Our den has been working very hard on craftsman with a lot of great activities that I will post about soon! Our final activity is to make a display case for awards. We wanted to make a display case for belt loops and were inspired by this case. We mostly followed the directions, with a few important changes. I outline the entire steps below so you can also make a display case!
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
- Regular stapler (that can be unfolded)
- Wood for frame (we used craft wood)
- Cork board
- Something to burn the paracord ends
- The first step is to cut the wood frame to the right lengths. We wanted it to be about 12″ by 12″ so we cut each wood to 12″ minus the width of the wood. In our case, that was 11″. This is one of the biggest changes from the project we link to because they used 2x4s and we used craft wood that is lighter and easier to handle.
- Lay the wood out to look like the frame. This should be 12″x12″
- Next, glue the edges together using hot glue.
- Cut a square of felt to 12″x12″. We bought blue felt and gold paracord to match blue & gold scouting colors. Place the felt on your frame to ensure it fits.
- Hot glue the felt to the frame. Make sure it is tight and flat as this is the part you see from the front. We will secure it more in the next step.
- Cut a square of cork (we used a thin roll of cork board) to 12″x12″. Put the cork on top of the felt and staple it in place.
- We decided to add another layer of felt to the back to make it look prettier and to help secure the cork (which seemed rather thin and fragile). We cut another 12″x12″ square and put it on top. We hot glued it together.
- Flip the display over and cut the paracord to 12″ lengths. Burn the ends of the paracord to keep it from unraveling.
- We experimented with different ways to attach the paracord and decided a nice line of hot glue was the best answer. It held it in place and looked much nicer than staples.
- Repeat this for as many paracord segments as you need. Our final product looks great and our scout really enjoyed having a nice place to display his belt loops and pins!