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Christmas gift Idea — Personalized Mini Subway Tiles

Today I am have a fun little project to share that would make great custom Christmas gifts this year   Personalized  Subway Art!
 I thought a fun Christmas idea would be 
personalized mini Subway art pieces.
You can make them up for almost anyone — 
your favorite teacher, your mom, your husband or boyfriend, sister, neighbor…
I made a few different ones — plus a bigger version that you can do for an entire family as a gift. And, it’s so inexpensive to make!!

I have been enamored with Subway Art for awhile now. I love the graphic black and white look of it.

One type of personalized Subway Art that you can make would be a Family Sign. This would be a good gift if you have a friend or family member and would like to make a gift for the whole family. You can put each person’s name on the board and then characteristics of that person.
The second type of personalized Subway Art you could make would be individual plaques. You could do these for different types of people — family members, friends and even as teacher gifts.
There are two different ways to make each type of personalized Subway Art. 
The first is by printing out paper on your computer and mod podging it onto your board. I took a piece of MDF ( you can also use a canvas if you like). I painted the board black. You can also add some decorative molding to the edges if you want to make it extra special.
Then I went in Microsoft Word and printed out some letters (I used Ariel font — regular Ariel, Ariel Narrow and Ariel Bold). I printed out the fonts to see if they were the right size. Once I decided the right size for the board, I reversed the font out by making the background black, then I printed them out and cut out each word individually. Lay the papers on the board the way you want them to look when you are done. Then take them and lay them out to the side of the board in the correct order.
**Note — here’s a good tip — use photo paper and print out on the matte side of the paper. If you use photo paper, your black will be blacker.
Then I mod podged the paper onto the board. Once the words were all on the board, I put an extra layer of mod podge over the top of the board.
The second way of making the personalized Subway Art is to use your Silhouette and print the words off using vinyl. Then use Transfer Tape and transfer them onto the board.
I made the smaller boards 8 inches x 8 inches square — but you can make them any size you want! The last thing I did was added a vinyl embellishment or a flower to each board to add a little extra pizazz.
 And you have a great, personalized gift that’s great for birthdays, anniversaries or a great  
Christmas gift!



  1. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    I just love all of the subway art you've showed off on your blog. What a great idea to give it as a gift! Perfect for Homemade Christmas!

  2. Oooh, I like that idea! Hopefully I will remember it when the time comes :)

  3. Makalani Adolpho, PLC says:

    This is a great gift for a teacher.


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  5. Kendra@My Insanity says:

    Great gift idea! I'm having a Christmas in July party on my blog, right now, looking for just these kinds of ideas. Are you still traveling?

  6. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    I went over to look and they are darling! I love the family one, and the "mom" sign too. You come up with the best ideas!

  7. Great idea!!

  8. Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says:

    Thinking through some of these adorable ideas now if perfect. I LOVE your subway art….now if I can only get motivated. :)