Back in May (https://christinaruns.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/what-to-do-with-all-of-those-race-medals/), I decided that I wanted to create a display for my race medals. I searched around until I figured out how I wanted to store my medals. For the longest time, they were just in a plastic shoe box tucked away in my closet.
This DIY marathon medial display case project was actually quite simple. The most difficult task during this venture was actually deciding which shadow box to purchase and how to arrange my medals, mostly due to my indecisiveness. I started this project with the following items: my plastic shoe box filled with race medals, a shadow box purchased from JoAnne’s, some extra Velcro, scissors, and some tacky glue.
Then, once I knew how I wanted the medals organized, I took my scissors and made the first cut. At first I hesitated to cut the ribbon off of the medal, but I knew that I needed to cut the ribbons so that there wasn’t extra bulk behind the medal weighing it down.
I then folded the ribbons into neat sections and glued the ribbon in place to make sure that all layers of ribbon were neatly aligned. I also glued the actual medal to the ribbon to make sure that it was securely fastened. Some of the medals are quite heavy, and I wanted to make sure that everything in the display case was securely fastened.
I was able to cut every marathon medal ribbon easily without hesitation except for one. For some reason, I just couldn’t bring myself to cut the ribbon off of my LA Marathon medal, which was my first marathon. I decided to place that medal right in the middle of the display board and keep the beautiful red ribbon in tact because my goal of completing that marathon is what turned me into a runner in the first place.