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New York City Subway Sign DIY

It’s not a secret that I love NYC. There are a few New York City accounts I like to follow on Instagram. Ones that show great shots of the city from different photographers, historical photos of the city, NYC news, etc…

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Basically, I’m obsessed with New York City. I follow more things about NYC than I do of my own Houston. ha!

I was browsing through Instagram and through one of these accounts I found this Etsy shop that sells replicas of NYC subway signs…

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Aaron and I took a special trip to NYC last year with a group from our Bible study and it was a life-changing trip for us. Aaron’s birthday is coming up next month and I wanted to get him something special. I’m not very good at giving thoughtful gifts but as soon as I saw this subway sign, I knew that would be a great, sentimental gift for him! We spent an afternoon in Jackson Heights and it was truly special to us.

But dang, the $50 price tag was too much. I’m sure it’s totally worth it and that SidewaySigns would do a great job. But I needed to figure out a cheaper way to make this happen.

I set out on a DIY…

First I copied the design of the sign and made my own in photoshop. I even looked up this really interesting article about the history of fonts used by the NYC MTA because I wanted to make sure I used the correct font. #nerd

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I printed it out on cardstock. Side note: I also printed it out on photo paper but Modpodge stained the ink purple. So card stock worked best.

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I had some extra plywood laying around. I marked my cut lines and cut.

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Then sanded down the edges.

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I used my jigsaw since my circular saw isn’t working at the moment. I tried my best to keep a straight line on my cut, but we’ll just call this perfectly imperfect.

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Tip: Don’t over-brush on the Modpodge because it will “melt” the ink and spread it around. Just run your brush over once, allow to dry, then go for a few more coats if you need to.

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You can add D-rings or sawtooth hangers to the back of the wood to hang.

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And now we have this little sentimental piece of art hanging on our gallery wall in our living room!

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I was so excited that I couldn’t wait until the end of April to give it to Aaron for his birthday! So I went ahead and hung it up for us to enjoy.

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Having these little pieces of art in our home that are 1) sentimental and 2) that I made myself just make my heart so stinking happy!

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