Pegboard cross-stitch DIY

Designer, Christian Dare shares his fun DIY art project of cross-stitching on a pegboard to create a beautiful piece of art.


Don’t want to spend tons of money on an art piece? Designer, Christian Dare has a fun DIY project that involves using a pegboard to create a beautiful cross-stitch pattern piece of art.

Materials Needed:

  • Section of pegboard (choose any size you want).
  • Scissors
  • Graph Paper
  • Cross Stich Pattern (ready made or make your own)
  • Yarn in multiple colours
  • Yarn Needle
  • Paint (if you want to paint your pegboard a colour)
  • 2×2 lumber to create a frame.

For an Image-Based Piece

  1. Find a cross-stitch pattern that you like. You can find many patterns online. If you don’t like any of the patterns online you can make your own with graph paper and an inspiration image. Simply lay the graph paper over the image and make x’s in corresponding colours.
  2. Count out the squares on your pegboard to make sure they correspond to the cross-stich pattern. If you have too many extra squares you can always leave a border around your image.
  3. Start stitching through the pegboard holes. Just be sure that you always follow the same cross-stitch pattern. You want the x’s to be formed in the same way.
  4. When you finish a colour you can simply tie it off at the back of the board and start a new colour.
  5. When you are all done you can cut a simple frame out of 2×2 lumber to attach to the back of the pegboard to make it easier to hang.

For a Text-Based Piece

  1. With your graph paper, create a pattern for the word you want to write in cross-stitch. Block letters are easier but you can do many different fonts and even cursive with this online tool – StitchPoint
  2. Count out the squares on your pegboard to make sure they correspond to the cross-stich pattern. If you have too many extra squares you can always leave a border around your image.
  3. Start stitching through the pegboard holes. Just be sure that you always follow the same cross-stitch pattern. You want the x’s to be formed in the same way.
  4. When you finish a colour you can simply tie it off at the back of the board and start a new colour.
  5. When you are all done you can cut a simple frame out of 2×2 lumber to attach to the back of the pegboard to make it easier to hang.

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