How to Decorate for Fall {On A Budget}

Hello there!  How is your September going?  Can you believe it’s more than half over?  I sure can’t.

If you are a bit of a procrastinator like I am, you are probably just now thinking about getting your home decked out for fall.  And if you are on any kind of budget, like me, you probably don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on seasonal decorating.When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

Well, you’re in luck!

Today I am continuing the series “How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget” with my top tips for thrifty fall decorating.  I’m going to share the best strategies for decorating on a budget, as well as project inspiration from other great bloggers.

Thus far I have shared some very simple and inexpensive projects with you as part of this series: the $1 pumpkin candleholder/placeholder, a versatile chalkboard banner with vintage charm, super easy fabric pumpkins, and a set of free printables (more to come!).

Ready to fill your home with autumn beauty for just a few dollars?  Here we go!

What to decorate:

Create lovely fall vignettes on your:

Mantel

Coffee Table

Buffet or Console table

Front Porch

Dining Table

For tips on decorating these items you can check out the following great tutorials: How to decorate a buffet and How to decorate a mantel.  For more ideas and tutorials see my Pinterest board “How to DIY decorate” here.

How to decorate:

1. Use what you have

I have listed this tip as #1 because it is where you are going to get the most bang for your buck (that is $0)!  Reusing or repurposing items you already have is the ultimate in thrifty decorating.  This is something I already do throughout the year;  I am always moving things around and rearranging my decor.  I guess I just get bored with the way things look.

But when it comes time for seasonal decorating, this is the perfect opportunity to reimagine your existing items.

Here’s an example:  Let’s say you want to decorate your mantel for fall.  The way this works best for me is if I take everything down and start with a blank slate.  Put everything in one place, say the dining room table.

Gather items from other areas of your home that you think you might want to use and put them on the table as well.  This way you can see everything you have to work with and pull from there as you layer your “new” mantel.When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

Almost all of the items I used in our fall mantel were things I had on hand or made, with the exception of the pumpkins and the mums.

2. Shop the thrift stores & dollar stores

Some great items you can get at thrift stores and dollar stores are old picture frames, vases, candleholders, old books, fake pumpkins, faux leaves and pinecones, and plastic containers that can be painted.  I especially like these copper painted planters made from plastic dollar store buckets from Liz Marie Blog.When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

These painted dollar store pumpkins spelling out the word “thanks” from A Diamond in the Stuff are super cute as well.When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

Or how about this colorful fall wreath made from dollar store items by House of Hepworths?When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

3. Use natural elements

The best natural elements for fall are pumpkins, apples, squash, fall plants such as mums, dried flowers, sticks and branches, leaves, berries, pinecones, acorns, and reclaimed wood items.    Here are some examples of using natural elements for fall decor.

I used some small pumpkins, butternut squash from the garden, dried hydrangeas from the garden, some tree branches from our kindling pile, and an inexpensive orange mum in a galvanized container.When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

The reason I love wood for fall is because it lends a rustic touch that feels appropriate for autumn, and I think it really complements the warm yellows, oranges, and reds of the  season.  Here I used a DIY reclaimed wood mount for my leaf prints (free prints and wood mount tutorial to come!).When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

4. DIY projects and crafts

Do-it-yourself projects and crafts are definitely the best way to obtain new decor on a budget.  The options are endless but a few simple projects you could make for fall include wreaths, banners, pumpkins, pillow covers, and crocheted items such as the blanket above that I crocheted last fall.

Here’s a gorgeous DIY wreath with felt flowers from Crafting Mom.

When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

 

Love this vintage inspired “pumpkins, apples, hayrides” wood sign.  Get the free template and tutorial from Ella Claire Inspired.

When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

These DIY twig candleholders are adorable.  See them at Its Kriativ.

When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

And here’s a little sneak peak of another fall craft I will be sharing tomorrow.When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

And for some more of my fall DIY projects: the $1 pumpkin candleholder/placeholder, a versatile chalkboard banner with vintage charm, super easy fabric pumpkins.

5. Free printables

There are SO many options for free printables these days.  Just do a Pinterest search for free fall printables and you will see.  I have created a few as well; below is my “Autumn Blessings” printable set.When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

These fall leaf prints will be available for download this week.

When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

And if you love chalkboard printables, stay tuned for a fall-themed series of free fall chalkboard prints!

Here are some others I really like:

Mason jar and branches from On Sutton Place

When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

From The Pleated Poppy

When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

Fall is Fabulous by Tomkat StudioWhen you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

6. Vintage Items

I LOVE to decorate with vintage items!  But I love it even more for fall.  Old books, galvanized buckets, vintage mason jars, vintage scales, or any vintage item you love will  give your fall decor extra charm!

Here I used vintage mason jars filled with acorns and vintage book pages and a vintage galvanized bucket filled with dried flowers.When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

Vintage touches on the beautiful fall porch from Our Vintage Home Love include an old ladder, metal bucket, and a strip of burlap sack used to hang the wreath.

When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

Lovely fall mantel filled with vintage items from Craftberry Bush.When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! 1. Use what you have 2. Shop thrift stores & dollar stores...

I hope this post has been helpful and inspires you to create some autumn beauty in your home, even if you are on a budget!  What kinds of things do you do to decorate on a budget?

 

From my {domestic} ♥ to yours,

Shelly


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