Buffalo Plaid Christmas Decor (Easy Red & Black Check Ideas)

Let me inspire you to decorate your home with classic and festive red and black check patterns this Christmas.

A buffalo plaid designed table for Christmas.

Bring comfort and joy to your home this holiday season with Buffalo Plaid Christmas Decor.

I want to show you just how effortlessly you can bring the spirit of the season into your home.

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A Little Background on Buffalo Plaid

Buffalo plaid is a checkerboard pattern, usually in black and red or white, and it goes with almost anything.

According to legend and the Scottish Tartan Authority, the pattern originated in Scotland, making its way to the U.S. around the 1800s by Jock McCluskey, who soon bought land and became a buffalo hunter.

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Jock imported blankets and shirts with the signature plaid pattern. He traded them to the Native Americans, who loved the deep red colors.

The blankets and shirts were sold for buffalo hides, so the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes called them “buffalo plaid,” thus creating the name we know so well today.

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Buffalo Plaid at Christmas

When it comes to Christmas decorations, buffalo plaid is everywhere!

At one time, this fabric invoked thoughts of lumberjacks and cabin life. But now, its traditional style has become an iconic symbol of a cozy winter.

Buffalo plaid has become an excellent choice for holiday decor for the home.

From cabin feels to modern chic, let’s check out all the ways to deck the halls with this timeless pattern. It will make your holiday decor both fun and surprisingly simple.

This trend always seems to stay in style, and today, we’ll explore plaid decor, from throws and pillows to presents and table settings and mantels to tree trimmings.

These distinctive decorating ideas will fill your home with a festive spirit and be fun to design.

I invite you to discover the art of easy decor with Buffalo Check and Red & Black Plaid.

Plaid Christmas Decorations

Here are buffalo plaid Christmas decor ideas to get you inspired and make your holiday decor fun and effortless.

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Holiday Bunting or Garland

Add a playful touch to your Christmas decor with a buffalo check bunting. Make it yourself!

For an eye-catching holiday accent, hang a swag bunting or garland above doorways, windows, or along your stairway.

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Wreaths, Baskets, and Swags

Give your front door a fun facelift with a buffalo check basket, wreath, or swag.

Then embellish it with plaid bows, ornaments, and ribbons for a homey and welcoming entrance.

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While some door decor is traditionally Christmas decorations, don’t let that stop you from hanging one up year-round.

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Plaid Gift Wrapping

Next, take the buffalo plaid theme to your holiday gift wrapping.

Dress up your presents in a red and black plaid paper, and top them with baubles from nature or coordinating ribbons and bows. Your gifts will look too pretty to open!

DIY Plaid Gnomes

Plaid Christmas Gnomes

And we can’t forget my friend Ruth’s DIY gnomes. They’re very festive and can be customized for any occasion.

For Christmas, get inspired by this Plaid Gnomes post and dress them in beautiful buffalo plaids.

Keep these for yourself, but they also make a great handmade gift.

Red and Black Christmas Decorations

If you need more ideas, Amazon has some great ready-made decorations for you to choose from.

Christmas Tree Garland
Farmhouse Throw Pillows
Buffalo Check Ornaments
Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Gift Bags
Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree Skirt

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Dining Room Ideas

Transform your dining area into a festive feast for the eyes by dressing up your table with Buffalo Check placemats, napkins, and table runners in the classic red and black grid pattern.

Combine this with fun plaid or elegant white dishes, then add a rustic centerpiece or candle holder for a cozy holiday ambiance.

Plaid Table Linens and Place Settings

Here are some of the great options:

Buffalo Check Plaid Tablecloth
Buffalo Check Plaid Table Runner
Gingham Plaid Check Dinner Napkin
Buffalo Check Placemats



Kitchen Linens

Hand towels and oven mitts make adding plaid to your kitchen easy without overwhelming it.

Find some of these items below.

Buffalo Check Kitchen Towels
Buffalo Check Potholder

Living Room Inspiration

Share the season’s warmth with your family and friends by draping Buffalo Check throws or blankets over your couches and chairs.

A bold plaid accent will add a touch of Christmas charm and keep your guests snug and comfortable during the chilly nights of holiday gatherings.

Buffalo Check Farmhouse Throw Blanket
Buffalo Check Throw Pillow Covers

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Blankets and Throws

Plaid Holiday Stockings

Give your fireplace mantel a classic twist by hanging red and black plaid patterned Christmas stockings. (affiliate link)

Then, personalize each stocking with the names of your family members and display them in a row for some old-fashioned flavor.

You can also make your own plaid DIY stockings. They make a super thoughtful gift. Then, stuff them with some special goodies for your recipient.

Find my DIY Christmas Stockings here. Just use a buffalo plaid fabric for a fun twist.

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Christmas Trees

Elevate your full-size or smaller decorative Christmas tree style by incorporating buffalo check into the tree skirt, tree holder, or container.

This pop of color gives your tree a fun theme to play with and also creates a bold focal point for your room.

You can also make your own Christmas tree bow with buffalo plaid fabric. I show you how this blog post.

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Throw Pillows

Trade out your everyday throw pillows with buffalo plaid versions to instantly add holiday spirit to your living space.

Mix and match various plaid and check patterns and sizes to create a lively, cozy, inviting room.

Try these easy, no-sew DIY Christmas Pillow Covers for a DIY option. They are super simple and customizable; you could use buffalo plaid fabric for your design.

Year Round Plaid Decor

Buffalo check doesn’t have to be exclusive to Christmas; it can add fun to home decor any time of the year.

Weave it into wall coverings, floor decor, pillows, and ottomans.

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I hope you are inspired to add some PLAID! Have fun decking the halls with buffalo check this holiday season.

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