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Cute Animal Cross-Stitch for a Baby Boy Nursery

When I was pregnant with my second son, I knew I wanted to DIY some art for his room.  I had a couple of old frames in various sizes at hand and decided on making a cross-stitch gallery wall.  So I started combing through Pinterest for inspiration.  I did not have a very specific theme for his room but had my heart set on animals for the art.  Then I came across these designs.  I loved that they were unique and thought it was a fun way of adding the nursery colours to the artworks.  I liked that it was not realistic animals, just the silhouette outline with a fun pattern.

Cute Animal Cross Stitch Gallery Wall |

The Frames

Before I started designing the patterns I decided on the layout of the frames.  I had 2 small, 2 medium, 2 large and 1 extra-large frame to work with.  I played around until I came up with an arrangement I liked.  The amount and sizes lent themselves to a formal arrangement instead of organic.  As they were all different colours, I spray painted the frames to create a cohesive look.  I used the primer grey – with most spray paint brands, the primer grey is gorgeous.

Giraffe Cross-stitch |

The Patterns

I used the elephant, whale and bunny patterns as on Etsy, but modified the colours for our nursery.  I also designed a giraffe, penguin, tortoise and deer patterns of my own.  I included the tortoise in his birth announcement sampler in the biggest frame.  The fact that I designed the bulk of the patterns gave me the flexibility of making them the exact size I needed for the frames I had on hand.  I used animal silhouettes I found online and traced them onto the patterns I had already drawn in CorelDraw.

Deer Cross-stitch |

The Colours

I also chose the colours for the designs to go with the nursery.  We had bedding picked out in grey and aqua, and I wanted grey curtains.  But I thought a bit of yellow would brighten up the room, so I incorporated the yellow into the patterns.  I used different shades of blue, yellow, grey and aqua/teal in the designs for a nice spectrum of colours.  I chose what I had on hand in my cross-stitch supplies to save costs.

DMC Embroidery Thread Colours |
These are the DMC colours I used

After I stretched the designs for framing on the mounting board, they were ready for the frames.

Free Printable Patterns

Cute Animal Cross Stitch Gallery Wall |

I want to give you free printable cross-stitch patterns as well to use for art in a nursery or playroom.  The exact patterns for the elephant, whale and bunny is available for sale on Etsy, so I can’t offer you those for free.  (This is not an affiliate link).  So I made some silhouette animal cross stitch patterns to share with you.  They are available in pdf format.  I did not specify any colours.  You can choose the colours to suit the room you are using them in.  But I would suggest doing the backstitch border in black or a couple of shades darker than the cross-stitch.

Animal Silhouette Cross Stitch - Animal Silhouette Patterns - 04 |

You can download the free printable animal cross-stitch patterns.  To get access to them, please subscribe to my email list and the password for the printables library will be sent to you.  If you are already a subscriber you can access the library here.  The password is in every email I send out.

I hope you enjoy these!

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Cute Animal Cross-stitch with free patterns |

Goodbye for now

Junette |

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