DIY: Running Medal Display Rack

As you may know by now, I’ve been participating in a week-long blog challenge sponsored by Joi, The Rx Fitness Lady. In case you missed any of those posts, feel free to check them out below.

Today’s day 5 prompt is: An Appropriate Do-it-yourself project. I am super excited to share this project. I posted a while back that I’m partially motivated by the race medal or “bling”. At that time, I only had 3. Well, over the last year of running, I’ve accumulated a few more race medals. I’ve seen several display racks, but thought to myself that I could probably make one myself; so I did. Here’s what I did.Final Medal Rack CollageFirst, I gathered all of my supplies. I ended up spending about $40 dollars total. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I made a few costly mistakes that hopefully, I can help you avoid. Medal rack supply Collage

I spray-painted the edges pink. When it dried, I placed tape over it then spray-painted the surface black. (I forgot to add tape to the supply list because I already had some and didn’t have to buy any) medal rack black

Then I placed the decorative stencil across the center and the letter stencils spelling the word “running” across the top. I used tape to cover and protect the remaining surface from unwanted splatter. (If you look carefully (through all that pink) you’ll see where the stencils were placed)

medal rack stencil paint

While I waited for the paint to dry, I also spray painted the brass cup hooks black.

Medal rack Spray paint hooks

Now for the big reveal! UGH! The spray paint smeared under the stencils. By the way, this was attempt #2. I had to erase the first attempt by repainting it black.

Medal rack bad stencil

I also had to touch up some areas that smeared on the decorative stencil as well. I simply used a black permanent marker to sharpen the edges of the design.

Medal rack save Collage

Finally after getting frustrated with the stencils, I headed back to the craft store. I racked my brains trying to figure out the best and easiest stencil to work with. Then, there they were…wooden letters. Ahhhh! *cues Hallelujah chorus*. I spent about $3 bucks for them, spray painted them and pasted them on with wood glue.


Finally! I have a beautiful rack to display my run medals. I didn’t even realize that I had so many.

Finished Medal display rack

It took about a total of 2-3 hours to complete this project including drying time. But because of work, kids and other responsibilities, I didn’t have the time to knock it out in one shot. It took me almost 4 days of working on it 10 minutes here and there. I learned that I am much more patient with people than projects. Before being married with kids, I’d spend hours on a craft project.  Now, it seems less enjoyable because I don’t have time…unless I’m doing crafts with the kids. All in all, it was fun to tackle and I absolutely love the way it turned out.

How often do you do craft projects? Do you enjoy it? Are you a patient project person?

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23 thoughts on “DIY: Running Medal Display Rack

    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Wow. years ago huh? Lol. I’m so glad you’re inspired to maybe have at it. I think the feeling of finishing it was more gratifying than the process :) Thanks Michelle

  1. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

    I’m with Michelle! I don’t do much crafting. I have two things I make and they don’t involve tools or paint:) You however are very crafty and it was so appropriate for your blog. You have a ton of metals to hang too Hope. Way to go! #MBC

    You little #MBC MVP :) you are on it! Thx so much for supporting the challenge and partying hard!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thanks for the support Nellie. There are quite a few 5K’s that issue medals. I end up running the 1/2 marathons, but getting a medal for 5k is sweet.

  2. Toya

    I loved this post. Im not a crafter at all but after reading this I think I could get the Mr to do it for me!!!! Great post

  3. veronica

    That is so cool! I am not a creative person and thus have to be inspired. You’ve inspired me.I don’t really do races but I love this idea for a place to hang my daughter’s hairbows and such with her name written across. :)

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