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Friday, October 15

Bus Roll or Subway Art for Jeff's Room

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My world-traveling son  has been living away from home for two years! He's returning soon & as a surprise, I'm redecorating his room.

I've tried to use grown-up elements, yet still have a sense of fun.
A while ago, Pottery Barn started the "SUBWAY ART" or "BUS ROLL" trend.

I learned to make my own from the fabulous Jen at Tatertots & Jello.

First, I collected the addresses of the places Jeff has lived
while in England & the some of the places he has visited.

Apparently, I'm the only one who doesn't have a Cricut machine, so-o-o

 I used my word processing program  to make the words.

To do this: first type the words as usual, then select them & choose a white-colored font. Leave the text selected & make the background dark by highlighting it in black.

Make sure to use different fonts  & point sizes as you go. 
(I typed a period and a space before & after the words so that the black highlighting extended out beyond the letters.)
Cut out the words in strips. If white is showing on the edges, color with a matching marker.
I used a 24 x 36 inch deep edge canvas & spray painted it black before affixing the words.
I attached the word strips with Mod Podge. (Use a ruler to make sure they are straight.)

It looks great if you wrap the words around the edges of the sign here & there.

Another neat effect is to splatter white paint for an aged look. 

In the next post, I'll show you the completed room.


  1. It looks great, I might try it for my son's room. Thank you. Mimi x

  2. How perfect for a traveller. I love the way it turned out! Great job!


  3. What a wonderful idea. It looks great. I'm sure he's going to love it.

  4. Oh, I love your subway sign and the fact that they are actual locations your son has been! How cool!


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