So today, I wanted to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve used to add fun fall pieces to my stash over the years. Ultimately it takes a little patience and doing little by little every year.
How to decorate for fall on a budget
Tip #1 Shop Your House
My very first tip is to use what you already own. Simply rearranging your main décor areas can really freshen things up for a new season. Candles, mirrors, baskets, and lanterns are great classic pieces that you can move from room to room fairly easy. You never know what fun combination you may come up with by just trying things here and there.
Tip #2 Embrace Creativity
The second tip is to be creative. Burlap has become a classic fall staple. You can grab a yard from your local store for just a few dollars. Cutting it into triangles and using some craft paint to paint letters is a great way to make your own fall banner.
Know someone who owns a Silhouette or Cricut? See if you could snag some vinyl letters to make a simple “thankful” sign from some scrap lumber.
Tip #3 Fall Flea Market Finds
Snag some fun pieces from yard sales. Fall is a great time to find many yard sales and antique shows. This is a great way to find buckets, crates, and bowls. Then, simply add some fall florals to it to make a perfect fall bouquet.
Tip #4 Family Hand-Me-Downs
Raid your grandmother’s old decor stash. What’s one mans trash, is another man’s treasure. Eventually one day we will have piles and piles of décor junk that simply find their way to the back of a closet. But for those of us just getting started, using this resource is an excellent way to add to your personal pile. I came home with bags upon bags of fall florals. Don’t be afraid to take things apart and repurpose. See the centerpiece above? The filler I have in my dough bowls consisted of a cornucopia’s guts and a baggie with a cute scarecrow on the front. I took both apart and used the florals and the pumpkins and gourds to fill up the bowl. Hand-me-downs are a memorable way to decorate for fall on a budget.
Tip #5 Dollar Tree!
Tip #5 in how to decorate for fall on a budget is to make a stop by the Dollar Tree. They usually have a great supply of fall pieces for just $1. I found the small hay bells, crows, and pumpkins there last year. I took several large and brightly colored Styrofoam pumpkins and spray painted them white.
Tip #6 Swap Shops
Check out the online swap shops. Last year I scored a couple of boxes full of fall sunflowers and straw from leftover wedding decorations. I came home and made them into small and large bouquets to place around. Be on the lookout for items in unusual places.
Tip #7 Don’t put your pieces out in the same location each year.
Mix it up! I love a blank slate when it comes to pulling my boxes of décor out each fall. I’m never one to put something in the same place year after year and really that’s the fun of it all. Be as creative as you would like and it will all feel brand new each year.
I hope these few frugal fall decor tips help or encourage you in a time when your budget may not agree with your eyes. Have you found any steals this year? Let us know what you found and how you incorporated it into your home this year.