As we leave Summer and start welcoming Fall, the season’s vibes start kicking in. The days start to chill out and it’s time for the fall decorations. Sure, there are fun decorations for every season – but there’s something about fall that makes many of us feel grateful. Maybe it’s because it’s the season of harvest, or simply because we’re cooling off after a summer full of adventure. Whatever it is, a great way to wind down and create a balance in your home is with our list of cheap fall decorations.
When it comes to decorating, you might have the idea that you need a lot of money in order to afford amazing displays. The fact is, you could never be so wrong! With bright colors like red, yellow and orange, fall is one of the funnest seasons to decorate for.
It’s a time where you’re permitted to take risks and get creative with the incorporation of nature in your home. The main focus for our inexpensive fall decorations list is nature, which can easily be found in your backyard for free!
The Best Cheap Fall Decorations to Beautify Your Home
Our list is going to introduce the main ingredients for our decoration ideas. We will then dive deeper into what can be done with the specific decoration to take it to the next level.
In order to keep these decorations cheap and inexpensive, a bit of DIY power is needed. So before we dive into our stunning cheap fall decoration ideas, we’re going to go over a list of items you might need in order to do that.
Things You’ll Want to Have on Hand
- Glue / glue gun
- Mod podge (for decoupage)
- Printing paper
- Construction paper
- Paint / Spray paint
- Paint brush or sponge
- Old books
- Wood and pumpkin carving tools
- Clear glass containers
- Your creativity!
Obviously, you are not limited to the items on this list, or the following decorations we are going to mention. Use anything you think would work, and definitely don’t be afraid to experiment. Having the ability to create and piece together your home’s decorations can be empowering! Now let’s get into the decorative items that will be featured.
Pumpkins are a classic symbol of autumn, and especially Halloween. While you are probably used to the typical orange pumpkin, you’ll be surprised to know they also come in yellow, white, red, green, blue, and tan shades as well. That gives for a lot of possibilities! You can even choose the color that goes the best with your home.
Here are some decorative ideas to implement with pumpkins:
#1 – Pumpkin Vase
Turn a pumpkin into a seasonal vase. You can use a small pumpkin to house just a few flowers, or go big with a full bouquet! All you need to do is carve out the top of the pumpkin, gut out the inside, and place a vase inside.
Your pumpkin is now ready to house your flowers, whether they be real or fake! Place this on your dining room table or as a welcoming piece for your home’s entrance.
#2 – Fall Centerpiece Featuring Mini Pumpkins
Create a beautiful centerpiece for your dining room table featuring cutesy, mini pumpkins. You will need a shallow wooden container to place in the middle of your table. Fill the bottom with Spanish Moss, or any other kind of decorative “filler”.
You can choose to accent the box with berry garlands or autumn leaves for a nice touch. Now just add some mini pumpkins with candles* in between, and you’ve got yourself an elegant centerpiece
* Never leave lit candles unattended as the decorative moss and berry garland can catch on fire.
#3 – Mini Pumpkin Candle Holders
Turn simple candles into an inexpensive fall decoration solution with mini pumpkins! All you need are some candles and mini pumpkins of the right size. Simple cut off the pumpkin tops, gut out the insides, and place the candles accordingly. Place them anywhere in your home for a seasonal touch.
You can even use these pumpkin candles in the place of normal candles for your fall centerpiece. Make it extra fancy by placing the pumpkins on elevated candle holders.
#4 – The Classic Jack O Lantern
Does this even need to be on the list? The Jack O Lantern is the most classic way to use up a pumpkin. Carving a traditional Jack O Lantern for Halloween is fun and easy. All you need are some pumpkin or wood carving tools, pumpkins, a candle for each pumpkin, and creativity.
#5 – Mini Pumpkin Display in a Large Clear Vase/Jar
Who knew that something so simple could be such a beautiful decorative piece for your home. Simply get a large, clear vase or jar, and fill it with the mini pumpkins of your choice! Feel free to mix in some leaves, acorns, pine cones to fill in the gaps for a complete fall look.
#6 – Pumpkin Stair/Chair Arrangement
This is a great choice of decoration for your front porch. You can utilize your exterior stairs or a wooden chair for an arrangement of pumpkins. Use as many pumpkins as you want, and make sure they vary in size. Place, stack, and pile the pumpkins until you are satisfied with how they look. Accent with some additional squash, pine cones, autumn leaves, and anything else your heart desires.
