A creative way to reuse old trophies for new purposes
Things you need:
an old trophy
something to cover your work surface (I used foil)
clay that bakes in the oven
a few colors of spray paint and spray polyurethane
scrap book paper in a coordinating pattern
a working computer and printer
Step 1: Come Up With a Vision.
You need a creative vision of what you want your trophy to look like. Mine was previously for a diving competition, and I wanted to repurpose it for a poetry competition, so I envisioned a poet with cargo pants and words coming out of her mouth.
Step 2: Form Clay Pieces.
Prepare your work space and follow the directions on the package of clay to prepare it.
Step 3: Place Clay on Trophy.
Here is a front view of my poet's pants. It took a while to form them exactly right. I wanted creases in the knees, pockets, and a zipper.
Step 4: Form Any Pieces to Be Added Later.
The word bubble would not attach to her mouth at this stage, so I formed in on foil to add after it is done baking.
Step 5: Disassemble and Prepare to Bake.
Most of the trophy was plastic, so I took it apart to put in the oven and used foil to support it. The word bubble is in there, but it is hard to see.
Step 6: Bake.
Follow directions on clay.
Step 7: Cool, Glue Pieces and Sand.
I glued the word bubble on and sanded the pants to make them a little smoother. You might want to take a break at this point if your friends come over and bug you to hang out.
Step 8: Paint.
Spray paint as desired.
Step 9: Print and Cut Paper.
Decide what you want the trophy to say, print it out on your paper, and cut paper to appropriate size.
Step 10: Spray With Polyurethane.
Then, you're done.