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A Rustic Christmas Tree featuring Buffalo Check

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Welcome To The 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!!

We have 24 talented bloggers joining up to share their decorated Christmas Trees with us!  So grab a cup of your favorite beverage and get comfortable, because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas Tree Decor shared over the next two days. 

Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Michelle from Our Crafty Mom | Allison from Upright and Caffeinated

 Angela from Simply Beautiful By Angela  | Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate

Michelle from Weekend Craft   | Jeanie from Create and Babble

Cindy from County Road 407 | Erlene from My Pinterventures 

Jaclyn from The Dotted Nest   | Vicki from 2 Bees In A Pod 

Leanna from Faeries and Fauna  | Maria from Simple Nature Decor

Marie from The Inspiration Vault | Beverly from Across the Blvd.

Jenn from Loveland Lodge | Dru from Polka Dot Poplars

Melissa from Welcome To The Woods | Donna from Modern On Monticello

 Nancy from Adams And Elm Home |  Sam from Raggedy Bits

Shirley from Intelligent Domestications  | Wanda from From House To Home

Libbie from A Life Unfolding  |  Jaclyn from One Thousand Oaks  


In Canada it’s pretty standard to put your tree up after December 1, and bad form to put it up before Remembrance Day.  By now I think most people with faux trees have started decorating, or at least planning and shopping.  I hope this post inspires you I am sure there is going to be several trees in our blog hop to suit your decor. 

Rustic Tree featuring Buffalo Check

This year I am trying something very different for our holiday decorating.   Instead of glitz and sparkle, I am doing a more homespun look with birch branches, buffalo check plaid, and grain sack fabric.  I love the process but because of cost, I am reusing what existing ornaments I can, and making others.  More than ever this year I had to keep shopping to a minimum. 

A Farmhouse styled buffalo check Christmas tree

The DIY projects started with flocking the tree.  I love the way it turned out but wish I had purchased more flocking powder.   There’s always next year, right?  You can read about how to flock a tree here.

To create a focal point I placed a large church and a pretty red barn on the front of the tree.   Other years I have used reindeer,  or stuffed bears, or even signs.  It makes the tree a bit unique. 


A large ornament on the front of a Christmas tree decorating idea.


In Canada, red and black buffalo check is very traditional and much easier to find, but I chose black and white buffalo check because it’s lighter and brighter.  The days are very short here now, we get less than 8 hours of daylight.  You may notice it in the pictures.

The farmhouse theme is carried through using new white Christmas ornaments with different types of wagons and sleighs.  One decor rule I follow is to put at least six of each type of ornament.  I bought all the store had left, and just love them, I would have liked a few more.

All is Calm white Christmas Tree decorations . Farmhouse Christmas tree decorations with barns, and sayings.


When deciding what other kinds of DIY ornaments I could make for the tree,  I chose to avoid any more ornaments with lettering.  We have lots of Christmas signs with wording and I was afraid more lettering on the tree would be too much.  Instead, I made simple wood ornaments painted red to match the barn and added horse prints as horses are our favorite farmhouse animal.


DIY Farmhouse Christmas tree ornaments on a buffalo check Christmas tree.


The large black and white buffalo check ornament in the back of the photo is also a DIY ornament idea made using dollar store Christmas ornaments.

The tree was finished with birch bark snowflakes, red berries, and red ornaments balls and glittery white snowball ornaments that I had in our stash.

When I was little they would hoist me way up in the air, so I could pin two little birds to the top of the Christmas tree.  We always have at least two birds on our tree, up by the star.


Two red birds on a Christmas Tree


Finally, the new tree stand Hubs built with me.  The grain in the wood was too beautiful to cover up, so I just emphasized it with dark espresso stain.


A DIY Wood tree stand as part of a farmhouse Christmas tree.

Thank you for stopping by,  and have a great Christmas.

Now let’s check out the rest of the beautiful Christmas Trees!

A collection of beautiful Christmas tree ideas.


