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DIY Winter Olympics - Make your own torch

Updated on January 8, 2014

The Olympic Games are the biggest world-wide sporting competition, held every two years. There are winter games and summer games that alternate every other year. This year (2014) in February the winter games will be occurring in Sochi, Russia.

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History

The first Olympics were said to be created by Hercules and they were games to honor his Father (chief of the Gods), Zeus. These games started in the eighth century BC and occurred frequently in Athens, Greece until the fourth century AD. Chariot races, running races, boxing, wrestling and the discus throw were some of the events present in the early Olympic Games. Instead of medals, the winners of the different events received an olive branch. Much more, the winners were highly regarded within the ancient community, they received cash prizes and were treated similar to celebrities today.

The Olympics as we know them today began in 1896 and they were held in Athens, Greece. The first winter games were in 1924 in France. The games were created to strengthen relations among countries. Nations come together and participate in friendly, sports competitions; it provides a positive line of communication amongst participating countries. The Olympic flag itself is a symbol of unity. On the flag are five rings that are interlocked together. These rings represent the five inhabited continents being: Africa, America, Asia, Australia and Europe. The colors of the rings are blue, yellow, black, green and red. These colors represent the colors that are present on National flags throughout the world (every flag worldwide has at least one of those colors). Not all nations of the world participate in the Olympics but more than two hundred nations currently take part in the games.

Youth Olympic Games 2010 (Bulgarian Team)
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The Youth Olympic Games

Although the Olympic Games are for adult athletes (age 18 and older), recently the Youth Olympic Games were established. They began in 2010 and were first held in Singapore. Anyone aged 14-18 can participate. Practice your sport, participate in the qualifying games held within individual countries, and you may win the chance to participate in the Youth games which also will occur this year (2014) in the summer, in Nanjing, China. Similar to the regular Olympics, the youth Olympics occur every two years, alternating between the winter and summer games.

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.

Pierre de Coubertin

The Olympic Spirit

The athletes who compete in these games are held in high regard and are professionals in their sports. They have trained long and hard in order to compete. The participants are disciplined and competitive; they are determined to win. Many of these athletes fall short in the Olympic Games; they may not win a medal. These athletes are devoted to their sport, they don’t give up if they fail; they push themselves harder and try again. They may never win but that is not the most important thing. What is most important is that they tried their best and worked hard. Like anything in life we should try our hardest and push ourselves to achieve. In life we may not win a gold medal for everything we do but that doesn’t mean we should give up. We need to keep going, keep pushing ourselves to become better and stronger each day. Someday we will recognize that the real prize is in participating.

The Olympic Torch

When the original games were held in ancient Greece, a continuous flame was maintained in Olympia.

At the 1936 Games in Berlin, the tradition was started to transport the flame from Olympia to the place where the Games were held. A torch is lit from the fire in Olympia and then carried by runners who relay each other until the destination is reached. Sometimes the flame is transported by boat or by plane, and this year the Olympic torch even made a trip to the International Space Station.

Make your own torch

You'll mainly need:

  • small paper plate
  • tube of toilet paper roll
  • long thin cardboard tube
  • waxed paper
  • yellow, orange and red tissue paper
  • white glue
  • Mod Podge

Cut a 1 inch slice of toilet paper roll and glue it in the center of the small paper plate.

Take a sheet of paper and fold it in half to get the appropriate size to draw the pattern of the flame. Draw the outline of a large flame and cut it out.

Cut a piece of wax paper that is at least twice the size of the pattern of the flame and spread diluted white glue or Mod Podge on the waxed paper.

Cover the surface with a sheet of yellow tissue paper. Let dry.

When the yellow tissue paper is dry, trace the outline of the pattern of the big flame on one half of the tissue paper and then reverse the pattern and trace the outline on the other half of yellow tissue paper.

Draw a smaller flame inside the pattern and cut it out. This forms the medium size flame pattern.

Take a piece of orange tissue paper that you fold in half. Then, trace the outline of the medium size flame pattern on the orange tissue paper.

Cut both layers of the orange tissue paper.

Spread diluted white glue or Mod Podge on the yellow tissue paper and place an orange flame on one of the yellow flames. Then, reverse the other orange flame and glue it on the other yellow flame. Let dry.

Draw a smaller flame inside the medium size pattern to form a small flame pattern.

Cut two small flames from red tissue paper and glue them on the orange flames.

