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DIY Easy Valentine’s Day Subway Wall Art

DIY Easy Valentine's Day Subway Wall Art | https://www.roseclearfield.com

I’m sharing a simple Valentine’s Day décor project with you today: DIY easy Valentine’s Day subway wall art. Is anyone else in shock that it’s less than a month until Valentine’s Day? I feel like I just changed out my Christmas decor for New Year’s decor. How are we moving on to Valentine’s Day already? Please tell me that I’m not the only one still struggling to find any sort of post-holiday, regular life routine. It doesn’t help that in the past couple weeks both Jake and I have been sick and I’ve had jury duty, been working on our Milwaukee house in between tenants, and been scrambling to finish the final components for our adoption home study. I’ll feel better knowing that your January has been crazy, too.

Regardless of how your January is going, this DIY easy Valentine’s Day subway wall art is perfect because it’s just that. Easy. Simple. Quick. Many of you who are crafty will already have all of the supplies you need for it. If not, you can pick up everything you in need in one trip to Michaels. You’ll be able to get the whole thing done in an afternoon, even with allowing time for the paint to dry.

DIY easy Valentine’s Day subway wall art supplies

  • One 12″ x 12″ blank canvas
  • Light purple acrylic paint (I used Craftsmart Orchid)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Small foam brush
  • Small acrylic paint brush
  • 1-3 sheets scrapbook paper in Valentine’s Day colors/prints/patterns
  • Small or medium-sized heart punch or heart template
  • Scotch scrapbookers glue or tacky glue
  • Sawtooth hanger and hammer for hanging the art

Use the small foam brush to paint the entire canvas purple, including the sides. Most likely you’ll need to do 2-3 coats to ensure full coverage.

DIY Easy Valentine's Day Subway Wall Art | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Brainstorm a list of Valentine’s Day-related words for your subway art. Before you begin painting your words, you may want to create a pencil sketch.

DIY Easy Valentine's Day Subway Wall Art | https://www.roseclearfield.com

I also recommend practicing painting a few words on scrap paper before attempting painting on canvas to get comfortable with the technique.

DIY Easy Valentine's Day Subway Wall Art | https://www.roseclearfield.com

When you’re ready to start painting, go slow. Step back and check your progress every few letters to ensure you’re painting straight, even, well-spaced letters. I know it may seem a little intimidating, but if I can do it, you can, too. I painted 11 rows of Valentine’s words, which means the rows are a little over 1″. Let the letters dry completely.

DIY Easy Valentine's Day Subway Wall Art | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Of course, I couldn’t leave the canvas as is with the Valentine’s Day-related words, so I added a few hearts. You can use a heart punch or cut them out by hand.

DIY Easy Valentine's Day Subway Wall Art | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Fold each heart in half to give them a little dimension. Attach the hearts to the canvas with a thin strip of scrapbook glue or tacky glue in the center of each heart. Let the hearts dry completely.

DIY Easy Valentine's Day Subway Wall Art | https://www.roseclearfield.com

The sawtooth hanger should come with a couple nails. I center the sawtooth right at the top of the canvas. Use the nails and hammer to secure the hanger to the back of the canvas. Enjoy your new Valentine’s Day wall art!

DIY Easy Valentine's Day Subway Wall Art | https://www.roseclearfield.com

I’m also keeping the open frame in my entryway very simple for Valentine’s Day. The free printable hearts template I used is available right here.

Valentine's Day Open Frame Hearts Display | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Past open frame entryway displays: Christmas lights, sparkly New Year’s numbers.

Did you make the DIY easy Valentine’s Day subway wall art? Tag your photo #RoseClearfield on Twitter or Instagram, send me a snap on Snapchat (randomcreative), or post a photo to my Facebook page, and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

[Disclaimer: This post contains a few Amazon affiliate links. Using these links to purchase supplies for this project or anything else on Amazon is a simple way to support my blog without costing you anything extra. Thanks!]

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  • Clarissa January 23, 2017, 12:52 pm

    Super cute! Love the lettering on this 🙂

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    • Rose January 23, 2017, 4:41 pm

      Ha, thank you! Painting is not one of my stronger artistic skills, but I’m pretty happy with the letters. 🙂

  • Anna R McFarland January 23, 2017, 1:25 pm

    I love this! Very cute idea!

    • Rose January 23, 2017, 4:43 pm

      Thank you!

  • Natasha January 23, 2017, 2:11 pm

    Cute! I love that shade of purple. I really need to bring some canvas panels back from the Mainland sometime when there’s space in my bag – they cost a lot at the local craft store.

    • Rose January 23, 2017, 4:44 pm

      Thanks! Gotcha, that’s frustrating. I usually pick them from Michaels when they’re on sale. They’re so versatile!

  • Becky January 23, 2017, 10:08 pm

    Rose, this is SO cute! I really love seasonal/holiday decorations for things outside of Christmas too, and this is great!

    • Rose January 23, 2017, 10:45 pm

      Thanks! Agreed!

  • Sarah Leonard January 25, 2017, 11:06 am

    I did something similar to that for my other half a few years ago with stamps and mixed media. He loved it!

    • Rose January 25, 2017, 8:26 pm

      Fun!

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