DIY Buffalo Plaid

3 Materials
$5
1 Hour
Easy

Buffalo plaid is a traditional pattern that becomes extra prominent during the holidays. Its typical red and black colour palette is super festive and can be found on clothing, accessories, and decorative accents.


If you're a fan of plaid and want a quick and easy way to incorporate it into your holiday design plans, look no further than this project!

diy buffalo plaid

The first thing you need to do is cover the canvas of your choosing with a couple coats of red paint.


Tip: Even though red is the traditional choice for Buffalo plaid, you can use any colour you want.

diy buffalo plaid

Once the red paint has dried, use painter's tape to create equally-spaced, vertical stripes across your piece.

diy buffalo plaid

Add a bit of black paint to the red you used, and brush it onto the exposed areas between the tape.

diy buffalo plaid

Remove the tape and allow the paint to dry.


Next, turn your piece so that the freshly painted stripes are horizontal, and repeat the taping process from earlier.

diy buffalo plaid

Add even more black paint to the original red before brushing it onto the exposed areas.

diy buffalo plaid

DON'T REMOVE THE TAPE! Unlike the first set of stripes, you want to keep the tape where it is for these ones.


Allow the darker paint to dry and then add another batch of tape over the original, bright red stripes (the same placement from step two).

diy buffalo plaid

Fill in the remaining exposed areas with black acrylic paint.

diy buffalo plaid

Remove all of the tape to reveal a beautiful, Buffalo plaid pattern.

diy buffalo plaid

Lastly, use ribbon, faux greenery, and other decorative accents to accessorize your festive creations!


For a more in-depth set of instructions, head over to my blog!

Suggested materials:

  • Acrylic paint  (Dollarama)
  • Painter's tape  (Home Depot)
  • Foam paint brush  (Dollarama)
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