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Spring Project — Make Chevron Subway Art!! {Tutorial}

 I have been ooohing and aaaahing over all of the Chevron projects around blogland lately.

It got me motivated to make some Chevron art for my home.


And since the weather here has been so dreary and grey, I was aching for some
happy, sunny art to lift my mood.

And what better song than the Beatle’s “Here Comes The Sun”?
chevron subway art at the bottom

Here’s what I did:

get a board
So I grabbed another board left over from my Laundry Room Board and Batten project and went to work. I made a stencil on my Silhouette. I think I am addicted to making stencils. They are so easy to make, plus you can use them for other projects.
And I am sure there will be some more Chevron projects coming along soon :) 
cut out the stencil
chevron stencil
You can buy the Stencil plastic at your local craft store. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. They were 3 pieces to a package – so about $1 per sheet. 
Pretty cheap for a Chevron Stencil, right?
paint the board
yellow paint
I painted my board with some white craft paint. And once it was dry I stenciled the board. I was a little nervous about how my stencil was going to turn out. Should I trace the chevron on with pencil and then fill it in later with paint? No, I decided to paint over the stencil using a foam brush, and I am so happy I did that. It worked out incredibly well. I didn’t even have to tape the stencil on to the board. And since my board is longer in width and length than my stencil, I stenciled up one side of the board, and then by the time I came back down to the first section, that part was dry and I was able to blend the paint in and do the other side of the board.
sand it down
Once the board was finished, I sanded the paint off. I was going for a kind of “Beachy” look and the paint I used was a little too yellow. I liked the color a lot better once the paint was sanded off and toned down. Then I made the words to Beatle’s song on the Silhouette “Here Comes the Sun” and I printed that off. I used contact paper – my secret weapon. It’s so much cheaper than vinyl. It is a little tricky to use. You have to make sure that you get the settings right. I keep my depth setting on 2-3 for contact paper because it’s so thin. Then I laid the contact paper on top of the board and used some turquoise craft paint for the words and let that dry. And then I sanded the words too. And put a light coat of polyurethane spray over the whole board.
paint on the letters
silhouette interfacing
peel if off
cut out the pennants on the silhouette
cut out the pennants
Of course if you don’t have a Silhouette to make this project.
{You could cut the pennants out with scissors and then use Mod Podge or something like that to make them lay flat. I also sewed a small zig zag stitch all the way around each pennant. And you could use painter’s tape to create the Chevron Stripes.}
chevron subway art pennant closeup
Then I sewed the pennants to some baker’s twine that I had by folding the back over the twine and sewing it. {You could also hot glue them if you wanted}. And I made a loop at each end of the twine and put them through the point of an upholstery tack.
upholstery tacks
The last thing I did was I put upholstery tacks along each side of the subway art for a little more added interest. I think they add to the rough beachy charm of the piece!!
{I bought the upholstery tacks at Walmart}
chevron subway art full sign
And now I have a piece of Spring-ish Subway art for my Family Room Wall!!!
And I love that it goes with my Chevron Pennants and Chevron Plate on my Family Room Mantel!
Have a Terrific Day!! 
PS -- I’m linking this up over at The Lettered Cottage’s How To Party!! And these fun parties: 

The DIY Show OffBCD 125UndertheTableandDreaminggiveawaysTidy Mom I'm Lovin It Fridays

 

xoxo

Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful project! I walked down the aisle to "Here Comes The Sun". Such a beautiful song.

  2. This is great! Could you please tell me how you cut your stencil plastic. Did you use a carrier sheet? What speed and thickness did you use? Red cap I am guessing?

    Thanks much!

  3. Auntie Lolo says:

    I love this! I featured it on my blog today. Thanks!

    Lois

    http://www.auntielolocrafts.blogspot.com

  4. Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants says:

    Of course it is adorable as usual!

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  6. Hi jen,
    Luv luv the colours you have chosen, Did you use a mat in the Silhouette?

    I would luv for you to join our celebration party by adding your project into our linking post.

    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/04/celebrating-your-talent-with-linking.html
    Have a great week,
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

  7. You always amaze me!!! This is a wonderful piece! If you can find the time, I'd love for you to stop by and share this at the Tuesday To Do.

