How to Display a Kid's Medals in a Bedroom

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How to Display a Kid's Medals in a Bedroom
Sports medals and trophy suitable for display. (medals and trophy for soccer image by Flashon Studio from

Kids' bedrooms are their private retreat, a place where they sleep, eat, think, plan, feel safe and grow up. When a child is an athlete as well as everything else, medals are like a road map of recognition for improvements in performance. They also offer memories of the experiences of that particular day. Since no two competitive events are alike, these tokens may be regarded with fondness and humour as well as drama and excitement. Placing the medals attractively and prominently is not hard to do.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 1/4-inch plywood
  • Spray adhesive
  • Quilt batting
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Ribbon
  • Screws
  • Screw driver

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  1. 1

    Measure the length of the bedroom wall and divide the length in half (for rooms 16-feet-long or under.) Cut two pieces of 1/4-inch plywood 20-inches by 1/2-inch less than half the room's length. For rooms over 16-feet-long, divide the length by three.

  2. 2

    Spray the plywood with spray adhesive. Cut quilt batting so that 2 inches of batting overhang each side. Center and press the batting to the plywood. Repeat for each plywood piece. Cut fabric the size of your quilt batting. Place the fabric face down on your table or floor.

  3. 3

    Place the quilt batting face down and centred on the fabric. Pull the fabric up over the centre of each long side and staple it to the back with a staple gun. Staple the bottom centre next, then the centre of each side. Add three staples about 2 inches apart on either side of the top centre, then the bottom centre, then the sides. Keep stretching and stapling until you are close to the corners. Fold the corners neatly and staple well. Trim off excess fabric. Repeat for all plywood sections.

  4. 4

    Staple ribbon or decorative string to one end of the back side of the board. Bring your ribbon across the front of the board, around to the back and staple. You can measure and make a very even pattern or you can criss-cross every which way for a random and more lively effect. You should have a pattern loosely resembling a net when you are finished.

  5. 5

    Screw the boards into the very top edge of the wall. There is a top plate (stud) running horizontally along the edge of the wall/ceiling. Three long screws at the top of each board will hold the board securely. Place your boards next to each other.

  6. 6

    Tuck photos of the events behind the ribbons or strings, along with the medal that the child earned for the event. In this way the board becomes a memory wall of both the events and the medal.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a narrow shelf along the bottom of the board for displaying trophies too. A wire strung from wall to wall in front of the trophies will keep trophies from falling if the shelf is bumped.

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