I am excited to share with you my adaptation and more affordable DIY version of a Race Medal and Bib display for our home office. I first saw the idea at a friend’s apartment, she had a cute single-bib holder with some text and hooks for metals. As the weeks wore on and our race medals sat in a box in our office, I remembered the idea and went online to see how much these were! On Etsy, they range anywhere from $30 – $50, which while affordable, I knew I could do this much cheaper!
Step 1: Find a piece of wood that fits the desired size. Since B and I both run, I wanted to be able to display both of our bibs, separately so this had to be long enough to accommodate two 8-inch race bibs. I also wanted to have a catchy/cute phrase on the board too… more room needed. It just so happened that we had a wood piece from our table that we got to sample stains from the carpenter… turns out this board was the perfect size to a T. Cost = $0
Step 2: Measure + determine design. I grabbed our race bibs, placed them on either side and penciled in the top holes for place makers and then eye-balled where I would want the hooks to go along the bottom for the medals. The phrase I decided on was borrowed from one I saw online; “Soul Mates in it for the Long Run.” This phrase is so fitting for B and I and goes back to the roots of when we started dating, four years ago. It was maybe a week into dating and I was running my first half-marathon, while B was running a 10k. The first person I ran into, in the crowd after the race was B, literally ran into each other, and if you have ever been in a race before you know how crowded they are! I knew it was something special when that happened.
Step 3: Paint backdrop. I had some left-over acrylic paint in grey and white (just what I needed) so I grabbed those and started to paint! Cost = $2.50
Step 4: Buy hardware. I needed little hooks for the bibs and then larger hooks for the metals. The hardware store is literally 5-houses down the street and around the corner so a quick trip there and I was in business! I ended up needed 1-pack of the smaller hooks ($1.29) and 3-packs of the larger hooks ($1.35 each). We also needed sawtooth hooks for the back and other hooks for the wall (about $5). Cost = $10.50
Step 5: Stencil + paint phrase. I wanted this to look better than all free-hand painting, so I printed out the phrase and cut the letters, traced in position to make sure I could fit everything, then painted! I then free-handed the other writing and added a cute personal touch of “est. 2011” – not perfect but it works!
Step 6: Apply hardware. This was a little tricky getting the square bent hooks into place and definitely took some patience, after starting a hole with the screwdriver we were able to get these screwed into place. Afterwards I placed two large sawtooth hangers onto the back and then nailed 50lb weight picture frame hooks into the wall.
Step 7: Hang up + decorate with metals + bibs.
Total cost: $13.00
Now our race bibs and metals have a nice home… and plenty of room for more to come in the future!