How to Make a Chili Cook Off Trophy




Any great chili cook off needs a great trophy! Learn how to create a chili cook off trophy that's bound to inspire a fierce competition!

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Step 1: Gather Supplies

2 different sized empty cans

Gold spray paint

Black spray paint

Plastic bowl

Dry Pinto Beans


Floral foam

Plastic Spoon

Wood Block or Wooden Plaque

E6000 – Industrial strength adhesive – purchase at any craft store.


Box cutter or Scissors

Drop cloth

Step 2: Glue Cans and Bowls Together

The next step is to create the trophy using the cans, bowl, floral foam, and spoon.

1. Clean out the cans and remove labels.

2. Use E6000 to glue the edge of the smaller can to the larger can.

3. Stick the spoon in the green floral foam and glue foam to the inside of the bowl.

4. Glue the bottom of the bowl to the top of the smaller can.

Step 3: Glue Beans to Cans and Felt

1. Use E6000 to glue the beans in a circle on the felt.

2.Then glue the beans on the edge and side of the cans.

Step 4: Fill Up the Bowl

1. Stuff the edges around the floral foam with paper towels to help the bowl appear full.

2. Cut felt covered in beans to fit into the bowl to cover the foam and paper towels.

3. Glue felt to bowl and foam.

Step 5: Prepare for Paint

Using the sandpaper, give wood block and plastic bowl a light sanding to help the paint better adhere to the surfaces.

Step 6: Paint Base and Trophy

For this step follow the directions on the spray paint.

1. Paint the trophy with metallic gold.

2. Paint the base with black.

I did two coats for each.

Step 7: Glue Trophy to Base

Use E6000 to glue the bottom of the gold can to the wooden base. Let set for 24 hours.

Step 8: Add Contest Name or Other Decorations

Now it's your turn to get creative! Add your contest name and other decorations! Here's what I did:

1. Design a nameplate in a design program, I used Adobe Illustrator CC.

2. Print on thick card stock.

3. Cut to size.

4. Glue to the wooden base.

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    4 Discussions


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks! There are so many variations you can do for trophies!


    2 years ago

    What a quirky, yet wonderful trophy! Really cool way of doing it :)

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks! It was a hit at my company's chili cook off!