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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Subway Art Flower Pot


My inspiration for this project came from all of your amazing subway art projects out there in blog world!  I wanted to add some character to this flower pot and thought subway art was the perfect way to go!  This project was for a Mother’s Day gift but would be perfect for any occasion.  I’m planning on making one for myself in the near future!


To add a personal touch, I added my children’s handprints to the side of the flower pot using acrylic paint.  {{What Grandma can resist their grandchild’s handprint!?!? =) }}  To make the handprints you’ll need:

  • flower pot
  • acrylic paint
  • some sort of paintbush


Paint your little one’s hand and quickly and carefully place it where you want on the bottom of the flower pot.  {{My 3 year old was MUCH better at cooperating with this project than my 2 year old…but it all turned out great!}}  Instead of painting both the left and the right hand, I just painted one hand and turned it so that it looked like a right and left hand on the flower pot.



While my handprints were drying, I cut out my vinyl words using my Sure Cuts A Lot 2 program.  It is SO simple to use…love it!  All I did was choose different fonts for the words and lay them out on my mat the way I wanted them. When I was finished, I hit cut and my Cricut did all the work! 


Once your words are cut, you’ll need to weed out the parts you don’t want…like the middle of the closed letters.  I usually use my fingernails for this part put Cricut makes some great tools to help with the stubborn pieces.


After weeding, apply transfer tape to the top of the words.  I use the paper tape and love it.  It is easy to work with and you can still see through it.  Rub the transfer tape with quite a bit of pressure so that your words stick to the transfer tape.


Apply your transfer tape to the upper lip of your flower pot.  Rub the letters firmly and then carefully pull the transfer tape away to reveal your lettering. 


Now plant your flower and you’re finished!  I had some wonderful helpers to do the planting! =)


I LOVE how it turned out!  Since this project was a Mother’s Day gift, I just wanted to say that I hope you all had an amazing day and got to spend some quality time with your families!



Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

Love the subway flower pot! What a great idea.

Nicole said...

What a great idea! I'm now inspired to create something similar for the pots in my herb garden! Thank you!!

Little Sprinkles Of Fun said...

This is really cute! I love it!

CreationsForEleanor said...

I just love it! I have been working on a couple different subway art designs for my house, however I would have never thought of doing it on a flower pot. I have been struggling with teachers gifts that I need to do by next week - this is what I will do! Thanks so much for sharing.

Ladybird Ln said...

What a sweet idea I love the shiny bold colors... I just love LOVE the watch band you sent me! I wore it to church and got so many nice compliments on it! Thank you SOOOO much!


Kelly said...

what a wonderful idea! i love that you included handprints - precious!

The Williams Family said...

Love this idea!!! What a great spin on subway art!

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

This was a great idea! Love how that turned out!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

It is awesome. Very creative.

grandma said...

I am the one that got this wonderful subway art flower pot and I love it. I will cherish it forever since it has my 2 precious little ones hand prints. It is a wonderful gift to give to grandmas!!

Jenn said...

What a great idea! I always love a project with little handprints! :)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Briana - this is such a cute idea! I love the handprints...too cute! Thanks for sharing - Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
~Stephanie Lynn

Anonymous said...

This is SOOOO cute! I LOVE it! I just got a Cricut so I'm going to have to check out the sure cuts a lot program. Thanks for sharing!

Angie - Big Bears Wife said...

what a sweet personal gift! love it

Unknown said...

Oh, this is so sweet! Great idea!

I would love to have you share this at my For the Kids link party! Come join the fun!

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

Cute idea!!
Thanks for linking this up as well!
Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

La-Dee-da crafter said...

I love this so much. What a great gift and the hand print is always a special gift!!!
following you now

Karen said...

Turned out adorable! Love the handprint idea and the subway art on a flower pot...genius!!

Kindra said...

This is so cute...makes me want one of those cutting machines!

Shannon said...

Any suggestions for someone who doesn't have a cricut? :D

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