Do you remember the free crib I got from Craigslist? Do you remember the 1st project from it? The Sports Ribbon Display I made for my daughter from the free crib? Well, today’s project is the same but different. Using the same free crib I have made a sports ribbon display for my son.
My son, Jackson is our track star and has a ton of ribbons from his 2 years of middle school track. He did like his sister’s ribbon display, just not for himself, “it’s too girly.” So, instead of using the side of the crib I used the bottom-springy part that holds the mattress. I can’t find my before pictures so just imagine the above photo in black. It would have been fine to hang it without painting it but he wanted to use a school color, so it got several coats of royal blue spray paint. My advice to anyone wanting to paint one is to spray a couple coats, let dry, then move it. Turn it upside down or something to get the springs to wiggle just a little or you could end up with unpainted lines under where the springs attach to the frame.
My husband hung the whole unit on the wall using 4 “L” brackets. I think you could hang it with 2 brackets at the top and let the bottom rest on the wall if you wanted. I like how the whole thing stands out from the wall. My son is 15 and in high school, if he hurts himself on the screws or any part of it then I might have to take the display away from him. (kidding) Seriously, if you do make this for a younger child it would probably be a good idea to put caps on the screws and have a no climbing rule.