DIY: Make Your Own Motto Art!

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This guest post is provided by Crazy Daze Designs!

About the author: I’m Andi, a frugal and busy SAHW. I’m married to my best friend and I’m addicted to sweet tea and Diet Dr. Pepper. I love a bargain, love to craft and help others learn to do the same.


What you’ll need:

Blank wooden frame

acrylic paint (I used Plaid White and True Teal)

scrapbook paper

white cardstock

Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze

sponge brush

craft glue

Step 1:

Remove the glass and prime frame with 2 coats of white paint and let dry thoroughly. Then paint 2 coats of your desired color and let dry. Follow that by spraying the entire frame with the Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area like outside (my husband gets mad when I do this in the house). Let the frame dry really well before handling again, ask me how I know!

Step 2:

While that is drying, pick out a Subway Art motto that you would like to use or create something fun yourself. I found mine ¬†at Kiki Creates. You can also search “Free Subway Art” on Google for more ideas.

I was trying to use the red and teal design on Kiki Creates but didn’t realize until it printed that I was out of magenta ink. Luckily, I love the way it turned out. To make it fit in my frame, I scaled it down to size in Photoshop and printed from there. To make sure the colors show up nice and bold, print it on white cardstock. This should also help it stay sturdy in the frame.

Step 3:

This is my favorite part – embellishing the frame! I chose to make some 3D flowers and leaves using my Silhouette and then glued them to the frame. You can find some ideas to make handmade flowers on my round-up here.

How you embellish the frame is totally up to you. You can use ribbons, buttons, stickers or vinyl cut outs. Personalize it and make it your own.


You now have a completely customized piece of art for your home or to give as a gift!

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