Trophy Revival: Don't Let Them Gather Dust!


Trophy Revival

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We suspect that millions of trophies lie dormant in attics, garages, and storage units around the world. What a waste! Some are cheap plastic, others are solid wood, and a few are sterling silver or even gold plated. Regardless, each one represents a long-ago moment of fleeting triumph or hard-fought achievement. Someone felt proud, appreciated, and deserving. And isn’t that the way we all want to feel every day?

Trophy Revival is an effort we dreamed up to bring old trophies back into the light of day and use them to recognize the wonderful and deserving people with whom we work, socialize, and play. So, roll up your sleeves and poke around in the garage. Dust off your old bowling trophy, swimming medals, or engraved plates and bowls. Clean them up, break them down, and then reincarnate them for a new worthy soul.

Who is Deserving?

Does someone make you waffles in the morning? Give them a bottle of your favorite syrup glued to the base of your old golfing trophy!

Who tells the best jokes? Doesn’t he deserve a clown trophy in recognition of his pitch perfect wit and timing? Add a big red clown nose to an old bowling trophy.

Does your neighbor grows the most beautiful broccoli? Does she share the bounty with you? I bet no one else has ever given her a bonafide broccoli award!

How To: The Basics

  1. Dig out an old trophy and dust it off. Or pick one up at a thrift store – there are thousands of them out there. The more silly the better.
  2. Remove the person at the top – you know, the plastic guy with the awkward frozen tennis swing. Bend it back and forth until it snaps, unscrew it, or use a hack-saw if you have to. Or leave it on there and work with it!
  3. Craft a new top for someone that has done something worthy of an award. You can keep it simple or get wildly creative – it’s up to you. Use cardboard, paper-mache, found objects, or some other three-dimensional material. Heck, use a 3D printer and make a little figurine in your recipient’s likeness! Perch your creation atop the original stand or platform. You might need some super-glue or duct tape to bring it all together.
  4. Name the award and give it to the deserving recipient (i.e., make their day).
From simple to extravagant...

From simple to extravagant…

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Lea Redmond is always looking for the poem hiding inside things: a salt shaker, a clothes tag, a hand gesture, a cloud. She is infinitely intrigued by the way experiences can slip from the ordinary to the extraordinary and she endeavors to design things that hold this possibility. Leafcutter Designs, her creative studio in Berkeley, CA, makes the world more playful and peaceful one little experience at a time.


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  2. Cassi

    May 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I think this is such a great way to recycle all those trophies I see at the thrift shop and would make anyone proud to receive one! I have featured this on The Crafty Crow as a gift kids can make for Mother’s Day. It would be great for Father’s Day too!

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