DIY Peeps Cross Stitch Canvases

DIY Peeps cross stitch canvasesEaster is coming up – and though there is a more important meaning, it’s also time for something with a little less substance: the return of marshmallow Peeps to the drugstore. If there’s one thing I know about this candy, it’s that some people love them and some people hate them. Some people also like them a little stale (raising hand). Peep lover or no, you have to admit they are cute. I am paying homage to this tasty, sugary treat today with some cross stitch canvases for Easter decor. If you can’t tell, I’ve selected the yellow and pink bunnies as my muses. If you like Peeps too, or even if you just want a fun Easter craft idea, read on to learn how I made them.

Gather These Supplies

  • 9 x 12 canvas
  • Acrylic paint – light blue and white
  • Embroidery thread in Peep colors – yellow, pink and brown
  • Cross stitch pattern of a Peep – I made my own using Excel
  • Awl
  • Needle
  • Stencil tape
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

20140303_112552You’ll first want to prepare your canvases by painting them.

20140303_114844Paint one blue and the other white. Give them several coats and let them dry.

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 8.57.27 PMCreate your pattern in Excel. I just made a square grid and put “Xs” in the box until it looked right. Then I printed out two patterns to fit my canvases. Start by taping one of the patterns to the inside back of one of the canvases using the stencil tape.

IMG_3455Punch holes in the canvas using the awl (you could probably use a wood BBQ skewer as well). Punch from back to front. Tip: punch lightly so you don’t tear your canvas. You don’t want to manhandle.

IMG_3456Now you can begin to cross stitch as normal, using an entire strand of floss (don’t separate the threads). If you’ve never cross stitched before, it’s really easy – learn more here. Tie a knot at one end before you begin.

IMG_3458After you finish up cross stitching a strand, thread it through the back of prior stitches. Then start a new strand.

IMG_3463I used yellow thread on top of the blue canvas. Keep going until you finish the body.

IMG_3464Then switch to the brown thread to finish the eyes and nose.

IMG_3482Use the pink thread on the white canvas. I’ll admit, it takes a little bit per canvas. Just sit down and watch your favorite TV show and you’ll be done in no time.

Blue Peeps bunny canvasI’m so happy with the finished result!

White Peeps bunny canvasI can’t decided which one I like better – yellow Peep or pink Peep?

DIY Peeps cross stitch canvasesIf you weren’t sure before if I liked Peeps, you know now. Now I just need someone to come up with a Peep chick pattern!