I Pledge of Allegiance Patriotic Sign

The 4th of July is right around the corner.  I add a few patriotic decorations to my house. I bust out my President’s Day Pillow and my “God Bless America” Button frame.  How many times in your school years did you say “the pledge?”  I venture to say in the thousands for sure.  Do they still say “the pledge” in the public schools?  I am not sure if they do or not but I now have it on my walls to remind me of the amazing nation I live in and the flag that represents it.


subway art patriotic sign


1” x 12” x 6’ board cut to 34” (Lowes cut it down for me)

Valspar sample paint in La Fonda Geranium Red and Indigo Cloth

White spray primer

Silhouette machine


Transfer Tape

stick pin

3M sanding sponge


pouncing sponge or foam brush

saw tooth hanger & hammer

optional: fabric tape or washi tape

1.  I went to Lowes and grabbed a 1” x 12” by 6’ board.  I had them cut it down to 34” for me.  I also picked up some sample pots of Valspar paint.  The colors I chose were Indigo Cloth and La Fonda Geranium Red.

valspar sample paint

2.  I painted the board with the blue paint (Indigo Cloth) and let it dry.  Then I used a 3M sanding sponge and some 100 grit sandpaper to distress the board.

i pledge of allegiance sign

patriotic sign

3.  I then designed the subway art “pledge of allegiance” on my Silhouette Studio program using various fonts.  Then I cut it out onto vinyl to use as a stencil. To do that I removed all the vinyl letters so I would be able to paint where the letters were removed. I transferred the vinyl stencil to my board.

4.  Since I wanted some of the font to be red and some white I covered up the parts I wanted red with some leftover transfer tape.  I used some spray primer to paint the white letters.

i pledge of allegiance

5.  I pulled off the transfer tape and used some of the red paint (La Fonda Geranium Red) and a sponge dauber to dab the paint on.

pledge of allegiance

painting patriotic sign

6.  While the paint was still wet, I pulled off all the vinyl to reveal the words.  I had to use a stick pin to remove some of the smaller vinyl from the middles of the o’s and d’s.

7.  Since I miscalculated how big the vinyl would be and had extra space at the top and bottom of my board wanted to add a little more flair I added some red and white striped fabric tape at the top and bottom.

patriotic art

8.  Then I hammered in a saw-tooth hangar on the back.

pledge of allegiance subway art

pledge of allegiance subway art

Click over to see another similar sign I made using the same technique.


This post originally appeared on Infarrantly Creative in 2014.


  1. Love it. Great use of color and I love the tape.

    You wouldn’t happen to share Silhouette files do you? I love it if you do.
    You have inspired me.

  2. Denise Wilson says

    LOVE IT!! 🙂

  3. Nice work! And yes, at the school I teach in we start each day with the Pledge of Allegiance. ☺

  4. I love it! I don’t ordinarily do much decorating for the 4th, but that is just beautiful. I have a silhouette, but can’t seem to get the hang of it very well.

  5. This is a great project!!!!! Can you make the cut file available? Thanks!!!!!

  6. I love it! With the sanding that you did it made it appear as if there is fireworks in the background (probably from the knots). One is behind United States and the other behind invisibile.

  7. I absolutely love this! It makes me really want to get a Silhouette machine even more!! Maybe you should make them and sell them (hint, hint 😉 )

    • Ha! I am getting that message from a lot of these comments. 😉 I do highly recommend the Silhouette though. I use it all the time and LOVE it!

  8. I want one…badly…! 🙂

  9. Christine says

    This is just gorgeous- it looks like something to buy at a store! You should sell them:)

  10. Just beautiful. I like the addition of the ribbon — always like happy “accidents.” You should consider selling the vinyl for this one for those of us who haven’t bought a Silhouette yet!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks! I am actually pretty happy about my little “oops” now too. You can check out the signs from Chippy Paint Designs following the link in the post. They sell them.

  11. Awesome! Love the variety of fonts and the ribbon trim 🙂

  12. benny kettler says

    i want you t make this for me and i will buy from you. i abolutely love it!

  13. I love this Beckie!!

  14. Melissa Johnson says

    Oh I just love this subway art sign. I have a Cameo and would so love to have the file if possible. Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial as well. Thanks Melissa

  15. Caryn S. says

    LOVE this idea! I have been thinking about making some sort of meaningful patriotic decor with subway art and this is just the thing. My husband wants to hang the Declaration which I think is great, but that’s a bit too wordy for subway art!

  16. Annalisa Stahler says

    I love this! Would you mind sharing you design for the art?

  17. Molly Evans says

    Great job and nice tutorial! Thank you! That’s a super piece.

  18. Yes! Please share your design. Its so perfect!

  19. Amanda Corbet says

    This is abosolutely beautiful! I love it! Thank you for
    sharing the tutorial!

  20. lovmydoxies says

    Beautiful!!! I LOVE it!! Your work is gorgeous.

  21. Paula@SweetPea says

    I love this project! I’m moving to a new classroom in August and plan to decorate it with as many unique decorations as possible. I would love to copy this but I don’t have a Silhouette. Sounds like a perfect excuse to buy one to me!

  22. Are you able to email me the “I Pledge of Allegiance” subway are you used??


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