If you’re looking for some creative and budget-friendly ways to bring some fall decor into your home, keep reading! I’ve listed some of my best money-saving tips for cheap ways to decorate, and you don’t have to sacrifice style, either!
Fall Decor on a Tight Budget: Yes, It’s Possible!
It’s still a million degrees in Tennessee, but it’s September, so I need fall to officially be here. At least in my head.
I’ve only recently taken a love for fall – ever since I stopped teaching when I had my twin boys 4 years ago. The coming of fall used to stress me out as a teacher, but since being a SAHM – Bring.It.On.
This is our first fall in Tennessee in our real home, and I’m so excited to decorate. The downside is, well, I’m a SAHM, so that’s not really decorating-friendly in terms of money and budget. But it’s beautiful here in the fall here in East Tennessee, and I really just couldn’t NOT decorate for fall. There had to be some creative ways that I could make my house fall-friendly on a budget.
Earlier this year, I wrote a post on how to decorate your house when you’re on a tight budget. There are a lot of principles in there that apply, but I think there are some that are particular to fall decor – so much so, that it deserves its own post.
With a little creativity and imagination, I made it happen, and if you’re on a tight budget or are looking for ways to save money on decorating for fall, you can make it happen too. It’s easier than you think. I promise.
Simple and Cheap Ways to Decorate Your House for Fall
So here are some ideas I used to get my house fall-ready.
1| Take inventory in your own house and use transitional pieces
First, before you start buying or going all-out DIY, see what you have that can transition to fall decor. Vases? Jars? Baskets? Candles? Chalkboard signs? These are all great items that can be adapted from winter to spring to summer to fall to Christmas.
You know what has been a lifesaver in my decor? Food jars. Like salsa jars, spaghetti sauce jars…clean those babies out, soak and remove the labels and you’re good to go. (Below when you see the picture of the jars with popcorn kernels? Yeah, those were Aldi coconut oil jars.)
You probably have a lot already that you can use. I’m constantly moving things all around my house, from season to season.
Once you know what you have and you can use, make a list of what blanks you need to fill in. Do you need pumpkins? Cornstalks and hay bales? Candles? Then you can move on to the rest.
I also love to look at pictures to get some inspiration and ideas! If you’re like that too, here are some of my favorite fall home decorating ideas, that includes mantles, entry ways, tabletops, and eating areas!
Below are some glass bottles that I fill and change out with the seasons.
I also do that with these hurricane vases.
2| Use outdoor (and free) decor.
The great thing about fall is that nature is your friend here – and it doesn’t need to be kept alive like summer flowers do (well, mums, maybe). You can collect branches and sticks to put in vases. Pine cones, acorns, leaves – those are all things that are perfect for fall decor. They are cheap and free, and therefore very budget-friendly!
Collecting acorns, pine cones and leaves are also great activities for kids and a fun way to get them involved. I scooped up these acorns while my boys were playing at the playground and made this fun DIY acorn tree. You can also just put them in bowls, jars, candle holders, etc.
3| Hit Target Dollar spot.
This is by far my favorite back-pocket trick for fall (and any season) decor. You can score very tasteful and trendy decor for $1, $3, and $5. I honestly go to Target just about every week when I’m decorating because they’re always putting out new items, and the items go FAST depending on how busy your Target it. All around my house you will see Target decor from the dollar spot.
I got this chalkboard sign for $5, a pack of 4.
I’d say most of this stuff on my porch was from the Target Dollar Spot (burlap bunting, HELLO FALL banner, light-up balls on the table, stuffed pumpkins, hayride sign, white ‘welcome pumpkin’ sign, neutral-colored pumpkins, white wooden pumpkin… you get the idea!)
4| DIY, sister.
Look, I’m not naturally a crafty DIY girl. But, because I’m a SAHM and we’re living on one income, I’ve learned to become a better DIY girl. There are a TON of what to make some EASY DIY fall crafts. If you need some inspiration, here are a bunch of easy Fall DIY Home Decor Projects.
