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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

D.I.Y. Magnetic Morale Patches and more fun with Velcro

So you are a bit of a patchwhore are you? If not I am sure that you have at least a few patches and you might want someplace to display them. I was researching methods to display my Velcro backed morale patches and came up with two options (really one option); Obtain a picture frame in whatever size I wanted and build in a Velcro covered (loop side) insert and hang that on the wall or, buy a pre-made Velcro "patch panel" with a dedicated purpose of displaying morale patches.... The only issues with either of these methods are; A) they are a tad on the pricey side for what they are and B) It would look odd (read: ugly as hell) in my office to have an uber tacticool 16" X 20" section of Velcro loop hung up on the wall.

My solution to this dellima? Magnets, fool! I have a steel bulletin board in my office already (from Ikea) so this method works perfect for that. It should also be noted that these will also work on some gun cabinets/safes and even refrigerators for that awesome, inherently bachelor pad style look to your kitchen!

Materials needed;
Velcro backed morale patches (I am using ITS Tactical's Texas Flag patch)
Magnets that you do not mind cutting up
Scissors/EMT shears to cut said magnets
Adhesive backed Velcro loop material (strips or squares work best)

Really all that you need to do is cut some of the magnet into a square (but any shape will work) that will fit onto the back of the patch without protruding anywhere and affixing some of the adhesive backed Velcro loop onto the non metallic side as shown bellow;

After that, all you do is slap the magnet/Velcro combo onto the back side of your morale patches and throw them up onto something metallic!

This is a great way to organize and display your patches without sacrificing the overall aesthetics of whatever room you decide to put them in. If you are into the Velcro panel on the wall look, then more power to you. If not, then this is very cost effective and easy to do!

What is that? You have some spare adhesive backed Velcro loop left over? Slap some of that onto a pair of ear-pro so that you can put some patches up while you are shooting at the range next time!

Being in the EMS field, this helps me to identify myself as one who can render aid in the unfortunate case that there is an accident at the range.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a great project! I have been looking at options for police morale patches. So far these look the best (and look actually doable). Thanks for sharing!

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