a mouth and a few individual teeth and then shade in the spaces between the lines.

7. Glue the smaller circle atop the larger one. Then glue the skull to the center of the coin.

8. Thread the ends of the cord through the loops of the magnetic fastener and knot them tightly. Finally, thread the cord through the gold loop, and the medallion is ready to wear.