Today I have a very special guest post for you from my boyfriend Chris! As you probably already know I am not crafty AT ALL! Chris on the other hand is incredibly crafty so he more than makes up for my deficiency in that area. You may also know that Chris recently started running and even more recently ran his first 5k and got his first medal! I will let Chris explain to you how to get crafty with your race memorabilia!
As you may have read, I have recently completed my first 5k. From the get-go I told Betsy that my goal was to get a medal and frame it with a picture of the 2 of us to display on my wall. Yeah… my goal was all about the medal… for a 5k… that’s right go ahead and chuckle under your breath I dont mind. So anyways, as Betsy’s self-appointed “blog manager” I suggested that she feature this on one of her blog posts to share with everyone and here is the end result:
First: get a good idea of what you want to frame. Along with the medal, I wanted to frame the race bib, a photo, and a sticker we got in our packet. This gives you a good idea of what size frame you will need. I found this 12 x 12 shadowbox frame at Target for only $10 which was perfect for my needs.
Second: take the backing out of your frame and play around with the layout. As it turned out, cramming everything into the frame seemed a bit crowded and took away from the medal itself. In the end I decided I wanted more of the ribbon to show then I had originally thought so my layout was drastically different.
Third: leaving everything in place, take the items one at a time and add 2 sided tape to the backing and carefully stick them down. Make sure to get a good, strong tape and if you are adding anything heavy you may want to use silicone glue to hold it in place. I attempted to stick the actual medal down but it didn’t hold very well so I let it flop around freely inside because once its on the wall gravity will hold it in place. You really only get one shot when you stick something down so make sure to mark your spacing and place it carefully.
Finally: when assembling the frame make sure you dust everything off real well and clean the inside glass. In my case, the excess ribbon just hangs out the back of the frame so I stuck it to the back of the frame to keep it from getting in the way of the hanger.
And there you are! A memory you can keep forever! I hope this has inspired you to go out and preserve the memory of one of your “first” races.