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Christmas Pallet Subway Art

Christmas Pallet Subway Art

by Jocie Hagan (email Jocie) | | November 19, 2013 | 124 Comments »

This Christmas Pallet subway art is one of my all time favorite Christmas crafts. This is also the project that I am frequently asked if I sell these. 

* Update 12/1/13 – Congratulations to Kristy R. and Katie B. on winning this fabulous giveaway! Each have received a hand painted Christmas pallet and an OPC T-shirt!

Win a free Christmas Pallet from One Project Closer plus tutorial!

I love making pallet art mostly because the options are limitless and they are so inexpensive to make! Be sure to check out my full tutorial on deconstructing pallets and building pallet signs.

With this pallet sign, I used cut up planks from a pallet I found at the Goodwill (for free) and braced them together with a very old bottle of wood glue. It worked great but using screws takes away the dry time and is more secure, I just didn’t have the right length screws on hand.

I took to Pinterest for some inspiration, finding a really cute subway art printable. Unfortunately, the pin led “nowhere” – it was just a picture. So if anyone has seen the original creator of this, let me know so I can give credit! There were lots of similar subway art designs out there with the same elements – using different words to create the image of a Christmas tree.

I free-handed the design onto the pallet using a pencil first, but if doing a smaller project, you can print out the design on your computer and use carbon paper to transfer it onto the pallet.

I painted the design using a small brush and white acrylic. If you aren’t great with a paint brush, paint pens work great too. After the paint had dried, I sanded the entire pallet to create a more vintage look. Here it is sitting by my fireplace last Christmas – LOVE!

Christmas Pallet from One Project Closer

Christmas Pallet Giveaway

I made two smaller versions, approximately 10×12″ to give away! woot woot! Both are hand painted and distressed, on scrap plywood. You can enter below through Rafflecopter through Novemeber 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm. Good Luck! Now you know how to make the pallet, but also find out how to make your own Plastic Spoon Christmas tree!

DIY Christmas Pallet from One Project Closer

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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124 Responses to Christmas Pallet Subway Art

  • Gina responds...
    December 6th, 2012 10:27 am

    Hugh success! Love it!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Gina!

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    Deborah Wagner Reply:

    I would keep it – LOVE it!!

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  • Christine @ DecorumDIYer responds...
    December 6th, 2012 10:30 am

    I love the sign! Great job, as usual.

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Christine!

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  • kim responds...
    December 6th, 2012 10:37 am

    i think it’s perfect and I love it!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks Kim, Its my favorite piece this Christmas for sure!

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  • frazzled5 responds...
    December 6th, 2012 10:44 am

    Thank you so much for sharing- loved it from the moment I saw it yesterday on the fireplace pic!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks! I toyed with not including that pic in yesterday’s post but figured no one would notice! :)

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  • Trisha responds...
    December 6th, 2012 10:50 am

    Oh Jocie! This is so beautiful! I really love it!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Trisha!!

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  • Danni Baird responds...
    December 6th, 2012 11:00 am

    I love a good pallet project and this is a great one! Nice job!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Danni, Thanks! BTW, I’m writing the link party post for tomorrow and I think you’ll be really excited! So be sure to check back. :)

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  • Natalie responds...
    December 6th, 2012 11:21 am

    Of course it’s a success!! I’m a new reader- love your blog! I’m a last minute/don’t plan ahead enough crafter so this gives me hope! :) I was wondering how you cut the pallet apart? Thanks!!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Natalie, I used a Ridgid Reciprocating saw to cut down the sides of the supporting beams. I had spend about an hour trying to deconstruct the pallet and preserve its length but it was insanely hard. So i just cut it up. I have used a small reciprocating saw in the past but it was slow work. This time I used the big guy and it was quick!!

    I then sanded it to get off the rough edges and and roughness on the pallet front. It really was pretty easy. Any other questions?? :)

    Glad to have you as a new reader!

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  • Emily responds...
    December 6th, 2012 11:23 am

    I LOVE it!!! It was my fav project from ND’s blog post about Girl’s Craft Night. Now I want to get my hands on some old pallets and get to work. Excellent work!!!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks Emily!!

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  • Carol responds...
    December 6th, 2012 12:21 pm

    That is a huge success!! Love it Jocie and those kids are totally cuties!

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  • paintergal responds...
    December 6th, 2012 12:22 pm

    How cute is that!

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  • Jilian responds...
    December 6th, 2012 12:31 pm

    First off LOVE this!! Second, you may have mentioned it in the blog but what are the boards being glued onto? is it the long post in the first pic or is there a flate piece they are being attached to?

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    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Jillian! Yes, I just glued the pallets two thinner pallet pieces running perpendicular along the back. You could also use screws or nails, but this holds just as well and I didn’t have any screws short enough. Did that make sense?!? :)

    Thanks for visiting!

