I found this great subway art plaque not too long ago, and I really wanted to make some to give as gifts this Holiday season.
Unfortunately, it was going to be too expensive to make just one plaque. I wanted to be able to make a bunch, without breaking the bank, so I decided to use a super cute idea of subway art, and then would find my own plaque and scrap wood. Hobby Lobby sells a slightly smaller plaque for $2.99, and don’t forget that 40% off coupon!
I also found a metallic easel there, and made sure to buy it when it was 50% off. (This happens every other week on their metal stuff, in case you wanted to know, so that only cost $2.99).
Gotta love Hobby Lobby.
I had the modpodge on hand, card stock, and paint, so I just needed my scrap wood pieces for my subway art. I found a great, light-weight 2x4ft piece of wood for $5.00 at the Home Depot. It was perfect to make 24 pieces of scrap wood (I only printed off my 6 favorite subway art pieces so I was able to make four gifts out of one 2×4.)
Instead of using command strips, I bought the rolled Velcro at Joann’s with a sticky back, and used a 50% coupon for that as well. I put the rough side on the actual plaque, and used the soft side on all my scrap wood. This allows me to stack and store the scrap wood without worrying about scratching. I spray painted my easel using an almond paint/primer color by Rustoleum. (I ended up going back and using the Kilz primer and then the paint due to chipping.)
Because I loved this whole project, just not the price, I didn’t change much other than adjusting the subway art size to accommodate my slightly smaller plaque. (You can do that when you get to the print preview screen). So in the interest of saving time and feeling there is no reason to reinvent the wheel, check out the site above for the directions and subway art.
Have fun getting your craft on!