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DIY: How to Make a Race Bib and Medal Display

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I’m so excited to share this DIY Race Bib and Medal Display that I made to keep up with racing souvenirs.  Never in a million years did I think I would run a 5K much less multiple 5Ks and two half marathon!  I love my display and I’m hoping to continue to add to it each year!


Every race I complete has special memories and I find that I can’t just toss away these souvenirs.  Each one is a step in my journey.  I’ve been pinning some DIY display ideas on Pinterest and since my weekend road trip was cancelled at the last minute I decided to spend some time making one of my own.

I found a board in my shed that would work and off to the craft store I went for supplies.

DIY: Race Bib and Medal Display


  • a piece of plywood or other board approximately 12 inches x 12 inches
  • Mod Podge (glossy finish)
  • one 12×12 inch piece of scrapbook paper
  • wooden letters (I found these at AC Moore)
  • paint to match your paper
  • 4 hooks (I used clear Command 3M hooks)
  • strong glue (I used Gorilla glue)
  • some race bibs and medals!

Step 1

Paint the edges of the board.  Because my paper didn’t cover the board completely I also painted on the top about one inch all around the perimeter.

DIY: Race Bib and Medal Display

Step 2

Cover the board with mod podge.  If you haven’t ever used it, it’s super easy!  The trick is to use a lot and to get messy.  If you’re hands are not sticky then you didn’t do it right.  Place your paper on top and place two more coats of mod podge over the entire surface.  Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles.  If you can’t get it perfectly smooth it’s okay.  Most of the wrinkles will flatten out as it dries.

Step 3

While this is drying, paint your letters a color to match.

Step 4

After everything is dry, attach your letters with gorilla glue.  Place hooks underneath to hold your bibs and attach hooks along the bottom for your medals.  I only have a few medals so I only have four hooks.  I have room to add more as I earn more though! (Edited to add:  the plastic sticky hooks were not strong enough to hold my medals.  I suggest using screw-in cup hooks along the bottom instead.)
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Are you sentimental about souvenirs and mementos?  Do you display your bibs and medals?  I’d love to see how other people display their medals and bibs!

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22 thoughts on “DIY: How to Make a Race Bib and Medal Display

  1. Hi,

    I came across your blog after Googling DIY race bib & medal holders. I love what you did and followed your instructions for mine! I’ve linked your blog post to give you credit. 😉


  2. @Janeka I JUST saw this post! Sorry I missed it. I’m not sure the color because it was already that color when we moved in (and I actually just painted over it recently). But we have a can in the shed and I can check and let you know. LOL!

    1. That’s awesome! I like your clips at the bottom. My contact hooks keep falling off and I’m going to have to find something else to hold my medals. 🙂

  3. Which mod podge did you use? I know there are a few different ones. Thank you for posting this; I have been running myself crazy trying to figure out how to do this. 😉

  4. I love this medal display board! I am trying to copy it for awards at my half marathon I put on for Autism! I see your half marathon bib I did the full OBX marathon this past November and loved it! If you are ever want to run a half in March come join us in Florence SC! It is a flat course and a whole lot of fun!

    1. I actually have several friends in SC! What is the name of your race? I definitely won’t be able to do one this March as I JUST got back to running after a three month long break (due to an injury) but I’d love to hear/read more about it!

      Well, I just clicked on your profile and found it! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love it! I used play sports & loved having my gear hanging! My boyfriend is a runner so for the first time ever I took on a wood project (24″ ×24″ what?!) But it hangs bibs, has 10 medals, PR chalk spot & spot for quotes and pics!!! NEVER IMAGINED I COULD DO THAT!

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