Host an amazing Halloween costume contest with these DIY award ribbons!
Hello! Today I have a fun DIY for your next Halloween party – DIY Costume Award Ribbons! They are really easy to whip together and a cute way to celebrate all of the amazing and unique costumes everyone is wearing. I created a set of award labels and voting sheets that are now available in my Etsy shop, but you could also create your own with whatever categories you want to include!
I used Photoshop to design my labels, but you could also make these without the computer by layering different colors of paper and hand writing the labels OR you could be extra crafty with stickers or drawing your own designs by hand. Once you have your labels created, you’ll find the tutorial for turning them into medallion pins below.
My printable packet of award labels and voting sheets includes lots of fun categories like Cutest, Most Clever, Most Magical and Best Handmade. There are ten categories total for each voting sheet, with one voting sheet geared towards younger kids and one for an older group, including “Scariest”, “Most Gory” and “Best Couples Costume”.
If you want to keep the costume contest purely for fun, where every kiddo takes home a ribbon, you can make multiple ribbons of each category or create ribbons like “Spooktacular Costume” and “Bootiful Costume”.
Below is the tutorial for creating the medallion ribbons! Check out my printable award labels and voting sheets to make this DIY even simpler! :)
Supplies Needed For Costume Award Ribbons:
- 12″ x 12″ Card stock in orange, purple and black
- Pin backs
- Hot glue
- Double-sided tape *optional
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Scoring board and stylus
- Award labels and voting sheets – you can create your own or grab mine from my Etsy shop. Print on cardstock – I love using this 110lb white paper.
Step One: Create award labels for each ribbon or grab my printable packet from my Etsy shop. Include lots of different categories, taking into consideration the age group and type of event your costume contest will be at. If you are looking for ideas for categories, check out this selection of Halloween words for inspiration!
Print the labels on cardstock and cut them out. My labels measured just under 3″ wide.
Step Two: Cut strips of cardstock to create the accordion fold of the medallion. One medallion will need two 2″ x 12″ pieces. Score every 1/2″ and accordion fold.
Connect two of the accordion-folded pieces end-to-end to form a tube. I used Scor-Tape, a double-sided tape adhesive. You could also use a glue gun.
Cut tiny 1″x 1″ squares from leftover cardstock and put a little pile of hot glue in the center of it. Press one of the accordion-folded tubes down so it flattens out into a medallion with the center of it on the hot glue. Hold until the glue dries.
Step Three: Create the paper ribbons from strips of paper. I used one piece that was 1.5″ x 12″ and one piece that was 7/8″ x 12″. Fold the pieces in half and cut out little triangles from the ends.
Layer the cardstock ribbons together and adhere. Shift the ribbon pieces apart slightly so they are on the diagonal.
Glue the ribbons to the back of the paper medallions. Attach a pin back right above the paper ribbons.
Glue the award labels to the top of each medallion with hot glue.
The ribbons are finished! Yay! Don’t forget to create extras for “Best Couple Costume” and “Best Group Costumes”.
Step Four: Print voting sheets with the same categories as the ribbons you’ve created!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Check out my printable packet for the award labels and voting sheets by clicking the link below. You’ll be able to see all of the categories I included for my award ribbons. :)