So I have accumulated a fair number of race medals this year thanks to the Hogwarts Running Club and Geek'd Out Running Club, and since they are all such adorable fandom medals I really wanted a way to display them (
or show off, whatever). I found some great medal hangers online by Allied, and while they were really well made, I didn't want to shell out $60 - $80 at this time.
As I consider myself to be a relatively crafty girl, I decided that I could totally pull off making my own hanger for much less. I of course hit up the holy grail of the DIYer, Pinterest, to find some inspiration. After a quick trip to Lowes and AC Moore I had everything I needed to fabricate my hanger. Here is the finished product:
In total it cost me around $25, the most expensive part being the letters at $1.15 each.I've had quite a number of people ask me how I made it so I thought I would put together a little tutorial below in the event you'd like a more frugal option to display the fruits of your labor too!
- 6" by 3' pine board (I used 1/2" thick)
- Cafe curtain rod
- D-ring hangers
- Wood screws (make sure they are shorter than the thickness of your board)
- Metal clip
- Black spray paint
- Wood letters (optional)
- First, spray paint the board, curtain rod and clip black.
- Attach the D-ring hangers to the back of the board. (I also put some rubber bumpers to the back to help protect my wall from scratches)
- Attach the curtain rod to the front of the board, I chose to place mine on the top right side of the board so that in the future if I need more medal space I can add a second rod below it.
- Use a screw to attach the clip to the left side of the board. I positioned it so that I could display my race bibs without them hanging over the edge of the board.
- Add another coat of spray paint, making sure to cover the screws.
- Glue the letters to the top of the board. I purchased black, 2" letters from a local craft store. This step is optional and would have brought down the cost of the project by about $15.
And there you have it. It took me about 30 minutes to complete the entire project (plus time for the glue to dry). I hope this inspires you to get crafty and show off your medals!