Search Term

Enter a search term (optional)


Select One (optional)

Difficulty Level

Select One (optional)

Estimated Cost

Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Fabric Crafts
  • Paper Crafts
  • Craft Foam
  • Pipe Cleaner Crafts
  • Clay & Sculpting
  • Nature Crafts
  • Wood Crafts
  • Beads & Jewelry
  • Recycled Crafts
  • Painting & Coloring
  • Food Crafts
  • Plastic
  • Mixed Media/Miscellaneous
Time to complete

Select One (optional)

Primary Technique

Select One (optional)


Select One (optional)


Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Age Group

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Toddlers
  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Pre-Teens
  • Teens


Free Offer
Homemade Christmas Gifts: 14 Gift Ideas & DIY Home Dcor

Give gifts with a personal touch with ideas from this FREE e-book!

Bonus: Get our newsletter & special offers for free. We will not share or sell your email address. View our Privacy Policy

Holiday Subway Wall Art Project

By: Martha Bonneau for FaveCrafts

Create a modern and festive piece of wall decor with the Holiday Subway Wall Art Project. Using Krylon spray paint and stickers, you can create your own subway style artwork to bring in the Christmas spirit. This free tutorial will help you learn how to spray paint with ease and you will love the result. Make several of these pieces to give as gifts this year - your friends are sure to love them!

Primary TechniquePainting




  • Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer - White
  • Krylon® Craft Series Shimmer Metallic - Red Shimmer
  • Unfinished wood board, I used one 11” x 11” and ½” thick
  • Self adhesive vinyl and backing paper
  • Electronic die cutting machine, I used a Cameo Silhouette.  You could also cut your letters free hand or use letter stickers in various sizes and fonts
  • Brayer
  • Craft knife
  • Painter’s tape or washi tape



  1. Decide on a design for your piece, this will help you determine what size to cut your wood board.  I decided on a design a little smaller than 11” so I had my piece cut to 11” square.  Sand the edges and make sure to wipe down with a sponge or damp cloth before painting so as to remove any particles or dust.
  2. In a well ventilated area, I used my garage, lay down cardboard or paper and place your board on it.  Start with the Krylon Color Master white paint first.  Lightly spray back and forth building up layers of color until the desired color has been reached.  Because the Color Master paint has a built in primer it covers easily and completely.  Don’t forget to spray the sides as well for a finished look to your project.  Once you are finished painting, leave your piece to completely dry, I let mine sit overnight as it was humid the day I painted and I wanted to ensure that my surface would be ready for the next step
  3. Using your electronic cutting machine, cut your design onto self adhesive vinyl.  If you do not have a Cameo, Cricut etc., you can cut letters by hand from the vinyl of use letter stickers.  Once you have cut the design from the vinyl, use backing paper to transfer the design to your painted wood piece.  I used a brayer to apply it, you can also use a credit card, popsicle stick or rub firmly with your hands.  Pull away the backing paper and discard, you should now have you wood piece with only the vinyl words on it.

  4. To ensure I kept clean, white edges, I taped off all the way around the wood on the sides.  You can use painter’s tape to do this, I used washi tape because it was what I had on hand!
  5. Return the piece to your well ventilated area and apply Krylon Craft Series paint in your choice of color.  Apply in the same manner that the first layer was applied and allow time to completely dry.  You will be painting over the vinyl letters in this step.

  6. Once your piece has been allowed to dry completely, you are now ready to remove the vinyl letters.  Using a craft knife, carefully and gently pull the edge of the vinyl letters up, peel off and discard.  If you start to pull the letters off and paint is coming up as well, you have not let it dry long enough, you should have clean edges where the vinyl is removed.  Once all of the vinyl has been removed, remove the tape from the edges and you are done! 


Make it Yours

You can find this project, as well as many more, in our new eBook, Make it Yours®: How to Spray Paint Furniture, Home Decor Projects, Holiday Crafts and More from Krylon®!  Download your own free copy today!

Free projects, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!

Your Recently Viewed Projects

I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Project of the Day

Rustic Wooden Wall Hanging

Mix modern and rustic together with this Rustic Wooden Wall Hanging tutorial that is absolutely stunning. Transforming barn wood into… Continue reading: "Rustic Wooden Wall Hanging"



Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite crafts
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your crafts


Sponsored Content

Connect With Us

Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest Twitter
Blog Email RSS

About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Do Not Sell My Personal Information Keyword Index Privacy Policy Share Your Project Subscribe Terms of Service Unsubscribe

---- 1 ----


Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.

I Love It