Then, back in May of this year, Ellie and I were sitting on the lawn of the JW Marriott after a triathlon and admiring our cute hibiscus-shaped medals when Ellie mentioned she'd like to put a magnet on the back of her medal so she could display it on the refrigerator. I looked at her with wide eyes and exclaimed, "THAT'S A GREAT IDEA!! CAN I DO IT, TOO!?" Now, Ellie is not one to withhold the rights to particular craft ideas, so she laughed and said "of course!" For the next few weeks that's all I could think about. I already had the supplies since at one point I had wanted to make these marble magnets for my bridesmaids. (Sorry that didn't work out, ladies.)
One day, I found some time and laid out some newspaper and heated up the ol' hot glue gun. I carefully removed each of the ribbons from the medals and laid out each medal face-down. I then applied a dot of hot glue to a small magnet and placed it on the back of the medal. Like I said, these things are HEAVY, so on many I put two or three magnets. Well, I soon found out hot glue does not work. Luckily I had some super glue and that worked really well.
If you'd like to display your medals as magnets, you'll need:
1) Super Glue
2) Small Magnets
3) Medals with ribbons detached (or leave them on if you want!)
|These items can be found at any craft or office supply store|
- Place medals face down on newspaper or scratch paper to prevent mess.
- Dab a small amount of super glue on magnet
- Place magnet glue-side-down on the back of the medal
- Add two or three magnets depending on weight of medal
Larger races tend to have larger medals! This one is from the Cowtown half marathon in Ft. Worth, TX
- Let set for several hours or overnight (check glue package)
- Once glue is dry, try sticking your new medal magnet on the fridge or other metal surface. If it won't stick or slides down, try adding another magnet or two.
- Admire your accomplishments! (Crafty and athletic alike!)
|I just so happen to have a big medal board from IKEA on the wall in my office so my medals can watch me work!|