As Dawson’s delivery quickly approaches, I am trying to take steps to help me fight off postpartum blues. I suffered from postpartum depression badly with Connor, and I am hoping not to with Dawson. I figured a good way to help me would be to get things lined up to enjoy after he is born – things that make me happy. I have plans to run in several races soon after his birth (you can read about my current race goals here). Currently my medals are on a hanger that actually belongs to my husband. My mom and step-dad bought it from Running on the Wall as part of his Christmas gift. I have put off buying one for myself because I didn’t see the need with only having 2 medals. However, I was shopping at Hobby Lobby for tutu supplies over the weekend, and I was hit with the idea to make a medal hanger of my own. My friend made one a while back that is super cute, and she said it wasn’t that difficult to do. I also love to craft. It puts me in a good mood. I figured if I made one now it would serve as an incentive to get my body back into shape after my baby’s delivery. So, how did I make the hanger, how much did it cost and how did it turn out? Let’s take a look:
First, I laid out all of my supplies.
The most difficult part of this entire project for me was picking out the colors. I saw the wooden stars (47 cents each for 2) and it inspired me to put “Wish Upon A Star” as the quote on the wooden board. Then I went to the paint section. I couldn’t remember what I had at home, so I bought a 3-pack of sponge brushes ($1.77). Pink is my favorite color, so I picked out a dark shade that I thought would make white letters pop. The paints were $1.99 each (for 2) and the wooden letter pack was $3.99 (I only used one and took the other one back). Then I picked out a small wooden board for $2.39. The last thing I needed was hardware. The medal hooks were sold 8 in a pack for $1.77, and the wall hangers were also 8 in a pack for $1.77. My total was $16.61 before tax (I didn’t factor in tax because I also bought supplies for several tutu orders). I could have picked out material that was priced lower but these are the items that I liked. I did have a 40% off a regular item coupon, but I used it on tulle for a tutu. I was actually satisfied with the overall price and didn’t think it was bad at all.
After laying everything out I decided to first paint the wooden board pink. You will see several shades of it throughout my pictures. I painted several coats to get it the color that I wanted.
Then, I sorted out the letters and painted the ones that I needed white.
Once both the letters and the board dried I attached the letters and the stars using hot glue (I had a glue gun and sticks at home so they were not factored into the cost).
I let the entire thing dry overnight. The next day I took it over to my mom’s house so my step-dad could attach the hangers. I didn’t have the tools and I knew that he would make sure that it looked perfect.
Isn’t the finished product super cute? It looks homemade, sure but I’m happy with it. Until I get more medals, I think it is perfect for the few that I have. Connor wanted me to make a hanger for his medals too. I figured that while I was at it I would make a bib holder as well.
I think everything turned out looking pretty nice. I hope to have a third medal to add to it in October, depending on my recovery from Dawson’s delivery. My goal is to have it full by this time next year-or earlier!
What are your thoughts on my DIY project? How do you display your medals?