This is a wreath I just finished. Tutorial is coming this week, but it’s super-easy and super-cheap! You can get the wire wreath at Dollar Tree, and the ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.
And these are just pumpkins covered with washi tape. You can also chalkpaint and distress your pumpkins, too.
5| Fill jars with cheap or free stuff.
Remember those jars and vases you gathered in #1? You can fill them with popcorn kernels, pine cones, acorns, faux pumpkins, faux berries…and you can even get cheap filler from Hobby Lobby (they’re already down to 40% off fall decor in September) or potpourri from the dollar stores. Even a candle works well inside a jar or vase, and always looks classy.
Cheap filler pumpkins and balls from Walmart. You can even chalkpaint them if you’re going for a more neutral color scheme.
6| Buy things cheaply and upcycle.
You can get cheap pumpkins and faux flowers and berries at dollar stores and Walmart. Those can easily be upcycled with paint or small adjustments and used in a DIY craft or wreath. Don’t forget about the 40% off coupons from Hobby Lobby and Michaels. You can also visit thrift stores. I’m collecting fall items all the time, whenever I happen to see them. Yard sales are also awesome for cheap seasonal items!
I had gotten this pitcher at Hobby Lobby in the spring for 60% off and then bought the wheat for 40% off. The chalkboards I use seasonally and I’d gotten them from Target Dollar Spot. Throw in a few pumpkins and pine cones, and you’re all set!
Chalk painting and washi tape are fun ways to upcycle. I also love to buy cheap faux flowers at Walmart or the store, split them apart and cut them so they’re exactly what I want.
I had seen these Hearth and Home faux berries in small bottles at Target, and decided to make my own version from cheap berries at Walmart.
I had this glass bowl, and I took some cheap berry faux flowers from Walmart and cut off the berries with pliers. It’s the perfect filler for this!
7| Use Fall Free Printables
So many bloggers are so generous when it comes to free printables, and they are super-professional looking. You can frame them, or better yet, I love gluing a clip onto a picture frame, with the glass removed, and it’s a super-cute place to display them, This can easily be adjusted from season to season! And you’ll definitely find one that fits your style.
Below is a board I got from the Target Dollar Spot for $3. It came with the fall sign in it, but it can easily be used with another fall printable.
8| Use letter boards
If you have one, this is a great way to add some fall sentiment, that can transition from season to season. You can find all kinds of fall quotes on Pinterest!
And if you don’t have a letter board and can’t buy one, small chalkboards work well too! I got this 4 pack of chalkboard easels for $5! If you don’t think your handwriting could work on a chalkboard, imitating Rae Dunn letters is pretty easy to do! Here’s a great post that can get you started with that!
9| Raid the garage or shed.
You’d be surprised what you have kicking around there that you can use for cheap fall decor. You might have some items that easily transition and work – so you might find some raw material for DIY projects like paint, rope, old chairs and tables, scraps of wood.
We had this ladder kicking around and it was perfect for the porch. That table was given to us, but it just sat on the side of the house. Here, it is ideal fall decor!
If you need some more porch inspiration, by the way, here are some tips specifically for porches but 30 different decorating ideas for fall! Lots of the same principles apply to decorating inside as well.
Fall Decor Done Cheap!
I know it can be really hard when you see all these picture-perfect homes on Instagram, decorated to every tiny detail. You feel like you can never pull that off, with the budget you’re on. I totally get it. But I think you can do an amazing job and create a home and space you love without going into debt over it! And it’s really not about what everyone else has – it’s about a place that you love, to fill with people you love, and make amazing memories. And that can be done no matter what the budget – and still look tasteful, classy and beautiful!
I’d love to hear some of your best tips?!? Fill me in! And if you use any of these ideas, I’d love to see them! Please tag me on Facebook or Instagram! And if you know of others who might enjoy this post, feel free to share! 🙂