Elegant Christmas Tree With Blush And Metallics – Our Crafty Mom

My Family Christmas Tree – The Inspiration Vault

Four Traditional Christmas Tree – Intelligent Domestications

Blue and Silver Christmas Tree – 2 Bees In A Pod

A Christmas Tree Without Charisma – County Road 407

Rustic Christmas Tree Decor – Polka Dot Poplars

2018 Christmas Tree – Welcome To The Woods

Candy Themed Christmas Tree – Celebrate And Decorate

A Christmas Tree Filled With Memories – Across the Blvd.

Flocked Buffalo Check Christmas Tree – Weekend Craft

Christmas Tree – A Life Unfolding

 A collage of different Christmas tree ideas.


Elegant Christmas Tree With Blush And Metallics – Our Crafty Mom

Vintage Christmas – Upright And Caffeinated

The Perfect Christmas Tree For A Small Space – Create & Babble

Rustic Modern Christmas Tree- Modern On Monticello

Christmas Tree – Adams And Elm Home

Handcrafted Coastal Holiday Tree – Simple Nature Decor

A Rustic Christmas Tree Featuring Buffalo Check – Faeries And Fauna

Christmas Tree Blog Hop – Simply Beautiful By Angela

Plaid Christmas Tree Decorations – One Thousand Oaks

Blush, White and Black Christmas Tree – From House To Home

Farmhouse Bingo Vintage Clock Christmas Tree – Raggedy Bits

Tropical Ocean Christmas Tree – My Pinterventures

Simple Christmas Tree – The Dotted Nest

A Christmas tree decorated with buffalo check ribbon and DIY ornaments

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  1. What a beautiful tree! I use a lot of buffalo check as well so this caught my eye. FYI – I featured your post at this week’s Best of the Weekend Link Party! Stop over tonight to see the other features and link up your recent projects. Enjoy your weekend!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much for the feature. For sure I will pop over.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Michelle. I started doing the larger pieces a few years ago. Decorating a tree can be so fun, photographing them not so much.

  2. Hi Leanna! I keep seeing your tree on Pinterest and other places, and I had to click over. 🙂 It’s so beautiful and interesting! I love studying all of the details. I clicked over from Saturday Sharefest. Congrats on the feature!

  3. Leanna – your tree is absolutely beautiful! The twig star on top was the first thing I noticed and loved. I also like how you included things that reminded you of your childhood. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you I am glad you like them.

  4. I just love it and your Red Birds story is so sweet. I love that! You tree is gorgeous. Red paired with black and white buffalo check makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Your living room is so cozy with all of your gorgeous decor.
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    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Shirley, it’s funny the things we remember and create traditions from.

  5. Such a beautiful tree. It speaks to me and is just my style. I especially love the homemade ornaments. It adds such a personal touch.
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  6. I flocked my old grubby tree last year and it looked great when I pulled it out of the box this year. Yours looks great too! Love how you’ve decorated it and two thumbs up on your tree stand. Merry Christmas!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Cindy. I was curious about how the flocking holds up. I plan on respraying mine before putting it away. I am very glad to hear that they last well. The flocking looks nicer than the purchased ones because we can put it where we want it.

  7. You did an amazing job reusing and updating your tree. Red and black on a flocked tree always looks great.

  8. Leanna, I couldn’t wait to see your tree and it was even more magnificent than I thought it would be! There’d with the buffalo check is gorgeous and I loved that you flocked the tree. I’m on the hunt for one after Christmas. All your DIY Ornaments are so pretty and I love the horse in front. Thank you so much for participating and inspiring us with your talent.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Awww, my friend, you made my day!!! Thank you very much Michelle and thank you for arranging the tree hop.

  9. What a stunning tree. Buffalo is truly a pretty print. the whole room and tree blend well together. Great job. Maria

  10. Leanna…I love your buffalo check tree. The pops of red with the black and white are really pretty, and the tree stand is gorgeous!

  11. Leanna, your tree is so fun. I love anything rustic and at first glance the red, white and black color palette really stands out. All the lovely ornaments (my favorite are the little bird houses) work so well together.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Patti, rustic is a new look for me, but I am really having fun with it.

  12. Beautiful tree! Buffalo check is so popular right now – what a great idea to incorporate it on your tree. I love the flocking, too 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Buffalo check certainly is popular these days. I went into a gift shop I love a week ago and they had a whole bedroom display done in it. My version is DIY and a whole lot cheaper. Its a different look for our Christmas decor, but I like it.

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