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DIY Family Cross-Stitch & Weekly Wrap Up

by Stephanie

Today is the last day of our Family & Pets theme (though we’ll always include those ideas in our regular posts), and it felt right to honor that topic with a special family DIY project. I love it when small-scale crafts get blown up into larger-than-life proportions, so this project from D*S reader and crafter Kate Hardy felt like the perfect way to celebrate family month and a super-sized craft technique. Kate created a super-sized cross-stitch art piece to hang over her bed, and when I saw it, I knew I wanted to create a version that would focus on a family name. Kate was kind enough to make a second version to feature here that will hopefully inspire some of you to create something similar using your family name or the name of the first member of your family (or pet!). The supplies are incredibly inexpensive, and the whole project is relatively simple for such a dramatic result. I love the idea of having the whole family involved in the final “stitching” phase. It would be a great way to get the kids to work together on a craft project or to create some special bonding time between you and someone special. You can see Kate’s original version right here or read on for the full project instructions after the jump! Thanks to Kate for sharing this with us, and thanks to all of you who’ve taken the time to share such sweet pictures of your pets and family with us this month. This has truly been the most moving theme we’ve had so far, and we really enjoyed getting to know all of you better through your families (furry and human). xo, grace

Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:


DIY Family Cross-Stitch Art by Kate Hardy

I love the look of modern cross stitch, but I wanted something on a much larger scale. I racked my brain and came up with using a pegboard for my canvas. At 2′ x 3′ and only $7, it was the perfect size and budget friendly. It comes in plain white, but I decided to spray paint mine Oxford Blue (by Krylon) to really make my stitches pop. It took only a couple of coats for nice even coverage. — Kate


  • 1 2′ x 4′ pegboard, Home Depot, $7
  • 1 can Oxford Blue Krylon spray paint, Walmart, $3
  • 1 roll white yarn, Walmart, $3
  • 1 pack oversized needles, Michaels, $2 (with a coupon)
  • screws (to attach the finished piece on the wall)


Time (from start to finish): 5 hours

1. Paint your board your desired color, and let it fully dry.

2. Create a grid (using an Excel sheet on your computer OR by hand on graph paper) and determine how you’ll map out the word you want to spell. You may need to play with the type of writing you use to work on a grid format.

2. Using a pencil, map out where your stitches will go on the board.

3. Thread an oversized needle with your yarn and start stitching! When you’ve woven through the full word, tie a knot on the back of the board.

4. Using screws, drill the board into the wall, and you’re done!

Suggested For You


  • I’ve been looking for a family project and I think this is it. Instead of the last name (since our family has two), we might do “Love” or “Dream.” The piece would go in our family room or play room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Here’s an easy way to skip the scaling step: just type the word you want in your graphics program, then upload the file to blockposters.com. You can choose the size of your project and the program quickly resize the image over several sheets of paper, which you can then print our on your own printer, piece together and trace onto your board. I use this all the time and it makes big projects super easy.

  • Super!!! I’ve been trying to come up with a simple headboard idea for my guest room. I think I’ll do different colored stripes instead of script though. I don’t have the patience for knitting, so I’m excited to go to the local yarn shop and finally have a reason to buy some of the beautiful yarn they sell.

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