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Decorate for Fall on a Budget | Easy Ideas

By the end of the summer, I am ready for fall and all of the fun traditions the season brings. The leaves on the trees are changing, farms are harvesting their crops, and using elements in nature is an easy way to decorate for fall on a budget.

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Here are a few easy fall DIYs to try and set the mood for Autumn.


20+ Easy Ideas to Decorate for Fall on a Budget

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Display Fall Branches in a Vase

Cut a tree branch with beautiful leaves, stick it in a vase and you decorate for fall and spent $0! This is one of my favorite fall decorating tricks, but unfortunately, the leaves on the branches can look a bit wilted after a few days.

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This same effect can be created with a few faux tree branches and the look will last all season.

Dried hydrangeas

Dried hydrangeas can be used as decor for literally any season and they last for years! If you don’t have any hydrangeas in your yard, ask a friend or neighbor if you can prune their hydrangea bush.

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The hydrangeas pictured are still drying out

Last year I was sitting in line at Chick-fil-a and noticed the gardeners were cutting all of the dried hydrangea branches off of the trees that line the drive-thru line. I hopped out and asked them if I could take all of their clippings and they happily agreed. With a little creativity, you can find some dried hydrangeas too.

Hang a Fall Wreath on Your Door

Swapping out the wreath on your front door is a great way to signal the changing of the seasons. Look for a wreath with natural elements, like branches and moss, or a wreath with warm colors like rusty red.

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Decorate for Fall with Pumpkins

Decorating for fall with real pumpkins is the easiest way to signify the changing of the seasons. I like using the flatter-looking pumpkins that come in different colors on our front porch to create a more elevated look. The classic orange pumpkins are great during the month of October and can be carved up right before Halloween.

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Visit your local Home Goods or Target during the fall season to find decorative pumpkins for the interior of your home. I have a glass, white pumpkin that adds a neutral touch of fall to any room.

Display Mums in Your Yard

Mums are the quintessential fall plant that shows the changing of seasons as they begin to bloom in cooler fall temperatures. They are available in a variety of colors including red, orange, purple, and yellow.

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Mums are also great perennials to physically plant in your flower beds that will bloom every fall.

Decorate your Porch with Hay and Cornstalks

I love the look of a bale or two of hay on your front porch. Corn stalks are a great way to bring some height and interest to the front porch, too. At the end of the season, we add the hay to our compost station in the backyard. It always makes me happy when I can reuse or recycle fall decor.

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Light Scented Seasonal Candles

By the end of the summer, I am ready for all of the autumn scents in the air! Any scented candle with pumpkin spice or apples always reminds me of the fall season.

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Display Seasonal Items in a Cloche

As the season change, it is fun to display different items in a glass cloche. For Halloween, I added plastic skulls inside the cloche for a spooky look.

Decorate with Natural Elements – Copper, Brass, Wood

For our Thanksgiving tablescape, I used copper urns to create flower arrangements. I used yellow flowers, dark red carnations, green leaves, and brown and green magnolia leaves to create the feeling of fall.

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Autumn is all about warm, earth tones like creamy whites, browns, mustard yellow, and deep red. Incorporate these colors into your decor and it will instantly begin to feel like fall.

Swap Decorative Pillows 

Swapping pillows seasonally is a great way to give each space a little refresh and extend the life of your decorative pillows. In the spring and summer, I use pillows with brighter colors or pastels and lighter material, like linen. For the fall and winter, I like to use decorative pillows with warmer colors and cozy materials like velvet or cable knit material.

Shop at Thrift Stores to Find Fall Decor

When decorating my home, I really try to not go overboard with buying a bunch of seasonal items brand new. I prefer to collect decor over time and search for deals at thrift stores, estate sales, or end-of-the-season sales each year.

All of the books, candle holders, and even the candlesticks themselves were found at estate sales. The buffet, lamp, and map artwork are also second-hand purchases in our dining room. Estate sales are a fantastic place to find holiday decor, specifically for Halloween or Christmas.

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Light a fire in your fireplace

It is amazing what a lit fireplace can do to set the mood. As the nights get cooler, take advantage of your fireplace and get cozy around a roaring fire.

Bowl of Apples

Fall always reminds me of apple picking. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than displaying a bowl of apples?

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Set Out Copper Mugs

Not only do copper mugs pull in natural elements, they also create nostalgia for fall drinks like hot toddies, apple cider, or a Moscow mule.

Decorate for Fall with Books

My kid’s bedrooms are stuffed with books, including seasonal and holiday books mixed into the piles. I like to swap out books on display to reflect the season or upcoming holiday. If you have bookshelves or a book ledge, pull out any books that talk about autumn, Halloween, or Thanksgiving.

For a more “grown-up” look, pull together all of your books with black covers or fall colors on the spine. Add these books to tabletops, mantles, or, shelves. Try pairing them with a faux skull, spiderwebs, or a pumpkin!

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Lean Into Childlike Decor

While I love more subtle Fall decor, I am a fan of adding a few playful elements to celebrate Halloween. Last year we added a skeleton dog to our front porch, which is fitting since we have three in our home!

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We hang a spooky ghost creature on the porch and even made our own scarecrow one year. The kids love decorating for Halloween and the joy on their faces when we add decor that is a little tacky is totally worth it!

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Swap out Throw Blankets

My family loves snuggling up with blankets on the couch, so I usually keep one or two folded on the couch to easily grab. The remaining blankets are tucked away in a basket to keep the family room from feeling too cluttered.

Swapping out the “display” blankets for all of the seasons is an easy way to give your room a little refresh. For the fall, I like to set out blankets with a plaid pattern (similar) that incorporates fall, warm colors.

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Hurricane with Acorns

In the fall, I like to use small acorns to fill in the space around a candle in a glass hurricane. They look great at the base of a lantern as well.

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Seasonal cloth napkins

I try to use cloth napkins for all of our meals, and this is another easy way to incorporate colors or patterns that feel like fall.

For a more formal occasion, below is an image of a Thanksgiving table setting with cloth napkins (similar) and a brass leaf napkin ring.

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Decorate with Eucalyptus and Fall Flowers

Flowers that bloom in the fall are inexpensive options for fall decor. Eucalyptus is a beautiful flower that looks great in fall flower arrangements. Sunflowers are another seasonal flower that always gives the feeling of fall when included in a bouquet.

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Flower picking at a local farm is a fun fall activity for the family and is great for fall decor!

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