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Ultimate Guide to Decorating for Fall on a Budget

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Easy and cheap ideas for celebrating autumn in style! Give your home the cozy fall feels with one of these ideas for decorating for fall on a budget – including affordable, cute fall decorations and simple diy projects.

Fall’s gorgeous colors are reason enough to decorate your home this season, inside and out!

I hope these simple and affordable ideas for creating that cozy autumn feeling help you get your home decorated in a way you love this fall!

When should you decorate for fall?

I always say you should decorate your home in a way you love, so as soon as it feels appropriate to you to put out your cute fall decorations, then do it!

That being said, I’d recommend waiting until at least September 1st. It might be odd if you started putting them out in July… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Personally, there are many years I wait until after October 1st because our weather doesn’t start changing until then and I prefer to go along with the weather.


How do you decorate for Autumn on a budget?

Use natural elements.

Pumpkins, leaves, acorns, branches, greenery and other seasonal materials are perfect for autumn decor and will make your home feel warm and cozy.

Grow you own pumpkins, pick up acorns or leaves off the ground, or cut a branch off of your favorite tree when the leaves start changing color!

Or, if you prefer faux stems like me, grab one of these affordable options:

Make your own decor.

I love frugal fall decorations and they are so easy to make.

Check out the 30 easy diy fall decorations listed below!


Reuse what you already have.

Even if you don’t plan on getting crafty you might want to take a look at all the fall-themed items you already have.

They can be used to create fresh new centerpieces, mantle decor, porch decor, and much more!

Maybe you have some table linens in a warm color like orange, yellow or red? Or You can pull out an orange vase like I did on my mantel!

One of my favorite ways to decorate for any season is to shop my own home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Be thrifty.

Before you buy retail, be sure to check your local thrift stores and the online marketplaces for some super cheap fall decor.

My only suggestion is to make sure what you’re buying is high-quality.

No use buying something, even if it’s cheap, if it won’t last you for years!


Shop affordably.

Here are my favorite places to look for affordable, cute fall decorations!

I’ve even put together a list of my favorite Amazon fall decor for under $50! Click here to check it out.

Tackle one space at a time.

Don’t try and overhaul your entire home’s decor all at once.

Select one room you’re going to decorate and start there. Get it how you want, then move onto another room.

I’ll be honest, I only put seasonal decor in my main living space – so the living room, dining room and kitchen.

Our bathrooms and bedrooms don’t get decorated for the seasons for two reasons: way too much work and cost!

But, if you like the idea of adding fall decor to your entire home, do it in stages.

Store your cute fall decorations and reuse them every year.

The key to decorating for fall on a budget is NOT buying new decor every year.

It’s buying one or two things each year and building up a stash of nice, high-quality fall decor that you can reuse over and over!

Even if you don’t have a lot of storage space, decor can easily be stored in a labeled, industrial-style tote and placed in a garage or attic.

These are my favorite totes for storing decor.

DIY Ideas for Fall Decor on a Budget

Celebrate fall and give your home a new seasonal look with these amazing DIY fall decorations.

Regardless if you want to freshen up the entire house, just a few rooms, or your porch, check out my picks.

I’m sure you will find at least a few favorites that would be perfect for your home.

It’s easy to decorate for fall with a minimal touch.

Make sure to add a few accents in the entryway, living room, and kitchen.

If you have a mantle, that’s the perfect place to display your fall art, but also garlands, vignettes, and other decorative items.

Indoor DIY Fall Decorations

Here are some pretty and frugal indoor DIY fall decorations to inspire you. Let’s get crafty!

This butternut squash decor is so cute and elegant at the same time. You can make them with just a few supplies, including a Sharpie.

DIY Butternut Squash Decorations from

Fairy lights are not just for the holidays. This beautiful wreath looks even better when it’s lit and will make any space cozy.

$7 Fall DIY Dollar Tree Wreath from

No need to go through all the hassle of creating new fall decor every year. Try this simple fall centerpiece that can be reused for many years to come.

A Fall Centerpiece You Can Use Year After Year from

This elegant banner is an easy paper craft and makes a lovely piece of statement decor for Thanksgiving and fall, in general.

Printable Thanksgiving Banner from

If you’re looking for fall tablescape inspiration, this one should be kept in mind. Amber bottles, fall stems, pumpkins, and leaves create a relaxing atmosphere and your guests will surely love it!

Harvest Moon Fall Tablescape Ideas from

Decorating with black & white always works. Fall makes no exception so if you own a Cricut it’s time to put it to good use and make this minimal ‘Hello Fall’ DIY pillow.

‘Hello Fall’ DIY Pillow from

The fireplace is the perfect place to display your fall decor. This one has all the gorgeous fall colors with very little effort: a bit of foliage, some gourds, and a few decorative items (those wooden candle holders are amazing, right?). Perfection!

