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DIY Medal Hanger: Make a Cute Sign to Display Medals with FREE SVG Files

Make a cute DIY medal hanger to display all those medals lying around!

I remember cleaning my son’s room and finding medal after medal in various drawers.  I would get so annoyed as I remembered how much I spent on all the hidden memorabilia.

The struggle continued as the end of every season of different sports came and went.  I just gave up.

So when my friend asked me to make a DIY medal hanger for her daughter, I thought why didn’t I ever think of that??  Making the medal holder was pretty easy so I wanted to share with you how to do it plus give you some free SVG cut files!

DIY medal display ideas for kids sports! Easy to make with these free SVG files! #cricut #diy

Materials Needed for DIY Medal Hanger

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How to Make a Medal Display

I ended up making 12 of these for a whole team so you’ll see a lot of wood!

First I used my orbital sander to sand all the boards medal hanger

Then I painted all my 1x8s, but you could also cut them first and then paint if you are only making one or medal hanger

Since these were larger than 6 inches I couldn’t use my miter saw, so I busted out my handy compact circular medal hanger

Once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded the boards.  Then I brushed on a layer of polyacrylic so the white paint wouldn’t get dirty from little hands on medal hanger

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SVG Cut Files

While everything is drying, now is the perfect time to cut all the vinyl.  Download any of the SVGs below or create your own.

As with all my files, these are for personal use only.  If you would like to purchase a commercial use license, click here.

 Click here to download the file I used for this project:  The One Who Falls


Download “She Believed She Could…” Here







Download “Sports Do Not…” Here








If you need help with uploading files to CDS, make sure to check out my Cricut tutorials here.  Size them to however big your wood is. 

I made my phrase about 4 inches tall and the name two inches tall.  Then there were about 2 inches left for the hooks.

Applying Vinyl to Wood

Once you’ve cut your vinyl out with a Cricut, weed off all the extra vinyl.  I slice in between the lines with a X-Acto knife so that I can work in medal hanger

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Apply transfer tape on top of the vinyl wording and scrape down medal hanger

Center the wording on your board.  Use the hinge method as I showed you in my DIY wood sign tutorial or you can place a piece of tape at the top of the wording.  Flip the decal over and peel off the paper.  Then slowly place the transfer tape down on the wood and scrape it medal hanger

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Peel off the transfer medal hanger

If you are doing a sign with more than one color, apply the other words with transfer medal hanger

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For the edge of the board, you can leave them the same color or paint them.  I painted the edged black to make it pop a bit.

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Now, all that is left on the DIY medal hanger is to add the hooks.  Decide how many hooks you want and you’ll have to measure them out equidistant. 

I have this cool drawer hardware installation kit that has come in very handy many time!  I just marked with a pencil in all the medal hanger

Then drill a pilot hole the size of your screws and screw them in.  All done! 

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Attach a sawtooth hanger or two on the back and hang it up to display all your medals.

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DIY Medal Hanger: Make a Cute Sign to Display Medals with FREE SVG Files

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Under $10

Make a cute DIY medal display by to hang all those medals you have lying around. Perfect gift for any athlete!



  1. Prep wood - Cut to size you want. Sand until smooth.
  2. Paint or stain with color of your choice.
  3. Let dry. Apply layer of polycrylic or sealant.
  4. Cut out vinyl lettering with Cricut. See post for FREE SVG cut files.
  5. Weed off extra vinyl.
  6. Apply transfer tape.
  7. Center wording on board. Tape down top of transfer tape. Flip over and remove paper backing. Smooth down onto wood. Scrape well.
  8. Peel off transfer tape.
  9. Apply additional colors of vinyl, ie name.
  10. Measure and mark where you want hooks to go.
  11. Drill a pilot hole of the size of your hooks (check directions on hook package).
  12. Screw in hooks.
  13. Attach sawtooth hangers or command strips to back and hang on wall!


See post to download free cut files and step by step picture instructions.

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