DIY it: Teen Subway Word Art

This article is one of our oldest…so the photos are lacking in skill (okay…they just stink!)…but we still think this project has value and people seem to really love it.  So we are keeping this article up for you to see how to make it.  Please don’t judge these photos!
teen subway word art, a simple diy.  This project is a great way to add more personality to a teen's room without the expense.
This Subway Word Art project was inspired by the rage of subway art a few years ago, when it was originally shared on our website.But, I created it with a teen edge for my daughter.  This subway word art project continues to be a top post on our site, and people are creating variations for all sorts of rooms.  We love it!
We think this DIY subway word art is such a great project because it is so versatile.  Pretty much anyone anywhere can do it, and they don’t need any fancy supplies.  You’re basically just using things you already have laying around!

How to make Subway Word Art:

Gather some magazine clippings of all sorts of words and phrases. You’ll be happy to know that the Cottages and Bungalows that featured Levi’s bedroom redo was spared the dreaded fate of being cut up. Yay!
How to make word art for teens
Or print your own phrases and words. I used a combo of the two.
You will need a large board or stiff cardboard to apply all of your words to… 
I used a pot of sample paint in a funky color for the edges…
Like this…
Now you can start to apply your words and phrases. I used paper ModPodge first on the part of the board I was working with and then on the back of the paper itself.
Put the words in some sort of order. You want it to look a bit symmetrical. When you have the board covered the way that  you like apply another coat of ModPodge over the entire front.
Until you have this…
(be sure and notice those cute little pinwheels, while I didn’t do a tutorial for these I do have some fabulous outdoor pinwheels with a full tutorial!)
teen subway word art, a simple diy.  This project is a great way to add more personality to a teen's room without the expense.

The final product.
Don’t notice the uneven edges, or crooked words.
My Katie loves it. It works.
UPDATE: This dear project was done in my early blogging days when I was using a very basic point and shoot camera.
Since that time Katie’s room has undergone a dramatic makeover with somewhat better photo’s….HERE.
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Vintage teen room

Since this post I have updated Katie’s vintage teen room.
Go HERE to see the updates and (very much) improved pictures!
So, today it is kid’s rooms.
Does teen room count?
I hope so.
Cause they are maybe harder. No, they ARE harder.
Have you ever tried to please a teen?
Nuff said.
I redid the room of my 13 year old daughter K.

Isn’t she lovely?
Those eyes she got from her dad :)

It took some elbow grease and creativity
to create a room that was fun
and mom-loving
on a budget.
But, it turned out great and she loves it.
Here goes…
(please be aware that because I am not Martha,
I used my old point and shoot camera, and…
I did not clean this room.
I made K. It may not be perfect.
But, it’s pretty darn good.
So just deal :) K?…K.)
Gray, turqoise, and orange. The grounding colors.
Check out the turqoise chandy!!
I didn’t want to give this to my kid. I wanted it.
How selfish is that.
That bed…gorgeous!!
I had found many years ago an antique headboard and footboard.
They sat in my garage for years.
Got ruined. Sad day.
So I couldn’t refinish. Which is a bit of a blessing, don’t ya think?
A bit of robin blue paint is FABULOUS!!
 Stunning! And that cute little lamp,
clearance at Wally World with a little ribbon added.
Behind the bed is some simple netting rigged up.
I need to work on those curtains. But,
they work for now.
 I just made this subway art this weekend
I will be adding a tutorial later this week.
A bouquet of paper pinwheels
and some vintage rollerskates.
Why do people actually try to put doors on teen’s closets?
Have you seen the amount of junk in them?
This mom just went with curtains.
And closed them for this pic.
Now my teen looks perfectly clean…
I know you all are aware of chalkboard paint.
Does it ever get old?
Nope, never!
Especially to my girls friends that come over.
They love to doodle all over that giant wall.
Another view of the bed. Cause I can.
And it deserves it.
Update: I have since updated the pictures and room.
Go HERE to see the much improved pictures!