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  • poiboybf responds...
    December 6th, 2012 5:11 pm

    Looks great. You are well ahead of our house in terms of decorating for Christmas. We have our tree, but that’s about it.

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    Jocie Reply:

    hahaha, I feel so behind! I’m only showing you the small section I have decorated!

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  • Ashley responds...
    December 6th, 2012 5:35 pm

    This is so cute! I love it! And I loved your reindeer too. I’m definitely going to have to try to make these myself! :)

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Ashley!!

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  • Stephanie responds...
    December 6th, 2012 8:51 pm

    I think that is absolutely adorable! And hey, it comes with a funny story, which makes it even better! Stopping by from the Happy Hour Linky party!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Stephanie and thanks for stopping by!

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  • jennifer whitt responds...
    December 6th, 2012 9:34 pm

    ok yes i def want one! if you are willing or have the time to make one :) you let me know a good price for materials and your time and i would be happy to pay plus i would need it shipped to nc. i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this and am now totally addicted to your blog

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    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Jennifer, Email me at and we’ll work out the details! :)

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  • Lucy responds...
    December 6th, 2012 9:50 pm

    very pretty and what cutie pies…thank you for sharing…xo

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Lucy!! (the blonde cutie above is named Lucy too!)

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  • trebor responds...
    December 6th, 2012 10:12 pm

    So you basically freehanded the letters? Very impressive. I think it looks great, and I love the look that sanding gives it.

    Do you ever use that fireplace?

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    Jocie Reply:

    Yes, I free-handed and yes we do use the fireplace….although not as much now that we have really young kids. :)

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  • Kristi responds...
    December 7th, 2012 1:20 am

    I am IN LOVE with that pallet sign!! Amazing job

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Kristi!

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  • 4 easy holiday crafts from The Better Half responds...
    December 10th, 2012 7:01 am

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  • Anita responds...
    December 10th, 2012 10:26 am

    I love it! Bigger is better in my book. And the red is great. And don’t you hate it when those pinterest links go nowhere?

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  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule responds...
    December 10th, 2012 10:36 am

    Definitely a success!! I love it.

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  • Accidentally Wonderful responds...
    December 10th, 2012 11:17 am

    The pallet sign is so pretty! I’d love it if you’d share this at my linky party! http://accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/p/inspiration.html

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  • Karah @ thespacebetweenblog responds...
    December 10th, 2012 4:48 pm

    HUGE success!! It’s rustic pallet Christmas craft perfection! Thank you so much for linking up!

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  • cassie responds...
    December 10th, 2012 5:56 pm

    that sign is fabulous! i love the rustic look the pallets give it!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much Cassie! (I just saw this comment, sorry I didn’t respond sooner, but I appreciate you stopping by!)

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  • Debbie responds...
    December 10th, 2012 7:45 pm

    Definitely success!! I love your pallet sign, perfect for the season.
    Saw you sharing at The Space Between’s A Crafty Christmas.
    Debbie :)

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks so much for visiting, Debbie! I love Space Between!

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  • Gwen responds...
    December 11th, 2012 4:51 pm

    I think it looks totally amazeballs! You for sure didn’t embarrass yourself!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Gwen. I didn’t embarrass myself with my art but i’m sure i said something inappropriate at some point! lol!

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  • Theresa @DearCreatives responds...
    December 12th, 2012 2:07 pm

    I love it! Thanks for linking up with Inspiration Spotlight @ DearCreatives.com
    I want to make one. & those little ones are adorable!

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    Jocie Reply:

    Thanks, Theresa, and thanks for stopping by!

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  • Trish - Mom On Timeout responds...
    December 12th, 2012 5:49 pm

    Ooooh! I just love how this turned out! Pinned and featuring tonight! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Mom On Timeout. Hope to see you back tonight!

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  • Kelly@ Here Comes the Sun responds...
    December 20th, 2012 6:38 pm

    This is definitely a success! I love it. Saw that it is on craftgawker. Congrats!

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  • Donna Huisinga responds...
    December 21st, 2012 11:41 am

    This is gorgeous. Saw it over at one Artsy Mama. I’d be tickled pick if I could make something like this!.

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  • MissFixIt responds...
    December 26th, 2012 4:16 pm

    Nice thats the same bottle of Carpenters Glue my father had it would probably be around 35 years old now too. Great stuff I was looking for it this year I was so sad when I could not find it. Nice to see that bottle again!

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  • JustME responds...
    December 28th, 2012 1:17 am

    What a cute project, but I have to tell you your children, as always, steal the show!

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  • katieQ responds...
    January 18th, 2013 10:54 pm

    This is definitely on my list to make for next Christmas.

