Medal Display

Medal Display


Here’s an easy simple way to create a Medal Display.


(1)  Buy an herb-drying rack at an exorbitant price at an antique store.

(2)  Pat yourself on the back at being ahead of the curve in the herb-drying rack trend.

(3)  Discover that you have no place to hang aforementioned herb-drying rack and try to sell at yard sale.



(4)  Realize that the herb-drying rack trend has yet to take off in the state of Kentucky when no one purchases rack at yard sale.

(5)  Wait 4 months and put out herb-drying rack at another yard sale.

(6)  Cringe when, surprisingly, yet again, no one buys the incredibly trendy herb-drying rack at the yard sale.


(7)  Place herb-drying rack in attic.

(8)  Wait one year.

(9)  Plan a party and realize that you have a blank space over television in playroom.

(10)  Go to attic for inspiration.  Spy neglected herb-drying rack and immediately re-purpose as medal and award display.

(11)  Pat yourself on the back on your ingenuity as children cheer and guests marvel at your incredibly unique award/medal display.

(12)  Post herb-drying/medal award display as your “mini impossibility” and return to the arduous task of trying to figure out how to bake homemade bread. 🙂


PS  Always remember….you are a rock star 🙂

PPS  All pictures taken by RTM Connect.

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  1. Hooray for your amazing foresight. I hope there were lots of accolades for your display. 🙂

  2. FABulous!! I mean really, it’s impressive. Now I need to add an herb drying rack to my want list. 🙂

  3. haha… make me laugh ! Who actually dries their own herbs anyway ? lol I hope you left yourself a space for the medal you will receive when you bake that wonderful crusty loaf of bread (herb infused of course !)
    (That herb drying rack would look so pretty with bunches of hydrangea’s hanging from it over an outdoor table) x

  4. Genius! I think this might be the beginning of an herb drying rack trend. 🙂 When all else fails, start your own, right??
    Happy Monday!

  5. this is such a clever idea–love it!

  6. I am so glad the perfect wall finally appeared in the light for you! I just love your whit in your posts. That herb drying rack is amazing there and love how it displays the ribbons and metals.

    Have a great week!

  7. Well, your mini impossibility does look awesome. It has found a new purpose in life. There nothing like being unable to sell something at your garage sale that can inspire repurpose quite so well.

    I thought I smelled bread baking.♥

  8. shirley@housepitalitydesigns :

    There seems to have been some divine intervention as to that herb rack not selling. As there certainly was a purpose for it!..Fantastic idea!!!..Isn’t it great to have those epiphanies from time to time!..The ribbon awards are great and they match the room!

  9. you should pat yourself on the back. and i bet you just started an herb drying rack trend in kentucky and beyond.

  10. That looks amazing, it totally fits the room and practically looks like it grew there!! Great job!!

  11. Why can’t I have been at that yard sale – I would have snatched that baby up! Love it and the fact that even though you tried your best to rid yourself of that beauty, it kept coming back! Persistent little drying rack! Great use. Now – start baking!

  12. oh, yes! Loving this! (And you know Kentucky needs trendsetters. By April, EVERYONE will display stuff on herb drying racks. Or, in a pinch, those egg sorting things.)

  13. Brava! 🙂

  14. I love your witty posts! What a fun space and great way to display all of your kiddos’ medals !! They are lucky to have such a fun space to call their own!

  15. What’s the bumper sticker say? I think it’s “not all who wander are lost.” I find that detours are an important part of the process for me, almost all the time. The bread will come 🙂

    Thanks for the link to our project. I know we won’t finish be the end of January, but we’re getting there. Knowing that we have to post progress every week is helping!

  16. Very cool way to display medals and ribbons!!

  17. I must read your posts more carefully, I was sure that you had made that loaf of bread the other day when you posted a photo of an amazing looking loaf. As for your herb drying rack, wonderful save. When the kids are done with it you might want to consider using it to hang quilts. Or a display of vintage linens. Humm. I do enjoy reading your posts. Have a great day! Joyous Wishes, Linda

  18. Oh Hon, I’m sorry you are having difficulty with your bread-making *impossibility.* -pout- -sigh- -sob-

    But your mini-*impossibility* here, is a wonderful stand-in, for progress on the *bread front.*

    Best of luck Dear! I hope you are not choking on all that flour which must be flying around in your kitchen, and etc. …………. Mmmmm, you didn’t need that, did you? ………….. No. …………. Sorry for bringing up the topic of a kitchen, enveloped in a cloud of flour. ………… Really sorry. ………………


    ‘And what are you reading, Miss-?’
    ‘Oh! it is only a novel!’ replies
    the young lady …
    with affected indifference.

