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How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget

How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget | blesserhouse.com

I had fully intended on sharing a great before and after with y’all today, but sometimes life happens. It looks like I’ve got a case of the sickies to start off the week. So I’ll be curled up in bed watching Friends reruns and trying every trick in the book to prevent Olivia from using me as a human trampoline.

But I thought it would be helpful to share some of the ways I decorated for fall on a budget this year. (Because ya know, we need any leftover money we can muster for new boots…or groceries.)

I don’t typically go all out for seasonal decorating other than for Christmas, but something ignited a cheerful spark in me this fall.

6 Ways to Decorate for Fall on a Budget:

1. Use a neutral color palette.

I love the look of neutral seasonal decor anyway, but the reason it’s so great for a small budget is you can use lots of neutral decor year-round. For my fall tablescape, I rounded up neutral placemats, napkins, wood chargers, and cream candles that I can stash away to use again for winter, spring, or summer.

Choosing traditional orange, rust, and gold colors might limit me in those other seasons.

Fall Tablescape | How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget | blesserhouse.com

2. Check thrift stores year-round.

I find the best seasonal decor at my local thrift store at the most random times of the year. Fall wreaths seem to show up on the shelves in the middle of spring or summer. If they’re in great shape, I snap them up and pay just a couple bucks for them. (By the way, you can check out all of my thrift shopping secrets here.)

Plank Wall | How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget | blesserhouse.com

3. Repurpose items in a festive way.

If you have a chalkboard, write a message on it just for fall. Fill a lantern with pinecones. Or if you have a typewriter, tuck a printed fall quote inside. You can download my printable here.

Vintage Typewriter + Free Printable | How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget | blesserhouse.com

Fall Window Chalkboard | How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget | blesserhouse.com

4. Rely on nature.

Pinecones from the yard, a few branches cut from the trees, apples from the produce aisle (or apple tree if you’re really lucky), use whatever you find on a nature walk to scatter on a table or shelf for dirt cheap (literally).

Pinecone Place Setting | How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget | blesserhouse.com

Wagon Bench Entryway | How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget | blesserhouse.com

5. Shop post-season sales.

I love scouring the clearance aisles at Michaels and Hobby Lobby for their post-season decor. A lot of times, their seasonal items are marked at 70-80% off on clearance. But even if you aren’t able to get out there for the big sales, they usually have 40-50% off for the early birds or sometimes throughout the seasonal months. I picked up pretty much all of my store-bought decor items at half price because I got them at the end of August when they first hit the shelves, and I used a coupon on top of that.

How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget | blesserhouse.com

6. Buy faux.

You think if I say “faux” instead of “fake” it’s fancier? Sure, we’ll go with that. I use mostly fake pumpkins throughout our house because I can pay almost the same price for those as real ones, and I don’t have to keep buying them for years to come. This year, I just pulled my fake pumpkins out of storage and started decorating, no purchase necessary.

How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget | blesserhouse.com

If you want my entire fall tour’s source list, you can check it out here. Have you already started decorating for fall? Or are you not too big on the seasonal decorating thing?

If you’re already thinking about Christmas decorating, you can check out my tips for budget Christmas decor too. Although, if you’ve already busted out the Michael Buble Christmas CD and Elf movie, I’m sorry. We can’t be friends. (Wink wink.)

6 Tips to Decorate for Christmas for Next to Nothing | blesserhouse.com

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10 Comments

  1. I love these tips! I’m already scouring the aisles of my craft stores thinking about how much things will be when they’re 80% off. 😉 If it was meant to come home with me, it will still be there on sale!

  2. Everything looks fabulous. I just decorated my mantle without purchasing a thing and wrote a post about it. I love your tip on purchasing neutrals and reusing throughout the year. I sure will be watching post season sales.!

  3. Good morning, all really great tips especially taking advantage of the great outdoors. I live in an area that doesn’t do fall leaves, so while walking by the beach one day, what do I see the tide wash up but red and yellow leaves. Go figure, it was as if God knew I needed them for my fall decor. Take care of yourself… I see Olivia climbing up on you…

    1. Aww that’s so great! Thanks for the well wishes. I’m feeling much better now. 🙂 Nothing a little rest and a few cups of tea couldn’t fix.

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