subway art from tatertots & jello

by @according2kelly on July 25, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger, is the super-amazing, totally-fantastic  jen of tatertots & jello. jen writes…

Hi! It’s Jen from Tatertots & Jello. I am so thrilled to be here!
Thank you Kelly for asking me to join in this fun party! I love Christmas and am always looking for handmade gift ideas. I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful gift ideas that will be shared here!

I’d like to share an idea that I had that might make a great Christmas gift this year — Personalized Subway Art. I have been enamored with Subway Art for awhile now. I love the graphic black and white look of it.

One type of personalized Subway Art that you can make would be a Family Sign. This would be a good gift if you have a friend or family member and would like to make a gift for the whole family. You can put each person’s name on the board and then characteristics of that person. The second type of personalized Subway Art you could make would be individual plaques. You could do these for different types of people — family members, friends and even as teacher gifts. 

There are two different ways to make each type of personalized Subway Art.

The first is by printing out paper on your computer and mod podging it onto your board. I took a piece of MDF ( you can also use a canvas if you like). I painted the board black. You can also add some decorative molding to the edges if you want to make it extra special.
Then I went in Microsoft Word and printed out some letters (I used Ariel font — regular Ariel, Ariel Narrow and Ariel Bold). I printed out the fonts to see if they were the right size. Once I decided the right size for the board, I reversed the font out by making the background black, then I printed them out and cut out each word individually. Lay the papers on the board the way you want them to look when you are done. Then take them and lay them out to the side of the board in the correct order. 
**Note — here’s a good tip — use photo paper and print out on the matte side of the paper. If you use photo paper, your black will be blacker.
Then I mod podged the paper onto the board. Once the words were all on the board, I put an extra layer of mod podge over the top of the board.

The second way of making the personalized Subway Art is to use your Cricut or Silhouette and print the words off using vinyl. Then use Transfer Tape and transfer them onto the board. 

I made the smaller boards 8 inches x 8 inches square — but you can make them any size you want! The last thing I did was added a vinyl embellishment or a flower to each board to add a little extra pizazz. 
And you have a great, personalized gift that’s great for birthdays, anniversaries or a great Christmas gift!

Thanks so much for letting me participate! Come over to Tatertots & Jello sometime and say hi – I’d love to meet you!

Merry Christmas (in July)!!!
for more great ideas be sure to visit jen at tatertots & jello. her site is full of tons of ideas. be sure to check out her cookie sheet advent calendar, cupcake wreath, burlap wreath, & ruffle necklace tutorial.

about jen:Hi! My name is Jennifer, but you can call me Jen. I love to do anything creative. I like tring new things. I love making something beautiful out of nothing. I love remaking things into something better. I love looking at something and seeing the possibilities. I love my family. I love meeting new friends.

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I absolutely love this.. thanks so much for sharing :)

Claire Carroll
Claire Carroll

I knew if I kept searching that I could find a tutorial on Subway art. Thanks.... I just ordered my daughter(age 23) a Silhouette for Christmas. This may be our first project!


i love this idea nd it is so cute:)


How FUN! I love this and what a creative way to specialize something so near and dear to your heart. I can not wait to share. thank you for inspiring me!


Thanks for having me Kelly. I have loved checking out all of the great ideas so far. I am getting excited for Christmas! XOXO Jen

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