#7 – Lace Carved Pumpkins
If you don’t mind spending some time and focus on making these intricate, carved pumpkins, then this is for you. Create lacey patterns on your favorite pumpkin or squash with pumpkin and wood carving tools. Using tape can help you out by creating a guideline. To learn more about this, go here: http://www.marthastewart.com/265580/lace-patterned-pumpkins
Autumn Leaves, pine cones, Acorns, and Other Nature
While pumpkins are great, we can’t forget about all the other natural aspects of fall. The leaves are colorful, pine cones and acorns are everywhere, and they’re just begging for a decorative place in your home. Check out some more of these cheap fall decorations you can use in your home.
#8 – Seasonal Fall Wreath
When it comes to creating your own wreath, the possibilities are endless. If you would like, you can purchase a simple wreath from the store as your base. If you would like to start from scratch, create the base of your wreath with sticks.
All you have to do is find sticks that are anywhere from 10-15 inches long, soak them overnight, and intertwine them into a wreath. Use some twine to help hold the first parts together.
With the base of your wreath, you pretty much have a blank canvas. Use any combination of leaves, pine cones, acorns, flowers and more. You can also spray paint your additions before gluing them on. Don’t be afraid to go exclusively with one thing either.
When anyone asks about where you got the beautiful wreath on your front door, you can amaze them with the answer, “I made it myself!”
#9 – Delicate Leaf Bowl
This delicate leaf bowl is a lovely piece to fill with potpourri, or just keep empty on an end table. Collect some real autumn leaves, and let them soak in water for a couple of hours to keep them from breaking apart.
Take a large bowl to use as a mold, cover the bottom with plastic wrap, and place it on the table facing upside down.
After patting the leaves dry, paint each leaf with mod podge and press it onto the bowl. Repeat the process while layer the leaves until you have formed a leaf bowl.
Before leaving the leaves to dry, coat the entire outside with a thin layer of mod podge, then apply some plastic wrap over it.
Let the leaves dry for 4 hours (preferably in the sun) before taking off the plastic wrap. Allow the leaves to dry off completely. Because mod podge can still be sticky when it dries, it’s suggested to spray the entire bowl with a glaze.
When it’s completely dry, add some potpourri, pine cones, acorns, or simply leave it alone for a decorative touch to your home.
#10 – Framed Leaves
There’s just something about the leaves in the fall that make us feel warm inside. Turn them into a basic art display by framing single leaves. Collect however many leaves you want to display in your home, and give them their own frame. Arrange them in a square, rectangle, or in a single line horizontally or vertically for the perfect autumn vibe.
#11 – Branches in a Vase
Love the autumn leaves but want something a bit more intact? Collect some thing branches with the leaves still attached to them. Before bringing them inside, spray them with water to get rid of any critters.
Let them sit to dry before placing them in a vase with some water. Place it on your dining room table, your coffee table, the foyer, wherever you please. You’ll be surprised at how stunning this arrangement looks in your home.
#12 – Leafy Candles
If you have some plain candles laying around, then you’ll be glad to know you can give them a simple fall makeover. Collect some small, colorful leaves and gather your candles. Use a hairdryer to soften the wax before pressing the leaves into it.
If you don’t have a hair dryer laying around, then simply use some twine to tie the leaves on. This will give your candle a rustic charm to it.
#13 – Amazing Candle Displays
There’s more you can do with candles besides adding leaves to them. You can create an amazing candle display by arranging some candles on a tray or plate, then surrounding them with some of fall’s gifts. We’re talking about pine cones, acorns, fall berries, sticks and twigs, etc. There are so many variations you can do, so experiment for yourself!
#14 – Gold or Silver Acorns
Turn these simple nuts into a glamorous decoration by painting them gold and silver. You can either spray paint, or manually paint them – whichever you prefer. After the acorns are finished drying, display them on a decorative tray, in a mason jar, in your delicate leaf bowl, or use them to accent any other decorations you already have in your home.
#15 – Sprayed Pine Cones
Just like you can paint acorns, you can paint pine cones. Spray paint them in assorted fall colors of red, orange, yellow, gold and bronze. Display them with your gold and silver acorns, or by themselves. You can even scatter them on your front porch, which will surely catch eyes!
After going through our list, there should be no excuses for why you can’t beautifully decorate your home for this fall season. This is a challenge for you to get creative, and make some stunning decorations with your own hands. You’ll feel empowered, and you can be truly grateful for the gifts the season has given you this Thanksgiving.
We really hope you enjoyed this list and are curious about what you plan on doing to decorate your home. What was your favorite on the list? Did you think of ideas on your own? If there’s an idea on here you absolutely love, share it with your friends and family so they can join in on the fun! Thanks for reading, and have a great time decorating your home!