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!
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 smooth.
Since these were larger than 6 inches I couldn’t use my miter saw, so I busted out my handy compact circular saw.
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.
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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
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 down.
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.
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 spots.
Then drill a pilot hole the size of your screws and screw them in. All done!
Attach a sawtooth hanger or two on the back and hang it up to display all your medals.
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- Prep wood - Cut to size you want. Sand until smooth.
- Paint or stain with color of your choice.
- Let dry. Apply layer of polycrylic or sealant.
- Cut out vinyl lettering with Cricut. See post for FREE SVG cut files.
- Weed off extra vinyl.
- Apply transfer tape.
- Center wording on board. Tape down top of transfer tape. Flip over and remove paper backing. Smooth down onto wood. Scrape well.
- Peel off transfer tape.
- Apply additional colors of vinyl, ie name.
- Measure and mark where you want hooks to go.
- Drill a pilot hole of the size of your hooks (check directions on hook package).
- Screw in hooks.
- 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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