Friday, 9 September 2016

Simple Cross Stitch Mural

A simple cross stitch design painted on the wall as a mural.
Cross stitch mural
Whoop whoop - saw it, pinned it, did it! 
Like a million other people I pinned an absolutely beautiful cross stitch mural from the uber talented Eline Pellinkhof .
I found the pin from a feature in Country Living, it gets a little bit complicated from there, the Country living feature takes me to Eline's blog but from there I can't find anything on the mural, I think it is featured in her 1st book. She has done 3 books apparently and they look amazing. But it's all in Dutch so I'm not absolutely sure. 
So to cut a long story short, I pinned this idea a couple of years ago and last weekend our daughter and I created our own very simplified version for her room. This is the before:

Warning, we were so excited to do this project there are only a few slightly rubbish phone photos of the process (and it was a very grey rainy day, so the light was awful!)

To do the same you will need:
Tester pots of paint - emulsion/regular paint for walls
A meter/yarn stick and spirit level
a pencil and rubber
paint brush - we used size 10
scrap paper
A simple cross stitch design

Choosing a design:
First you need to be sure your design will fit.
All our crosses were 2 inch square, that seems like a good size for this kind of thing to me, it's bold but not to huge. Count how many squares your chosen design takes, both up and across then times by 2. This is approximately how many inches of wall space your design will take up.
I sketched a couple of different designs and our daughter chose the one she wanted.


You can use these (just right click on the image then save so you can print it), design your own or just go online, there are hundreds of lovely cross stitch designs out there.
Our chosen design was 12 squares x 13 squares so the finished design is just over 24" x 26". 

To mark it on the wall:
It was going centrally over her bed so we measured the half way point, then drew a pencil line straight up using a spirit level.
We then drew a horizontal line, again in pencil, centrally on the wall space above the bed.
So basically there was a big cross, nice and straight, centrally over the bed. Keep the pencil lines faint, that way they are easier to rub out afterwards.

I marked the middle lines on the cross stitch design too, in bold (you can see that in the image above of the cross stitch chart)

Originally I thought we could just do the crosses free hand, along the centre lines, then just building the design up and out from there. When it came to it though that just seemed to be leaving too much to chance so we decided to mark it out a little more thoroughly. I didn't fancy drawing dozens of straight lines to make a full grid - that would be a lot of rubbing out afterwards. We considered decorating tape, but didn't have any so instead I made a template.
As we had decided each cross should be about 2 inches square, I took a bit of scrap paper, folded it in half and half again, then cut a 1 inch square from the corner, when opened up this gave me a 2 inch square "window".
Cross stitch mural tutorial
I simply held the window up to the lines and drew a cross, then moved it along. That way I only marked the crosses we needed for the design.
Just work your way out from those centre lines, count, count and count again. How many crosses in each row, horizontally and vertically? Just keep counting and checking.

Painting:
These were the paints we used, just inexpensive tester pots of emulsion.

It was just a case of filling in the crosses, using the chart. Again - count, count and count again.
Cross stitch mural tutorial
Keep checking the chart, count each cross from the centre, from the edge, from the crosses you have already painted. I think it would be hard to go over the darker colours with light ones if you made a mistake. Best not to make a mistake, then you don't have to worry about it!
Cross stitch mural tutorial
It was easiest to do the main colours first, they were mostly around the edge and right along those central lines so counting them was easy.
We actually bought a green, dark pink and light pink paint tester pots. We already had white paint. The light pink was way to light and we had to mix it with the darker paint to get a good medium shade. On reflection we could probably got away with just mixing the dark pink with white paint and saved £1.49 but never mind.
Cross stitch mural tutorial
It was pretty easy to do in the end, took us about 3 hours start to finish. I think a more complicated design would look amazing, but take much longer to do and have much more room for error. I'm glad we kept it simple.
Cross stitch mural tutorial
Some of the crosses had a 2nd coat of paint then we left it to dry for 24 hours before rubbing out the pencil lines with a good quality soft eraser.

This project was quite a long time in the "yes, yes, we'll do that mural one day" stage but now it is finished we keep high fiving each other - I'd call that a rainy day well spent!
Cross stitch mural tutorial

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31 comments:

  1. It was a very well spent rainy day! It looks beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Zografia, we are both really pleased that it turned out nicely :-)

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  2. Wow! That is truly amazing!! Thanks so much for visiting!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie, glad you like it as much as we do.

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  3. Wow the rose is just beautiful a wonderful idea

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    1. Thanks Carol, it is much simpler than the one we saw originally but I think it works.

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  4. Adorable! Thank you for sharing the idea and wonderful tutorial with us at Snickerdoodle Create Bake & Make party.

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    1. Your welcome Sharon, thanks for stopping by

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  5. Love this painting DIY! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. See you again soon. Shared.

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    1. Thank you Theresa, and thanks for sharing.

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  6. Cool. I used to cross stitch quite a bit years ago and that definitely looks like the real thing :0)

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    1. Me too Aileen! I dabble very occasionally now but nothing like as much as I used to.

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  7. Love cross stitch and love this decoration idea, would be great for a craft room. Pinning for later. Thanks

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    1. Ooh, yes, perfect for a craft room...wishing I had a craft room now!

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  8. It's beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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  9. I love this idea. My attempts at painting murals haven't gone too well and I've never finished them! This actually looks doable :)

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    1. It was pretty simple Anna, if it doesn't work you can always paint over it again, or stick up a poster! We were a bit worried what might happen if it didn't go to plan, I confess I had visions of trying to paint over and those darker crosses showing through layer after layer of paint! Happily it was all good, best advice is to keep it really simple - less to go wrong then :-)

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  10. That's such a pretty idea! And definitely a rainy day well spent. I'd be really nervous to do something like this, but you've made it sound really simple (I'd never have worked out the square hole in the paper myself - this is why I shouldn't attempt ideas like this without a good guide!) Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. Thank you Katy, it was pretty easy once we got started (fun too!)

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  11. This is so cleaver and great idea.

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  12. That is really pretty. You make it sound really easy and like my mum. She is good at things like this. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

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    1. My pleasure, thank you for hosting. Glad you like our mural, it was a long time in the planning stage so it's nice to have it done!

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  13. Wow I love it !

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  14. Wow, that's very creative, well done! Thank you for sharing how you did it :))

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    1. Thanks Michaela, it was a really fun project to do together.

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  15. Oh what a cool idea! Great job!Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on FB! Have a great week!
    Kim

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  16. I love it. It's beautiful and you did a great job! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

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    1. Just a quick note to add that this is one of this week's featured posts (http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/09/the-really-crafty-link-party-36-featured-posts.html). Thank you again for joining the party and have a wonderful weekend!

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    2. That's lovely, thank you so much Teresa.

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