During the winter months, I tend to be a homebody and one thing I enjoy doing is crafting. Sometimes I look around on Pinterest for ideas and I was lucky enough to find a “running wall” project. If you enjoy running in road/trail races, chances are you have an abundance of number bibs and medals. Instead of shoving them in a drawer, why not display them proudly? How do you display them? Create a running wall!
Find a free space on a wall and dedicate it to running. This project is a great way to increase your motivation for training and racing. Looking at all of the evidence of your hard work, and being able to share it with others, will give you a sense of accomplishment.
Where do I start?
- Gather up all of your running bibs, medals, trophies (congrats to those who earned these!), and swag from your races.
- Purchase unfinished letters (R, U, N– I used the 9.5″ ones), mod podge, and a sponge paintbrush. I found mine at Hobby Lobby.
- Find your scissors and an exacto knife.
- Set up your craft station– you’ll need plenty of space and something to protect the surface underneath.
Okay, now that you have your supplies, it’s time to be crafty!
- Cut up your bibs and make a collage with them on the letters using the mod podge. Make sure you have enough to cover every surface.
- Once the bib pieces are in place, most likely you will have excess paper on the letters. You can cut this down with scissors, but I found it much easier to turn them over and use an exacto knife to cut off the excess.
At this point, you’re ready to decorate your wall!
Time to Decorate!
I purchased a wall mounted jewelry holder a while ago and, since I really don’t have very much jewelry, I decided to use this to display my medals, number bibs not used in the project, and other swag that I picked up from various races.
Amazon does sell wall mounted medal displays that are specifically for running. I just used what I already had to save a little money.
Now the fun part– decorate your wall! I used command strips to mount my letters. They are really lightweight and the command strips work well.
Have fun creating your wall and remember, this is for you– it will be something to look at and remember all the hard work you put in to reach your goals.
The Final Result
I’m really happy with the way my running wall came out. I can’t wait to add to it and to create more memories!