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Thursday, September 2, 2010

"Spooktacular" Subway Art Tutorial

Subway art has been ALL over blogland for a while now. I have been debating if I wanted to make one, specifically a fall/Halloween one. Well, on Tuesday I saw this fabulous subway art creation from Jen over at Tatertots and Jello.

This totally made up my mind. I knew I just HAD to make one. In fact, I made one that night.

This isn't a very difficult craft at all.

I luckily had ALL of these supplies so this project was FREE! Those are always the best kind! :)


-Canvas or piece of wood
-Scrapbook paper
-Paint brush
-Cricut Machine (not totally necessary though)

1. I used a canvas that I had and decided to paint it black.
You can also use scrap pieces of wood.

2. Cut out whatever words you want to use. I chose to make a Halloween one so all of my words are related to the holiday. I cut them out using my Cricut machine on different colors of card stock paper.

(If you do not have a cutting machine, you can also stencil the words on, paint them on yourself, or print out the words using your printer onto card stock, then cut them out.)

3. After I had all my words cut out, I placed them on my canvas. I played around with the layout until I got something that I was happy with. Once I was ready to glue, I took a ruler and drew some straight lines so I wouldn't have crazy crooked words.

4. I decided to cut out a couple pictures as well. As I was working, I thought it would be fun to add some glitter to my project to accent the pictures. I used orange glitter on the pumpkins to add the creases in a pumpkin, and then black glitter on the spider for his eyes. I also decided that a spider web was needed so I used silver glitter to create that in one corner.

5. And here is the final result! I love it! It will be hung in our kitchen next to our back door. I haven't yet but I think I am going to put a layer of Mod Podge on it to seal it all and protect it a little better.

I love how it came out!

It was so simple too!

I will totally be making more of these! A fall one is already in the works in my head. :)
And a Christmas one will be FABULOUS!!

Oh no... a monster has been created! LOL

Happy Crafting!

Craft Gossip

Linking up to some of these parties.
Tatertots and Jello: Subway Art Party
Craftaholics Anonymous: Fall Frenzy Party
This Blessed Nest: Fall Festival
The DIY Show Off: DIY Fall Festival

SYS Thurs


  1. I LOVE subway art! It's been on my to do list, but I still haven't gotten around to it. . .
    I really love how the halloween theme turned out! So cool! :]

  2. Totally cute! I haven't done any Subway art projects yet but you have inspired me!

  3. What a great idea!!! More reasons I should get a Cricut!!! HMMM, I think hubby will still need more convincing!

  4. This is so cute! I was thinking about making one and yours just pushed me over the edge! I love the spider web and other little pictures. Great job.

  5. What a great idea!! I can't wait to dig out my supplies and make a Christmas one!

  6. LOVE it! What a cute board. I love all of the little details you added too. So fun!

    Will you link it up to my subway art collection too - I'd love everyone that comes over to see it!


  7. I love it. I love the halloween is right around the corner.

  8. wow!

    you work fast, girlfriend!
    it looks so good. all the added fun stuff makes it all the more better!

    fun stuff.
    thanks for linking up again!
    love having you, hope to see you next week as well.

  9. that is SO cute! thanks for sharing dear :)!

  10. Subway art is SO fun right now. Love how yours turned out! Thanks for linking up to my Thrilling Thursday party. Hope you will join in again next week :)

    ~Lori @ Paisley Passions

  11. I love it. Now I want to make one.

    By the way, I live close to Lexington.

  12. I was just thinking...before you said it that some Modge Podge might finish it off nicely! It is super cute and you have inspired me to make one! Joni

  13. It turned out so cute. Great job!

  14. Stopping by after seeing your blog on "New Friend Friday" at the Trendy Treehouse. Love the artwork. We throw a big Halloween party every year, so thanks for a great idea on some new decor. Also, I reside in Baltimore now, but I'm originally from excited to see another Kentuckian in the blog world.

  15. I love your Halloween art! You have inspired me to make one. We'll see what I can come up with. I don't have a machine, yet. I can't wait....
    Love your blog!

