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Decorating a Christmas Tree in Buffalo Plaid

Decorating a Christmas tree in black and white buffalo plaid is such a trendy farmhouse theme, plaid is always one of my favorite patterns so was excited to decorate with it. Wanting to look for different ideas on decorating a buffalo plaid Christmas tree? Welcome to Our Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop!! Today were sharing all kinds of ideas on Christmas tree decorating and I hope you love my buffalo check Christmas tree. You will see all the other on Christmas tree decorating styles after my decorated Christmas tree.  

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree

This year I am trying something very different for our holiday decorating.   Instead of glitz and sparkle, I am doing a more rustic farmhouse look with birch branches, buffalo plaid ribbon, and grain sack dollar store ornaments.  I love the process but because of cost, I am reusing what existing ornaments I can, and making others. 

A large Christmas tree decorated in plaid and pretty farmhouse decorations.

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.

What Colours Go Well with Black and White Buffalo Plaid?

Black and white buffalo plaid is surprising easy to pair with other colours. Personally I enjoy using buffalo plaid with red, green, white, and neutral beige. Think of Christmas decor DIY options like brown paper Christmas wrapped gifts, or adding wood ornaments like snowflakes,.

To make a Christmas tree look designer elegant I like to create a focal point. This year I placed a large church and a pretty farmhouse red barn on the front of the tree.   Other years I have used reindeer,  or stuffed bears, or even signs.  It makes you tree look fancy designer, and you can use other Christmas decor you have in your collection.

A large red wooden church and a large red barn Christmas tree ornament used as a focul point on a Christmas tree to make the tree more elegant.

In Canada, red and black buffalo plaid is very traditional and much easier to find, but I chose black and white buffalo plaid 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 barns and sleighs.  One decor rule I follow is to put at least six of each type of christmas tree ornament.  I bought all the store had left, and love them I would have liked a few more.

A large farmhouse Christmas tree ornament with a barn on it, and a white wooden stair. Both are part of a Decorated Buffalo Plaid Christmas tree

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. Red, soft browns, and green all go very well with buffalo plaid.

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

Buffalo Plaid Tree Ornaments

The large black and white buffalo plaid ornament in the back of the photo is also a DIY ornament idea made using dollar store Christmas ornaments. Beside the buffalo plaid ornaments I created these sleigh ride christmas tree ornaments starting with dollar store supplies.

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

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.

Christmas tree decorating ideas with red birds, white farmhouse stars and a farmhouse sign Christmas ornament with a red barn on it. In the background their is a flocked Christmas tree and buffalo plaid ribbon.

Finally, the new Christmas 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 handmade wooden tree box in dark stain. There is a farmhouse horse ornament and a Christmas tree in the background

Thank you for stopping by,  and have a great Christmas. I hope your holidays are the best, I cannot wait until the family starts to arrive.

Christmas Tree Blog Hop

Now let’s check out all the other beautiful ideas on christmas tree decorating!

A collection of beautiful Christmas tree ideas.

Elegant Christmas Tree With Blush And Metallics – Our Crafty Mom

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

Flocked Buffalo Check Christmas Tree – Weekend Craft

A collage of different Christmas tree ideas.

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

Christmas Tree Blog Hop – Simply Beautiful By Angela

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

Tropical Ocean Christmas Tree – My Pinterventures

A collage of Christmas tree decorating ideas in red, black, white, and natural brown.

If your looking for more Christmas tree inspiration I have created a new Christmas Tree board on Pinterest. This board is where I collect all the Christmas trees that inspire me.


  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.

    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.

  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.

  13. The tree is so lovely. I know you worked so hard on it and it shows. It has a beautiful presence.

  14. I’ve been looking forward to seeing your tree all decked out! It’s gorgeous, Leanna! I love all of the diy touches you’ve created for it. It’s so festive!

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