Saturday, April 13, 2013

Crafts Day!

For the longest time, I have been coveting these race bib and medal holders from Running On the Wall on Etsy:

I mean, it's definitely better than my current "storage" place, which consists mostly of tossing my bibs in a pile on my bedside table and hanging my medals in my classroom. This weekend I realized the pile was getting cumbersome, so I decided to try my hand at making one myself.

I consider myself a relatively crafty person when I want to be. Matt and I went to buy supplies last night. We got a free piece of "scrap" wood, a half-used paint sample in white (for lettering), and some hooks. We already had black spray paint, brushes, a drill, and sanding equipment at home.

Supplies ready to go.
We sanded the edges of the wood last night. This morning, I spray-painted the wood and let it dry completely. Then, we measured the two basic bib sizes to figure out hook-placement.

This is the first time I realized that safety-pin holes in race bibs aren't spaced in a uniformed manner. Annoying.
Archie helped me drill the holes. (I promise, this is safer than it looks. No need to send the animals rights police after me.)

Hooks in, I put a couple bibs on to figure out spacing for the lettering. I didn't bother getting stencils or stickers; the result is a more "rustic" final product:

Now I just need to find time to remove old safety pins and put about 3 dozen bibs on this thing.
I'm going to take this to school, add the medals, and hang it there for the rest of the year. I haven't added the hanging wire to the back yet, but that won't take long. I'm very happy with this final result! It cost us about $12, plus I get to take pride in my questionable craftsmanship.

If you're not crafty, though, I'd highly recommend the Etsy shop. There are tons of designs to choose from, and the rack is sure to look professional.

On the schedule for the rest of the day: errands, grading tons of papers, and maybe a nap.

What's your plan for the weekend?

Do you display your bibs/medals?



  1. LOVE it! nice work. I have also been eyeing those boards - might use it as an incentive to start training and running and thus, actually racing and having medals! :)

    I kept my half marathon medal but threw away all the medals from 5ks and 10ks I did in college. whoops!!

    1. Are you still planning to run the marathon you signed up for??

      There's a cool non-profit that takes old medals and gives them to sick kids in hospital as a way to help perk up their spirits. If I had any medals I didn't feel attached to, I'd do that, but clearly I didn't start running a long time ago, so my medals still feel new and special to me.

  2. Awesome job! This non-crafty person is very impressed! I purchased my bib/medal holder from Running On the Wall but if I was more artistically inclined I would have attempted to do what you did! : )

    1. Theirs are so nice! What did you have them write on yours?

  3. Very cool! And am impressed with your handiwork.