    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/04/tuesday-to-do-party-7-and-6-list-makers.html

    Smiles!!
    Jami

  8. Thanks for this..you inspired me to try my own version as your tutorial was so great! check it out at this link

    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com/2011/04/dabbling-with-creating-my-own-chevron.html

    Thanks!
    Love your blog!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  9. This is so cute! I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Kathryn Michelle Jenkins says:

    I love the little penant banner on it! so cute.

    awesome!
    kathryn
    http://www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

  11. Alison@Oopsey Daisy says:

    Hi Jen! I featured this post today:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2011/04/wednesdays-wowzers-relax.html

    Thanks so much for inspiring! I love everything about this–the chevron, the yellow, the pennants, and the "Here Comes the Sun." Too cute!!

    Have a great day!
    ~Alison

  12. BundlesofBlossoms says:

    What a super cute idea, Jen! I love multi-dimensional projects!

    http://www.bundlesofblossoms.blogspot.com

  13. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    My kiddos LoveLoveLove that song, they know every single word!!
    Adorable project, by they way!! Make me one!!! =)

  14. House of Smiths says:

    This is SO CUTE!!! I love it! :)
    I can't wait to paint my rug with a chevron pattern too!!! :)
    But now I'm thinking I want yellow, ha!

    Call me! I need to talk to ya.
    Love you!
    ~Shelley

  15. Mod Podge Amy says:

    Jen! you may never see this, but I think you are awesome. xo

  16. Swensgirl says:

    I just tried doing this tonight with the same stencil blanks I just bought at hobby lobby! I couldnt get mine to cut all the way through. I cut it on 33 thickness and 2 speed. What did you use?

  17. So in love with this project…another reason why I need a silhouette machine! :)

  18. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. It doesn't seem quite as intimidating that way.

    http://www.dishesandsocks.com/

  19. amycornwell says:

    What a fabulous tutorial! I love it. Can't wait to make one of my own. Thanks for continuing to inspire us!

  20. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    Oh my gosh I love this!!! The yellow and the lyrics and the beachy look to it – it's all soooo darling!
    I'm hoping next week some of your fabulous style rubs off on me!!! :) :)

  21. Love that!!!!

  22. So pretty! Love the song!!

  23. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    You…and your project…are so cute and fun! I love this!

    {I used to have an alarm clock that played "Here Comes the Sun."}

  24. That is just perfect for Spring!

  25. Jen-CraftOManiac says:

    DARLING JEN- WHERE IS MINE? LOL! i adore it! THE PENNANT totally adds to it too. U ROCK! winks- jen

  26. This is so perfectly bright and summer-y! Love the song, chevrons, pendants & yellow with turquoise! I want one!

    Amy
    sittingatourkitchentable.blogspot.com

  27. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    Just when I think things can't get any cuter…you show me something else! Love this!

  28. Marianne@Songbird says:

    This is uber cute! I love the quote you choose and the addition of the little flags just makes it absolutely perfect.

  29. Rhadonda says:

    So so so cute. Also to save money i don't use the silhouette fabric interfacing, i buy Heat and Bond lite or heavy (depending on project) from my local sewing store. Works great.

  30. This is so fresh and sunny! I want to make one!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  31. Erin @ Crafts and Sutch says:

    You had me at yellow chevron! I just love this sign. I have a very tall, skinny wall in my living room and something like this would be perfect for it.

    I love contact paper too. I actually used it in place of freezer paper for a stencil on my kiddo's t-shirt. Worked perfectly! :)

  32. Wow!!! What a great project! Love it!

    I am such a Tatertots & Jello junkie!!! Your blog is just wonderful!! You also have the best tweets!! I am your newest follower…I hope you will drop by my blog sometime! I also follow you on Twitter (Twittle__Dee)

    Looking forward to getting to know you!!!

    ~~~rhonda~~~

  33. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    I just LOVE it! You are so talented and I love the little details with the brads and the pennants. I only use contact paper anymore!
    xoxo

  34. Those teeny pennants!! I DIE!!!

  35. Ali Richardson says:

    SO PRETTY!!! Great job, I love this one. That yellow chevron makes me happy :)

  36. kami @ nobiggie.net says:

    Adorbs! Love it , Jen!

  37. Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots says:

    Please please please come over and teach me how to use my Silhouette! I've had it for about 6 months now and it just SITS there. So sad! I want to make this…so yeah, you're gunna need to come over. :)

  38. reasonstoskipthehousework says:

    Ok, this is totally my new project! I have all of this – even the Silhouette – and haven't really done much with it yet – so I need to get crackin! Come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Link Party! It would make my day!

