How to Display Trophies & Medals

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How to Display Trophies & Medals
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Trophies and medals represent an accomplishment and special event in someone’s life. Putting them on display will give the recipient pride in their achievements. Exhibit them proudly for family and friends. There are many ways to find space to display trophies and medals. All it takes is some creative thinking and a little planning. Places to consider displaying your trophies and medals are bedrooms, family rooms, halls, home offices, or finished basements. You can arrange them on bookcases, shelves or in display cases.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Shadow box
  • Framed photos
  • Battery operated lights

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    Determine the number of trophies and medals you want to display. Line them up and approximate how much space you will need. A tape measure is useful for checking the height of trophies against the space where you will display them.

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    Decide where you will display them. Pick the room and method of display. Bookcases or shelves are a good way to showcase your trophies. Display cases for the wall or stand alone units are also good options. You can purchase these from craft, hobby or trophy stores.

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    Arrange the trophies in a grouping with the tallest ones in the back and the shorter ones in the front. Remember you do not have to display all your trophies at one time; you can rotate them and keep some packed away.

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    Add framed photographs of the event the trophy or medal was from to add interest to your display. Team photos are a good reminder of the recipient’s age at the time of the event.

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    Place medals in a shadow box. A shadow box looks like a picture frame but is deep enough to display items inside. Its hinged door allows for easy access to arrange and add items. You can hang shadow boxes on the wall or place them on a shelf next to a trophy

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    Add lighting to spotlight your trophies and medals. In a bookcase, use battery operated stick-on lights. Attach these small accent lights to the underside of the shelf above to shine down on your trophies. This is an easy and inexpensive way to give your display some light and interest.

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    Take photos of trophies and medals if you can’t find display space. Make a scrapbook with these photos to remember the events. You can even remove the engraved plates from trophies and place those in the scrapbook.

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