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How to Make Cute Handmade Ornaments You’ll Love for Cheap!

Learn how to make buffalo plaid handmade ornaments from scrap wood, fabric, and appliques.  Perfect to add to your buffalo plaid Christmas decor!

Every Black Friday, my family decorates our house for Christmas.  We crank up the holiday music, remove box after box from the attic, and being a person that doesn’t like change, we arrange all the decorations in the same places.  We even have boxes labeled with what rooms everything goes in.

After living in our home for 14 years, I am reluctantly facing my fear of change… and let me tell you, I’m loving it!  I have made a ton of new Christmas decorations that make me smile every time I look at them.

Last year I went crazy flocking all the faux Christmas greenery and this year I am adding buffalo check decor to the mix.  My newly flocked thrift store tree was begging for some ornaments, so I grabbed some scrap wood and fabric and whipped up these easy handmade ornaments.

You are in luck because this tutorial is part of the Creative Christmas Challenge hosted by Remodelaholic, so you’ll get a ton more inspiration of more DIY holiday projects at the end of the post (plus a whole playlist!!)

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I know not all of you own a Cricut (click here to find out what it can do!), so I will be showing you how to make buffalo plaid ornaments with and without a cutting machine.

Materials Needed for Handmade Ornaments

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2 Easy Ways to Make Buffalo Plaid Christmas Ornaments

Make sure to watch the video at the bottom of the post to see how I made both of these wood handmade ornaments.  However, if you like written down steps, I have step by step directions too.

Using Iron On Appliques on DIY Ornaments 

  1. Grab a piece of whatever size scrap wood you have or cut a 1×4 into 2-4 inch sections (depending on how big you want them)
  2. Sand the edges of the wood if needed
  3. Cut a piece of fabric the same size as your woodmaking buffalo plaid christmas ornaments
  4. Follow the directions on the applique pack to iron it on the fabric.  (Alternatively, you can iron-on heat transfer vinyl instead of appliques)christmas appliques for ornaments
  5. Follow directions from #4 on below.

Handmade Ornaments With a Cricut or other cutting machine:

  1. Grab a piece of whatever size scrap wood you have or cut a 1×4 into 2-4 inch sections (depending on how big you want them)
  2. Sand the edges of the wood if needed
  3. Cut a piece of fabric the same size as your wood
  4. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the wood.handmade wood ornaments using mod podge
  5. Lay the fabric on the wood and smooth it down with your fingers.buffalo plaid fabric on handmade ornaments
  6. Apply a little Mod Podge to the edges to seal them dry.  Let the whole thing to make ornaments out of wood and fabric
  7. Paint the sides and back of wood with acrylic or chalk paint.  Let the paint dry.
  8. Apply a vinyl decal to the fabric and press it down firmly.
  9. Add a screw eye to the top of the woodblock to hang from.
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Embellish with a bow or leave how it is!

Here is a quick video on how I made these handmade ornaments.  Make sure to click on the playlist at the end of the video to check out all the other amazing DIY projects!

FREE Christmas SVG and PNG cut files

These files are for personal use only!

Here are a few cute Christmas SVG files you can download and cut out with a Cricut.  OR you can always print out the PNG file on colored paper, cut them out and mod podge onto the fabric.

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The buffalo check handmade ornaments now fit perfectly in with all the other buffalo decor I have in the room.  Get directions on how to make buffalo plaid pillows, DIY stocking, and how to paint a buffalo check tray by clicking on each individual purple link.

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Here are your printable directions!

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How to Make Cute Handmade Ornaments You'll Love for Cheap!

Active Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make buffalo plaid handmade ornaments from scrap wood, fabric, and appliques.




  1. Cut a piece of fabric the same size as wood piece.
  2. If using iron-on applique, iron it on first according to package instructions. If using vinyl, skip this step.
  3. Brush a layer of mod podge onto wood.
  4. Add fabric and smooth it down with fingers.
  5. Brush mod podge on edges to seal them down. Let dry.
  6. Paint edges and back of wood. Let dry.
  7. If using vinyl, apply to fabric once it's dry.
  8. Screw in screw eye at top of wood.
  9. Embellish!


Scrap wood and fabric are perfect for this project! You could easily make as many ornaments as you have appliques for.

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  1. I love the buffalo check Christmas decor trend and your ornaments are perfect, Amy! Easy to make and look great 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    I like the 2 different methods for making these cute ornaments, and that buffalo check is perfect!

  3. Sarah says:

    These are so sweet. Such a fun project!

  4. These turned out so cute, Amy! Thanks for joining Creative Christmas!

  5. Michelle says:

    I’m obsessed with buffalo plaid & love, love these ornaments!

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