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11 Ways to Add Buffalo Plaid Christmas Decorations

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These 11 ways to add buffalo plaid Christmas decorations to your holiday home are simple AND inexpensive! You’ll be amazed at how your home is transformed!

Am I the only one who has a mad crush on all things buffalo plaid?

No? Good because you’ve come to the right place! For fall I added some touches of black and white plaid to my decor and just loved it!

Black and white check table runner with grateful plates

No sew table runner and buffalo plaid chargers

So this year I blended both black and white and red and black buffalo plaid together! There might have been a tiny mutiny when it came to decorating the Christmas tree but I stayed firm!

If you’ve been around here a minute or two you know I’m not a designer or decorator. Just a woman who loves Jesus and wants her home to reflect His love and beauty.

I’ll admit it takes a lot of courage at times to bare my home for all to see but my heart’s deepest desire is to encourage you to find what you love and GO FOR IT!

For me, that was all things buffalo check! I thought I’d give you a few ideas to get you started before I share my home tour in a few days.

Why is it called buffalo check?

One possibility is the name originated from the plaid patterns often seen on buffalo-hide blankets, while another theory claims that the name was given to the plaid pattern by Scottish immigrants who were reminded of the familiar tartan plaids of their homeland when they saw it on these blankets.

Call it buffalo check or buffalo plaid. Regardless, it’s a beautiful pattern to use at Christmastime especially!

What is the traditional Christmas plaid?

Plaid is a tartan fabric that is typically associated with Scotland. It is made with woven wool and typically has a checkered or striped pattern. Christmas plaid is red and green in color and often used to make Christmas decorations or clothing.

My personal favorites are red and black plaid and black and white plaid.

Is buffalo plaid only for Christmas time?

No, although I often see it used only at Christmas (and I love it for fall, too!) it’s a fabric that can be used whenever you want! There is no decorating rule that says you can’t use what you love whenever you want!

Buffalo check is so versatile, from sophisticated to farmhouse. It goes well with almost every home style and color scheme. My motto is always use what you love and makes you happy!

Can you use buffalo plaid year round?

Buffalo plaid is a timeless pattern in clothes that can be worn all year round. While it is often associated with Christmas, it can be worn during any season. Buffalo plaid is versatile and can be dressed up or down. It’s the perfect pattern for layering both in clothing and home decor.

I would suggest that if you use it year round maybe you use a smaller amount of the pattern. A little goes a long way!

Ways to add Buffalo Plaid Christmas Decorations

1. Make an easy Christmas wreath.

I love an easy hoop wreath and the buffalo check fabric I used with the ribbon just makes for a simple but inviting front door.

buffalo plaid DIY Christmas hoop wreath

DIY buffalo plaid Christmas hoop wreath

2. Layer buffalo plaid table runners.

Here’s a quick look at one year’s Christmas table.

buffalo check decorations on the Christmas table

I simply added a red plaid table runner on top of my fall basics and used all my Christmas pretties. A white cake plate holds a mixture of special ornaments .

3. Use a flannel sheet on your Christmas table.

Last year’s Christmas table uses the remnants of a flannel sheet thrown in the center. Add these rustic wooden plate chargers and you have the perfect blend of rustic farmhouse for a happy holiday season!

buffalo plaid table runner with blue decorations for Christmas

Rustic Christmas table decorations

4. Wrap your presents in buffalo plaid paper.

I make my after Christmas purchases of wrapping paper when I can save at least 50% or more! This pattern is perfect for wrapping gifts and I love the blend of aqua and red buffalo check. Maybe unusual but it makes me happy!

You can’t see if very well but instead of a traditional cloth tree skirt I used a wicker tree collar and I love it!

buffalo plaid Christmas decorations on the tree and packages

Rustic farmhouse Christmas decorations

5. Add texture with a buffalo check throw or a scarf.

Think about all the things you own that are the desired pattern. I love out of the box thinking like using scarves on a table or pillow covers over exiting pillows.

cozy cottage with buffalo plaid Christmas decorations

Cozy Cottage Christmas Decor

Red and green Christmas decorations in rustic living area
buffalo check pillows and scarf in a bench area

6. Make no sew pillows out of place mats.

This is one of my favorite ways to make pillows – the no sew way! Seriously, a little glue or hem tape and you’ve got the perfect way to add pattern to your home decor.

red and black buffalo plaid pillows and scarf on a bench

No sew place mat pillow

7. Outdoor buffalo check Christmas decor ideas.

I love to layer rugs and these beauties are my favorite (plus I had a helper when I was taking photos!)

buffalo check layered rugs and Christmas decorations by front door

Decorating outside for Christmas

8. Add premade bows.

If you’re not great at making bows (I’m not!) buy some already put together and make it easy on yourself!

rustic wood mantel with greener and red plaid bow for Christmas
red and black buffalo check bow on rustic wood vent hood

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9. Wrap a piece of fabric around the base of a miniature tree.

Even though my deck isn’t covered this little piece of fabric has lasted all season through cold and storms!

mini Christmas tree wrapped in black and white checked fabric outdoors

10. Use buffalo check ornaments and ribbon.

One year’s Christmas tree was a favorite, with both blue and red mingling together happily. The garland was made of red and black check ribbon with even a few plaid ornaments.

Red and blue Christmas tree with buffalo check accents

The next year’s tree used black and white buffalo check ribbon mixed with pops of red and blue. I’m glad I held my ground!

Black and white check ribbon on Christmas tree with red and blue ornaments

11. Buy or make a buffalo check banner.

I got this beauty on sale after Christmas one year and it gives the pop of color I love!

Merry Christmas banner in red and black buffalo check under a rustic mantel

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Do you love buffalo plaid at Christmas like I do? What’s your favorite way to add it in your decor?

Sources for my favorite Buffalo Plaid Christmas Decorations:

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Christmas Tree
Buffalo Plaid Ribbon
Pillow Covers
Large metal baskets 
(similar to the ones in the drop zone)
24″ Noble Fir Christmas wreath
6 Ft. Eucalyptus Garland
Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Throw
Black and white buffalo check rug
Red and black buffalo check doormat
Merry Christmas banner

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Decorations

These 11 ways to add buffalo plaid Christmas decorations to your holiday home are simple AND inexpensive! You'll be amazed at how your home is transformed!

Instructions
 

  • Make an easy Christmas wreath.
  • Layer buffalo plaid table runners.
  • Use a flannel sheet on your Christmas table.
  • Wrap your presents in buffalo plaid paper.
  • Add texture with a buffalo check throw or a scarf.
  • Make no sew pillows out of place mats.
  • Outdoor buffalo check Christmas decor ideas.
  • Add premade bows.
  • Wrap a piece of fabric around the base of a miniature tree.
  • Use buffalo check ornaments and ribbon.
  •  Buy or make a buffalo check banner.

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Christmas tree in evening decorated with black and white buffalo check and red and blue accents

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16 Comments

  1. I have a mad crush on Buffalo plaid too; I steal all my husbands shirts so I can wear it, but haven’t decorated too much with it. Love all your ideas.

  2. So many wonderful uses. The range hood one is my favorite. So pretty there. We have a wooden range hood and I’m getting some ideas. Thank you so much for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas.

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