When it's dry, brush the red tissue paper with diluted white glue or Mod Podge to make it shiny as well and let dry.

Take the plate with the ring of toilet paper roll that you glued earlier and paint both sides of the plate in a color of your choice.

I painted this part of the torch in gold. Because the gold paint is very transparent, begin by painting with a solid color very close to the gold color, e.g. ocher. Then, when the ocher paint is dry, add a layer of gold paint.

Then, paint the handle of the torch in a color of your choice. Let dry.

When the plate and the handle are dry, flip the plate over and glue the long tube in the center of the back of the plate. Let dry completely.

Take the wax paper covered with tissue paper and cut both sides of the flame.

Take one of the sides of the flame and place it with the waxed paper side up.

Put a thin bead of white glue all along the edge of the flame, with the exception of the bottom.

Superpose both sides of the flame exactly. To obtain good adhesion of both sides, put clothespins along the edge of the flame for a few minutes. Then, remove the clothespins and let dry completely.

To mount the flame on the torch, open the bottom of the flame and insert the ring of toilet paper roll into the hole of the flame.

If you are going to use the Olympic torch during the day, glue the flame on the plate with white glue and let dry.

To use the torch in the evening, put a LED candle in the ring created with the roll of toilet paper.

Then glue the flame with a glue gun or with a few discrete pieces of scotch tape.

Video tutorial

If you'd rather watch a video with the explanations, you'll find one here.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how, awesome, Joelle!!! This is a wonderful craft project. I love the Winter Olympics. I love the interesting facts you have included prior to showing us how to make your torch.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever my friend, and I love the spirit of this hub. I have always believed the Olympics are important as a way to bridge cultural gaps...great hub.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment, Faith :-)

      I thought it would be nice to have a project for the Olympics. I love the Winter Olympics as well. So many fascinating sports!

      Blessings to you too!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and kind comment, Bill! Indeed, the Olympics have a nice role to play in our world!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Joelle, once again you've made this look so simple, the mark of a true professional. Great information about the games, My young cousin took part in the London Olympics, I was very proud of him. The Olympics is a good example of how nations can forget their differences and come together in the spirit of the games. Great hub, well done.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great idea for making ones own torch for he winter Olympics. You always come up with fabulous creative thoughts. Voted up, useful interesting and beautiful.

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      StricktlyDating 3 years ago from Australia

      That is so cute for little ones! Another brilliant Hub!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Brilliant Joelle, the torch looks great.

      You explained the process really clearly, so that the project is accessible for all.

      The history and feeling conveyed in your hub made it even more special. Building bridges is definately something this world needs just now and you caught the spirit of that, and it's relevance to the games really well.

      I hope your weather isn't too bad where you are.

      Anna :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your very kind comments, Jo! It must have been quite a unique experience for your cousin to take part to the Olympics especially in his own country; it must have been special for the rest of the family as well :-)

      Wishing you a great day!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Devika! Thank you for your support, visit and vote! Have a great day!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your comment and taking time to visit, StricktlyDating!

      I wish you pleasant dreams .... because of the time difference :-)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, Anna! It would be wonderful if the spirit of the Olympics could transfer throughout the Earth at all the time :-)

      The weather is finally getting "warmer".... or less cold depending of the opinion! Let's say that I am dreaming of turquoise water and palm trees at the moment and try not to think to much about it :-)))

      When it's so cold, we have to heat the house more because it seems as if the cold goes through the walls. I am wearing two sweaters on top of each other (what I do usually at this time of the year anyway). When I go outside, the cold bites so I protect myself as much as I can and mainly I avoid going out if not necessary! This is Canada and I suppose it's part of the game :-)

      Have a great day.... not too cold!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I am glad you are managing to stay warm. It is unseasonally hot here, no snow,only really severe winds, and very heavy rain. The weather gets stranger by the year all over.

      Have a good day too. :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      We had a ice storm in 1998 in Ottawa (like they had in Toronto over the Holidays) and since that event we have had two gas fireplace installed in the house. So if something happens it will not be the big comfort but we should be able to stay longer in our house before having to find some place to go with our two cats :-)

      I hope that politicians will wake up and recognize that we can't ignore the changes in the weather as being part of the gobal warming.

