Father’s Day is June 17th.   This year we’ll be home to celebrate the day.  We’re usually on vacation and don’t really make such a big deal about.  I mean dads are lucky to get a phone call or possibly a tie or bottle of cologne, assuming we remember to pack the gift and take it with us.

Since it’s so rare that we find ourselves home for Father’s Day we’ll be celebrating the day the right way!  For sure we’ll be grilling steaks in the backyard, that’s my husband’s favorite meal!  The grandsons and I have also been busy making gifts for the fathers in our family, that’s grandpa, their dad, and their 2 uncles.

Father's Day Subway Art TrayJust like the Subway Art tray I made for my daughter-in-law on Mother’s Day I made Father’s Day version.  As yo may know right now I’m all about Subway Art.  I love it because it’s pretty and very easy to make.  You can make it on just about anything including canvas, paper, card stock, metal, and more.

This Father’s Day Subway Art Tray is painted on a metal tray I bought in Walmart.  It cost me just under $10.  I painted the inside of the tray with Plaid’s Folk Art Chalkboard Paint,  cut out a stencil on my Cricut Explore Air then painted the letters on with Plaid’s Folk Art craft paint.  When the paint dried I sealed the painted surfaces with Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Seal.  Now the tray can be used for just about anything, however you can’t place food directly on to the painted surface.  How easy was that?

Here’s how you can make a Subway Art gift for Dad this year.  I’m sharing the template here for the stencil, which by the way are words for Father in different languages.  You can download and save the template, it’s a jpg file, on to your computer and upload it to the Cricut Design Space if you want to cut it out on your Cricut, or you can print it and cut the letters out by hand.

By the way you don’t have to print the words on to a tray, you can stencil them on to a canvas, wood plaque, or whatever medium you prefer.


Metal tray or medium of your choice

Father's Day Subway Art TrayStencil – click here for the free template

Chalk Board paint in black

Paint brush

Acrylic Paint in various colors

Stencil brush

Paper towels

Clear Sealer

Clean Scouring pad



Gently rub the surface of the metal tray with a clean scouring pad to lightly roughen the surface so the paints will stick.

Paint the inside of the tray with black chalkboard paint, 2 coats should do it.  Also to dry completely between coats.

Dry for 1 hour.

Place tray in oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees.

When the oven reached the correct temperature turn on the timer for 30 minutes and let the paint cure.

After 30 minutes turn off oven and leave the tray in the oven to cool.

Download the stencil file and either upload to your Design Space account to cut on your Cricut (you can resize the stencil in Design Space to fit your needs)  Or pop the file into a photo editor and re-size to fit your needs, print it, then cut out the letters with a craft knife.

Place the stencil in the tray and paint in the letters with whatever color you like.  You can make your subway art monochrome by using only white paint, or you can use different colors for each word.

Let dry over night.

Spray painted surface with a light coat of clear sealant.  Let dry then apply a 2nd. coat.

See easy peasy!  Dad will love this Father’s Day Subway Art Tray!