Cameo Silhouette Subway Sign

The day before we left for vacation, I decided I needed to make a special gift for my BFF ‘s birthday (we were going to be in Spain on her b-day).  Carrie and her husband Jeff were going with us to Europe and I didn’t want to have to pack a subway sign! I didn’t think she would appreciate lugging it home anyway! Can you imagine?

I had been brainstorming this project for a few weeks, and because I was frantically running around at the last minute (getting ready for the trip), I decided I would just wait and make it when I got home… trying not to stress myself out too much lately (I’m failing miserably).

Anyway, Carrie had called the night before and said she was planning on dropping off a few things the following day.  Now that I had the whole project planned out in my head, I decided to make the sign and give it to her when she came by.  Long story short, I finished it about 20 minutes before she arrived!!!!! Oh yea, no stress here…

I had seen this quote on one of her Pinterest Boards and I loved the idea
of putting it on a sign for her to see every morning.
I added the “devotions read”.
Reading her devotions
is an important part of her morning routine.

(Yikes! Sorry for the blurry pic… I told you I was stressin’)

Here is the burlap bow and button I hot glued on for an embellishment.

I had it hanging in our hallway when she arrived and she loved it!
She actually cried.

This was my first subway art that I’ve made.  I had found 2 of these boards (they were not painted) at our local thrift store for $4.95.

Here is what I did:

1.  I sanded the board first and wiped it off until it was clean.
2.  Next, I used my Cameo Silhouette to cut out the quotes.
3.  I cut out the quotes individually, removed the negative backing and layed out how I wanted the quotes to go on the board.
4.  After applying the quotes, I spray painted over the letters with a satin black spray paint.
5.  I allowed it to dry overnight and then removed the letters from the board.
6.  I distressed the stenciled letters a bit and applied a mix of dark/clear wax – I wanted the letters to not be so white, but didn’t want them to be too dark.
7.  I made a big bow with some burlap I had, added a button embellishment and stapled the burlap to the back of the board.

If you look closely you can see a set of eyelets that were already on the board.  I left them there so Carrie could loop the burlap into them if she wanted to hang it differently or at a different height.  She can also remove them if she likes.

What I learned: To choose a font that is a bit larger so the letters show up more once they have been spray painted and removed.

Happy Birthday my Sweet Friend~
So glad you liked your subway sign.

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  1. Beautiful! I love this! Great Job, I just had to pin it!

  2. Now I know what a subway board is! I love it!

  3. Carrie Lynn says:

    You rock it!!! Gorgeous sign and it’s all mine!!! Thank you Miss Mandy

  4. Love how the sentiments on the sign range from humor to heartfelt. No wonder she cried!! Beautiful job.
    Thanks so much for linking up over at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina
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  5. I just love that quote. I am going have to make a sign for myself. And the bow is fabulous!
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  6. Great sign and so funny that it contains the ‘big girl pants” mention because I’m working on something now around that. Thanks for sharing a this week’s BFF Open House.
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  7. This is great! Love how you topped it with the burlap bow! Stop over to enter my giveaway!
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  8. Mandy I never heard of subway art but this is lovely! I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate receiving it! Thanks so much for sharing.
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  9. I love this! I especially like the quote. I may have to make one for my future daughter-in-law’s shower. I’d love it if you shared this over at my You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday party going on now.
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