$ $ $ $ $
• • • • •

Find & Keep
I like making pretty things, especially pretty things with a function. I cannot
lay claim to inventing this project – the inspiration came from my vast
collection of 70s craft books. But I have put my own spin on it.
The materials in this project are easy to find, but it does require some
sawing. I used my (very handy) dad, who’s a builder, but you might be
able to convince someone at your local hardware store to do it. If you want
to do the sawing yourself, go for it. Pegboard is easy to cut, but please be
careful! Severed fingers and craft are not a good match.
Our piece of pegboard was 120 x 90 cm (47 x 35 in) and we cut it into
thirds. The beads I used were 18 mm (¾ in), with 6 mm (¼ in) holes.

Posted by Hardie Grant from London, United Kingdom • Published See Hardie Grant's 83 projects » © 2024 Beci Orpin / Hardie Grant Books · Reproduced with permission.

You Will Need

  • Step 1

    Measure out your desired length of
pegboard and mark with pencil.

  • Step 2

    Carefully saw your pegboard along the
marked line (thanks Dad!).

  • Step 3

    Place your pegboard on something
that will make it easy to thread into
(we used a stool). Cut approximately
 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) of wool.

  • Step 4

    Attach tape to the ends of the
wool to make it easier to thread
through the holes (you could also
use a darning needle). Tie a knot at
the other end of the wool to prevent
it pulling through.

  • Step 5

    Thread the wool through the
pegboard and start to cross-stitch.
I used a different colour for each
letter. You can choose your own word
instead of ‘hello’ – just make sure
you map out how many letters will fit
across your board before you start!

  • Step 6

    Once complete, attach the hooks to
the bottom row of holes, then add
beads to the hook ends. The beads
I used stuck quite easily by just
pushing them down, but you could
secure them with glue or Blu-Tack
in the bead hole if you like.

Made this project? Share your version »


Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
amazing! and probably so much cheaper than the other home boards that you can buy from the store
lol ... ^^
Hester A.
Hester A. · Sheffield, England, GB · 12 projects
so cute!

More Projects