Saturday, September 14, 2013
I don't know about your race bibs and medals but my race bibs and medals have been living in multiple places. Piled in the junk drawer . . . stuffed in a cubby box . . . and most recently, stuffed into my last Nike shoebox. A couple months ago, I was staring at my pile of bibs and medals trying to think of a way to store/display them. I figured lots of people had the same system that I did but somebody out there must have a better way. Enter Google. Turns out there is lots of ways to store them! But my favourite way, was a wooden plaque I found on Etsy. The price was anywhere from $35 to $55+. Gulp. Plus shipping. I left it at that. I was going on vacation and would revisit it when I got back. I thought about it and decided to get it because what else would I do. Entered my order, all ready to spend $50 and then I see that they don't ship to Canada. Well crap. Kept looking for a place that would and then thought, wait, how hard can this be??
Turns out? Not hard at all. Last night, I painted it. This morning I glued the letters on and put the hooks in and VOILA!!
I bought a 12 x 16 unfinished pine plaque with a fancy bevelled edge from Michael's. Michael's is a bit pricy so the regular price was $25 but they put coupons on their flyers so I had a 50% off one. I bought the already white painted letters from there too at $1.69 each. I had leftover blue paint from my bedroom and I bought square shoulder hooks in two sizes from, about $6 but I have so many in the packages, I could easily make some plaques for friends who have already expressed interest them. So for about $23, I made myself a display that I LOVE!! It was really quick too. The part that took the longest was measuring where to put the medal hooks so they were an equal distance apart. :) I could have bought a cheaper plaque that was 11 x 14 but that would have been a little snug. If you'd like to make it cheaper, you could cut a piece wood yourself!
And if you're not into DIY but you love the look of this, here is the Etsy shop where I saw the variety of displays . . . www.etsy.com/ca/shop/runningonthewall