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  • keri @ shaken together responds...
    November 19th, 2013 5:37 am

    Jocie – LOVE this!! Fingers crossed that I win so I can add it to my rustic winter woodland dining room!

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  • jenny @birdsandsoap responds...
    November 19th, 2013 9:41 am

    I love this! And I hope I win too! I love the font on that sign. And no way, if I win, I am totally keeping it to myself!

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  • Amy Reed responds...
    November 19th, 2013 10:12 am

    I love pallets! Made one for my Mom last Christmas using a line her and my dad’s song. :)

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  • Piper responds...
    November 19th, 2013 10:21 am

    I would love to keep it… but I will give it away because I am going to try to make one myself!

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  • Margaret Yani responds...
    November 19th, 2013 10:27 am

    Rustic is my decor of choice this Christmas. Would love to add this to my home decorr. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  • Candy Thayer responds...
    November 19th, 2013 10:32 am

    Love the pallet….so Christmas -y. Perfect for my rustic Christmas this year!

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  • Amy K8 responds...
    November 19th, 2013 10:35 am

    love this – thinking this will live on my enclosed porch to greet our guests and welcome us home. and perhaps i’ll take this inspiration to make one, or two, or more as gifts!

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  • Anne responds...
    November 19th, 2013 11:06 am

    keep it myself!

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  • Karen Field responds...
    November 19th, 2013 11:28 am

    I love, love, love this! I would keep it for myself and display it very proudly by my fireplace to warmly greet family and friends:)

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  • Cindy responds...
    November 19th, 2013 1:21 pm

    Keep it Keep it! :)

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  • cassie responds...
    November 19th, 2013 2:13 pm

    so cute! i am totally into red this christmas!

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  • cassie responds...
    November 19th, 2013 2:14 pm

    ps- i’d keep it!

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  • Leanne @ And Away We Go!! responds...
    November 19th, 2013 2:26 pm

    This is great! I love the reindeer silhouette too!!

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  • tamara responds...
    November 19th, 2013 4:33 pm

    Love the subway art project! It would make a great addition to my Christmas decor!

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  • Sue S. responds...
    November 19th, 2013 4:42 pm

    I would probably keep it. I just love subway art and I still do not have any yet! Plan to try and do some myself. HAHA Thanks

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  • Sandy A responds...
    November 19th, 2013 5:06 pm

    I love your project–and I am a little ashamed to say I would keep it for me!

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    November 19th, 2013 6:45 pm

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  • Ashley responds...
    November 19th, 2013 10:46 pm

    I’d definitely keen this to myself! It’s adorable!

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  • Erin responds...
    November 20th, 2013 7:57 am

    love LOVE it!! I’ve been looking for something like this and would LOVE to win it!!

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  • Diana responds...
    November 20th, 2013 8:41 am

    I love this I’m headed to Goodwill today!

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  • Judy Fazio responds...
    November 20th, 2013 9:29 am

    Love this project!

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  • Mickey Louth responds...
    November 20th, 2013 10:39 am

    I’m going to keep it! Wish I was a tad handier with tools and paint :P

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  • Keena Marie Jones responds...
    November 20th, 2013 10:56 am

    I love it…and if I won; I would give it as a Christmas gift!

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  • Jessi @ Practically Functional responds...
    November 20th, 2013 11:21 am

    I would totally keep it for myself! That thing is gorgeous!

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  • Rory Reding responds...
    November 20th, 2013 11:22 am

    This is SOOO cool! I think I saw it first at your craft night with Naptime Decorator, if I’m not mistaken! This is so beautiful, rustic and classic all in one!! Hope I win!!
    Thanks

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  • Lindsay McClanahan Jackson responds...
    November 20th, 2013 1:05 pm

    Ooooo! Decisions, decisions….. If I win …. keep or give away? hmmmmm…. maybe I’ll keep it and put it in my Will……………

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  • debi m responds...
    November 20th, 2013 3:33 pm

    I would give the sign to my daughter. Would love to make one myself, just got to find me some pallets!

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  • Nancy Lewis responds...
    November 20th, 2013 5:23 pm

    I would love to have this. Most of my Christmas décor got destroyed so this would be a great start for me this year.

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  • Jennie responds...
    November 20th, 2013 7:20 pm

    I would definitely keep it :) It would look great on top of our computer hitch (where I put our prettiest things so the little monkey can’t reach! :)

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  • chris aka monkey responds...
    November 20th, 2013 7:46 pm

    keep it i love it xx

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  • Denise responds...
    November 20th, 2013 9:37 pm

    I Love this, you are amazing artist

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  • Melanie Nelson responds...
    November 20th, 2013 9:37 pm

    I just discovered your fab. blog thru Hometalk and I can hardly wait to spy thru all your DIYs! I love this Christmas pallet greeting you’ve made and I KNOW WHEN I WIN IT my neighbors will too!
    Cheers!
    Melanie

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  • Susan Taylor responds...
    November 20th, 2013 10:16 pm

    LOVE this! Glad to discover you!

