The $5 Patch Board

Posted: June 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I have been prepping for the baby coming the last week so I have been gradually moving around my gear from my safe room to my man cave/reloading area. While going through all the stuff I found all the bags and boxes I had sent back to myself from the SHOT Show. Among all the forgotten treasures was a big bag of Patches from many companies that was handed out or were laying on a table and I snagged it. I decided that my reloading room was not tactical enough and that these were just too cool and they needed displayed. I got to thinking of a way to display them that still made it easy to pull them off so I could display them on my coat or pack when I wanted something different. I came up with a super cheap and easy Saturday project that cost less than $5 and only took about 10 minutes to complete.


Materials were simple.



  • You need one board
  • 1 staple gun
  • 1 wire coat hanger
  • Enough Felt to cover the chosen board

The board I chose was a peg board I had lying around for about 7 years from the previous homeowner. The board measured 22″x24″ so I went with a square yard of felt I picked up from Walmart for $3.95. The wire hangr came from the million I have hanging in my closet that I get with work uniforms weekly.

This is a pretty simple process and super easy. Take the felt and lay it flat on the floor and lay the board on top of it. Wrap the felt around the board and staple the material onto the side that will be facing the wall.

stapeling patch board

Stand the board up and stretch the loose side tightly to eliminate any wrinkles that may be visible on the front.

stapeling patch board 2

Fold the excess material in to clean up the look if you want. I only did the top part since the bottom was cut fairly straight.

back of board

At this point you can apply your method of hanging. I considered fishing line but it was out in my tackle box and I didn’t feel like digging for it so I used a wire hanger that was hanging in my closet. I cut around 6 inches off the hanger and placed it into the peg holes. I bent about an inch of wire up to secure it to the board and did the same about 5 holes away on the same line as you can see in the picture above.

Now you are ready to apply your patches and observe you handy work.

finished off wall

Now take it to it’s new home and hang it up.


This project was super quick and so simple I wish that I would have done it awhile ago. After I got the pictures all taken I realized I had more patches stuffed away in another box that I forgot about so after the pictures were all uploaded I added more. Sorry for the crappy cell phone photos also. I promise I will have some better pictures coming later in the week from Sunday’s range day recap with a good group of shooters. Anyone or company that wants to donate a patch towards the board feel free to contact me.

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  1. Patti M. Shute says:

    very nice. i’ll have to steel the idea for my husbands patches. he has so many from the many units and places he’s been. thanks for the idea, and great job!!!

  2. Gardenwife says:

    You say you swap your patches out on your coat and pack. How are they adhered to those and to the felt board?

    • absolutebs says:

      The majority of moral patches you are going to run across have hook and loop material on the back which is more commonly known as Velcro. The patches have the rough bristly side and the coat, hat, or packs have the soft fuzzy portion. The felt is soft enough for the backing of the patches to latch onto and hold.

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