As a runner, one of my proudest belongings are my bib numbers. Each bib is a small trophy and a reminder of many miles logged in my running “career”.
At my old place, I used my refrigerator as my trophy case – displaying each bib proudly. But, when I moved my bib’s were packed away with my other running memorabilia and it wasn’t until Michael’s sister, Becca, emailed me with a DoaAC crafty project question: “how do I best display my running bibs?”
This question made me I realize I failed to unpack them and provided me with a new crafty challenge – to make a bib number display plaque!
Now, these plaques aren’t an original DoaAC idea. I’ve seen them before on Esty where they run for $50.They’re nice, but I knew I could make my own – and I did for way less than $50!
Here’s how I did it:
1. Go to your local art store (i.e. Blick, JoAnn’s, Utretch, etc.) and get the following supplies: “U” hooks, a 10×10 art wood panel (but, if you plan to stencil a phrase get the 10×12), spray paint and a paint marker (for stenciling).
2. Using a bib as a template, mark the board with a felt pen where the top two holes are. (Note: I had two different size bibs so I ended up putting in four holes to accommodate for the various sizes).
3. Using a hammer and nail, make a small hole. The small hole helps when screwing in “U” shape hooks into place.
|Putting the “u” hooks into the art wood panel.|
4. Spray paint. (I chose gold mainly because I had the spray paint left over from another project) but figure it worked well for this project too.
|Spray painting pro.|
5. Stencil your favorite phrase using a paint marker. Since this was for Becca, I wrote “RUN BECCA RUN”. Make sure you let the paint dry each time after you stencil a letter or the wet paint will smudge.
|Becca’s Plaque w/ stenciling
(including the smudged “U” in the first “RUN” – sorry Becca!)
6. Hang and admire with pride!
|Made a plaque for myself too!|