One day as I was rushing down our typical steep old house stairs (I admit, not my smartest habit) that lead to the basement, I felt like I was running down to the subway to catch a train that was just about to get there. After that thought lingered on for a second and reality set back in I decided that it would be fun to turn the stairwell into some kind of quasi-subway station. I choose to make it into a trip down memory lane and make signs of meaningful subway stops that Matt and I have visited on a trip or from places that we've lived.
After choosing the specific stops, I found images of their respective signs online so that I could re-create them with accuracy. Then I drew them in Illustrator, got them printed, cut down some wood, and mounted them. It was a fairly simple project and extremely enjoyable from start to finish.
What You Will Need:
- Printer: either yours or a print shop. If you use the size I have provided you will need access to a large format printer. The images are 4.25" x 17.5" and 4.25" x 16.75".
- Ruler and Xacto Knife
- Glue and Brush: I used Modge Podge.
- Wood: if you mount it the way I did you will need a 1/2 " piece of wood cut down to the size of your sign. You could also use foam core, matte board, or gator board.
- Mounting Supplies: I used flush mounts for mine, but you can use any hanging device you have.
- Paint (optional): if you want to paint the edges of the wood the color of your signs.
- I have made PDF's of my NY Subway SIgn and the NY Bronx/Uptown Sign for you to use. (fyi: the subway sign is a little smaller (4.25" x 16.75") to fit the specific place I was putting it in)
- Cut out the signs with an Xacto knife and ruler.
- Cut your boards to size (wood, foamcore, etc).
- If you're going to paint the sides of your board do that now.
- Brush on a layer of glue to your board (not too wet and not too thin. You don't want your paper to start buckling, but you do want it to stick).
- Slowly mount your paper to your board. Line up the edge on the lefthand side of the board paying attention that the top and bottom edges are also lined up. Press the paper down on that left side while holding the rest of the paper up with your right hand. Continuously rub the paper from top to bottom as you slowly lower the the paper to make contact with the board. Rubbing the paper as it makes contact will help get rid of any air bubbles that might get trapped.
- Let dry and then mount your brackets to the back and hang.
- Sit back, admire, enjoy, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.