If you’re looking for some chic and modern Christmas decor, look no further than this black and white plaid Christmas tree! This stylish tree will add a touch of sophistication to your holiday decorations.
I have a thing for the black and white buffalo check Christmas trees that have been popular the last couple of years.
So this year, I decided to use it as the theme for my living room Christmas tree.
However, since farmhouse isn’t really my style, my version will be a bit different than most of the other ones out there. A little less rustic and a little more glam.
So let’s get started!
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Here are all the ornaments I used to decorate the tree.
Of course, you don’t have to do the exact number or ornaments that I did.
But it will give you an idea of how many you need. (My tree is a slim 7-foot tree. If you have a larger one you will need more ornaments to fill it.)
- White Christmas tree – I think the black and white ornaments look really nice on a white (or flocked) tree. But a regular green one will work, too.
- 3 6-foot long black and white feather boas
- 30 feet of black and white plaid deco mesh
- 30 feet of black and white plaid ribbon
- 6 extra large (6-inch) black and white buffalo check ball ornaments
- 18 large (4-inch) black and white ornaments (not necessarily buffalo check)
- 9 long black and white ornaments
- 12 small (2-inch) plaid ball ornaments
- 6 extra-small (1-inch) buffalo check ball ornaments
- 12 plaid star ornaments
- 6 buffalo check poinsettias
- 12 black star ornaments
- 12 small (2-inch) black ornaments in matte, shiny and glitter finishes
- 12 small black and white bows
- large black and white plaid bow for the tree topper
- black glitter picks
- plaid tree skirt
Here are the ornaments. Some of the ones I used are no longer available so I have included other options you might use. (Click the images to go to the source).Shopr: No products to show.
How to decorate a black and white plaid Christmas tree
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to put it together.
1 | Add feather boas
The first step is to wrap the tree with feather boas.
I use them to fill in any big gaps in the tree.
And to add some a little extra texture and color.
But I will warn you. They do shed. So if that kind of thing bothers you, you may want to skip this step.
2 | Put on the deco mesh and ribbon
For this tree, I used a lot of deco mesh and ribbon.
They really set the black and white background for the rest of the ornaments.
Start with the deco mesh, pushing it into the tree and then allowing it to pouf out a bit before pushing it back in again.
If it won’t stay where you want it, you can wrap a branch around it to keep it in place.
I usually go on a diagonal starting from the top and work my way down.
When I get to the bottom, I cut it off. And then use smaller pieces to fill in any gaps.
Then do the same thing with the ribbon. To make it look more random, try not to have a “pouf” of ribbon that lines up directly above or below a “pouf” of the deco mesh.
3 | Hang large ornaments
Next hang the extra-large (6-inch) and large (4-inch) ornaments.
Push some of them into the tree while some of them are further out.
This adds more depth to the tree which makes it look more interesting.
4 | Put up long ornaments
Adding ornaments with different shapes is another way to make a Christmas tree look more interesting.
And I really like using long ornaments for this. They lead the eye down the tree which adds the illusion of movement.
5 | Add small plaid ornaments, stars and poinsettias
Since this is a black and white plaid tree, we need to add some more of that pattern.
Which is where all of the plaid balls, stars and poinsettias come in handy.
Even better? Most of these came from one set that I got from Amazon (HERE*), so I didn’t have to hunt all over the place to find them.
6 | Hang small black ornaments and stars
Next, I added some more black ornaments.
They add more contrast and really enhance the black and white details of all the other ornaments.
7 | Attach bows
Bows add another texture to the tree.
I found some little white ones with black edges that are perfect for this tree.
And they’re easy to put up. Just tie them to the end of the branches.
8 | Put up the tree topper
You know we’re almost finished when we get to the tree topper.
I used a big black and white plaid bow, which was also part of that plaid ornament package I mentioned above.
And it lights up! So it’s visible even when it’s dark.
9 | Add black picks
I always like to add some picks to Christmas trees since it’s yet another texture that’s totally different than anything else on the tree.
For this tree, I went with black glitter picks. Which I think are meant for Halloween but they look quite nice with all of our other black and white Christmas ornaments.
10 | Finish with a plaid tree skirt
The last step is to put down a tree skirt.
I found a white one with a plaid edge that I thought was perfect for this tree.
And that’s it! The tree is done.
The finished tree
I love the contrast in texture between the deco mesh, ribbon and the different kinds of ornaments.
And all of the black and white ornaments echo the striped fabric on the back of my shelves.
It looks so good that I covered the bottom of the shelves with curtains made from the same striped fabric as the top.
It definitely makes the whole area look much more cohesive.
I’m always amazed what a difference one small change can make!
In fact, I like the look so much I decided to do a few other trees and Christmas decorations, all using variations on the black and white color scheme.
See more of my black and white Christmas decor ideas.
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This post was originally published on December 8, 2022 but was updated with new content on November 11, 2023.