Neutral Buffalo Check Christmas Tree

I know I’m about a year late, but I’ve recently fallen in L-O-V-E with all things buffalo check. From pillows, to throw blankets, to flannels and scarves, I’ve found myself wanting to buy all things buffalo check lately. There’s just something so cozy about this print.

I think it’s that sense of “cozy meets classic” that inspired me to try to incorporate a little buffalo check into my Christmas tree this year. And when I found the perfect beige buffalo check ribbon at Michaels (not even in the Christmas section!), I instantly knew my plan.
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Our First Tree!

This year is extra exciting because we finally caved and got a new tree, instead of using my mom and dad’s original tree that they gave us when we moved in. We loved that small colorful tree, but something around the base broke last year and it wouldn’t stand up by itself anymore. #RIP

The new tree is a gorgeous pre-lit tree from Michaels and it was SO easy to set up, like less than 15 minutes to bring the tree from the box to lit up in the family room.
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Wrapping Paper Collection

After I had the ribbon and neutral ornaments picked out, I collected the wrapping paper (including more buffalo check!) from HomeGoods. As you guys already know, we’re big fans of choosing 2-5 semi-coordinated wrapping papers and using that collection to wrap all of our gifts under the tree. This little trick allows our presents to play double duty as functional decor under that gorgeous tree!
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Other Tips & Tricks

I added a few flocked branches into the tree to add a layered, full look to our new tree. In person these flocks blend in perfectly but for some reason the camera makes them look way too green. Weird, right?! Neutral Christmas Tree | DIY PlaybookI used gold, white, silver, and natural ornaments to add just a hint of glam to this cozy, buffalo-check tree.
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I also bought an extra flock of branches and cut off little pieces of this greenery to add onto some of the gifts. I love the simple look of the greenery paired with the ribbon and twine, such an easy alternative for those of us who aren’t amazing at making bows. (I’m still learning thanks to these instructions from Jan last year!!)
Neutral Christmas Tree | DIY PlaybookTo “tie” together the look of the tree and some of the gifts, I used some of the leftover ribbon from the tree on the gifts.Neutral Christmas Tree | DIY Playbook

Neutral Christmas Tree | DIY Playbook

Neutral Christmas Tree | DIY PlaybookOverall, I’m so excited about our first “official” Christmas tree and love how it flows with the decor of the rest of our home. Neutral, cozy, with mix of patterns is totally my jam and the fact that I can incorporate this look for the holidays is a win-win in my playbook!  Neutral Christmas Tree | DIY PlaybookNeutral Christmas Tree | DIY Playbook


Looking for more tree inspiration?! Make sure to check out Casey’s pretty & plaid tree hereNeutral Christmas Tree | DIY Playbook

The Year of Casey

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m a Chicago gal teaching you how to design, DIY, and maintain your home…by yourself! Learn more about me right here.