Do you ever wonder what to do with old trophies and awards? Well then you have come to the right place!
Ever since our wedding 14 years ago I was faced with the problem about what to do with my husbands huge collection of sports paraphernalia. (I know a lot of women have this problem!) He had been collecting all kinds of stuff, from his own athletic accomplishments to baseball/football cards and Sports Illustrated magazines. He was under the impression that we would display everything in the man cave. This actually made me laugh at first and then I wanted to cry! There’s just no way. If I would display everything that him and I love, our house would look like we could be on the show Hoarders. Everybody has to purge and that way we were able to come to a compromise.
I have found several solutions for all his things and in this post I will show you my latest project to display his athletic accomplishments from early childhood to college.
He had 2 crates full of trophies, medals and plaques stored in his mother’s attic. She was sick of keeping his stuff and told him to take them. (Sigh out loud!) He actually thought we’d display them!!!!! He is so attached to his sports past.
Well, guess what I got excited about when I saw the trophies? Yup, the crates! They are the best thing about this pile! Aren’t they cool? At least he agrees with me on that! I still haven’t decided what to do with them.
I have seen some projects out there where people spray painted old trophies a glossy white but that doesn’t solve the issue of using up too much space. And the trophies weren’t nice shapes either. I had to come up with something that would display medals and trophies in a small space.
What I came up with isn’t in anyway a revolutionary new idea, but it solved the problem and he is happy with it.
I didn’t want a shadow box but I knew I wanted to hang the stuff on the wall.
I went to the local Salvation Army and found this “not so nice” homemade frame for a $1. It had a wooden back, no glass and a thick fabric cover.
I had my husband remove all the plaques from his trophies that he wanted to keep. He cleaned them up a little but I wanted him to keep the patina on the plaques.
Then I removed the old torn red, white and blue neck ribbons from the medals.
After that I made sure that all the stuff would fit inside the frame. I’m so glad it did!
Then I went to work on the frame and background.
I first sanded and then primed the frame with spray paint.
I had a scrap of black and white striped fabric left that I covered the background with. For that I used a staple gun. When I laid this combination together, I noticed that the striped fabric was definitely not the best choice.
So I came up with the idea to paint the frame in red, white and blue since my husband liked the removed neck ribbons. I bought a grey piece of scrap fabric. I wanted duck cloth since it is a thick and heavy fabric that I hoped was able to hold the heavy metals and plaques.
I taped the primed frame and added the red white and blue stripes. When I looked at the glossy results I decided to glaze the frame to make it look a little older to match the vintage metal plaques and medals. (My 5 year old daughter wasn’t too happy with the black glaze. She wanted to know why I’m ruining the pretty colors and making them look dirty. Haha!)
I removed the striped fabric and recovered it in the grey fabric with the staple gun again.
I put it all together, laid out a collage of the plaques and medals and then I attached the them with hot glue and the medals with needles, so they could be turned around.
This small frame uses a lot less space then the 2 filled crates and we are both happy with the results.
|(I hung the collage in our living room to take this photo because the staircase
leading to the basement is too dark and that’s where it will be hanging in the future)
Lets recap what I used for this project:
- thrifted frame (or you could use one of THESE large taxidermy display cases to hang up your plaques and medals)
- red, white and blue craft acrylic paint
- antiquing glaze
- staple gun
- glue gun
If you liked this post then you might also enjoy seeing how I hung up my husband’s Sports Illustrated collection (click HERE):