January 24, 2013

DIY Pinewood Derby Trophies and Certificates

I've mentioned that we have made trophies for the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby the past couple of years, but I wanted to show a more detailed post on how to make them.  So here we go...

We had 2 sets of trophies - - the overall winners, that's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and then the winners of each den. The overall trophies were made with regular matchbox cars and the den trophies were mini-trophies and made with micromachine type cars.
First, gather your cars (we found a few in our basement toy stash) and paint them.  For the gold we used gilding, for the silver it was spray paint, and for the bronze it was acrylic craft paint.  That's because that's what we had on hand.  Trevor headed up this whole project:
Next prepare the stand - it's two pieces of scrap wood.  I forgot to run out and take tutorial pictures while he was cutting the pieces, but you can get an idea from these pictures.  Predrill where the pieces go together so that when you screw them together the wood doesn't split.
It's just one screw that holds it together, coming up from the bottom:

Here's a view right-side up - the "stand" part is slanted a little to display the car on top.  Also, each trophy is a different height - 1st place is tallest, 3rd place is shortest.

Then after the paint has dried on the car, just glue it to the top of the stand.  We used Gorilla Glue because it grows and fills in the cracks:

And there you have it - thrifty and easy Pinewood Derby Trophies:

We also made some Pinewood Derby Certificates because I tried searching online and couldn't find a free printable so we had to make our own - and I have it so you can download it!

So here's a JPEG image, you can click on it to make it bigger, then right click and save it, etc.  If that doesn't give you a high enough resolution, I think I loaded it where you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE.

These are given to each boy, and they win various things like "most creative paint job", "most creative", or "most realistic looking car".  They enjoy seeing what fun category they have won:
 If you have a Cub Scout participating in the Pinewood Derby, or know someone who does, I hope this is helpful.  Happy Racing!!

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

14 Fabulous Comments:

Fun!!! If one of my kids won that, they would be so happy!

Great post. Pinewood Derbys are so fun!

Such a great idea! Love it. :)

Awesome! Can't wait until my kiddo is older and we get to make Pinewood Derby cars!

These are so awesome, Mandy! We used your tutorial last year for our Tiger when it was our first Pinewood...he did WONDERFULLY with all of your awesome tips! Loving these trophies. You're so awesome!!

Sorry, I should have specified...your car-building tutorial! :)

Those are the absolute BEST looking pinewood derby trophies I have ever laid eyes on!

These are seriously cute! My friend Jess will love these!

Mandy, can't wait to tell my friend about this. She's planning a Girl Scout extension to the Boy Scout's pinewood derby this year.


Do you know the dimensions? I can go out and do some trial and error but I'd rather just do it right the first time:)

I don't know the dimensions - it was just wood we already had - - good luck!!

Thank you so much for posting this! What a great idea.

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