Trophy & medal display ideas

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Trophy & medal display ideas
Displaying trophies makes a person feel proud of his accomplishments. (medals and trophy for soccer image by Flashon Studio from Fotolia.com)

Someone in your family put some time and effort into winning those trophies and medals, so they should be displayed. Any mom who's had several kids playing soccer and competing in gymnastics knows that children may come home with more awards than you know what to do with, but sticking the prizes in a drawer will just hurt their children's feelings. Pick out the three or four most important awards to display, and put the rest in a box.

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Bookends

To display a trophy in a way that's both decorative and functional, use it as a bookend. Place one trophy on either end of a line of books, or just use one large trophy at the end of a line of books that is supported on the other side by the bookshelf. Make sure the trophy is heavy enough to stay in place, or the weight of the books will push it over.

Framed

Buy a picture frame and a piece of matting material or very thick paper from a craft store. Cut the matting to fit the frame, then centre the medal on the matting. If the medal has a ribbon, arrange the ribbon above the medal or cut it off altogether. Place a piece of double-stick tape or adhesive on the back of the medal, and stick it to the matting. Put two or three pieces of tape on the back of the ribbon, if there is one, and stick it to the matting as well. Place the matting inside the frame and hang it on the wall, over a door or in a group with other framed medals or photos.

On a Coat Rack

Buy a coat rack strip, which is a strip of wood that has pegs on it. Hang it on a wall in a child's bedroom or in the hallway. Hang one medal on one peg, or drape the medal ribbon over two pegs to display the ribbon as well. You can also buy single pegs that screw into the wall if you want to choose the number of pegs you use.

On a Cabinet

If you have dozens of trophies that need homes, line them up on the top of the kitchen cabinets or on the top of the dining room china cabinet. This way, all the children's awards are displayed equally without cluttering up premium space that you need for organisation.

On a Table

Group trophies and ribbons together on a side table. Arrange trophies in a clump, with the largest trophy in the back and the smallest in the front. Next to the trophies, stack a few books on their sides. Arrange medals on the books. One can be on the table, with its ribbon running up the stack of books, and one can be propped up on top of the stack of books. Place another trophy on top of the books. This display is a conversation piece and also a refreshing change from the candles and framed photo that you usually see displayed on a living room side table.

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