Category Archives: DIY projects

DIY Medal Racks: Race Bib Covered Wooden Letters 

I used to tack my race bibs to the wall in our old house, but I wanted to turn them into art in our new home. The solution: I cut them to fit onto wooden letters, adhered them with Mod Podge & added towel hooks on which to hang my medals.

The finished product:

Here’s what you need to make your own!

• Wooden letters

• Race bibs

• Mod Podge (I used the Gloss, but any will do)

• Black paint for the edges (looks nicer than unfinished wood)

• Towel hooks & short screws

The how-to is really easy – here’s the step by step:

1.) I ordered 23″ wooden letters from Home Depot online. Hobby Lobby & Michael’s sell smaller letters, but I had a lot of bibs to use up & I needed decent width for plenty of medal hooks.

2.) I painted the sides of the letters black so none of the wood would show & so they’d really pop against the pink walls in my gym.

3.) I laid my race bibs across the letters ’til I liked the arrangement, then cut them to fit. (You can photocopy yours & cut the copies if cutting up the originals freaks you out)

4.) Using Mod Podge, I glued each bib piece onto the fronts only (no overlap on the painted sides).

5.) After they dried, we screwed on towel hooks that we bought at Home Depot:

6.) Lastly, we hung them on the wall using drywall screws & started adding the medals.

That’s it! It’s a lot easier than you think & the minimal amount of work produces major impact on your wall! Please let me know if you have any questions, and if you make your own, please send me a pic!

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DIY: Christmas Light Wall Art

My daughter needed a nightlight in her new bathroom, but didn’t want a traditional plug-in (“those are for babies,” she scoffed). I needed to fill the blank wall above the toilet, but wanted something a little more interesting than a framed print.

Using a stepladder, a pocketful of thumbtacks & a little patience, we created this:

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I free-handed this design, but if you need a little help bringing your vision to fruition without a lot of trial and error, then I highly recommend “tracing” your design on the wall first by lightly taping string or yarn in the shape of the pattern you’ll be pinning.

Simple, fun & lovely with the lights on or off!

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