DIY Buffalo Check Rag Garland – Easy and Affordable

DIY Buffalo Check rag garland

There are times when I look at a holiday item in the store and think, “I can make that myself for way less!”  Last week, I went to one of the largest craft stores and was ready to purchase Buffalo Check garland. Then, remembering what I’d recently seen at Dollar Tree, I knew I could make it even better and for a fraction of the cost. Enter my DIY Buffalo Check rag garland. Every supply I used I bought at Dollar Tree and I think it turned out beautifully. Here’s how to make your own. 

DIY Buffalo Check rag garland

Making holiday crafts this time of year is therapeutic for me. It’s a good way to zen out and focus on the task at hand. I’ve made Mickey Christmas ornaments and a DIY Hidden Mickey wreath in the past that I still use yearly. 

This holiday season, I really wanted to decorate in the Buffalo Check theme which is super trendy. And, knowing my love of making a craft for way less money than I could buy in the stores, I created this shabby chic rag garland for only $4. Yep, 4 bucks! 


DIY Buffalo Check rag garland supplies
Supplies you’ll need to make DIY Buffalo Check rag garland.

The supplies are super easy to find at Dollar Tree this time of year. Of course, feel free to customize with your own scarves and rope. My garland piece ended up at 4 1/2 feet in length. 


  • 3 Dollar Tree Fleece Scarves – I purchased 2 in black and white Buffalo Check and 1 plain black.
  • Rope or Twine – The style I used comes in 9 1/2 feet length. I cut mine to fit my mantle. 
  • A Pair of Scissors


DIY Buffalo Check Rag Garland Step by Step

DIY Buffalo Check rag garland tying knots in rags
Measure your rope and put a slip knot on both ends.

First, measure your rope to fit your mantle or space you’ll be hanging it on. 

Next, tie a slip knot on both ends and tighten as much as you can. 

DIY Buffalo Check rag garland strips
Cut strips one inch wide.

For the scarves – cut the yarn fringe off both ends and discard. Then, fold over the scarf longways and then again so you have four sections. Cut apart the folds so you have four separate pieces. Do this will all three scarves. 

Cut strips of fleece about an inch wide. I got 10 strips from each piece. 

Assembling The DIY Buffalo Check Garland

DIY Buffalo Check rag garland 4 and a half feet

Starting on one end, tie simple knots in each piece around the rope. I used the following pattern but you can customize any way you like:

Buffalo Check – Buffalo Check -Black

I squeezed my pieces tightly together to give it a fuller look, but you can determine how you like yours. I ended up with a 4 1/2 feet  long garland piece. 

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And that’s it! If you want to mix it up, but some burlap ribbon, cut strips, and tie onto the rope for a fun farmhouse look. 

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