Cheap Fall Decorating Ideas

It’s officially here now, fall! If you haven’t finished dressing up your house for this wonderful, apple cinnamon flavored season (maybe because you’re short on funds) well you’ve come to the right place. Fill up your cup with some pumpkin flavored coffee, pull up a chair and enjoy these cheap fall decorating ideas.

1. Add Textured Fabrics

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Incorporate a chunky knit blanket, add a textured table cloth or throw on a plaid accent pillow (a very trendy pattern right now, btw). And don’t forget about the ever adaptable and inexpensive burlap. It can be used in countless ways, as seen in the pinterest board I recently created.

Cheap Fall Decorating - add texture. |

2. Grow Your Own Fall Decor

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Tuck this one away for next year, because it requires some planning. For your outdoor fall decorations, think about incorporating some plants that have fall interest. For me in the Midwest that means ornamental grasses, mums, asters, etc. Here are a few plant lists: shrubs, perennials and, trees. If your landscaping is still going strong in September/October you won’t feel the need to go out and buy hay bales and scarecrows to dress it up for fall.

Fall flowers - sedum autumn joy and marigolds |

Also, if you’ve got the space, you can save money by growing your own pumpkins and gourds!

3. Enhance Your Existing Decor

Cheap Fall Decorating. Blend In with existing decor |

Most likely you’ve already invested some dollars in your everyday home decorations. When adding pieces for fall, simply pick a color scheme that complements your existing decor.  You don’t have to go with the traditional warm fall tones. I don’t want to switch out ALL my decorations to accommodate seasonal decor. I try to find (or make) pieces that blend well with what I already have and love.

Cheap Fall Decorating. Blend In with existing decor |

For example, go with a neutral palette using white or painted pumpkins (great tutorial on how to create them cheaply here). Or try gourds which come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes as shown here. Side note: Those are my super funny in-laws in the blue/aqua frame above. The fact that I’m cropped out is a complete accident – I swear.

4. Make Your Own Decor

Cheap Fall Decorating. DIY decor |

Create super cheap leaf art by wrapping a canvas, or heck, even a book, in brown craft paper then use tape to stick on some real, or fake in my case, leaves. Bonus, this would be a fun craft to do with kids, too!

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Or you can simply frame a single beautiful fall leaf. No beautiful fall leaves yet? Use this free printable in the meantime. 🙂

Lastly, make a super simple pumpkin banner by printing out some free pumpkin coloring pages (just google it) on colored paper or patterned scrapbook paper. Then cut them out and string them up. Here’s what I used. Tip: if you don’t have a fancy electronic cutting machine to help you with this project, I highly recommend doing the following: Pair your cutting “party” with an adult beverage and your favorite late night show. I’ve really been enjoying The Late Show with Stephen Colbert lately. #you’rewelcome

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Get your hands dirty and get creative. Happy decorating!


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