How to Make an Oversized Christmas Cross-Stitch Sign

Pegboard Cross-Stitch 04:02

Channel Buddy the Elf with this holiday Pegboard Cross-Stitch decoration.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

What You'll Need

  • graph paper
  • pencil
  • pegboard, 37 holes x 37 holes
  • several plastic embroidery needles

Pick Your Design

Pick your design and cross-stitch font. You can use our template, or find your favorite design and font online.

Draw Out Design

If you're going with your own design, plot it out on graph paper with a pencil before you begin cross-stitching.

Transfer Design to Pegboard

Christmas Cross Stitch

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Transfer the design onto the pegboard. Make sure to use a pencil so you can correct any mistakes.

Start Cross-Stitching

Christmas Cross Stitch

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Cut a few feet of thick red yarn, and thread it through the plastic embroidery needle. Pull the threaded yarn through the back, leaving a few inches in the back for tying off later. Tip: Separate the yarn into small sections to make it easier to thread through the needle.

Keep Cross-Stitching

Continue cross-stitching (Image 1). When you're ready to start a new strand of yarn, thread the yarn, pull it through the next hole and leave a few inches in the back. Tie it to the previous strand in the back (Image 2). Tip: Depending on the thickness of the yarn, it may be difficult to pull the yarn and needle through (especially where four strands meet). Use scissors to widen the hole (Image 3).

Make a Pom-Pom

We made our own pom-pom for the Santa hat. To do this, cut about a 6-inch piece of standard white yarn and place it between your middle and ring fingers. On the same hand, wrap a new strand of white yarn around your knuckles 50 times (Image 1). Cut the end and slowly remove the ball of yarn from your hand. Wrap the separate strand around the center of the ball and tie tightly (Image 2). Cut the loops (Image 3), and trim the ends (Image 4). Use the two strands to loop through the pegboard and tie. Cut excess yarn ends.

Photo by: Farima Alavi

Farima Alavi

Next Up

How to Make Sweater Christmas Tree Decorations

Use scraps of sweaters, Styrofoam cones, toilet paper rolls, sequins and pompoms to make adorable tabletop tree decorations. 

How to Make Mini Ugly Sweater Christmas Tree Ornaments

Your Christmas tree can also wear an ugly sweater with these adorable, tiny sweaters on dollhouse coathangers. 

How to Knit a Sparkly Snowball Bag

Knit a sparkling snowball bag perfect for holiday parties or to add a touch of fun to any outfit.

How to Make an Oversized Holiday String Light Garland

Honey, we blew up the Christmas decorations.

How to Make a Sequined Snowflake Garland

Handmade sequined balls and bright cutout snowflakes hung on clear monofilament create a festive holiday party backdrop.

How Much Chunky Yarn Do I Need for a Blanket?

Learn how to measure and purchase bulky yarn with confidence.

Create a Cone-Shaped Stocking

Follow these steps to make your own no-sew Victorian-inspired cone-shaped stocking to hold Christmas goodies.

Christmas at Biltmore

Celebrating the holidays in grand Gilded Age style is a time-honored tradition at Asheville, N.C.'s Biltmore House. Tour the grand mansion, decked in Christmas finery, plus get decorating tips from Biltmore's experts so you can bring the luxe look home.

How to Make Gift Envelopes for Christmas

Wrapping flat and folded objects can present a gift-wrapping conundrum. Rather than sliding around in boxes or getting lost in gift bags amid heaps of tissue paper, nestle slim items, like books or scarves, into these printed gift envelopes for a pretty presentation.

5 Must-Make Holiday Projects With Wooden Craft Beads

This basic craft supply can be used in so many unique ways to make chic Christmas decor.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.