Find out how to decorate for Fall on a budget with simple decorating ideas that will make a big impact for less.
I like fancy things. But I don’t like to spend a lot of money. Can you relate? 😉 Today I’m sharing our elegant Fall home tour with cheap Fall decorating ideas so you can recreate the looks for pennies.
Decorate for Fall on a Budget
Affordable fall decor usually starts with what you have. I recycle seasonal and holiday decor every year so I don’t have to spend any money. When I do a new project my first stop is the dollar tree or the thrift store for autumn crafts.
Inexpensive Fall Decor that Looks Gorgeous
In our foyer, I added three DIY marbled dollar store pumpkins right on top of our catch-all bowl. It may not seem like a lot for Fall but when you step back you can actually see pumpkins on the fireplace, at the end of the hall, and these in the foyer. All of them are in the same line of sight so they make a bigger impact!
Marbling is really easy to do and there are a lot of great tutorials out there. If you have any older Fall decor that can use a fresh update, pull out your nail polish and try this fun technique!
Moving on to the living area I decided to repurpose faux pumpkins I have had for years. I snagged them on clearance 11 years ago and the following year I painted some with a tree silhouette and gilded a few others.
This year I gave the “tree” pumpkins new life by painting them with leftover furniture paint I had. I also used a Dremel tool to cut off a few faux stems and glued on real ones I picked up for free at a pumpkin farm. This is a fantastic recourse for pumpkin stems if you are making DIY velvet pumpkins FYI!
If you are looking to add to your pumpkin collection with inexpensive options I would try the dollar bins at Target, coupons and sales at Hobby Lobby or Joannes, and thrift stores. Don’t worry about their coloring because you can always paint or gild them. Here is how created my DIY gilded pumpkins but craft or spray paint is another option!
I usually put out pinecones, feathers, and antlers for Fall but this year I decided to just rearrange some of my decor to create a more cozy feeling apart from adding pumpkins.
On our coffee table, I added two tall brass candle holders with blue and purple candlesticks to our existing decor. Love the moody autumn vibe with this setting. Brass and wood can really warm up a space.
Consider switching pieces around in your house for the season. Bring in colors and textures that remind you of Fall to the space you use most in the house for free Fall decor.
On the other side of the living room are a piano studio and sitting area which is really an ode to my grandparents. I had two of their recliners reupholstered and a portrait of my grandmother hanging on the wall on one side. The other side has my grandfather’s display cabinet that I updated with paint and removable wallpaper to house my music.
I love the Asian theme I have going on in this corner with the crane fabric, tropical Asian pillows, and bamboo birdcage. I added a trio of wooden pumpkins I picked up in Japan in a local shop with their after holiday sale. Sometimes finding cheap autumn decor is about patience! But you can also find items going on sale before the season is even over.
I had a few more DIY marbled dollar store pumpkins I sat on the piano. I love the reflection and the colors are perfect.
The other side of the piano is the music cabinet and is right next to the foyer. My recycled pumpkins went a long way as far as inexpensive Fall decor in the living room.
Now back to the foyer and hallway. I mentioned I had a couple of pumpkins at the end of the hallway. They are sitting in a glass lantern on the floor. But you can spot them right away from the living room.
The hallway is pretty dark so I took a close-up picture with the lights on. Excuse the weird lighting, please. But how cute are the pumpkins in the lantern?
If you turn to the right you are right in front of the master bedroom. It’s the last spot for this Fall home tour and features the DIY velvet pumpkins I made on the cheap a few years ago.
Reviving old Fall decor with paint is one way to decorate on a budget but just styling your existing autumn decorations in new settings and rooms every year is a great way to decorate for Fall.
Find decorating ideas for your velvet pumpkins in this post! This year I kept it simple with a small collection on my recently painted hand-me-down dresser and another grouping on the bench at the foot of the bed.
I haven’t shared out master bedroom too much because it is a work in progress. With foundation issues, I’m waiting to do any more painting or wallpaper in the house. I did put up a mural in here though and have been dying to share it with you! So here’s a little bedroom update.
I was struggling with the off-centered window but decided to ignore it and feature a gorgeous mural instead and really love how it turned out! My inspiration came from Swoon Worthy’s master bedroom and K. Laing Design’s bedroom.
Our bedroom because the colors are perfect for fall so I wanted to share a little more of it. The velvet pumpkins in purple, white, and brown look so good in this space. Even the mossy green walls with the wooded mural says autumn to me!
The bedroom is small but full of style and interest. You can see that here in another view that captures more of the room.
Aren’t all of the warm colors wonderful for the season? We’ve been in this house for just about a year. It’s coming along nicely!
I hope this post inspired inexpensive or free fall decorating ideas for you. Recycling old decor, using thrifted and dollar store supplies, and shopping those after-holiday sales will go a long way to keeping your seasonal decor on a budget.
Before I wrap this up I do want to mention a couple of more cheap fall decorating ideas that look expensive. For instance, Monica Wants it DIY blue and white chinoiserie pumpkins. They are perfect for making dollar store pumpkins look like they came right out of a high-end boutique!
Likewise, you’ll also want to check out PMQ for Two’s floral painted pumpkins with velvet bows. They are so pretty and look really fun to make!
Do you have any favorite ways to keep your fall decor on a budget? I would love to hear about them. Leave me a comment and let’s chat!
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