    Smiles,
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework
    Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party

  39. Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff says:

    That is amazing Jen! I love it!!!

  40. Julie {Angry Julie Monday} says:

    Seriously….

    I think I need a Silhouette. Even my husband wants one…or maybe you can just make me this.

    Amazing!!! I must go show this to all my peeps now..

  41. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says:

    Jen, you make the most amazing subway art pieces! LOVE it!! Makes me want to make one… too bad I am about to move again so it will have to wait.

  42. Mind Your Manors says:

    Phenomenal! You could make a fortune (from me) selling these!!!

    Amy

  43. Christi @ Love From The Oven says:

    This is just TOO cute! Love love love it. I have a lot of spaces that could use a long/skinny print, and this may be the perfect idea. Thanks for sharing!

  44. Lettered Cottage says:

    Oh my goodness- this just made me SO HAPPY!
    It turned out AMAZING, and I'm super inspired to create something chevron-y now too! :-D

  45. Julie {CalleLillyCafe} says:

    I absolutely love this! I saw the first photo & tried to read and sing as same time! Silly me then scrolled to see front view. oops! LOVE this!!

  46. Mary - The Tall Chick says:

    Looks fabulous!! :) I just found your blog through your link up on Tip Me Tuesday. So glad I did and now I'll be a regular reader!

    I just started my own blog and would love your feedback if you have a chance!

    http://www.thetallchick.blogspot.com

  47. This is so cool & awesome!!! I love it!

  48. Amy @ Positively Splendid says:

    Oh my word, Jen! This is just too cute for words!

  49. Decorchick! says:

    Girl!! You amaze me!!! That is one of my favorite songs too and it's perfect on the chevron board! I love this project and may steal it. ;)

  50. Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    I love the pennants! Too cute!

  51. Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter says:

    So cute!! Looks like a fun project to get children involved in the making too. Thanks for sharing and I enjoy catching your blog!
    Maureen

  52. Awesome Jen! Thanks for the contact paper tip! Do you use the mat for that or just feed it through?

  53. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Jen this is amazing! I love the yellow…it is so bright and cheery! And the the penants are such a cute touch!

  54. the little wife says:

    This looks amazing! Your love for both chevrons and pennants are so contagious. I would have never thought to put stencil plastic through the Silhouette (I had a bad experience with felt, and am now very hesitant to use anything but paper.)

  55. I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar says:

    This is awesome Jen! I think it's my favorite of all your subway art projects. LOVE the chevron and LOVE that song. I think I'd leave that up at my house all year long. Fabulous work!

    Cheri

  56. That is excellent!!! Love it!

  57. Shelley Haganman says:

    What a fabulous project! I really love the banner too!

  58. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    This project makes me happy!! The combo of the fun, cheery colors, the quote, and the cute pennants is the thing. Love the addition of the upholstery tacks too…great idea!

    Thank you for sharing the tip about the contact paper! I was wondering if I could use some with my Silhouette. Do keep the backing on the contact paper and lay it down with the contact paper side up?

    Great project! :)

  59. Angie @ Thrifty Like Me says:

    What a cute and fun project! Wish I had a cricuit! Thanks for sharing!

  60. angie @ the cellar door stories says:

    love this ~ it might be one of my very favorite of your projects!

  61. Michelle@Somedaycrafts says:

    Super cute, bright and happy! You are a rock star!

  62. Attempting Aloha says:

    You realize that thousands of blog stalkers around the world are now going to be humming that song for the next few days, right?? Ha!

    I'll be humming it as I fall asleep tonight. :)

    Very cute project! Love the contrast of the yellow and your pennants.

    Aloha,

    Charlie

  63. MommyMeagan says:

    Oh my goodness- what a great project. Love bunting and the chevrons- so fun. You picked the perfect song lyrics and colors, too. Thanks for the tutorial!

  64. Pretty Domestic says:

    Wow! What a project. Turned out amazing. I walked down the aisle to "here comes the sun." Such a great song, wonderful inspiration xo http://www.prettydomestic.com

  65. Looks wonderful! Love the song lyrics, could definitely use some Spring décor today, might have to give this one ago! Thank you for sharing a great tutorial.

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