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Mod Podge Family Subway Art

I've always wanted to try Mod just seems so cool when I see all of you crafties out there creating with it. And for this first go-round, it did not disappoint!

I've been trying to think of a meaningful gift for my mother-in-law for mother's day. She adores crafty items. But, finding something for her at a normal shop is sometimes hard. So, I decided to make something. I'm really into creating subway art lately. It seemed like a great solution!

I decided to use all of our names to create the husband & his two brothers, all three wives and all of the grandkids.


I realized we had some leftover fence slats in our garage. They were 5 inches wide. I had my husband cut them down to 17 inches in length. I created a document in Photoshop Elements that was 5x17. I purposefully chose this size to make printing super inexpensive. I kept each name in its own layer to manipulate and rotate how I wanted. Each "generation" had its own font (and wives had their own, too). And my in-laws are in the center, in red.
I doubled the document on an 11x17 and then uploaded my PDF to Staples. And I had an extra half of my print to play with if I messed the first one up!
This is also very economical. I am planning to make a bunch of them for the graduates we know in school colors and such!

Here's my print out, fence slat and materials.
Ready to MOD. Or PODGE. Or get my craft on.

Layer one of Mod Podge.
After applying the print, I did three layers on top and then sealed it with varnish.

Can you see the slight chevron pattern on it, too? That just kind or makes me smile. ; )

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  1. that is such a perfect gift!

    I love everything about it!!


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  2. Love it!!! And what an awesome blog. So glad I found it! I'm your newest follower. Stop by for a visit sometime!

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  4. I've been wanting to try Mod Podge too!
    You have inspired me to give it a go. . .
    Perfect gift idea.

  5. Love the subway art!! It looks like a high-end art piece from a designer shoppe! Fantastic!

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    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  6. love this idea. sooo personalized!! love that chevron!! Would love for you to link it up on Sunday at our Sister Sunday Link Party.

  7. What a wonderful gift for your MIL! You did a fabulous job and I'm sure she deeply appreciated your thoughtfulness. :-) Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  8. So cute!! I am new to mod podge as well. LOVE IT! This look's like something that my mom would love. Maybe next year. Thanks for sharing!

    Kadie @ seven alive

  9. I LOVE this, Kristi! What a wonderful gift! With my new Mod Podge addiction, I sure I will be making one of these very soon! :) Thank so much for linking up and for all of your very kind word lately! I am SO sorry I haven't replied like I have intended to! I am featuring this tonight! :) Have a wonderful week! Let me know if your church is still interested in helping Amanda, every time I have tried to find out what she needs, I haven't been able to reach her... It is so nice to meet a "neighbor" blogger with the same Christian views and values as mine! :)

  10. Hi! I came across this tutorial today and thought it would also be great for a baby's nursery. Can we feature this tutorial at Baby Lifestyles? Email me at Editor at BabyLifestyles dot com to discuss further. Thanks! Tara

  11. Love the subtle chevron background! Really great project!