New Year craft: subway art in a sparkle frame

New Year's craft: subway art in a sparkle frame

Prepare yourself for the fastest tutorial in the universe, truly. I wanted to do a new year craft, and it turns out that crafty ideas aren’t that easy to find for the first day of the year. I was also running short on time, so it had to be quick. All of the sudden, a Craft Gossip e-mail newsletter pops into the ol’ inbox, and so did this cute (and free) printable by Custom Printables. How very crafty-meant-to-be. Here’s how it’s done.

Gather These Supplies

Frame – mine is from Dollar Tree
Mod Podge Sparkle
Krylon Gold Spray Paint
The original Custom Printables printable is no longer available, so here’s another option – Desiree at 36th Avenue has New Year Subway Art that doesn’t list the year!

Here’s the starting frame.  Black.  Plain.  Needs something.  I sprayed with gold spray paint and allowed to dry.

Add several layers of Sparkle Mod Podge to the outside of the frame and allow to dry.

Print out the printable and trim to fit; put in your frame.

I’m serious, that’s all it takes!  I didn’t even really need a tutorial, but I thought it would be fun given how easy it is.  Now I have a nice little crafty decoration to ring in the new year.  Come back tomorrow for my top five favorite things of 2010.  You’re gonna love it.


  1. Nerd Mama says

    I’m not a big fan of “flat” gold, I had no idea sparkle mod podge could transform it like that. Thanks!

  2. The Crafty Gals says

    So simple & super cute! Gonna make my own. Thanks for sharing! Have a Happy New Year!

  3. Miss Mustard Seed says

    Gotta love simple! The gold frame really elevates the free printable. Cute…and happy new year to you, Miss Amy! :)

  4. mijizanine says

    This is my biggest hurdle: spray painting indoors, how do you do it? I’m scared I’ll have spray all over my craft room LOL please help! Great post :0)

  5. Becca says

    Love it Amy!!! I’ll be featuring this post on BCD on tomorrow afternoon! Love ya! Happy New Year!

  6. Valerie says

    I just found this post today and couldn’t be more excited. Thank you so much for featuring my download on your page. I hope you had a very happy new year – I promise to offer another freebie for 2012!

    – Valerie from Custom Printables