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When I was framing, one of the most popular categories of my customers was sports memorabilia. I can’t tell you how many Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox items I framed – in particular, signed shirts. In my son’s room I hung a signed Patriots shirt as a focal point and we pulled the color scheme from this item (thankfully the N.E. Patriots and Boston Red Sox share the same colors so it was easy to incorporate items from both teams.) I chose not to frame this shirt, but I did mount it on foam board so that it would hang nicely. Here are some tips on using your own sports shirts as decor in a child’s room, basement or gameroom. Even shirts that are not signed by the athlete make great wall hangings for the sports enthusiast!
First, purchase a piece of foamboard in a similar color to your shirt at a craft store. I bought a 24×30″ navy blue board at Michaels for just a few dollars.
Decide which side of the shirt you want to display and center the foamboard inside the shirt, pushing it all way up to the collar. Typically the back is displayed so the player’s number and name can be clearly seen, and this is where an athlete would sign a shirt also.
Many sports jerseys have emblems on the sleeves. Fold the shirt to display these and pin the inside edge to the board. The outer edge will not be attached to the foamboard, but instead will be attached directly to the wall.