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An easy tutorial on how to paint Pink buffalo check plaid with painters tape. The perfect DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Craft.

How to paint Pink Buffalo Check Plaid

For Valentine’s Day decor I knew I wanted to incorporate pink buffalo check but I couldn’t find anything. So I decided why not paint pink buffalo check plaid. I found this great heart door hanging at Joann’s and this wood love lettering at Walmart. 

I have painted buffalo check plenty of times before. So I grabbed my Frog tape and paint and started crafting. 

Check out this DIY buffalo check sign and this pumpkin buffalo check door hanging.

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Pink Buffalo Check Plaid Supplies

Let’s paint some pink buffalo check plaid. All you really need is some painters tape, paint brushes and paint. Now I will tell you the best tape to use is Frog tape. The paint blocking technology is just superior for crisp lines. 


Now you are going to need 3 colors to make this pink buffalo check plaid. A light pink, medium pink and a deeper pink. Now you can do this by purchasing all the colors or mixing your own. 

I like to mix my own medium pink so I started with Folk Art baby pink, magenta and wicker white.


We are going to start by painting the base of your sign white. When painting buffalo check I always use a chalk paint for the base of the sign. This helps with the paint not peeling up with the painters tape. 

Base color buffalo check


Starting at the bottom of your sign tape horizontal stripes. Pressing them down smoothly on the wood to create a seal. Use a piece of tape as a spacer in between stripes. This is more efficient than measuring and marking spaces with a pencil. 

horizontal stripes


Using your lightest pink paint the horizontal stripes. Be sure not to over saturate your paint brush. A few light coats can help with bleeding. Check out this technique for painting crisp lines


Remove painters tape while it’s still a bit wet.

painted horizontal stripes


Starting at the far right side use your space tape flush against the side. Then start to tape your vertical stripes.

Vertical Stripes


Using the medium pink start to paint your vertical stripes. DO NOT remove the painters tape. Let paint dry completely. 

Painted Vertical Stripes


Starting at the bottom of the sign start to tape your horizontal stripes. 

Paint Buffalo Check


With a thin amount of magenta paint on your brush start painting the open squares on your sign. Apply two thin coats of the magenta paint. 

Pink Buffalo Check Plaid

Now here is to see if we did it correctly. Peel back all of your painters tape. And just like that you have created your own buffalo check sign. Did any paint bleed through? Don’t worry once it’s fully dry just use some extra paint to touch it up with a small detail brush. 

Pink Buffalo Check Plaid

Add some lettering

I picked up this wood “Love” cut out at Walmart. It was the perfect addition to the heart for Valentine’s Day. I painted it with black acrylic paint and used Beacon Adhesives Power-Tac to adhere it to the sign. 

Have a Cricut? Add vinyl lettering or use your Cricut Maker to cut out basswood or chipboard lettering. 

How to paint Pink Buffalo Check Plaid

How to Paint Pink Buffalo Check Plaid

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  1. Hi Michelle: Thank you for making something I couldn’t get right until I saw your presentation–wow, I can do this!!! Question: is chalk paint okay for an outdoor project? I’m thinking no but I’ve never used it before.
    Thanks for being a shining star crafts! barb.