One of my best friends asked me to make her son something to display his soccer medals on. I had a few ideas, but when I came across an unwanted (and inexpensive) sign in the Christmas clearance section at Jo-Ann’s, I knew exactly what I was going to do. Here is my Upcycled Soccer Medal Holder DIY.
- Wood, or Old Sign
- Hook Screws
- Chalkboard Paint
- Paint Brush
- Chalk and Stencils
First, here are all his medals! I just had to show you… he’s only 7 years old and I am a proud “Auntie”.
Here is the sign I found for next to nothing… super cute, but not my style. I grabbed because a) it was cheap, b) it already had a hanger on it, and c) it was black already, which makes it a really easy makeover.
I ended up painting on four coats of chalkboard paint. This photo below is after the 2nd coat. I allowed it to dry 2 hours in between coats.
I spaced and screwed in 9 hook screws, starting in the center and working my way out.
I stenciled on the word “conquered” onto the sign because my hand writing is horrible. It’s messy here, but that’s where the Q-Tip comes in. I simply wet a Q-tip and then cleaned off the edges. After the fact I realized that I had liquid chalk that would have been perfect for this project, but oh well! Next time! By the way, it took me DAYS to figure out the right word. I liked “champion”, “focused”, “determination”, “perseverance”, but in the end, I chose “conquered” because that’s what he did to win these amazing medals. I figured since it’s chalkboard, we can erase it and write something different on it.
Here are a couple photos. He loved it when I gave it to him and I even got a special thank you phone call that was so sweet.
Check some other trash to treasure “kid stuff” makeovers I have done: