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DIY in a BOX: Buffalo Plaid Pattern

Posted by Kristina Lough on

Thank you so much for bringing our Buffalo Plaid Serving Tray DIY in a BOX &/or Santa Belt Ornament DIY in a BOX into your home!  (Don't have your kit yet?? Click HERE to order.) 

We're super excited about our new Collection, & to be crafting with everybody this fall/holiday season.  Don't forget to join our Private DIY in a BOX Group on Facebook (click HERE to request access) & tag @paintedbytheshore with all your DIY photos on Instagram!

We suggest reading this full post before beginning (including the section about mistakes & tips/tricks at the bottom):

Buffalo plaid is one of my favorite patterns to paint, & to start we're going to cover the base of our piece in red.  With the tray you'll want to start with the edge.  I like to use the flat brush turned on it's side, the smaller round brush works for the edge lines as well, and then use the large flat to fill in the rest.  When filling in the tray helps to add a bit of water to the paint & mix it in to get smoother brush strokes in that large area.

For the ornament you'll use the round brush to create the outline 1/4"-1" in from the edge of your piece to get that rustic wood border.  With the natural wood edge it helps to follow the tree rings as you're not creating a perfectly symmetrical shape.  Then fill in.

Give that first coat a few minutes to dry before continuing (if you have our ornament 4 pack this is a good time to go to the next step for one of the other ornaments & come back!).

The vertical stripes are a mix of red with a touch of black.  Add a dot at a time until you get the shade similar to what you see here, which will look almost like it has a hint of purple.

With the tray use your large flat brush & start in the middle with your first vertical line.  From there work your way out one at a time, one on the left side of that first line, then one on the right.  This will let you gauge placement.  With the ornament it helps to add the twine & hold it up to see how it hangs.  Sometimes our ornaments hang off center because they're natural reclaimed wood.  By holding the ornament to check your angle you can ensure you'll get a vertical  (not diagonal) first line. 

Let that second coat dry &, move on to the horizontal stripes, which are solid black.  Same concept of starting in the middle with one line & working your way out.  

Our serving tray kits come with a stencil.  The word that accompanies each kit is completely optional, & please feel free to personalize with your own handwriting/word(s).  The ornament kit does not come with a stencil, with this project we encourage practicing letter(s) on a piece of paper &/or lightly sketch it on the ornament in pencil or chalk before painting.

Mistakes: If you make a mistake on the wood, let it dry & go over.  It's easier to give it a few minutes then go over the paint while wet which leads to mixing.  If there is a raised bit of paint on your piece dot it with a towel while it's wet so when you do a coat over it it'll lay flat.

Tips & Tricks: Though it's not provided you can use painters tape on the edge of the serving tray to ensure you don't get paint on the sides.  If you notice the ends of your letters feathering out, use your small round brush & go the other way to get a nice clean edge.

Final note: We're here for any & all questions!  Email events@paintedbytheshore.com or post in our DIY in a BOX Facebook Group.

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