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Decorating For All On A Budget

Decorating For All On A Budget

For many, fall can be an exciting time of the year! Along with pumpkin-flavored everything, and more time to spend with family and friends, fall can transform your home decor! Celebrating a mixture of traditional and modern, here are our recommendations when you’re decorating for fall on a budget.

It is completely acceptable to want a fall season home look that doesn’t scream cheap! So if you are afraid of opening your eyes to a home covered in small plastic pumpkins with tiny dishes filled with candy corn, take a deep breath and relax. There is so much more you can do with fall styles that look affordable but not tacky.

Welcome in autumn

A good place to start sprucing up for fall is right outside. Porch decorating can be a great way to bring in an air of welcome to those who are visiting. You can start by getting an idea of what you would like your front porch area to look like when others visit. Envision elaborately painted pumpkins? What about a thread of faux fall leaves intertwined through your fence? Put your ideas down on paper and map out what you would need to DIY or buy at your local craft store. You’ll be surprised how affordable decor can be when you do it yourself.

...........................................................................................................DIY Mesh Fall Wreath

Materials Needed:

  • Wire wreath frame (18 in. works well for most standard-sized doors)
  • Chosen selection of garland (Min 60 ft.)
  • Faux accent florals or vegetation (autumn leaves, apples, mini pumpkins, etc. will work for fall)
  • Twine
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks


  1. Map out where you would like all of your accent pieces to go. Take a photo with them unset so you will remember when you need them for the final step.
  2. Take your garland and twine it down to the frame of your wreath.
  3. Weave your garland or ribbon in and out of the wire frame. Create large loops with your ribbon to give the wreath its shape. Use twine to tie down your ends after each loop.
  4. Repeat the process all the way around until you have a nice full wreath.
  5. Take a second glance at the photo you took with your placed accent pieces. Hot glue each accent piece down to your wreath in your desired pattern.

That’s it! You have just created a beautiful wreath for your home. Just add a ribbon to hang your new wreath from your front door.

Fall fillings & fresh finds

On top of DIY projects, you can use some of what you have around the home to stand as a foundation for your fall decorations. Have empty vases or decorative bowls lying around? Utilize your containers by filling them with affordable craft options like potpourri, cut and dried fall leaves, dried magnolia leaves, and pine cones.

Aside from using dried options you can also make a visit to a flower shop or grocery store to pick up fresh stems that are in season. Construct a bouquet featuring orange gerberas, bi-color roses, chrysanthemums, marigolds, Queen Anne's lace, and waxflower. By displaying a group of florals with orange, red, and rich yellow tones, you can successfully set a mood that fits in well with fall. For those with children or pets, don’t forget to check with your floral expert to be sure that the plants you are bringing home aren’t toxic.

Autumn air inside

Sometimes, nothing can capture the feel of a season like a light scent can. When it comes to autumn, some signature smells you might find include:

  • Cinnamon
  • Apple
  • Nutmeg
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Vanilla
  • Clove
  • Orange
  • Sandalwood
  • Patchouli
  • Cedar
  • Sage
  • Ginger

Recreate and blend scents to find your favorite fall combo. Try to stick to a mix of four scents or less so you can establish a blend that isn’t too overwhelming.

Pumpkin Apple Pie Diffuser Blend

Materials Needed:

  • Diffuser made to mist essential oils
  • Unused reeds for your diffuser
  • Clove essential oil
  • Nutmeg essential oil
  • Cinnamon essential oil
  • Ginger essential oil

Combine 1 drop clove, 1 drop nutmeg, 3 drops ginger, and 5 drops of cinnamon oil to your diffuser and enjoy the sweet and spicy scents of fall as they disperse throughout your home.

...........................................................................................................Thrift throughout your city

One of the most amazing places to find fall decor ideas is at your nearby thrift store. By taking your inexpensive fall decorating hunt to the thrift store, you can choose from a ton of affordable fall-inspired finds such as floral arrangements, outdoor decor, premade decorations, and so much more.

BONUS TIP: Shop all year long to get the best savings when decorating for fall on a budget!

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