Easy Craft for Swim Meet Ribbons

Easy Craft for Swim Meet Race Ribbons Our daughter loves to swim and so far, it seems to agree with her.  Weekly swim meets lasting 3 hours or more most every Tuesday night for 2 months defines her summer and with each race, she is motivated to swim harder, go faster, and see if she could beat her best time.  Perhaps best loved are the relays she swims, part of a group of girls all working together and cheering each other on.  She’s competitive and has asked to swim year round.  She is happy in the water and that’s priceless.

As the season nears its end, she has a stack of treasured race ribbons and I’ve been searching for a way for them to be easily displayed like a trophy but not end up a cluttered mess like they’ve been so far.  As I’ve said without shame before, not exactly super crafty all on my own, I do love a craft that can be easily done with three or fewer steps.  Here is what we came up with for the ribbons.

Easy Craft for Swim Meet Ribbons

We purchased patriotic ribbon from AC Moore, some simple rings from Walmart, and use push pins I already had at home. My daughter choose to sort her swim meet race ribbon collection by place earned in each race, for example first, second, third and so on.

Easy Craft for Swim Meet Ribbons

Next we removed the string that typically comes with the ribbon and slipped the ribbons onto rings. A little tip ~ make sure the ring width matches the ribbon width so that when you go to attach the completed project to the bulletin board, you can pull it tightly to look nice and be easily worked with. Yes I found that out the hard way.

Easy Craft for Swim Meet Ribbons

Finally, we tied a small bow on the front of each ring, slid the rings onto the patriotic ribbon and attached the patriotic ribbon full of rings with push pins to her bulletin board and simply spaced each ring out evenly.  The completed project is awesome because our daughter was able to do most every step on her own and we enjoyed ever bit of that together.

Nothing like an easy craft to make something special to decorate your room and not have to ask your Mom for help right?  She can easily look through and see her swim team accomplishments anytime and its a breeze to open up the rings to remove the ribbons should she choose to look at them in detail.  The best part for me is no more “Mom what are we going to do with all my ribbons?”  Each year, we will simply start again.

Summer time is full of memories and its wonderful to find easy crafts that let you enjoy those memories all year long.  Tell me….

How do you display sports memorabilia from each season your child is active?

If like me, you only tackle crafts that are easy, check out our Crafts Pinterest Board for all kinds of ideas even I can tackle without too much stress. And if you are  a busy sports Mom our Team Mom Pinterest Board has you covered all year long.  Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!


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  • gear jane September 21, 2012, 8:47 pm

    This looks like a great idea for my kids. Do you mind if I apply them to my household?

  • Gina February 28, 2013, 8:57 pm

    We use a three-ring binder with inserts that fit all the ribbons. It’s been great because my son likes to organize them by date. Then I use page protectors for any larger certificates, the team photo, or anything large.

    • admin June 5, 2013, 10:16 am

      This is such a great tip Gina! Swim Meet ribbons seem to beg for being enjoyed and I love a good binder project to organize almost anything that kids love to share. Thanks for commenting!

  • Callie February 1, 2014, 10:22 pm

    Do your ribbons already have the hole in them? My daughters ribbons do not, and I’m tempted to use a hole puncher, but obviously don’t want to ruin them!!

    • Molly Gold February 5, 2014, 1:40 pm

      Hi Callie! They do so it makes it easy to string them through. They come with a yarn loop to hang them that is strong through a pre-punched hole. Hope that helps!

    • Chrystal November 15, 2014, 6:04 am

      another idea if you don’t want to punch holes in ribbons without holes is to use a binder clip to clip them together and then hang by the handle of the binder clip. I do this with pictures.

  • Chrystal November 15, 2014, 6:35 am

    I hope you’ve joined the world of year round swimming because it’s so much more than summer swim. My daughter started out on a year round team and did summer swim after her first season on a YMCA team at a local country club. Year round is so much more fun, especially if you find a team like ours where the parents become really good friends as well.

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