Fall decorations on a budget

We all want that fall orange and yellow showering our throw pillows and walls when it starts to cool off. Because Fall means warm soups and cozy nights, mixed with cold feet and hot cocoa. Fall is when we all start crawling outside of our houses to start checking the mail or chat with our neighbors.

I live in Arizona, so the only colors that change here are the colors of the license plates, that are driving on the road.

However I LOVE fall, well, the idea of fall. The idea that the tree’s are shedding their summer coats for a winter one.  The chimney smoke in the background of all of our selfies.

The warmth that comes with it. So, why not produce and share that endorphin driven happiness where you spend most of your time? Your HOME

I love creating pieces that make you smile, or nudge someone saying “hey…that’s SO us!”. But do we ALL have that Pottery Barn Budget?? Heck no! But let’s do it the Crafty way! (Without spending a arm and a leg)

For us Mommies on a budget we look to the local dollar bins in Target, or Michael’s.

Here are 8 great ideas to get you started:

1. Make a wreath. If you’re feeling crafty, whip out the glue gun and some plastic leaves to create a beautiful fall wreath for your front door. If arts and crafts aren’t up your alley, scour some local thrift stores to see if you can find a wreath within your budget. Even your local grocery store sells decor and look out for those coupons, and if you don’t see any, ask someone! They usually don’t mind helping their customers out.

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2. Get local pumpkins. It’s hard to celebrate the arrival of fall without some classic pumpkins. Make a day of visiting a local pumpkin patch and bring home a handful of souvenirs. Just make sure to set a budget so you don’t end up buying a trunk full of pumpkins! The memories and pictures will last forever. When you get back, print and frame a picture of your family picking the pumpkins each year and watch them grow!

3. Collect from nature. Gathering pinecones is a family-friendly activity that can double as an easy, free way to stock up on fall decorations for your home. If pinecones aren’t an option, you can also collect tree limbs or acorns. If all else fails, grab some fallen leaves and turn them into art displays!

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4. Buy faux decorations. Local hobby stores—and most thrift stores—often carry faux leaf garlands, plastic pumpkins and ceramic gourds. Save yourself money in the long run by purchasing these decorations and using them year after year. And a BIG budget saver is going after the holiday and stock piling for next year. You’ll usually save between 50 and 80% and it will be fun unpacking your scores the next time!

5. Swap out your pillowcases. You don’t need to buy brand-new pillows to give your home that festive fall look. Instead, rummage through your local thrift stores to find pillowcases that fit the season. When autumn is over, all you have to do is swap the pillowcases out again. If your crafty you can buy plain pillow cases and use iron on transfers to create your own unique pillow.

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6. Display blankets. Fall brings cooler weather, which means it’s time to break out the blankets. Can you say cozy? Even if you don’t use all the blankets, having them displayed in main living areas can make your home instantly feel more festive. I usually have a few orange, yellow and brown ones laying around between September thru November, after Thanksgiving I swap them out for red and green ones. 

7. Buy cinnamon brooms. If you want to make your house smell more like autumn without spending your whole paycheck on fancy scented candles, decorate the prominent areas of your home with cinnamon brooms. Hint: After they lose their smell you can spray paint them black with glitter to add to your Halloween decor 😉

8. Decorate with baskets. Nothing says fall like a basket full of crisp red apples or small gourds from your local grocery store. It makes your space look warm and inviting—and should only cost you a few dollars!

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Don’t be afraid to get creative and work with the pieces you already have. Sometimes even moving a few pillows from one room to another is all you need to give your home a little autumn spruce. And if you’re feeling bold, roll up your sleeves, channel your inner artist, and dive into these DIY fall decorations!

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