DIY Runner’s Gift For The Holidays

I’m not going to lie.  I love the holidays.  We were recently at Ikea and when we reached the first floor, there was a holiday section.  Rock took one look and said to me, “Walk away.  Walk slowly away.”

Ever since I had my first apartment on my own, I have loved decorating for the holidays.  I carefully have selected my decorations and the collection has grown over the years.  I wait until after Thanksgiving and then all bets are off.

I also love gifting for the holidays.  I grew up in a family where we enjoyed picking out gifts for each other.  As a kid, I was given $20 and a trip to the mall to pick out gifts for my entire family.  I carefully scoured the dollar store and Target, and was so proud of what I chose for everyone.  I still embrace gift giving and have become a huge fan of making gifts or gift baskets to share for the holidays.

Rock and I received some very thoughtful coasters as a wedding shower present, years ago.  Each coaster was a vintage map of a place that was important in our lives.  We love these coasters and receive so many compliments about them.

I decided to try my hand at making my own version of these coasters this year as a gift for my running clients.  The results were awesome.  You don’t have to stick with race bibs.  Pictures and race maps work so well.  I did do a few bibs, but in the picture below you see that I chose to do various race courses.


Note:  Make a copy of a race bib if you go that route.  Using the actual bib is difficult due to timing chips on the back.  The material tends to leave bubbles.  I also recommend making copies of photos, as paper is much easier to use with this project.  I would not recommend using actual photos or photo paper.

This is a great project if you are on a budget.  The tiles were 16¢ at Lowe’s and I found cork and foam backing at the hardware store about $4 for 75 pieces.


Race Bib Coasters:


Bibs, pictures, maps, etc.

Plain white tiles

Modge podge

Sponge or foam paint brush

X-ACTO knife

Cork or foam pads


Place picture on cardboard or other sturdy structure that is safe to cut.  Put the tile smooth side down over the area you would like to use for your project.  Carefully trace the X-ACTO knife around the tile.  Turn the tile smooth side up and using a sponge or foam brush, add a thin layer of Modge Podge over the tile.  Set the picture or bib over the coated tile and gently smooth out any bubbles and make sure corners are flat.


My cut out pieces, ready to place on tiles.


After the first coat.

Gently add a thin layer of Modge Podge on top of the picture or bib.  Let dry for at least an hour before adding one more coat.

Note:  I used dishwasher safe Modge Podge.  While I would not recommend putting these in the dishwasher, I feel that this makes them a little bit more water resistant when placing cups or mugs on top.  

Once dry, place foam or cork pads on the corners of the back side.  Wrap and then gift!


Do you like to make gifts?  What do you like to make during the holiday season?


15 thoughts on “DIY Runner’s Gift For The Holidays

  1. These look great! I have a big family so making gifts saves money and it’s fun. I love shopping for supplies rather than just buying stuff that doesn’t mean anything. Everyone in my family has received multiple knit scarves and blankets from me. I also like making bath scrubs and layering ingredients for cookies in a jar so they’re easy to make. Keeping it simple.

  2. Pingback: Simple Ways To Enjoy The Holidays | Running On Healthy

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