Olympic Rings Craft + How to Cut the Perfect Circle
Growing up, we always tried to watch the Olympics every two years. My favorite is always the ice skating events. The spins, the music, the costume, the balance… every bit of it is magical! I can’t last a minute on the ice myself, so to see such elegance on the screen is very captivating.
In Winter 2002, the Olympics came to my home state, Utah. I had the opportunity to visit the grounds and see some of the smaller events. Unfortunately, I was young and can’t remember too much about it, but I do remember seeing the runner carrying the torch, in addition to enjoying some beautiful ice sculptures. Most likely the Olympics won’t be coming back to Utah anytime soon, but I want our boys to enjoy them as much as I always have.
To kick off this bi-annual event, I made a fun little craft for the kids to play with. All it is is the five Olympic rings cut out of felt on top of a white felt background. Each ring has a cut in it so they can be interlocked with each other as the official Olympic rings are. I fully expect my kids to make many combinations of the rings as well!
This Olympic rings craft is pretty self-explanatory: you make circles in each color and then put it on top of white felt! However I wanted to share my favorite way of cutting out circles, which makes the process so much easier than just whipping out a pair of scissors.
Meet the OLFA circle rotary cutter. It’s an adjustable cutter that can cut circles in any circumference out of both paper and fabric. I’ve used mine on both and haven’t had any problems switching between the two (though I probably should get a backup blade just in case!). You just center the spindle in the middle of where you want your circle cut and rotate around it. Voila! Perfect circles every time!
The outer circle was cut with a 3″ (7 1/2 cm) radius, the inner circle a 2 1/8″ (5 1/2 cm) radius. Repeat this process for all 5 rings in blue, yellow, black, green, and red. Cut a slit through each ring so they can be looped through each other. Cut out a white rectangle big enough for the background and you’re good to go!
Let the games… BEGIN!