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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…


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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