    ~Jane Austen

  19. ha! had I been at your yardsale I would have snapped up that rack. It’s exactly what I was looking for to display my necklaces on at my little booth. But I love your idea. And to think we just did a mundane ol’ shadow box for all those ribbons from my boy’s high school days. 🙂 Have a wonderful week K

  20. First of all, let me just say how much I loved how you wrote this post! So funny! I love how you used that rack above the tv with the colorful medals. Very original! Just think of all the people kicking themselves for not buying it after seeing what you were able to do with it. Ha!

  21. So I really don’t know if I am keeping up with my challenge… maybe I am at my pace! Oh that herb drying rack has been waiting on the bench getting ready for it’s debut on the field. And now it is a star in your boy’s room. Great idea! One of the things on my list is to turn our extra bedroom into the man/boy room. Something like that would be perfect to display the boy’s awards and the big boys air force awards~
    Have a great Monday!!

  22. what a great idea! i have a little ladder type piece i think i will save just for this!

  23. I love it! I collect vintage award ribbons, in fact, I have a large vintage pink rosette Kentucky horse ribbon! I adore that playroom space you have, my friend!

  24. I had a couple of trendy items I tried to resell at our yard sale with no luck as well. It is HARD being so fabulous and on-trend isn’t it? 🙂 Fortunately it worked out for the best. Love the display!

  25. Funny story! I love this idea! You’re so creative! Who would have thought an herb drying rack could be so versatile! It’s a perfect display for the ribbons!

  26. Incredibly clever — pat yourself on the back!

  27. 13. See this “pinned” and think wow!!! (Because I am going to pin it…love it!) Going to do this with an old crib side I found in our attic! 🙂 You are a genius!

  28. Now I have to figure out how to build an herb drying rack! I have been trying to figure out a way to display the stacks and stacks of ribbons my son has for a while and this is actually a brilliant solution. Watch out Home Depot, here I come. Or more accurately – here comes my sweet husband whom I will bribe to make this for me. ❈

  29. This cracked me up – I love it though! You are so creative!

  30. You are such a smarty pants! WHAT A FUN, SMART IDEA! I always have fun reading your posts. Thanks for sharing what you do.

  31. Brilliant!

    What a fun display you have there!!!


    PS: Thank you so much for your kind words left on my blog. 🙂

  32. I was just setting my daughters horse back riding ribbons out and thinking to self that they look a little outta place where I hung them. Maybe I should saunter on down to Kentucky to pick me up a deal at a garage sale =) I’ve been wanting to join the impossibility challenge, but have yet to decide on my challenge. You see, I’m due to have our 3rd daughter in March, so times a tickin, and partial bedrest has not been my friend. Perhaps I shall link up: give birth without epidural? Nah, on second thought, I quite enjoy a good epidural and don’t think I’m ready to give that one up yet =)

  33. Excellent! I seriously think Country Living is going to STEAL this idea for their July 4th magazine…if they haven’t already!

    Lovin’ it.

    Question…are we to link up at any point in January or do we wait until Jan 31st?

  34. What a great idea! And so nice to have all of those awards on display!

  35. Well on the way with my impossible challenge…but I could still “derail”

    String art in progress

  36. Hilarious post and brilliant idea! My boys are very involved in 4-H as well (beef, dairy, rabbit and tractor so far) and our 14 year old has so many ribbons. We need to find someone selling their herb rack at a garage sale 😉 For now they fill two long pieces of twine strung above his headboard.

  37. That is sooooo cool Kari! Like some of your other commenters already said, I would have snatched that rack up if I’d seen it at your yard sale. That might have lead to a fight with some of the other contenders for the rack – could have gotten ugly – maybe it’s a good thing it waited safely in the attic to be repurposed as a display for medals and ribbons!

  38. Wow that is so cool, looks fabulous how cleaver of you to figure out a use for it……..see you knew you bought it for a good reason you just didn’t realise what that reason was till now………..

  39. I knew that i havent seen that in a LONG time. You are so brilliant I love what you did with. Im also glad you took a pic because(it will last longer lol) next time I’m over it might not even have ribbons on it but perhaps dried herbs. rotfl!!!!

