Buffalo Check Inspired Fall Decor (for the Mantel)

Do you love buffalo checks?  Well, I can’t get enough of them…especially in the fall.  So today, I’m sharing my fireplace mantel all dressed up with black and white buffalo check fall decor.  I hope you will “fall in love” with it!

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Before I get started on my fall mantel details, I’d like to announce that I’m joining a group of 20 other bloggers for a Fall Ideas Tour!  Today, my group is sharing mantel decorating ideas.  So, when you’re done here, be sure to visit the other blogs on the list to see all the beautiful fall mantels!

Fall Ideas Tour:

Come get inspired by all our fall decorating ideas!

Fall Ideas Tour collage of mantels, tablescapes, and more

First, I’d like to thank Angie from Postcards from the Ridge who is hosting us today.  So, be sure to swing by to see her beautiful fall tiered tray.  If you are just arriving from Thistle Key Lane…Welcome!  I’m sure you loved Michelle’s gorgeous fall mantel as much as I did!  Also remember to visit the rest of the bloggers listed at the end of this blog post for tons of fall decorating ideas!  Let’s get inspired!

Fall Mantel Decorated with Buffalo Checks:

Buffalo Check sign on fall fireplace with fall garland and velvet pumpkins


Finding Fall Decor Inspiration:

Whenever I’m trying to find inspiration for a decorating project, I like to take a look around my house to see what I can reuse. 

Since I happened to have some black and white buffalo check fabric laying around, I decided I would try to create a background with it somehow.  Then I came across this winter sign that I used to decorate a Christmas mantel years ago...

Framed sign and foam board - diy mantel decor

Suddenly, my wheels started turning and I decided to cover the winter sign with the buffalo check fabric.  This way, I would have a nice frame around the black buffalo check decor.  Since I didn’t want to damage the sign by attaching the fabric directly to it, I decided to wrap a piece of foam board with the fabric.

Super Easy Buffalo Check DIY Project:

Basically, I cut the foam board to size and then wrapped it like a present. 

To keep the fabric secure, I used packing tape.

Buffalo check fabric wrapped around foam board

Then, I simply flipped over the buffalo check board and pressed it into the frame.  Easiest DIY ever!

Buffalo Check Fall Decorating

Since I had recently picked up this cute, “Fall in Love” hanging sign, I hung that in front of the buffalo check frame…

Buffalo Check Inspired Fall Mantel

similar faux bittersweetsimilar velvet pumpkinssimilar fall signanother fall sign

From there, I added some artificial bittersweet and some velvet pumpkins.  Even though I tend to decorate my mantel in a simple style, I felt like this year’s fall mantel still needed something more.

Buffalo Check Fall Decor for the Mantel:

Since I think more is better when it comes to buffalo checks, I decided to paint some mini pumpkins to coordinate with my framed buffalo check fabric. 

Luckily, I found two white pumpkins in my craft stash that were the perfect size to paint small checks.  After all, I thought the scale of the buffalo check pumpkins should be smaller than the checks in the frame.  In my opinion, varying check size makes the display more interesting.  To see all the details on how I painted my pumpkins, read my easy pumpkin painting tutorial.

If you don’t want to bother painting your own buffalo check pumpkins, these cute ones have a similar look – at a great price!

Farmhouse Style Buffalo Check Fall Mantel

similar fall garland similar buffalo check pumpkins

On the day I bought the “Fall in Love” sign, I also picked up this fall garland.  It was on sale and I figured I could always use another garland…

Buffalo Check Decor on Fall Fireplace Mantel

similar black candlesticks

From there, I mixed in my “old standby” black candlesticks and some white candles…and basically I was done!

Rustic Stone Fireplace with Buffalo Check Fall Decor

Hopefully, my buffalo check fall mantel inspired you to start decorating for fall!  After all, it will be here before we know it!

Once again, thank you Angie from Postcards from the Ridge for hosting this wonderful Fall Ideas Tour!

Please visit the rest of the participants on the Fall Ideas Tour from the list below.  If you are following along in order, Virginia Sweet Pea is next.  Paula has such a gorgeous fireplace so I’m sure you are going to love her fall mantel!…

Fall Ideas Tour Collage


Fall Mantel Decor Ideas




Fall Tablescape Decor Ideas


Fall Porch and Deck Decor Ideas


Fall Tiered Tray Decor Ideas


Fall DIY Crafts


Will there be buffalo checks on your mantel this fall?


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  1. Shelley you mantel is so pretty. I love the buffalo check and the way you re-used an old print to create it. I looks so great with the sign, garland and of course, bittersweet always looks so great during fall.

    1. Thanks so much, Patti! Yes, I do love decorating with buffalo checks… I’m glad you liked how it all turned out!

  2. Smart updated with the buffalo check fabric Shelley and I love those painted pumpkins as well. I don’t think I have ever mentioned it but I love your stone fireplace and all those dark rich colors! So pretty my friend!

    1. Thanks Michelle! I can never have enough buffalo checks! And I’m happy to hear you like my stone fireplace. Originally, I wanted to go a little lighter on the stone but I had to compromise with my husband…every now and then he has to get involved in our decorating decisions!

  3. I am so impressed that you painted buffalo check on the pumpkins! And what a great way to repurpose what you have to make a beautiful sign. I love how your mantel turned out.

  4. I love your clever way of using fabric in a picture frame! I, too, am a fan of buffalo check. And paired with a vintage truck picture? It’s perfect! Thanks for being a part of the fall decor ideas tour.

    1. Thanks Maryann! Gotta save money somewhere so I can buy other fun things – ha! Enjoy your day!

  5. I am LOVING the burnt orange and black buffalo check, Shelley! Great combo, and everything looks lovely together! Pinned!

    1. Thank you…always fun to repurpose isn’t it? Glad you liked the mantel. Great hopping with you too!

  6. Your mantel looks so pretty decked out for fall. You were super smart to think of covering foam board with buffalo check fabric so that you wouldn’t damage your sign. Like everyone else, I love buffalo check and your mantel looks so good decorated with it along with your pumpkins, garland, and Bittersweet.

    1. Thank you, Paula! It’s always nice to know you can reuse something again. Yes, buffalo checks are always fun! Great hopping with you again, friend!

  7. LOVE your mantel Shelley, so cute and so smart to use the foam board! Black/white Buffalo check is so fun for Fall and Christmas, and your painted check pumpkins are just adorable!

    1. Thanks, Angie! With all the basement cleaning I’ve been doing lately, I’ve uncovered a gold mine – lol! Thanks again for hosting this wonderful fall tour!

  8. Hi Shelley, I thought it was so clever of you to wrap a piece of foam to fit inside the frame!!! I will have to remember that trick! It makes a great background for that cute truck sign! And painting the 2 small pumpkins with buffalo check was the perfect touch!

    1. Thanks Jane! The frame was the perfect size for what I envisioned. Plus, an “easy DIY” is just about my speed! lol… I’m glad you liked it!

    1. Thanks, Julie! This sign worked out well because it had a deep frame. I might re-purpose it again for Christmas!

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  10. Shelly, I Love the way your Mantel turned out! Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing at the TFT party! I’m featuring you this week at the party! Pinned and shared! Happy Thursday!

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  12. I’ve been trying to get back and see how you created your buffalo check project. This is really cute and a project that now has my frugal wheels turning 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Rachelle! I just happened to post the instructions on my first Jumprope app today! Feel free to check it out if you use that app. Thanks again!

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