Dr. Seuss Christmas Quote Subway Art Tutorial

Are you decorated for the holidays?  I’m not quite there yet.  I was on a roll than an emergency eye surgery for my husband this last week kind of slowed things down.  He had a torn retina and surgery had to be done immediately.  Fortunately all went well and his vision should return to normal in a month or two.  I have to keep reminding myself it is only December 2nd so I am really not that far behind.

I have also decided to change things up a bit with my holiday decor which has included a few new fun items made with my Silhouette Cameo.  Today I’m giving you a sneak peek at some of my decor along with a Dr. Seuss Christmas Quote Subway Art Tutorial I put together using my favorite Christmas quote.

I have loved this quote for years and wanted to have a print of it so decided this was the year to make it happen.  The quote is from The Grinch:

I am using it on the dresser in my hallway.  I created a new display this year using my milk glass collection.  I love being able to use everyday things I already have around my house for holiday decorating.  Just by filling them with some little trees I bought at Trader Joes, candy canes or paper white bulbs they become holiday decor.

To make the  Subway Art I had a piece of wood from Home Depot cut into two  pieces 15 x 24″  It was actually a remnant piece of wood.  The leftovers from what others have cut.  I got two pieces for $2.00.  It is the first place I check each time I go to Home Depot – the leftover wood pile!

I used up some leftover paint I had from the Wedding Carnival along with some wood stain.  It is all from Home Depot too.  The colors are Licorice Red and Powdered Snow.

I put a light coat of stain on the sides of the board and the back and then a coat of white paint on the top.  After it dried I put two coats of red paint.

After it was dry I used some sandpaper to distress the edges and several places on the face of the board.

I then applied the vinyl lettering I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut the poem up into pieces so that I could stagger them on the board.

Use a ruler, a credit card or something with a hard edge to press the lettering down so that it sticks when you remove the backing.

Carefully pull back the backing making sure all the lettering is sticking as you go.  If it doesn’t just run over it with the ruler again.

I loved the way it turned out.  After I finished it I was reading a few of my favorite blogs and saw that Kristyn of Lil’Luna just posted her Joy to the World Subway Art Sign which I love!

She used a spray paint method for making hers so since I wanted to make several of these to give to friends I decided to use her method on the next one and it worked great.

She sprays the board with white spray paint and then lays down her vinyl lettering.  She then sprays red over the top.  When it is dry she carefully removes the vinyl lettering.  This method is a bit more work but gives a beautiful result. Be sure and check out her post for more details and a great step by step tutorial.

For the spray paint method I used some red and white spray paint that was also leftover from the Wedding Carnival!  She finished it off with two coats of polycrylic spray.

The first method gives you a bit more of a distressed look.  I love the way they both look.

I especially love how it looks as part of my holiday decor.  I used the salvage window frame I picked up for $2.00 at the dump as the backdrop for the scene.  I found these fun felt snowflakes at Target this week and hung them on the frame using push pins.  The little round felted balls also came from Target.  The snowman was a purchase several years ago from a place I can’t remember.

I mentioned above that some of my new holiday decor came from Target. They have a great selection of holiday decor this year you should check out – lots of fun things. Target is also partnering with Neiman Marcus and over the weekend unveiled a brand new line. I am in totally in love with this little girl’s dress – just wish I had someone had my house that could wear it!

I am thinking I may need a set of these beautiful Tracy Reese Dessert Plates.

Be sure to head over to Target and check it out!

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Leigh Anne,
    Long lost friend/aquaintance of mine.
    What a beautiful Blog you have. I’m just going to peruse it tonight.
    Looks like you are happy and all the kids are too?
    My baby is on a mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Everyone else is long gone.
    I’m happy to run into you online.

  2. Ralph Rohrbaugh says

    Leigh Anne,
    Although I am an older GUY I am really fascinated by your site. I stumbled onto it through ziplist’s top 12 recipes and intrigued by your peppermint ice cream recipe. I am interested in the silhouette
    Cameo machine you referred to in your entry on the Dr Seuss quote. Where would be the best place to get one, are they available in stores? What else is needed to make the vinyl stencils? How long do you think it would take to receive the stencil if I ordered it from you? Sorry for all the questions.

    • says

      Ralph – so glad you found my blog and hope you enjoy the recipes. You can purchase a Cameo off of their website. You will also want to get some vinyl. I can ship out the vinyl lettering with 48 hours if you want to order one.

  3. Tamara H. says

    What a fun tutorial and a great quote! Appreciate your enthusiasm and motivation to try new things. Glad Jim’s surgery went well. Hugs from WA!

  4. says

    Decorating with your milk glass collection is beautiful. What a fun way to switch things up! I swapped decorating days with a friend last week. I went to her house on Monday and she had all her decor pulled out, she came to my house on Friday. We both were thrilled with how everything looked so different, even though we had used the same Christmas decorations we had before. A fresh set of eyes gave us a completely different look throughout our homes as items were used in unique ways in new locations. So glad to hear that Jim is doing well. Thanks for your generosity in sharing your fun ideas!

  5. Laura says

    I just ordered your quote from the grinch vinyl lettering. Hope you received my order. Can’t wait to do the project

  6. Joanne says

    I just found your Grinch board. I know I can order the vinyl, I was wondering if I could buy the design so I could cut my own? I have tried to download the fonts but my computer doesn’t like them. Any help would appreciated.


  7. Joanne says

    Great news found an IT person now have the fonts and have finished the banner. If I knew how I would send you a picture. My daughter who LOVES the Grinch is very happy how it turned out.
    Thanks for a great design.


  8. Jolene Carpenter says

    I absolutely love this and I would be interested in purchasing the vinyl quote cutout. Could you please message me with details? Thank you!


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