How to make a runner's 'bling board' - Women's Running

How to make a runner’s ‘bling board’

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  December 10, 2014

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After meeting the lovely Project 26.6 winners at a recent photo shoot, the editorial team at Women’s Running were introduced to the concept of the ‘bling board’. Sipping cappuccinos in a little coffee shop in Richmond we all got chatting about how we like to store our race medals and we were absolutely thrilled to hear that so many ladies are now pinning up their medals with pride on the revolution that is the ‘bling board’. Now, we’ve all heard of a ‘runner’s wall’ – a dedicated wall to pin up our achievements, but we were extremely excited to hear that this much more glamorous, creative (and girly) equivalent has emerged in the world of women’s running!

We asked you to send us your pics of your handmade ‘bling boards’. Here are some of our favourites, along with details of how you can make these snazzy designs, DIY style from home.

Super Stripes


Vicki Agnew‘s board

What you need:

3 x door knobs

2 x pegs


1m (W) x 0.5m (H) of MDF board

Vinyl transfer

Teal paint

White paint

Masking tape


  1. Cut the MDF board into a 1m x 0.5m rectangle.
  2. Coat the board with a primer and leave to dry. Apply masking tape at different widths and paint between the tape with teal and white paint to create a striped effect.
  3. Screw in door knobs (which can be bought from any DIY store such as B&Q).
  4. Stick on wooden pegs with wood adhesive to store your race numbers.
  5. Using an online service, design the writing you would like to see on your board as a vinyl transfer. Once this arrives, stick it to your board!
  6. Leave for 24 hours before hanging


Scrabble Style


Michelle Navesey’s board

What you need:

0.5m (W) x 1m (H) of MDF board

Scrabble letters

8 metal hooks

Wood adhesive



  1. Cut the MDF board into a 0.5m x 1m rectangle.
  2. Coat the board with a primer and leave to dry. Coat with your colour of choice.
  3. Screw hooks into the bottom of the board to hang your medals, before screwing two hooks at the centre to store your race numbers.
  4. With wood adhesive stick on scrabble letters to spell out whatever you like!

Chalk It Up


Jenn Walker’s board

What you need:

0.5m (W) x 1m (H) of MDF board

Chalk paint

13 metal hooks

2 bulldog clips

White paint



  1. Cut the MDF board into a 0.5m x 1m rectangle.
  2. Paint with chalkboard paint.
  3. Drill in metal hooks along the bottom of the board and bulldog clips above to stash your race numbers.
  4. Drill in two small holes into the top of the chalkboard. Thread through a piece of string and secure with two knots for hanging.
  5. Paint on your heading with white paint and fill in your times with chalk as you go!

Ducks in a row

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Polly Walker’s board

What you need:

Wooden plaque

White paint

Black paint


Sparkly door knobs



  1. Prime a wooden plaque and leave to dry, before coating with white paint.
  2. Using a stencil, paint on the title of your board with black paint.
  3. Screw in some sparkly door knobs (found in most DIY stores) to hang on your medals.


The corkscrew way!

cork 1 cork 2

Cristen Freeman’s board

What you need

Piece of natural wood

Wine corks

Dowel screws


  1. Buy a piece of natural wood from a craft store; this can be any size, any shape – the more rustic the better!
  2. Drills holes into the wood.
  3. Using dowel screws, twist a wine cork into one end of the screw.
  4. Screw the other end into the pre-drilled holes.
  5. Repeat this to create different hooks at different heights.
  6. Hang up those medals!









Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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