DIY Race Bib Displays
Display Race Bibs and Medals with these DIY Crafts!
My family and I love to run and participate in community races for both fun and fitness. Over the past few years we have gathered several race bibs soI decided to display all of the hard work our family has put in. I started looking for race displays, and for the most part everything was REALLY spendy or not what I had in mind. Now, every once in a while I’ll splurge on race stuff…but the splurging goes in to our gear…so I started looking around for ways to make something. Here’s what I have come up with so far – it was fun and EASY to make!
Does your race bib collection look like this? Here’s why I need to get some organization going on it! I decided on three separate projects that I would combine together to make the wall display that I had in mind.
Project #1 – First Race Bibs
Supplies: Frame, Bibs, Mat (Optional depending on what kind of frame you choose to use.)
My first race was a Half Marathon. I diligently trained for the run and by the time race day came around I was pumped! The race atmosphere was fun and exciting and a bit sentimental. After the race began I cried at the end of the second mile because in all my life I had never run more than this with so much passion and purpose. So, our first bibs need a bit more attention! It just so happened that I had a frame laying around that my kids knocked off the wall and broke the glass – perfect! However, I am always on the lookout for old picture frames or less expensive ones. Garage sales and thrift stores are a great place to start, but if you are wanting something more specific, try looking here.
This was an easy assembly: Tape the bibs to a mat or the outside edging of the frame and then hang on the wall. Easy and Frugal!!
Project #2 – Race Bib Collage on the Word RUN
Supplies: Mod Podge, Wood or Cardboard Letters R, U, N (I found the ones I used at Walmart for $2.50 each) Paintbrush, Scissors, Hammer, Sawtooth Picture Frame Hangers, & Race Bibs
This was a FUN project to do!!
Step 1: To begin with I used a hammer to pound in the sawtooth picture frame hangers. This was pretty easy to do, but you’ll want to make sure that you don’t bend the hangers in the process, and
obviously make sure it’s on straight so you don’t have to do it twice like me. 🙂
Step 2: Next, I had my niece help me cut out and lay bib pieces on the word RUN. Get a fun collage going by curring out the numbers, symbols and graphics of each of the bibs. I decided to use a few that both my husband and I ran so there was a duplicate.
Step 3: After we started getting a collage together we painted with Mod Podge to get the race bib pieces to stick to the cardboard letters. Once the collage was put together I put another layer of Mod Podge on it to even it out and make sure that all of the pieces were flattened out.
Step 4: Allow the Mod Podge layer to dry and then hang on the wall. This was a bit time consuming, but nostalgic in the process because I got to talk about all of the races we had done with each of the bibs that were cut up.
Project #3 – Bib & Medal Display
Supplies: Wooden board (I used pine), Sawtooth Picture Frame Hangers, Paint & brushes or Spray Paint which I recommend if you’re not color matching a wall, mug hooks, Bibs & Medals, and Vinyl Letters or Quotes (See below for a few of my favorites.) If you want to work with your own wood you will also need a table saw and sander .
Step 1: Determine what size of board you will want to display on your wall. My husband does woodworking projects so he just happened to have a 12″ x 1″ x 8′ board in the garage. You can find these at Lowe’s or any hardware store. I started looking for these at a craft store and for the size I wanted the least expensive ones I could find were $18.00–YIKES!! So, I put my table saw skills to the test and cut down the (2) boards at 36″ and sanded them down until they were nice and smooth. Then I added the sawtooth wall hangers so they wouldn’t have to nail them in after I put everything else together.
Step 2: Paint or Spray paint the board(s) to the color that you want. Allow to dry.
Step 3: Arrange your bibs and medals where you will want them to be displayed. Screw in the mug hooks to hold the medals and bibs. (Most bibs will already have holes punched in the them from the race, and are typically the same width so you should be good to measure based off of where the holes are. Once you have everything in place you can add the vinyl decals or quotes to the display.
Step 4: Hang on the wall and enjoy all of your accomplishments!
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