Simple Fall Fireplace Decor from

Non-traditional fall decor will add a fresh touch to your home in an instant. This lovely fall table is decorated with beautiful flowers and a few glam accents. Click the link below to find a wealth of easy fall table decor DIY projects.

Easy DIY Fall Table Decor from

Pumpkin decor is so versatile, as these stunning patterned pumpkins prove it. A simple painting project using acrylic paint pen markers anyone can make!

White Painted Pumpkin DIY from

I’m always surprised how simple and budget-friendly decor can have such a big impact. If you’re looking for a simple fall statement decor, this fall leaves display might just what you needed.

5 Minute DIY Fall Leaf Display from

This modern fall decor is so vibrant and eye-catching. The best part is you can make it with a few supplies and it’s super easy!

DIY Fall Leaf Wall Hanging from

Can you believe how gorgeous these upcycled pumpkins are? They’re made using some tights and cushion filler and the results speak for themselves.

DIY Recycled Halloween Pumpkins With Tights from

Pressed flowers look so classy and delicate it’s actually a brilliant idea to use them for your fall home decor.

DIY Pressed Floral Hoops from

These DIY flannel placemats are a simple craft and the perfect addition to your fall tablescape!

DIY Flannel Placemats from


Wheat decor is rustic and elegant at the same time. Here’s a super easy craft that will show you how to make a wheat harvest bundle, perfect for centerpieces and vignettes.

DIY Wheat Harvest Bundle from

DIY Outdoor Fall Decor Ideas

Celebrating fall should start from the outside so if you’ve been searching for some budget-friendly fall decor ideas to add some curb appeal here are some of my favorite.

These outdoor fall decor ideas are both creative and unique but also totally doable.

From outdoor signs to wreaths, tablescapes, and planters, there are so many options to bring autumn right to your doorsteps. 

Give your porch an autumn refresh with these wonderful DIY outdoor fall decor projects!

Outdoor signs are a sure way to create eye-catching decor and if you decide to make this rustic ‘Fall’ sign you can reuse it year after year.

Giant Distressed Fall Sign from

Sometimes, nature is all you need to create decor and fall is the perfect season to make use of it. Here’s a simple and pretty fall centerpiece using mostly foraged materials. Feel free to mix them with some decorative items you already have on hand to make a unique fall table centerpiece.

DIY Natural Fall Table Centerpiece from

Here’s another modern rustic fall tablescape that heavily relies on natural elements and looks fabulous. Those apple candleholders and pumpkin succulent planters are both DIY projects so click the link below to find out the details.

Outdoor Fall Tablescape from

The garden should not be ignored when it comes to seasonal decor. These beautiful pumpkins are a fun concrete craft. Even more, you will learn how to get the ‘moss look’ using fake moss!

DIY Concrete Pumpkin Idea For Fall from

Velvet pumpkins have been used for this outdoor fall tablescape and they will surely add a bit of glam to your own table.

Velvet Pumpkin Outdoor Fall Tablescape from

Baskets are a staple in rustic decor, and this basket wreath looks stunning. You can skip the lettering or change it if you want to make a wreath for a different season.

DIY Basket Wreath For Thanksgiving from

It’s easy to decorate your porch using only natural elements and this post shares some practical tips so anyone can do it!

Natural Fall Porch Decor from

I think that burlap is the perfect fall decor element and it can add texture to your DIYs. This wreath is certainly a successful craft and perfect for decorating your door this fall.

Beautiful Fall Burlap Wreath DIY from

Apples, wheat bundles, faux pumpkins, and berry garlands pretty up this lovely outdoor fall table that gives warm and cozy vibes.

Outdoor Fall Tablescape from

Give your home some extra curb appeal with this easy DIY fall window box. It’s a guaranteed success!

DIY Fall Window Box from

I love how this porch decor combines modern and rustic elements for a unique decor style that’s colorful and relaxing at the same time.

Copper, Gold And Blush Fall Porch Decor from

This cozy porch has been decorated in a simple way with pumpkins and greenery. Neutral fall decor has its undeniable charm and it will always look wonderful!

Fall Front Porch Sage Green Decor from

If you want to create a porch fall vignette, this DIY rustic fall sign is the perfect addition and a fun project.

DIY Rustic Fall Sign from

Cricut owners can make this lovely DIY fall pillow and I’m sure it would look just as great indoors.

DIY “Let’s Get Cozy” Fall Pillow from

While the weather still allows it, don’t hesitate to pretty up your outdoor living space using fall accents such as orange pumpkins, mums, and earth tone gourds.

Outdoor Fall Living Space Decor from

My Favorite Cheap Fall Decor for under $10!

If you’re looking to add a low-cost (but still super cute!) piece to your fall decor this year, grab one of these items:

I hope this ultimate guide to fall decor on a budget was helpful for you!

There are so many options – which did you try? Share in the comments!

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