8 Tips for Beautiful Fall Decorating on a Budget

8 tips for fall decorating on a budget

Sharing my 8 Tips for Beautiful Fall decorating on a Budget with DIY projects & ideas, making the most of what you have, pumpkins & where to find fall decorations on sale.

Last week I shared my fall home tour with you guys & sometimes I worry that when people see pretty pictures of our farmhouse that they think I have a large budget to decorate with. 

Well, that couldn’t be farther from the truth!

I spent around $25 this fall, all on pumpkins alone. 

I have a soft spot for pumpkins….I tried to plant some of my own but who can’t grow pumpkins….apparently me? 

If you are looking for fall decorating on a budget, than you have come to the right place!

8 Tips for Beautiful Fall Decorating on a Budget

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Tip ONE – Use Nature for Fall Decorating on a Budget

God really is the best decorator. 

I am always surprised why people will spend money on what they can decorate with for free. 

pine cones / 8 tips for fall decorating on budget

Now, I realize there is the bug factor but pine cones can be baked & they make you house smell amazing.

I have been known to transport greens, acorns, sticks, leaves, sweet gums & pine cones home with me from local parks, walks with Moose, and neighbours yards (with their permission of course)! 

Fall Home Tour /8 Tips for fall decorating on a budget / master bedroom

Although, we are really fortunate to have a lot of that in our yard now.

Even if you don’t have anything growing in your yard most of us have parks nearby. 

I lived in a row home in Philly for 10 years when I was a little girl even there I had leaves, pine cones & acorns to collect. 

I added maple leaves to almost every fireplace mantel in my house. 

Fall Home Tour / maple leaves / 8ways to beautiful decorate for fall on a budget

The leaves have a huge impact and they are beautiful!

I did buy a few pumpkins this year & I am hoping to plant some successfully next year so they can be free too!

Tip TWO – Make Your Own Fall Signs for Fall Decorating on a Budget

8 ways to beautifully decorate or fall on a budget / fall sign

I have made signs now for all 4 seasons as well as changing out my 2 chalk boards to reflect verses or sayings appropriate for the season. 

I made my fall sign with some spare wood from the garage & leftover paint.

Pinterest is a fantastic place to find inspiration. 

Fall home tour / verse / 8 ways to beautiful decorate for fall on a budget

Free Printables are another great way to decorate for the seasons! 

You don’t need one creative bone in your body for these… just access to a color printer. 

Tip THREE – Keep it Simple for Fall Decorating on a Budget

There is no need to decorate the decorations.

I am still preaching this to myself, ha!

Fall home tour /8 ways to beautiful decorate for fall on a budget / pine cone / ball jar

I love to decorate so it is tempting to think more is better but it’s just not…at least not for me.

Smart simple decorating is way classier & you appreciate the pieces so much better. 

Fall Home Tour / white pumpkins / 8 ways to decorate for fall on a budget

I really like how my 3 little white pumpkins look on mantel that would have been lost with lots of “other”stuff. 

And they were only 69 cents each.

You also can never go wrong with candy corn!

8 tips for fall decorating on a budget / candy corn

Tip FOUR – Don’t Buy New, Use What you Have!

Use the bowls, bar jars, baskets, cloches, kitchen scales that you already have. 

Fall home tour / 8 tips for decorating for fall on a budget / kitchen scale / pumpkin

I really like the look of our family’s rain boots under our diy entryway table in our foyer. 

It brings color but it is also really practical for all the rainy days we have had lately. 

DIY Foyer/ Entrway Table / 8 ways to decorate for fall on a budget / entryway table/ hunter boots/ pumpkin

Notice I also only need 1 pumpkin on the table to share that it’s fall.

Tip FIVE – DIY or Make your Own Fall Decorating on a Budget

As I said in tip #2 joy can be found in the process of creating. 

Just check out my velvet pumpkins on my dining hutch. 

8 tips to beautifully decorate your home for fall / pumpkins

For under $2 each to make they are not breaking anyone’s bank. 

Tip Six – Buy Your Decorations at off Season Sales & Thrift Shops

I love my Pottery Barn pillows & I paid $28 last February for my pumpkin pillow in the family room. 

I usually don’t spend that much on a pillow cover but I really liked it & it was orginally $69.50! 

Fall Home Tou / 8 ways to beautiful decorate for fall on a budget / pottery barn pumpkin pillow

I almost never pay full price for anything especially for seasonally decorating. 

It is just not how I was raised. 

As a former thrift store manager I actually think sometimes you can score a better deal off season from even stores like Pottery Barn! 

Some thrift shops around me have gotten a little crazy in their pricing but you can still get a deal if you go often.

Tip SEVEN – Shop Online (Craigslist, Ebay, Amazon)

Be patient & keep searching usually I find exactly what I am looking for at the right price eventually. 

Don’t give up!!!

I am constantly checking online on Ebay, Amazon & Craigslist for items I want.  I give my favorite Craigslist tips here

The plaid throw is actually a blanket scarf  Neal Link(tm)retro Voile Bohemian Women Vintage Voile Soft Scarf Large Beach Wraps Shawl Dragonfly Sheer found on Amazon for $16. 

I didn’t really count it my fall decorating on a budget because I will wear it more than use it as a throw this season.

8 tips to decorate for fall on a budget / leather chair, plaid throw

Tip EIGHT – Make it Personal

It’s OK to check out inspiring home blogs & magazines ( I am constantly)  but don’t forget to make the space your own. 

Add pictures of your kids or family wearing costumes & picking apples. 

It’s important to add those reminders of why you love the season & who you are decorating for.

I change out the pictures in the basket on the wall for more seasonal pic.

 It’s filled with my kids in costumes & apple picking trips of the past. 

And that apple on the coffee table is one of 2 from our newly planted apple trees.

Fall Home Tour / gallery wall / leaves in a jar

I hope this inspires you guys to start fall decorating on a budget.  What do you guys think?  Do you have any budget friendly fall decorating tips you would like to share?

by Tara Lehman

UPDATE – For More Fall Decorating on a Budget Ideas & to see our Full Farmhouse Fall Tour, Check out my newest post, HERE.

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  1. Tara, these are all such great tips! You’re so right decorating for each holiday/season can get expensive quick. I love all all of these tips can be used no matter what part of the country you’re in. Have a happy day, CoCo

  2. I’m so glad that I found your blog Tara. I love the thoughts in keeping in budget, but so creative and simple so that it is not overwhelming. Thank you so much for sharing your home.

  3. I like your philosophy of less is more. If you have the right combination of a few, nice things, it looks so much better and more polished than alot of things put together that distract from the beauty.

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