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      Hello Friends! Are you ready to make some adorable buffalo plaid Christmas ornaments? This post will tell you everything you need to know to make these for your tree! 

      The things you need for this project are:

    • Wooden Ornament Blank
    • 1/4" Painters Tape
    • Paint (2 colors per buffalo check ornament, you will also mix these two to get the 3rd color)
    • Paint brushes
    • Greenery
    • String
    • Hot Glue Gun
    • 3/8" Ribbon
    • HTV
    • Cricut Mini Press
    • Kitaleigh Christmas Half Round Designs
    • 1. First, start out by painting your base coat. I like to do the lighter of my two color choices. 

      The colors I am going to do for my ornaments are red/black, green/black, and white/black.

      2. Once the base coats are dry you will begin to place your painters tape vertical, starting in the center of the ornament.

      3. Next you will place a piece of tape right next to your first piece. This piece of tape will act as a spacer. Then place another piece next to the spacer tape.

      Once you have your 3rd piece of tape down, remove the spacer tape and use it again to space the next piece of tape.

      Continue this pattern until you reached the edge on both sides. Press the tape down really good to help prevent the paint from seeping under the tape.

      4. Next, mix your two color choices together to create a mid tone. 

      Note: Less of the darker color is more. Also I have found stop mixing when it is lighter than you think you need because the paint drys darker than it looks. (In the second photo it shows the slight darker colors on the top).

      5. Take that mixed medium paint color and paint down the ornament.

      6. Peel the tape off.

      7. Once dry, add tape horizontally, in the same way you did vertically (center out, using the spacer tape.)

      8. Now paint across the ornament with the mixed medium paint. Let dry and this time leave the tape on after this step. 

      9. With the horizontal tape still on, place new tape in the exact same spot as the vertical tape you put on (step 3). 

      10. Next, it is time to paint the boxes your final color (my choice was black).

      11. Let dry to the touch and remove the tape to reveal your buffalo check pattern.

      12. Once dry, I take 220 grit sand paper to roughen it up a bit and make the little imperfections less noticeable. 

      After I am done sanding I like to take a tiny squirt bottle, spray the ornament and wipe off the dust with a paper towel.

      13. Next I cut my designs out of HTV and use my Cricut mini press to press on the designs. 

      I use medium heat, a teflon sheet, medium pressure, and move around the ornament for 3-5 second intervals. Checking between presses to see if I can lift the transfer paper. If I can't I repeat 3-5 second intervals until I can.

      14. Next is the greens. I take 6 pieces of greenery overlapping them in the center. (3 facing each way.) Then, use string to tie them together.

      I wrap the string around about 5-6 times and finish off with a knot. I also like to cut off the ugly ends of the greenery.

      15. Next put a little dab of hot glue on the back of the greens and place it on the ornament. 

      I like to use the something heat to hold it in place until the glue sets.

      16. Next is the bow, fold the bow like shown in the photo. Using a piece of string to tie around it keeping the bow shape. Cut the extra string off.

      17.Put a bit of glue on the back of your bow and place it on top of the greens. Cut the extra ribbon. 

      You made it, now show that ornament proudly on your Christmas tree!  

      Tag me on IG with your creation @kitaleigh.made and/or use the hashtag #makeitwithKitaleigh! I just cannot wait to see what you create!

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