      Stay dry... and enjoy your day :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      How absolutely cool! I love the LED candle touch, too. I could see holding your own family or neighborhood Olympics with the kids with a bunch of made-up "sports" like last one standing in a snowball fight, etc. Very very cute. Pinning this.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You are super kind, Flourish :-))) I love LED candles with kids... it's secure and fun! And you are right... we can invent any kind of sports and have fun and have "pretend neighbourhood Olympics". The important part is being together, respecting each other and having fun doing it!

      Enjoy the rest of the day, Flourish!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is such an awesome craft! I love how a candle can be put down inside the flame. Truly original and very clever!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, Crafty :-) I love to find different ways for kids to play with candles.... the LED candles :-)))

      Have a nice day!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub Joelle.

      Your great ideas are endless and please keep them coming. Have a wonderful day .

      Eddy.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and kind comment, Eddy! Always a pleasure to receive a visit from you :-)

      Have a nice evening!

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Another awesome hub of yours that I'll be pinning! I will definitely be making this with my 5 year old while I talk to him about the Olympics and the importance of what the games mean. You explain it so well here. He grows more and more curious every day and this will be a fun way for him to learn. Thanks for sharing another great craft idea!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, BNadyn! I hope that your son will enjoy making this project with you! When an event like the Olympics happens it's a nice occasion to create something and talk about it!

      Have a great weekend!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Kid this looks so creative and fun thank you for sharing :) Frank

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and kind comment, Frank! I hope that kids will find that fun :-)

      Enjoy your day!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Kidscraft happy Monday to you cool hub you got there :) hope you had a wonderful weekend my dear .

      Thanks for sharing another one of your lovely craft with us.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Hello LadyFiddler! Thank you for visiting and commenting :-) I am still trying to catch up on my work since the workshops at the museum. But I took time to visit some friends Saturday :-)

      I hope you had a good weekend yourself! Have a great week!

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      What a Wonderful Idea for both the Young and not so young to make. Very Creative, as usual. I love your step, by step directions...GOOD HUB!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank your for your visit and kind comments, B.Malin :-) Always a pleasure to see you! Enjoy your week with or without the bike :-)

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      What a clever idea. I can see kids having fun making these and learning at the same time. Great photos!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Shery Faye for your very kind comment! I hope that kids can enjoy making a torch and learn about the olympics :-) It comes every two years so I thought it would be nice to talke about the spirit of the olympic games that could be use at all time.

      Have a nice week!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful craft idea and way to tech kids about the Olympics too!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and comment, Michelle! It's always a pleasure to "see" you! Have a great week!

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      ignugent17 3 years ago

      Great idea! Kids will really love making this craft. Enjoy and tell them be careful. :-)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Ignugent! I hope that the kids will love creating a Olympic torch and learn about the spirit of the Olympic games :-)

      Have a great week!

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      toknowinfo 3 years ago

      Your imagination and creativity always make your hubs wonderful to read. I always learn something new from you and I truly want to thank you for the wonderful contribution you make to the Hub Pages writing community.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Wouaw. Thank you for a so sweet comment Toknowinfo! I always hope that what I create and present can be useful for others. Thank you very much for your encouragments!

      Have a great weekend!

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      Preston and Kate 3 years ago from the Midwest

      Great idea! I am not sure my son is old enough for a craft like this, but considering our cold weather outside, maybe a craft attempt would be good. Thanks for sharing! -Kate

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and kind comment! If your son is not old enough it could be a project you do together. He might be able to create some part of it :-)

      Have a nice day!

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I enjoyed the history you provided. The craft of the flame was very good. It's very nice looking, like a good lesson.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your encouragment and kind comments, MylindaElliott :-) I thought it would be great to create something special for the Olympics!

      Have a wonderful week!

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      Angela Joseph 3 years ago from Florida

      I always enjoy your crafts, kidcrafts. This is a nice, timely project to make with the kids when they are on one of their snow days and can't go out. Voted up and beautiful, also sharing.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your kind comment and vote, Quildon! It's always good to have project to do when it's a snow day... and we had quite a few this year...and I don't think it's finished yet!

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      very nice idea dear, really a fun to create it. thanks for sharing!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Passionate!

      Have a great week!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      What a fun craft idea and I really enjoyed reading the history you added. I didn't know that these went back to the days of Hercules to honor Zeus.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You are welcome :-) I try to add some facts attached to a project when I can because it makes it more interesting :-) Thank you for your visit! Have a great day!

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