I have seen Pinterest tutorials on painting your own buffalo check pattern. They were complicated processes involving tape. No one has time for that! But do you know what I do have time for? Cardstock paper squares! Follow along for this fool-proof buffalo check technique. I chose a traditional black, white and gray for these easy DIY fall decorations, but how fun would it be to switch it up to match different holidays?
- Unfinished Wooden Painting Panels: 12 x 12 x 1 inch Art Boards
- Unfinished Wood Tags: 1.75 x 3.25 inches, 8 pack
- Darice® Decorative Clothespins: Natural, 1.875 inches, 30 pack (2)
- Jute Cord – 3 Ply – Natural
- Darice® 2.5-in Letter & Number Stickers: Black
- Folk Art® Home Decor™ Chalk Paint: Ultra-Matte Adirondack White Chalk
- Smooth 12 x 12 Cardstock: World Tour Value Pack, 100 sheets (black, white and gray)
- Mod Podge® Matte: 8 ounces
The wooden painting panel pictured and linked above makes a perfect, thick, shadowbox-style frame when you flip it over. It is one of my favorite crafting supplies!
Stain the frame, two clothespins (not shown), and four of the wooden tags. You do not need to stain the center of the frame, it will be covered.
Allow the stain to completely dry.
Set the tags and clothespins aside.
Trim cardstock paper into 2″x 2″ squares. Try and be precise with the measurements so your buffalo check pattern will be uniform.
Repeat for black, white, and gray cardstock.
Using modge podge as your adhesive, begin adhering your cardstock squares into the frame. The inside measurement of the frame is exactly 10″ so you will have an even number of squares inside the frame.
When you get to the end of a row, use a brayer to really stick the cardstock squares down, and smooth out excess mod podge and bubbles.
Continue adhering your squares. By the end of this project, you will want to lay tile for a living!
When all of the interior surface is covered, coat the whole thing with a layer of mod podge to seal the project.
While the sealing coat is drying, prepare your “FALL” wooden tag banner. I wanted to have some contrast with the brown stain of the frame, so I lightly white-washed my stained tags with white chalk paint. String each tag with a small length of jute.
Then tie the tags to a longer length of jute. (Enough to span the frame with some over-hang.)
Trim the excess jute on the tags, and fray the edges for texture.
Add your letter stickers to the tags.
Using hot glue, attach clothespins to each side of your frame.
I chose to add some fall-colored floral picks that I had in my stash to the sides of my clothespins for a color accent.
Clip your banner with the clothespins and adjust as needed.
You can add a saw-tooth hanger to the back of the frame if you want to put it on a wall. I chose to display mine on my mantle, so the flat bottom of the panel worked perfectly!
Remember this technique can be used for more than just easy DIY fall decorations. I can’t wait to try this cardstock buffalo check out for a vintage Christmas project, with red, green and cream.
Or even on a holiday greeting card!
I hope you give it a try as well.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).