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DIY in a BOX: Buffalo Plaid Pattern

Posted by Kristina Lough on

Step-by-step photos coming shortly.

Thank you so much for bringing one of our DIY in a BOX kits into your home!  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!

Though not required 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 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 this & the starter it sometimes helps to add a bit of water to the paint & mix it in to get smoother brush strokes in the large middle area.

For our ornament & wood slices 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.

Our wood pieces dry quickly, so give that first coat a few minutes 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 & a bit of black.  When it comes to creating that dark red color it helps to start with a small amount of black & add a dot at a time until you get the shade seen 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 plaid line.  From there work your way out one at a time, one line on the left side of that first line & then one on the right.  This will let you gauge placement.  With the wood starter it's the same idea of starting with a line in the middle, but it helps to do a straight line with your flat brush & stop just shy of the edge; then go back with the round brush to get the top/bottom of each line to match the rounded shape of your background color.  With the ornament just the round brush will do the trick- start in the middle with a single line from top to bottom & then do another right next to it to widen as needed.

Let that second coat dry & then move on to the horizontal stripes which are solid black.  Same concept of starting in the middle with one line & working your way out.  Same process with the edge for the natural wood pieces.

Both our starter & 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)- we love when our kits are modified to incorporate each painter's own ideas!  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 in pencil before painting.

With the stencil you have the option of practicing the font & then chalking it onto the tray freehand.  When using chalk on your tray make sure the paint is completely dry first, & draw lightly so it can wipe off if you need to realign. 

If you'd prefer the stencil get ready to go full DIY with this process!  Use the paperclip in your kit to make holes along each letter, starting with small & then using the clip to make each larger as needed.  Similar to when you carve pumpkins you're going to line the hole punched stencil up on your tray/starter & dot through each hole with chalk.  After you have your dots chalked on there, connect them with chalk.

When painting font, in addition to making sure your brush has a fine tip (see tricks below), it helps to also do a reverse brush stroke on the ends of each letter/word.  Here's what I mean:

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 feather 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 or post in our DIY in a BOX Facebook Group.

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