When you design your own custom medals, are you a little puzzled with the design? Maybe you don’t know which elements should be added. It doesn’t matter, GS-JJ collects some popular elements for reference only in customizing medals for race, running, sports, military, fiesta, etc.

Maybe your medal design may be like the following design……

We can design from 3 parts to get an in-depth understanding.

Part I Design Medal Shapes

#1 Shield


Shield has different shapes like the above picture. Shield symbols protection. In western countries, shield symbols a social status. Shield symbols a knight in western feudal society.

However, nowadays, the shield means going to the world. For one thing, the shield is a symbol of couple hardness with softness; For another thing, the shield means a spirit of teamwork. Using a shield will make your products different right away. The shield shape is usually used in running medals or events that need people to work together.

#2 Cross


Cross shape looks like a crossroads. Cross shape is usually used in catholic medals, religious medals, or some marine corps medals. Because cross symbols the highest honor in the army. Later on, cross gradually is a sign of holy and pole. In addition, it is also an amulet.

#3 Loving Heart

loving heart

The loving heart can be used in any type of informal medals. It is easy to see in love medals. If you want to convey your sweet love for some people or some events, the loving heart shape is a nice choice. A loving heart can be designed in many forms. A single or double loving heart is up to you. When it is connected with some glitter powder or cut out crafts, the effect is better. Running medals or race medals are commonly used.

#4 Leaf

leaf elements

Leaf standards for hope and vitality. Especially, maple leaves are used in custom medals Canada. The maple leaf is their national tree, which symbols Industrious people.

#5 Sun

sun elements

Sun is a symbol of enthusiasm and strong vitality. Sun shape will motivate burning flare in the heart. Of course, it can be used in the margin design or logo design.

#6 Pyramid


The pyramids are a triangle, standing for go up and go ahead. Who doesn’t want to stand at the top of the pyramid? Its special shape is eye-catching. Running Medals use it.

Part II Design Medal Margins

#1 Ear of Wheat / Garland / Olive Branch

ear of wheat

Ear of wheat standards for hope and achievements. Lots of gold medals use ear of wheat to embellish. Garland and the olive branches have the same implication. These elements are used in shiny and sandblast medals, which presents its feature.

#2 Star & Moon


Star symbols perfect, and the moon means lucky and happy. The together of star and moon means that a myriad of stars surrounds the moon. Adopting these elements can bring out the center – logo or texts.

#3 Ribbon


Usually, the ribbon is a popular embellish elements. In the ribbon, you can add some texts. It only makes your products vivid. You can add your events, times, names or else on it. It has different styles to choose.

Part III Design Medal Center

#1 Crown


Crown is a symbol of authority. Crown can present the vigor of your products. Sometimes, it can directly be designed in the shapes. Just imagine, how attractive it is! Crowns are used in some dancing medals, makeup medals, or in some talent show.

#2 Running Man

running man

Running man is a direct way to present what your medals are. Obviously, running man can trigger empathy. No matter what the posture is, it’s standards for running. Running Medals usually use it.

#3 Running Shoes

running shoes

Sometimes, if you don’t want to place running man, you can use running shoes to present the same meaning. Running shoes can be designed with a wing, which will look like fun. Of course, what you choose shoes must be gym shoes. When these shoes are colored or added by glitter powder, it will be bling. Usually, running shoes can adopt soft enamel.

#4 Trophy


Plaque is a common award, which symbols an honor. Custom medallion uses it. While we can use the trophy on it. It usually is associated with the ear of wheat, text or number.



V/WINNER/1ST/BEST all means the first one. If your medals are mainly used to award those people who achieve success. These texts can be added to your products to show the special meaning. They can connect with ribbon, plaques, or others.

These are our medals gallery from buyers.

Some special elements like wings or Olympic torch are popular. If you need them, you can add them to your products. Everything from life will give you a spirt.

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  1. I like what you said about an ear of wheat symbolizing hope and achievement. When it comes to custom medals, it’s best to work with a reliable award shop. If I were to purchase a custom medal, I would make an effort to locate a supplier in my area that has a wide variety of options.

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