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DIY Christmas Ornaments in Black and Buffalo Plaid

Using Fabric to Create DIY Christmas Ornaments

This year our Christmas theme is all about buffalo plaid.   These large DIY Christmas ornaments are a simple way to place just a little bit of buffalo check throughout the tree.  So country and homespun looking.  These DIY  Christmas ornaments are made using large dollar store Christmas balls, but you can upcycle any old Christmas ornament balls you aren’t using.

Handmade DIY Christmas ornaments in Buffalo Check Plaid.

Tutorial for DIY Christmas Ornaments

Besides the Christmas balls, you will need a few simple supplies.

Buffalo check fabric,  2″ by 12″ wide.  Each ball uses  three strips

Macrame cord (dollar store cord is fine)

Hot glue gun

Mod Podge, and brush

Adding the Buffalo Check Fabric

Start by adding the fabric to the bottom 2/3 of the Christmas ornament.

Cut your fabric into two-inch strips,  snip the lower portion so that you can mold the fabric around the sphere shape of the Christmas ball.

A DIY Christmas ornament in buffalo check, cutting the fabric for making it.

Add mod podge to each strip with a brush.  Doing this on tin foil makes for easier cleanup.

Adding mod podge to buffalo check fabric on a DIY Christmas ornament.

Starting about 1/3 down the ball,  wrap the fabric around the Christmas ball with the snipped side towards the bottom.  Try and wrap it as evenly as possible.  You don’t have to be too fussy as the macrame cord portion will cover it.

Making a buffalo check DIY Christmas ornament.

Once you have the first strip on, match the pattern of the next strip to the one on the ball. It’s a good idea to make sure you do this before you make the snips in the lower section.

It’s quite easy to do.  The fabric is a bit stretchy allowing you to adjust the fabric so the pattern matches.

Aligning the pattern of buffalo check plaid fabric onto a DIY Christmas Ornament.

Once you get to the bottom of the ball, some of the squares won’t match perfectly  I had to trim the fabric in one place to realign the pattern.  Just snip out the excess, then line up the next square and continue.

Removing excess buffalo check fabric on a DIY Christmas ornament to realign the pattern.

Once you reach the bottom, cut a little circle to cover the very bottom of the ornament.

Adding a little patch to the bottom of a DIY Christmas tree ornament.

Adding the Macrame

Starting at the top of the Christmas ball add some hot glue,  wrap the cording around the Christmas ball gluing in the odd spot to hold the rows together.

DIY Christmas Ornaments with wrapped macrame cord tops.

You may end up with some strings of glue showing, and to get rid of them use a set of tweezers to pull them off and if too stubborn you can cover any remaining glue with a  Sharpie pen.

The simple red ornaments in the photo are done by skipping the fabric portion and just adding cord from the top to the bottom of the Christmas ornament and then cutting off the ends.

DIY Christmas Ornaments made from fabric and recycled Christmas balls.

Other Christmas Decoration Ideas

A large buffalo plaid Christmas tree with black and white buffalo plaid ribbon, and DIY buffalo plaid Christmas balls all an assortment of red and white Christmas ornaments

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree

I love how cheerful and bright this Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree turned out with the Buffalo Check Ornaments, ribbon and a wide assortment of red Christmas tree decorations. I was really excited when I found the white farmhouse signs with various barn and wagon designs on them. I don’t think I will ever tire of farmhouse themed decor for the holidays.


  1. Love this idea! I’m all about the buffalo check this Christmas and I have used a combination of red/black and black/white. These ornaments are so cute!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Right on Jenny. I need to keep popping over to your blog to see how you put it together.

  2. What a budget friendly way to create your own buffalo check ornaments. They look great are perfect for your tree.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Beverly. They were an easy way to put in little bits of buffalo check without overpowering the tree.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, the cording made it easier to keep the top and edging neat, and added the contrast I wanted.

  3. Your home is coming together so nicely with all the lovely DIY black & white buffalo check decor you’ve been making. What I especially love about these ornaments is that you can recycle old ones rather than throwing them out. Great tutorial too!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Marie. I am so looking forward to seeing your Christmas tree this year. I am curious about your traditions.

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