  40. See, it worked out for the best!

  41. Fantastic!
    Love what you did with it.
    Meant to be, clearly! Meant to be.

  42. I had a bit of snark and word use snobbery to share here … but will leave that to a one-on-one email.

    Instead I’ll extend some “bravos” and “kudos” and “job well done” ….

    … to your talented award-winning children …

    Now get back to that beautiful kitchen of yours and dissolve some yeast in lukewarm water …


  43. Okay so I totally wish I had happened upon your yard sale so I could have snatched up this herb-drying rack. Though I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have known what it was without a little help.

    Very cool transformation. I bet you can think of a hundred things to display on it now that it is up.

    Now the bread… 🙂 Seriously worst case scenario = lump of hard or doughy flour. You can do it!

  44. hahhhaaaa, besides this being the CA-UTE-TIS drying rack, ever….
    YOU are the ca-ute-tis .

    Love this, Keri

  45. well, well, well…so YOU’RE the one who bought that expensive herb drying rack!
    i spied one in the amana colonies while on an antiquing trip with the hubby, but couldn’t pay the crazay!!! price! 🙂

    now i need your help to figure out what to do with the mustard yellow primitive shoe rack i bought eons ago that still sits on the floor in my bedroom.
    any thoughts?

    i don’t have cool awards.
    happy monday, sweetie!

  46. Love it…you deserve a ribbon for that project 😉

  47. I LOVE this! What kind of 4H activities do your kids do? I grew up on a dairy farm and showed cows for many years. Too bad my mom didn’t know of this ingenious idea when we were growing up.

  48. Karianne,
    First, I *love* your distraction…a mini-impossibility!
    I love the rack, and would have bought it at either of your garage sales. If I was in Kentucky. Which I probably wasn’t. Wait. I was there in 2007 and this summer. Darn. I missed out on a great herb drying rack – lol!

    What you did with the awards is visually striking. I’ll be Pinteresting it.

    We did a mini-impossibility of distraction ourselves.
    (While our new Jimmy John’s kitchen is now 98% done…I can’t find the progress photos. Seriously. Searched everywhere. Really cool shots on how we did the “faux tile” – they went *poof!*

    So, to distract, we talked about how we chose the paint colors – “10 Easy Step to Finding the Perfect Paint Color (Our Jimmy John’s Kitchen Redesign – Part 2 –

    I’m not a huge bread baker, but I have made some simple recipes.
    Here’s one. Hope it helps.

    All the best,
    ~ Dana

  49. I pinned your award rack – and it’s getting re-pins and comments already!

    ~ Dana

  50. This distracted me, now I wish I could find one at a yard sale! Love it!

  51. Would you like to make an easy homemade bread from scratch that you wouldn’t even have to knead? Check out the book, “My Bread”, by Jim Lahey. It is a “Revolutionary no work, no knead method.” You won’t believe how incredibly easy this method is and how delicious it tastes, like from a bakery! Blessings from Bama!

  52. Love it! Great idea 🙂 Just pinned!

  53. I feel your pain about the bread! While I’ve never tackled bread myself I have never had success with yeast for pretzels! I love what you turned the spice rack into though! That is beautiful!

    I was originally planning on creating a very “Imagine the Impossibilities” challenge post on that very aspect of baking pretzels however life always seems to get in the way and actually threw me a much more “Impossibly Possible” challenge! Along with it came the need to renovate our whole home in only 9 months! Feel free to check out my first post on the subject as I unveil the surprise and the journey that goes along with it!

  54. ha! accidental ingenuity makes beautiful design!!

    now what are we supposed to do with all the plastic trophies?????

  55. Just posted my impossible challenge (to be finished up in the next few days for your link party on the 31st!)

    Here is the link if you want to check out phase 1:


  56. What a fabulous idea! I’ve got a box full of ribbons from back in my 4H days and there they’ve languished for years! LOVE the drying rack display!

  57. That is genius. We’ve got stacks of swimming ribbons piled all around the house cuz I don’t know what the bleep to do with them… Awesome.

  58. That is a great “Impossibility,” and not so “mini” in my opinion! Wonderful idea, & a fun pop of color!

  59. brilliant!
    the post and the idea.
    cheryl xox.

  60. Ok so I am only a year or so behind here… ha ha! But we were looking up ideas for displaying awards ribbons when low and behold you have the answer!! I had completely forgotten about this idea until it showed up in my FB feed today! Thanks, Karianne!! Can hardly wait until the 16th! Can you believe it is just a little over a week away?!?