These DIY buffalo plaid ornaments could not be any easier to make! Learn how to make your own and make a bunch of them in minutes. Y’all, I think I finally did it! I created the easiest craft you can ever make. I’m serious. Making handmade ornaments doesn’t get any easier than this. Literally, three supplies are all you need to create a super cute DIY ornament for your holiday decor!
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Plaid Ornaments For BeginnersThis craft is perfect for anyone that wants to do a craft project but doesn’t know anything about arts and crafts. Children and people who have never picked up a pair of scissors can all make this craft.
The Best Plaid Fabric For OrnamentsHonestly, any plaid fabric will work for this ornament. I do have a few tips to help you out if you plan to do a few extra things with it.
- If you want to embroider the plaid fabric, it might be best to use a flannel or other lighter-weight fabric.
- If you are just going to add the fabric to the hoop without any extra flourishes or additions, you can use fleece or any fabrics that you like.
Where To Find Cheap Plaid Fabric
Don’t pay full price for expensive plaid fabric unless you really want to. There are so many better options that will save you money!
My favorite place to shop is the dollar store. Browse and look for cheap plaid fabric napkins or towels. They usually have a few you can choose from.
If you can’t find any there, go to the thrift or second-hand store like Goodwill. They sometimes have old sweaters, tablecloths, or incomplete cloth napkin sets. Since all you are doing is cutting them up and putting them in the hoop, you don’t need the complete set.
The best part about choosing a variety of different textures and fabrics if you are making these with a group of friends is that everyone can sort through them and pick out their favorites.
How To Personalize The Ornaments
In my tutorial, I will show you how to make the most basic version of this ornament. You can totally stop there and be done with it. Just for fun, there are also a few ways you can add a few personalized touches to make your ornaments stand out. I’ll share all the ideas that came to me, even though I don’t personally own a vinyl cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette Cameo.
- Fabric/Paint Markers – Pay close attention to the color of your fabric and use fabric or paint pens to write the date, your monogram, or anything else on it (like JOY). This is a tough option because lots of plaid fabrics are very bold and dark, so you’ll need a white marker or something else that will stand out.
- Vinyl Application – I don’t own one, but if you do, print and apply a vinyl cutout. You can literally print and make it say whatever you want if you own one.
- Iron-On Transfer – If you don’t own a vinyl cutting machine, this is another option. Print out the year or your monogram on iron-on transfer on your printer.
- Buttons – Either glue the buttons to your ornament or sew them to the fabric. This is a really cute way to add rustic charm and make your ornament stand out.
- Embroidery – Do you own an embroidery machine or know how to embroider by hand? This is the perfect way to make your ornament look stunning because the thread will pop off the plaid fabric.
- DIY Laminated Tag With Tape – Another way to personalize your ornament is to attach a laminated gift tag. This is super easy! Just print out the date or monogram or design of your choice. Then, use packaging tape for a DIY lamination. Add a hole punch to the corner of it and attach it to the ornament.
Hanging Options For Plaid Christmas Options
I used a simple ribbon with an easy bow to hang up my ornament on my tree. Be creative and use the colors and fabrics that you love. If you want a rustic look, use a few inches of burlap tied in a loop. You can also tie some twine together for a hanger too.
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What size embroidery hoop is best?
If you are going to buy the embroidery hoop online without looking at it first, I suggest buying one that is 11cm (4 inches) or smaller. Anything larger will look really obtrusive on the tree.
Buffalo Plaid Ornaments Video
This is such a simple craft, but I had fun making a video for you. The full tutorial is in the video below.
Here is the final ornament that literally took me 5 minutes or less to make! These make terrific gifts or even gift embellishments, too!
Buffalo Plaid Ornaments
- hot glue gun
- 1 embroidery hoop 8 cm/4 inches or smaller
- 1 piece plaid fabric
- 1 piece Christmas embellishment
- 6 inches ribbon
- Lay your fabric inside embroidery hoop.
- Close the hoop around the fabric, pulling the fabric tight.
- Trim the excess fabric off of the embroidery hoop.
- Glue embellishments on the fabric.
- Tie ribbon in a large hoop on top of the embroidery hoop.
More Christmas Crafts
There are so many fun crafts you can make this holiday season. Here are a few more of my favorites.
- Tissue Paper Gift Bow – Add some pizzazz to your gift wrapping with this easy tissue paper bow.
- Dollar Tree Decorated Christmas Tree – Check out how to decorate an entire tree for under $50!
- Movie Theater Theme Tree – This is a fun way to decorate your Christmas tree, especially if your family loves the movies!