How to Make Your Own Number Subway Art

Subway Canvas Art Collage

I’m back with my Canadian blogging friends for another 12 Months of DIY! If this is your first time, each month we choose one item, and 12 great Canadian bloggers create beautiful and unique projects using the same item! Last month we all used Felt and I made my stylish Felt Wall Organizer. This month we were challenged to use vinyl in a project, and I decided to show you how to make your own Subway Number Art! 

large canvas art

*This post was sponsored by Expressions Vinyl. Opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting Love Create Celebrate. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.* 

If you don’t know what Subway art is, a quick google image search will give you a pretty good idea. It’s basically arranging words or numbers in a creative way that it pleasing to the eye. I LOVE the look, and I new my industrial design eye would enjoy seeing a numbered version.


1 Roll (5 yds) of Expressions Vinyl
Cricut Explore Air 2 ™
30″ x 40″ canvas
This link to the cut file
(it’s all ready to go, just click and print!)
Black and white paint
Paint brushes or rollers

black vinyl roll

If you have a cutting machine and you haven’t used 5yd roll of black vinyl, then you are missing out! It works great perfectly and is a fraction of the cost! My 5yd roll of black vinyl was only $12!

I’ve had this canvas art idea in my head for a while, and this vinyl project was the perfect time to make it happen.

Because I think it’s always easier to learn with a video, I made one to show you how quick and easy this project is! Enjoy :)

Click here to access a file with the layout I used.

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I’m so happy with the final product! What do you think?! I was a little worried about whether of not the lines would be perfectly straight, but the trick I shared in the video worked perfectly!!

vertical vinyl canvas art
number art
modern diy art

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY vinyl project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!


From the top left, they are:

Number Subway Art from Love Create Celebrate
DIY Upcycled Faux Geometric Mosaic Tile Serving Tray Using Vinyl from Sustain My Craft Habit
Personalized Shoes from Brooklyn Berry Designs
Vinyl Otomi Chargers from PMQ for Two
DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is from Vin’yet Etc.
DIY Decorated Rain Barrel Using Fun Vibrant Colours from Time With Thea
Child’s Memory Box with Hand-Cut Vinyl Decals from Woman in Real Life
DIY Striped Carafe from Lifeovereasy
Life is a Party Napkins from Life is a Party
Vintage Inspired DIY Office Sign from Heather in Heels
Easy Strawberry Jam with Printable Vinyl Labels from The DIY Mommy
Custom Artwork Using Vinyl from Love Create Celebrate


27 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Number Subway Art

  1. I am soo impressed with your creativity in creating such a stylish classy decor DIY project! Thank you for your detailed instructions so it is easy for anyone to recreate this fabulous work of art.

  2. I love, Love, LOVE this idea! I am going to pass it on to my daughter. I know she would love subway art like this for her newly purchased townhouse! So creative and gorgeous!

  3. It looks awesome! I’m going to have to try your trick with the blow dryer for sure. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Showcase party. Pinned!

  4. What a fun project! I’m always looking for easy to do vinyl projects. Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party! You’re one of the features at this week’s party!

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