DIY Plaid Cutting Board Gift Idea

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Fall is here, and I'm excited to break out all of my plaid clothes and accessories! I have a plaid button up shirt, a skirt, and also a headband. When I close my eyes and imagine what my idea of fall fashion looks like, I can't help but see red and black plaid! With the holiday season on my mind, I've been thinking that it would be a cute gift idea to give someone a handmade, plaid cutting board--one side is left unpainted so it can be used as a regular cutting board, but then one side is decorated with holiday plaid and can serve as festive kitchen decor! Today, I'm sharing the tutorial on how I made this plaid gift item.

To make this holiday plaid wooden cutting board gift, you will need: a wooden cutting board, 2 shades of red paint (one darker), black paint, tape, a large brush, a small brush, a utility knife, and a straight edge (or ruler). 

The first thing I did was paint one side of the cutting board all over in the lighter shade of red paint. I painted two coats, let it dry entirely, and then I layered tape across the board to establish where I wanted the plaid pattern to be.

I like to physically layer the tape on top of the board before I start painting, because I can see how far up the cutting board I want the pattern to go. It also helps me visualize where I'll be painting each of my different layers.

For my first layer of stripes, I removed every other piece of tape and then painted the whole area in my darker shade of red paint. Just as before, I did two coats of the darker red paint and then let it fully dry. Once the paint was dry, I removed the tape to inspect the stripes. 

As you can see, there is a lighter and darker horizontal pattern right now. To do my vertical, black stripes to give it the plaid look, I layered my tape in the same way as before but I did it vertically instead of horizontally. I painted 2 layers of black paint, let it dry, and then I went back and did one final layer of tape horizontally (so that every other line had an extra, semi-opaque layer of red paint on top of the black paint).

This layering and painting technique is what gives it that lattice effect. The classic red and black lattice is what we often see when we see plaid patterns--and this DIY plaid cutting board gift idea is plaidtastic!

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