Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Running Bib & Medal Display

I have been eying running bib holders on pinterest. I thought about purchasing one, but then realized I probably have all the necessary items to make my own. So, I got to work making one. I had a few requirements: I wanted it to hold both bibs & medals, I wanted it to say Celebrate Every Mile, I wanted to be able to write on it & I didn't want it to be too large.

We had a scrap piece of plywood lying around that was already painted white. Score! My hubby trimmed it to 18" x 12".

With indoor/outdoor paint I had used on other projects, I painted the background. First, I painted the blue. Then after the blue dried, I painted green right over the top. When the green was dry, I sanded the entire thing to allow some of the blue to come through. I was going for a not-so-perfect look. This step easily could have been omitted.

Then, I used chalkboard paint for my final paint layer. After it dried, I sanded it, especially along the edges to roughen it.

Using the font that came with the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge, I used my cricut machine to cut vinyl letters.

I screwed in 7/8" brass hooks to hold the bibs & medals. I might need to change out the hooks used for the bibs later. They aren't large enough to hold as many bibs as I had hoped. Right now I have 12 bibs hanging & I don't think the hooks can hold many more.

To hang the display on the wall I nailed a picture frame bracket to the back.

It was important to me to be able to list pr's, runs to look forward to or inspirational quotes on the board. This is my first experience using chalkboard paint & a chalk pen. They seem to be working fine.

I don't have many medals to hang, but that will change.

I'm pleased with the result. It's not perfect, but it accomplishes all the things I want it to. Most importantly, it hangs within eyesight of my computer to remind me to get off my duff and run.

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