Jul 14, 2010

Make Your Own Subway Art

I am in love with some of the subway art I've seen HERE and HERE.
It's so easy to make and super cheap too!!!
So I decided to make some of my own using the 9 Be's by President Hinckley.
Because I had most of the supplies needed already on hand, my total cost for this project was 20 cents!!!
{The price of an enlarged copy of the original image I wanted to use.}

So the supplies for this project include:
- a piece of wood {I used a left over piece of mdf, but places like Home Depot will cut wood to your exact dimensions if you need them to.} 
- paint
- mod podge
- Paint brushes {one for mod podge/one for paint}
- an enlarged copy of whatever you want your subway art to be

{Here is my enlarged copy.}

For some reason, the copy place people had to retype my subway art copy in order to enlarge it to the dimensions that I wanted {11X17}.  When they did this, they spaced the words out a lot more than I originally had them and made them a bit smaller.  I didn't bother making them fix it because I had two kids that we're dying to go potty!

So anyway, to make the back ground of my copy look a little more aged and not so stark black, I sanded it both horizontally and vertically.  It left a lot of black dust so I wiped it off using an old rag.

{Kind of looks like a chalkboard now...although that wasn't exactly what I was going for.}

I painted my mdf board white and then when it dried I brushed mod podge onto it, placed my copy in the center, and then brushed another layer of mod podge over the whole thing.
After it dried, this was the finished product.


I really like it!!!
My favorite part is that once I hang it in my home, I'll be reminded of some pretty important qualities I need to always be working on.

14 comments:

Jami said...

Beautiful job! Love the quote!
smiles!

www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

This looks great! I just love subway signs.

Amber said...

Looks great! I just made my own version of Galations 5:22 (The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience...) Check it out http://itsgreeneroverhere.blogspot.com/2010/07/living-room-art.html

Erin said...

Great job and very nice tutorial. It's so fun to see all these subway signs brought down to prices we can really live with, huh?! Here's the one I did: http://decorallure.blogspot.com/2010/02/vintage-family-rules-sign.html

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I like it~ I've always loved those B's, and this turned out so nice! It's something I'd be proud to hang in my home.

Well done!

Julie said...

Wow...that sounds really easy. thanks for the tutorial! And yours looks great - INSPIRATION!
I really liked the words you chose. awesome.
Thanks for sharing your project today ,and I love your thriftiness!!!! yeah..I remember those days when I had to hurry fast because I had four kids 7 and under and one ALWAYS had to go potty!!! LOL. they grow up fast! :-)

Robin said...

Thanks for the lovely comments everyone! You are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

This is great, but tell me did you actually sand the copy was it just ordinary paper? Would love a reply as really been wanting to make one of these. YOurs looks stunning. Dianna.Sullivan@xtra.co.nz

FrouFrouBritches said...

Precious! I love it. It's really cute! That is so much easier than cutting out letters by hand or exacto knife - since I don't have a Cricut for vinyl. This, I can do! Thanks!

Melissa said...

I love the idea of pre designing this and then having it printed! I wanted to do one...but didnt want to stamp the words on by hand:) Now with Photoshop I can get exactly what I want:)

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

It turned out really great! I love those "Be's"

XOXO
Jen

Laura @ Just For Love said...

Hey girl,

That turned out great! Super creative. I found you over at the Shabby nest linky party : ) I'm a happy new follower. So nice to "meet" you out here in blog-land. Have a great Wednesday!

Lots of love,
Laura

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Such a wonderful project! thanks so much for linking it up to my Subway Art Party!

XXOXO
Jen

Heather Mullin said...

Oh wow...I LOVE that! I am going to do this for sure! Thank you so much!

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