Black and White Plaid Buffalo Check Christmas Tree | 2015 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Black and White Plaid Buffalo Check Christmas Tree | 2015 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Black and White Plaid Buffalo Check Christmas Tree ~ 2015 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge #michaelsmakers
Once November arrives, I get pretty excited thinking about the last 8 weeks of the year.
Thanksgiving and Christmas, intimate gatherings and frivolous soirees, thoughtful gifts and selfless giving.

There are so many things to love about this time of year and for me it all begins
by filling our home with the magic of the season.

Black and White Plaid Buffalo Check Christmas Tree | 2015 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge
As a member of the Michaels Makers Blogging Team,
November marks the month of the Dream Tree Challenge.

Black and White Plaid Check Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this annual event – not to mention seeing the look of wonder and excitement in my little guys eyes during the process. It’s makes my heart happy.

Buffalo Checkered Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers
This year, each Michaels Maker received the Hartford Pine Pre-lit Christmas Tree to transform into their Dream Tree.

Black and White Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers
Going into the challenges, I really never have a dedicated theme in mind. Instead, the design of tree comes together based on special elements that catch my eye as I wonder the aisles of my local Michaels. This year it began with this black and white buffalo check ribbon.

Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers
The tree is a conglomeration of mixed plaids, cozy knits, stained wood, pinecones, feathers, monograms and of course a shimmer of silver and gold.

Buffalo Check Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers
One of the perks of setting up the tree early is having some extra time to make homemade ornaments.

Other than the mini gold bulbs, all of the ornaments on the tree are quick and easy ‘semi-handmade’ projects my little guy and I crafted with supplies from Michaels.

I’ll be sharing the details and tutorials for all of the ornaments next week.

Black and White Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers
We nestled the tree into a woven basket, just like last year.

Christmas Tree in a Basket #michaelsmakers
The how-to and tips on how we stabilize the base for added safety can be found here:
Easy Holiday Ornament Ideas

Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers
The basket gives the tree a cozy feel and adds a little height to the tree, leaving plenty of room for the gifts below.

Mixed Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas Rustic Plaid #michaelsmakers

Rustic Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers

Country Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers
I’ll be sharing the tutorial for these extra large handmade orbs next week. They are incredibly easy to make and an inexpensive way to fill in spaces on the tree.

Mixed Plaid Christmas Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Rustic Plaid Christmas Tree Ornaments #michaelsmakers
I’ll also be sharing more details on the plaid ornaments – which are handmade as well, using fabric from upcycled shirts.

Rustic Plaid Handmade Christmas Ornaments #michaelsmakers
Galvanized  3D Stars ~ with a diy touch of gold.

Natural Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers

Homemade Monogram Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Plaid Check Handmade Christmas Ornaments #michaelsmakers

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas #michaelsmakers

Mixed Rustic Plaid Fabric Christmas Tree Decor #michaelsmakers
We are so excited for the upcoming holiday season and I’m really looking forward to taking the time to enjoy all of the little things that make it so special.

Black and White Buffalo Check Plaid Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers
More details on the different the elements of the tree, along with the 10 ‘semi-handmade’ ornament tutorials will be posted soon!

2014 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Michaels Makers #michaelsmakers
2014 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Wooden Clothespin Ornament Tree - 2013 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge #michaelsmakers 2013 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge.

Michaels Makers Dream Tree Challenge #michaelsmakers

Black and White Plaid Buffalo Check Christmas Tree #michaelsmakers Dream Tree Challenge
Shop at MichaelsThis post is brought to you by Michaels . The opinions read here are entirely my own. Are you inspired to start decorating your own tree this year? Be sure to visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees that were created for this years challenge. If you’re just getting started on your holiday decor, be sure to also check out Michaels’ ornament projects and tutorials. And if your in the market for a new tree, now until November 14, all Christmas trees 6ft or taller ship for free on! – Happy Crafting!

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  1. So elegant. You and I must have a similar eye for beauty. Black and white with a splash of color is one of My top favorites in color combos. Your tree is lovely.Enjoy the blessings of Christmas -Denise

  2. I love the ribbon that sparked your whole theme. The whole tree is really pretty!

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    This is always one of my most treasured Christmas posts…..the much anticipated Stephanie Lynn Christmas Tree Challenge. Your inspiring ideas have danced their way across my Tree each year, have been used as gifts and have been requested by others for me to make for them just so they may have the same joy. It is the domino affect of your great gifts! Once again fab! Thanks and May you have a blessed holiday!

  4. Love your tree, and especially the buffalo plaid ribbon! Do you mind sharing how many rolls you used?

  5. Beautiful! So elegant.

  6. Love the tree, I LOVE black and white color combo. Can you tell me where you found your pillows, especially the larger one.


  7. I always love your trees. I love the fathers and twigs. Did you get both of those from Michaels? I donate a tree for our festival of trees and you always use a ornament or 2 you show on the tree. Don’t know what I would do without your blog!!!!!!

  8. I stumbled onto your blog and what a beautiful tumble it was!! This tree is just breathtaking!! Your photos are gorgeous and the ornaments are spectacular!! I just can’t say enough about it!! You have earned a new follower in me, and I can’t wait to go through this joyous season to see your decorating!! Happy Day!!!

  9. Love your tree! The simplicity of the colors make it both elegant and rustic at the same time – if that’s possible? LOL! It is lovely and I’ve pinned it for future inspiration!

  10. Love this black and white theme tree Stephanie, thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!


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