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DIY a Plaid Sign

How to Make a Plaid SignPlaid Sign DiY

I’m loving plaid this year.  My Christmas mantel is decorated with plaid, I just can’t get enough of it!

Today I’m sharing my plaid technique with you!

Here’s what you will need:

  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093EL 

  • Board, size of your choice

  • Three paint colors

  • Clear Glaze

  • Paint pen for fine line.
  • 120 Grit sanding block
  • Stencil
  • Plaid Sign Painting Base CoatPaint the board. Use the lighter of your three paint colors. Allow paint to dry overnight.

Plaid Sign

Plaid Sign Taping Stripes

  • Measure and mark where you want your stripes to be.  I found the center of the board and used a pencil to mark every two inches on the board.
  • Use ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093EL and tape off your stripes.

Plaid Sign Taped Ready for Painting

  • Plaid Painted SignPaint stripes with the 2nd paint color.  Allow paint to dry overnight. I used Multi-Surface due to the textured surface, but Delicate Surfaces is recommended for freshly painted surfaces (up to 24 hours).
  • Painted Sign Taped for glaze stripeTape off horizontal stripes.  Prepare your glaze.  Mix 2nd paint color with the ratio suggested on your glaze, mine was six parts glaze to one part paint. Plaid Sign before sanding
  • The glaze created a lighter version of your darker color.
  • Plaid Sign SandedLightly sand your board.

Plaid Sign Stencil

  • I used a stencil and painted the words with a dark gray craft paint.

Plaid Sign Paint Pen

  • I used purchased glittered letters for the word wonderful, they had an adhesive back on them.  I also used a red paint pen and ruler to add the thin red lines. A total after thought, but I think it makes it look more like plaid.

Here’s the finished sign:

Plaid Sign Finish

Plaid Sign on Mantel

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  1. I love plaid for the holidays, and this idea is just too awesome! Thanks for the awesome tutorial. Can’t wait to make my own!

  2. Your plaid sign is adorable! I love plaid too, and I don’t think you can ever have enough of it!! I would love if you would share this at my blog party, Celebrate It! It is all about celebrating our wonderful everyday lives!

  3. Very cute, Debbie! I love your Christmas Mantle.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! The plaid sign looks amazing! Great decoration!

  5. Love.. LOVE it Debbie. One of my favorite sayings and the plethora of plaid is perfection!!!!

  6. This is adorable, Debbie and looks great on your mantel! I also love your stockings!

  7. Love it! I almost tried a plaid pumpkin this year, but ran out of time. I am definitely going to try a plaid sign!

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