  16. Those subway prints have been everywhere...I love that yours has some pictures on it. Your halloween one, might have just secured my next craft project. :o) Also, I wanted to let you know I just became your newest follower.

    Happy Friday!

  17. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!

  18. Stopping by from Night Owl Crafting & the DIY Show Off. Love your Halloween subway art - SO cute!!! Makes me wish I owned a cricut! Stop by my blog sometime & visit me @ the World of Dennifer!

  19. LOVE it! i would totally do this if i had a cricut. i will not tho, since i don't have the patience to do it the other way. it looks so great!

  20. Awesome project Allison I love it. Love your new feature idea too...great way to show of some fun projects that may go missed. Have a great Holiday weekend. Debbie

  21. VERY cute! I love it - definitely needs a coat of Mod Podge ;p

  22. I love it!!

    I want a Cricut so bad. :)

  23. Allison~ how did i miss this? I adore I MEAN ADORE your subway art. The web and the spider coming down TO STINKEN CUTE. I so need to make one ASAP! LOVE YOURS!!! hugs, Jen

  24. Wow, that came out so cool! I would love to link to this if you didn't mind. I'm so excited about Halloween projects!

  25. At least it's a CHEAP monster! LOL!

  26. Yours turned out great. I also jumped on the Subway art train after seeing it in bloggie land. I am a new follower and so glad to find you!

  27. I love it! I need to make one. Maybe one day I'll get a Silhouette :)

  28. Totally love this! my favorite is the spider!

  29. This is SO Adorable!
    I invite you to come this this up at my Making It Linky Party!

  30. Looks so cute! Definitely makes my longing for a Crikut or a Silhouette more intense!

  31. very cute.... have a great holiday weekend

  32. adorable!!! I am working on a New York City themed subway art for my next (i hope) project!

    come by for a visit!

    <3 Mallory @ CC

  33. How cute is that! I love halloween and this is right up my alley! I would be thrilled if you would be willing to post on my new linky party too!

  34. you did such a good job!! come on over and link up to MMM :)

  35. So very cool, I love the idea :)

  36. How cute is this! Love it- maybe we could do a blog swat? Let me know what you think email us at

  37. Oh too fun! I am a big fan of Subway art and yours turned out awesome! LOVE the colors. I found you through Cheri's Spotlight Yourself.

    Also, I have a giveaway right now that I would love for you to enter if you're interested:

  38. I featured this over at Hoo's got talent! Feel free to grab the button that says, "I've got talent"! Thanks for linking up!

  39. I love it!! The little spider is just great. Super cute art!
    ~stopping by from It's so Very Cheri!

  40. Hi, I stopped by from It's so very Cheri. I love this idea, I am adding it to my to make list.

  41. I'm visiting from It's So Very Cheri. The spiderweb is my favorite part.

  42. Love this fun Halloween craft! I'll be featuring it Sept 23 on BCD! Thanks for the link!


  43. That turned out so great! I love the pictures that you added with it!!

  44. This is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  45. This is too cute! I wonder if I used stickers on a wood piece and modge podged them if they would stick? Hmmmmm... now you have me thinking how I could do this without the cricut! Super cute!

  46. YOU HAVE BEEN featured at WAY TO GO! Jen

  47. I LOVE this ... so fun and festive! I'm a huge fan of subway art, too and would love to add one in my home ... if only I had a cricut! Thanks for sharing, Becca (Adventures in Decorating)

  48. Love the way this turned out. I've been thinking about doing some subway art, too. Yours is great-the spiderweb in the corner is too cute. Thanks for linking up!

  49. AH-MAZING!!! I sorta copied it and will be putting a post on my blog soon of it. THANKS so much!

  50. This is so cute! I totally need to make one too! Of course, I should probably finish the fifty other half-done projects lying around my house first...


  51. This is so cute. Please come by Random Crafty Georgia Girl and link it to my Week in Review.

    -Cate from Random Crafty Georgia Girl

    P.S. The post will be up on the 17th.

  52. Hi Allison,

    This turned out so CUTE! I'd love to link to your post from my holiday craft site. You can check it out here:

    Let me know if that would be ok with you.

    Thanks in advance,
    Rachel @ AllFreeHolidayCrafts


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