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.