“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!

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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

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  • Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner]
    September 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    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! :]

  • The Answer Is Chocolate
    September 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm

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

  • Emily
    September 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm


  • kati
    September 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm

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

  • Crystal
    September 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    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.

  • Holly Diane
    September 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm

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

  • Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com
    September 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    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!


  • Army Wife Quilter
    September 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm

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

  • this blessed nest
    September 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm


    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.

  • Megan - A Ruffle In Time
    September 2, 2010 at 11:16 pm

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

  • Lori@ Paisley Passions
    September 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

    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

  • Shannon P.
    September 3, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I love it. Now I want to make one.

    By the way, I live close to Lexington.

  • Red Couch Recipes
    September 3, 2010 at 3:11 am

    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

  • Laura
    September 3, 2010 at 4:41 am

    It turned out so cute. Great job!

  • Krystin
    September 3, 2010 at 4:53 am

    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 KY…so excited to see another Kentuckian in the blog world.

  • AmericKim
    September 3, 2010 at 4:57 am

    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!

  • Taylor-Ann
    September 3, 2010 at 6:04 am

    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!

  • Amanda
    September 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    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!

  • Jen J.
    September 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    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!

  • the cape on the corner
    September 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    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!

  • Debbie
    September 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    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

  • Mod Podge Amy
    September 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    VERY cute! I love it – definitely needs a coat of Mod Podge ;p

  • Erin
    September 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I love it!!

    I want a Cricut so bad. 🙂

  • Jenglamgirl
    September 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    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

  • Rachel@oneprettything.com
    September 4, 2010 at 1:18 am

    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!

  • Magician
    September 4, 2010 at 6:01 am

    At least it's a CHEAP monster! LOL!

  • La-Dee-da crafter
    September 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    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!

  • Mormishmom
    September 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

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


  • Laurel @ Ducks in a Row
    September 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Totally love this! my favorite is the spider!

  • sportzmom
    September 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Love it!

  • Allie
    September 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm

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

  • Cristie
    September 4, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Now that's clever! Love it.

  • Melissa
    September 5, 2010 at 1:11 am

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

  • Kelley
    September 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    very cute…. have a great holiday weekend

  • Classy Clutter
    September 5, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    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

  • Emily@JanDee Crafts
    September 6, 2010 at 2:34 am

    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!

  • C.R.A.F.T.
    September 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    you did such a good job!! come on over and link up to MMM 🙂

  • MJ
    September 7, 2010 at 6:40 am

    So very cool, I love the idea 🙂

  • Envy My Cooking
    September 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    How cute is this! Love it- maybe we could do a blog swat? Let me know what you think email us at envy.my.cooking@gmail.com

  • M.O.T.B
    September 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Incredible as always!

  • { L }
    September 8, 2010 at 4:44 am

    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:


  • Leslie
    September 8, 2010 at 4:50 am

    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!

  • Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com
    September 8, 2010 at 4:51 am

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

  • MomofAJ
    September 8, 2010 at 5:19 am

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

  • Meghan
    September 8, 2010 at 6:01 am

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

  • Becca
    September 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm

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


  • michelle
    September 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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

  • Jen
    September 9, 2010 at 4:16 am

    This is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Jemsmom
    September 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    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!

  • Jenglamgirl
    September 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    YOU HAVE BEEN featured at CraftOManiac.blogspot.com WAY TO GO! Jen

  • Becca
    September 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    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)

  • Courtney
    September 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    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!

  • Emby The Brat
    September 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm

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

  • Jessica
    October 3, 2010 at 6:54 am

    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…


  • Cate
    October 15, 2010 at 4:34 am

    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.

  • Rachel
    July 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    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: http://www.AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com

    Let me know if that would be ok with you.

    Thanks in advance,
    Rachel @ AllFreeHolidayCrafts