Tuesday, December 13, 2011

DIY Medal Hanger

Until a few days ago, my "medal hanger" consisted of my medals (all two of them!) draped on the post of the lamp by my bed. There are so many cool medal hangers out there (like these from Gone For a Run), but I had an idea to make one that nobody else had. It was a pretty easy project and it was much cheaper than a lot of the ones you can buy from stores or online...all of the supplies were well under $15 total.

A few weeks ago I headed to my local Habitat ReStore and picked up a bunch of used knobs for only 25 cents each (I bought 16 but only used 13...they cost $4.40 total with tax).


They were all unique; some are old and very worn, while others look brand new and modern. If you can't find these used, you can buy them new from places like Lowe's, however they will be more expensive ($0.75 to $2+ each).

I also purchased a 1x4 from Lowe's (for between $2 and $3) and had Andrew cut it and drill holes in it for me. This is probably the hardest part, but it took him all of about 2 minutes and he was excited because he got to play with his tools. I'm not handy like that, but I know some of you are (or at least hopefully you have a handy friend or husband!).

The other supplies I needed were some scrapbook paper ($4 maximum, if not already on hand), Mod Podge ($5, I had some already), and a spongy brush ($0.75).


I cut pieces of scrapbook paper and just kind of randomly glued it onto the wood. You could also cut out a bunch of clippings from running magazines if you wanted to make it more running specific. This is what I was going to do at first but I decided to go with the scrapbook paper instead. Another idea is to use old race bibs to cover the wood.


After I glued everything down, I trimmed the edges and applied a topcoat of glue. After it dried I screwed the knobs in. Here's the final product:








I haven't put it up yet, but you get the idea! I'm also hoping to make a bib holder like this with the leftover wood.

15 comments:

  1. That is abbbbsolutely adorable...I hope you put it up on Pinterest...you could sell those things- I'm in love!

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  2. I love it! How original! Now you just need to fill it up!

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  3. SWEEET!! That is a great idea and it came out fabulous!!!

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  4. OH MY GOSH I LOVE this. I already just looked up to see where a habitat resale store is closest to me (the one on Roane Street in Richmond)...I'm totally going to do this myself!
    I may want to end up doing matching knobs because that will go better with the decor of my room (although I LOVE the look of the mix)-- so when you went to the habitat resale place, did they have sets of knobs or just individuals?

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  5. LOVE IT! I can't wait to have a medal to display as well :)

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  6. Wow! That's really awesome. Thanks for sharing. Good luck filling it up. :)

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  7. This is such a great idea- and such a unique way to show off your medals!!

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  8. ahhhhh!!! LOVE! it turned out absolutely adorable! and such a cute idea too :)

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  9. very cute! I just did my own DIY medal hanger but with paint and stencils and hooks - I love how unique and stylish this one looks though!!

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  10. Very cute! Maybe you should sell these...

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