How to Create a Buffalo Plaid Pattern

Buffalo plaid is a common background used on door hangers and it makes sense because it’s such a fun pattern that makes the door hanger design stand out. Toda,y we’re going to talk about how to create a buffalo plaid pattern. You can use this step-by-step guide on your next door hanger or even when painting another craft project.

Pick Your Colors and Paint the Background

When starting to create a buffalo plaid pattern, it’s important to pick two paint colors that you like. In this example, I used black and white to create my buffalo plaid pattern. Let’s dive right in!

  • Start by painting the entire background of the door hanger white.

Tape Off the Door Hanger to Create a Buffalo Plaid Pattern

buffalo plaid circle door hanger, frog tape, black paint, and baby wipes

Once your door hanger background is painted, it’s time to create the buffalo plaid pattern. This isn’t as hard as you would think, you just need some painter’s tape and a baby wipe. It may sound funny, but the baby wipe gives the buffalo plaid pattern the perfect texture. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Using 1 inch Painter’s Tape, place a piece of tape vertically every one inch across the door hanger. You can use the width of a piece of tape to be sure your lines are all the same distance apart.
  • Use a baby wipe dipped in paint to paint between the painter’s tape stripes.
  • Wait for paint to dry.
  • Use painter’s tape to create horizontal lines, once again using the width of the painter’s tape to create a width guide between your lines.
  • Using a baby wipe and even less paint than before, lightly paint through the lines to create a gingham effect. These should be lighter than the other lines.
using a baby wipe to paint buffalo plaid
  • Once that paint is dry, remove the tape and you’ll have your buffalo plaid pattern.
Removing tape to create the buffalo plaid print

Do You Need to See How to Create a Buffalo Plaid Pattern?

If you’re more of a visual learner then it might be beneficial for you to catch this replay and see how I used buffalo plaid on the background of a door hanger. You’ll be able to see how easy it is to accomplish this look all on your own. 

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