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 buffalo check fall decor.  I hope you will “fall in love” with it!

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Buffalo Check sign on fall fireplace

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!  Angie from Postcards from the Ridge is hosting us today so be sure to swing by to see her beautiful 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 post for tons of fall decorating ideas!  Let’s get inspired!


Fall Ideas Tour

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 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 pumpkin

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.  If you don’t want to bother painting your own buffalo check pumpkins, these cute ones are a close match – at a great price!

Farmhouse Style Buffalo Check Fall Mantel

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

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


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  1. August 31, 2020 / 6:56 am

    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.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 7:59 am

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

  2. August 31, 2020 / 8:30 am

    I do like Buffalo check… black and white and every other color too! It is perfect on your mantel with the color of your brick.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 10:48 am

      Thank you! Yes, I love buffalo checks in all colors as well! Enjoy your day!

  3. August 31, 2020 / 8:35 am

    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!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 11:05 am

      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!

  4. Wendy
    August 31, 2020 / 10:01 am

    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.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 11:06 am

      Thanks Wendy! Painting the pumpkins was a fun little project!

  5. Rita Joy
    August 31, 2020 / 12:29 pm

    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.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 1:04 pm

      Thanks Rita! Glad to hear you are also a buffalo check fan too. Great touring with you!

  6. August 31, 2020 / 12:44 pm

    I love everything about your pretty mantel, especially the buffalo check pumpkins, so cute!!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 1:05 pm

      Awe, thanks Leen! I’m glad you liked how it turned out!

  7. August 31, 2020 / 12:49 pm

    Such a great idea to utilize a different sign. Love the check and DIY. Love your mantel. Very festive!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks Cindy! I’m always thrilled to find new uses for things. Thanks again!

  8. August 31, 2020 / 2:02 pm

    So cute & I love how you reused your sign!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 2:11 pm

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

  9. Julie Briones
    August 31, 2020 / 4:48 pm

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

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 9:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Julie! The traditional warm fall colors always seem right this time of year!

  10. August 31, 2020 / 5:15 pm

    Shelley – you are a genius! What a great way to make new art while preserving the original! Your fall mantel is just beautiful. We love the color and buffalo check so very much! So happy to hop with you!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 9:27 pm

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

  11. August 31, 2020 / 5:27 pm

    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.

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 9:29 pm

      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!

  12. August 31, 2020 / 7:11 pm

    Great minds think alike! Buffalo check is my accent for all my fall goodies this year. Your mantel is just beautiful!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 9:31 pm

      Yes, great minds do think alike…Buffalo check for the win! Thank you so much, Marty!

  13. August 31, 2020 / 9:42 pm

    It all came together so beautifully!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks so much, Cindy!

  14. August 31, 2020 / 10:09 pm

    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!

    • calypsointhecountry
      August 31, 2020 / 10:13 pm

      I’m glad you like it! Thanks so much, Debra! I never get tired of those buffalo checks…

  15. August 31, 2020 / 11:29 pm

    You had me at buffalo check! Love it!

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 1, 2020 / 11:13 am

      Thanks, Susan! They’re so perfect for fall, aren’t they?

  16. September 1, 2020 / 10:52 am


    This is so pretty! I love the fact that you used something you already had. I try to do that whenever possible too. Love the buffalo checks.

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 1, 2020 / 11:16 am

      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!

  17. September 1, 2020 / 11:14 am

    What a great idea for repurposing that sign! I love what you did with it and all of the rich colors that you used on your mantel!

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 1, 2020 / 11:54 am

      Thanks so much, Suzy! Rich colors always feel right to me this time of year!

  18. September 1, 2020 / 11:52 am

    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!

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 1, 2020 / 11:57 am

      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!

  19. September 1, 2020 / 4:17 pm

    Your mantel is just darling! I love buffalo check what you’ve done with yours is so clever, what a sweet backdrop.

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 1, 2020 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you so much, Laurie! I had fun creating it!

  20. September 2, 2020 / 2:48 am

    I love how you reused your sign Shelley! And I am loving the buffalo check for sure!

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 2, 2020 / 9:02 am

      Thanks Kim! I’m glad you like it!

  21. September 2, 2020 / 10:31 am

    I love it, Shelly! Buffalo check is my favorite for fall, and this is BRILLIANT!! I know of several signs I could switch up this way!!

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 2, 2020 / 11:22 am

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

  22. September 2, 2020 / 11:57 am

    I just love how you incorporated the buffalo check ans made a fresh, new sign for your mantel. Thanks for the ideas anad inspiration.

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 2, 2020 / 12:07 pm

      Thanks Meegan! It was an easy and fun project!

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 6, 2020 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks so much, Naush!

  23. Kristin
    September 6, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is such a great idea!!! I’m trying it! Thanks for sharing at Charming Homes & Gardens!

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 6, 2020 / 7:59 pm

      Thanks so much, Kristin!

  24. September 7, 2020 / 12:03 pm

    Shelley,Your fall mantel is so charming and I love your buffalo-check accents! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 7, 2020 / 3:42 pm

      Thanks so much, Cecilia! I never get tired of buffalo checks!

  25. September 8, 2020 / 11:08 pm

    You had me at buffalo check!! I love how everything just pops. And that sign is just adorable. Such a fun fall mantel!

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 9, 2020 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks Michelle! There’s always so much to decorate with in the fall!

  26. September 9, 2020 / 11:00 am

    Thank you so much for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 9, 2020 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks Marilyn!

  27. Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance
    September 10, 2020 / 11:19 am

    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!

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 10, 2020 / 11:48 am

      Oh thank you so much, Theresa! I feel honored that you featured my mantel! Thanks again and enjoy your day!

  28. Marilyn Lesniak
    September 12, 2020 / 3:36 pm

    Congratulations! Your post was my Most Clicked at #OverTheMoon this week. Visit me on Sunday evening and see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please be sure to leave your link number or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 12, 2020 / 4:09 pm

      Really? How exciting! Thanks so much, Marilyn – enjoy your weekend!

  29. September 16, 2020 / 3:51 pm

    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 🙂

    • calypsointhecountry
      September 16, 2020 / 4:05 pm

      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!

  30. October 2, 2020 / 5:19 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Embracing Home and Family! I love buffalo checks! I painted my dining room walls with them! #laboroflove

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