Here is a little DIY for your summer run bling. Running event medals are becoming works of art. It’s a shame to toss them in your sock drawer after all of that hard work. Use your medals of achievement as a way to keep motivated for the next run on your roster. For some of the finest bling on the block you will want to register for the Johnny Miles Running Events. Go to www.johnnymiles.ca

Anyone who has ran a race or two probably came home with a race bib and medal and wondered what to do with them. I’m a firm believer that any race completed is a race well ran and deserves to be celebrated. This fun display board is the perfect way to track your past races by showcasing your bibs and medals and keeping track of your Personal Best times.

SUPPLIES

  • Empty frame
  • Hardboard cut to fit inside your frame
  • RUN letters
  • Hooks
  • Clips
  • Small screws
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Paint for frame and letters
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Popsicle sticks

Sand your hardboard and coat with chalkboard paint. Paint your frame, too, and let them both dry. If you need to paint your letters, do this now, as well. Apply second coats of paint as needed and let dry. Once your items are dry, decide what race distances you want to add and lightly pencil them onto your chalkboard and then go over the letters with paint. Allow this ample time to dry (there’s nothing worse than smudging a letter or two by being impatient!)

When your letters are dry, screw in your clips and add the hardboard to your frame. Now is a good time to add your hangers to the back of your frame, knowing it’ll be carrying some weight with all that race bling!! Attach your hooks to the bottom of your frame, as many or as few as you want.

Glue your letters together where they touch, using wood glue. Let these dry and then glue them along the top edge of the frame. Add supports to the back of the letters and frame, if you feel that extra support is required. (I used popsicle sticks glued between each letter and the frame to reinforce them.) Let everything dry and set.

You are ready to hang your race display up somewhere so it can continue to motivate and inspire you to get out and run and to challenge yourself to improve on your times!

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Lori Byrne
Lori Byrne is an Interior Decorator and a country-girl at heart. Fall is a personal favourite – rich colours, warm layers and a good reason to snuggle in! Exploring the Stewiacke Valley Barn Quilt tour has already been a highlight of my Fall since learning more about the history of barn quilts. If you need me, I’ll be planning decorating projects or painting more barn quilts in the studio! You can find me over at www.farmfreshstyle.ca