What do you think about cross stitching canvases? I think it’s one of my favorite activities ever. A cross stitch canvas is very unique looking, especially in home decor – I love how the thread adds texture to the flat surface. And the cross stitch design can be turned modern easier than you think! These DIY Halloween canvases are easy to make and perfect to add a touch of amazing to your holiday decor. I’ll show you how simple these projects are, and then you can adapt them to any pattern you like. Here’s how they were made.
Gather These Supplies
- Canvas of any size
- Acrylic paint of your choice – I used FolkArt Citrus Green and Pure Black
- Poke-y tool – I know, technical. I used a tool made for poking holes into clay beads
- Foam core board or something to put down below your canvas while you punch
- Embroidery thread in colors of your choice
- Cross-stitch pattern that fits inside the frame of your canvas – I used this spider and made my own skull pattern
- Hot glue gun
Print your patterns on your printer. You might need to do it a few times until you find the correct fit. Flip your canvas with the front side down so you can punch through it. Place the pattern inside the frame and tape down. To punch, you’ll probably want to put a piece of cardboard behind the canvas so that the tool has something to punch into.
The reason I punch from the back is because 1) canvas stretches; I didn’t want to stretch the canvas a lot while I was punching, and 2)I found it easier to center the pattern on the canvas from the back. Punch your canvas patterns in all of the corners, too.
Then thread your needle and get started! Two things. First, don’t separate the threads on the embroidery floss. You want it to be thick so it shows up nice and solid. Secondly, you need to make sure that your needle is big enough (but too huge) to accommodate this size of floss.