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  • Gina responds...
    November 21st, 2013 9:39 am

    I would have to keep it.

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  • Katie Burgen responds...
    November 21st, 2013 11:39 pm

    I love this! I’m going to have to try to make my own whether I win or not :)

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  • Tonya Floyd responds...
    November 22nd, 2013 4:09 am

    LOVE LOVE this.. I have become obsessed with Hometalk and all the great creations,.,… I have Lists and lists.. ;) of all the projects that I want to try to attempt. This is just such one of them.. Love it <3 and Thank you for sharing

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  • Tonya Floyd responds...
    November 22nd, 2013 4:11 am

    I would have to keep it for myself <3

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  • countrypretty responds...
    November 22nd, 2013 10:37 am

    Definitely going to keep it! BUT, may try to make a couple of my own : )

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  • Diana Allen responds...
    November 22nd, 2013 11:22 am

    I love these and would keep it for my very own, but would love to try to make some. Thanks for the tutorial and the opportunity!!!

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  • Kelly@ Here Comes the Sun responds...
    November 22nd, 2013 2:34 pm

    I adore your subway art and would love to win it! I would totally keep it!

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  • Tracy Pericht responds...
    November 24th, 2013 2:20 pm

    We just moved into a new house so I would totally keep it! Love this project! Thanks.

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  • Calista responds...
    November 25th, 2013 1:21 am

    So cute! I would have to keep it for myself. :-)

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  • Jennifer responds...
    November 25th, 2013 11:36 am

    Love this! I would keep it.

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  • Lori Doumont responds...
    November 28th, 2013 9:53 pm

    Love this, I would definitly keep it!!

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  • Nicole responds...
    November 30th, 2013 1:56 pm

    I would keep it! I think handmade decor helps bring in the spirit of the season ;)

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  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet responds...
    November 30th, 2013 3:15 pm

    Hmmm…tough call. I think I would keep it and display it on our front stoop since we are painfully lacking in Christmas decor out there! Thanks for the chance.

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  • deb huffman responds...
    November 30th, 2013 3:17 pm

    love it

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  • Claudia Bettencourt responds...
    November 30th, 2013 3:22 pm

    I would keep it, it’s so beautiful!!!

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  • Allison White responds...
    November 30th, 2013 3:26 pm

    Love it! I’ll keep it!

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  • mary anne responds...
    November 30th, 2013 3:36 pm

    Since I’m living with my sister, we’ll share it!

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  • jamie responds...
    November 30th, 2013 3:59 pm

    I rarely enter giveaways but this was too good to pass up! Love it And I wwould probably keep it

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  • Emily @ Two Purple Couches responds...
    November 30th, 2013 4:19 pm

    Oooh, this is a toughie… this is super cute, and it would fit perfectly with my silver & red decor, but I think a friend of mine would love it, too!

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  • Pam @ The Patriotic Pam responds...
    November 30th, 2013 5:01 pm

    Definitely LOVE it!!! You are SO creative.
    Pam :)

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  • Debbi responds...
    November 30th, 2013 5:29 pm

    Great job….I love this.

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  • Steve responds...
    November 30th, 2013 6:04 pm

    So awesome as always!! Entering to win!

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  • Brooke responds...
    November 30th, 2013 6:46 pm

    Super cute & festive!!

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  • Jenni Heath responds...
    November 30th, 2013 8:30 pm

    I think I would have to keep it. It’s so perfect!

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  • Jody S responds...
    November 30th, 2013 8:46 pm

    Great sentiments for Christmas!

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  • Paula Willbanks responds...
    November 30th, 2013 9:00 pm

    I think I would have to keep it! It’s lovely.

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  • Carmen responds...
    November 30th, 2013 9:14 pm

    I think I’m going to be selfish and keep it for myself!

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  • Jacque responds...
    November 30th, 2013 9:40 pm

    Keep it, I don’t share well :)

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  • Mara Yager responds...
    November 30th, 2013 9:48 pm

    My sister’s birthday is in January so I might actually gift this cause it’s just her style!! TY very much!

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  • Pam Spradlin responds...
    November 30th, 2013 10:18 pm

    I would so keep it for myself!

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  • Rachael Werth responds...
    November 30th, 2013 11:41 pm

    keeping!

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  • Melanie responds...
    November 30th, 2013 11:48 pm

    Keep it for myself!!

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  • Cheryl Adams responds...
    December 1st, 2013 12:53 am

    I know a lot of friends who would love it, but being honest, I would probably keep it myself!

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