by Jolene Tang, Contributing Writer
‘Tis still the season, my friends. And I am sooo loving it. We finally started getting some rain around here, and I was so excited to finally bust out my peacoat and use my umbrella.
Have I mentioned how much I love fall? Well, I do. And I also love decorating my home to reflect it.
But I’m on a budget, and I don’t have a lot of storage space, so I always have to be a little more inventive when it comes to the quantity of seasonal items I buy. Good thing I love a challenge, right?!
I’ve gathered a few ideas for you today on how you can decorate your home just the way you want it–without breaking the bank.
1. INVEST IN FAUX DECORATIONS
Faux decorations make sense in the long run, because they can (technically) last you forever! Find some faux pumpkins which you can decorate to your liking and tuck them into all the little nooks of your home.
You could even hunt down some colorful faux foliage at your local dollar store and turn it into a rustic wreath for your front door. Or make it easy on yourself and put it in a vase as part of a table centerpiece.
2. HOST A FALL HOME DECOR EXCHANGE PARTY
Never heard of this? That’s okay, because I just made it up!
Gather your friends together for a fall party, complete with apple cider and everything pumpkin-flavored.
Ask them to bring a fall decoration item they don’t use anymore, and have an exchange time during the party. Think of it as a classy white elephant exchange where you could potentially find something you love that came from a friend!
3. SHOW OFF YOUR QUILTS WITH AN EASY DIY
Making a quilt ladder to display your favorite throws is such a quick way to add a layer of coziness to your home. It’s also convenient for when you have guests over on a chilly evening- they each get to pick one out, and you don’t have to rummage through your storage bins to find them!
If you’re interested in finding out how you can create one for as little as $15– see my tutorial post here.
4. BUY OR MAKE SEASONAL CANDLES
Is it just me, or are fall-themed candles one of the best things about this season? They not only come in amazing scents, but they are a must-have in any tablescape or fireplace mantel decoration setup. I’m known to buy my favorite candles in bulk, especially ones that smell like mulled apple cider or a woodsy campfire.
The good news is that candles can be cheap, if you’re looking in the right places. My advice is to skip the major department stores, and perhaps check out the discount retail chains such as Ross and TJ Maxx.
Also, if you have kiddos and/or are sensitive to the effects of candles burning in your household, you don’t have to miss out on the fun! Look up recipes for essential oil blends you can diffuse so that your house can still smell like fall without the possible negative repercussions.
5. USE OR REPURPOSE THINGS YOU ALREADY OWN
One major thing you can do to save money on fall decor is utilize the neutral decor items you already own, such as mason jars, white candles, and burlap table runners. These work well with every season and if they are the foundation of your decor style, then you only need to purchase a few season-specific items as your accents.
You can also repurpose old sweaters and flannel shirts into unique pieces for your home, with just a little creativity and a few hours of your time. Some of my favorite ideas so far are flannel coasters, throw pillow covers, and small table runners.
6. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NATURE
Pinecones are one of my favorite things to decorate with, but sadly I usually have to buy them at the craft store because I can’t grab them for free around where I live. So if you do actually have some in your backyard or neighborhood, take advantage of them!
Go outside, grab yourself a few pinecones or branches, and scatter them throughout your rooms. Make sure you clean them thoroughly so that no little critters or bugs get into your house. And voila! You have some new decorations for which you didn’t have to drop a dime.
WHICH PART OF YOUR HOME DO YOU MOST ENJOY DECORATING FOR FALL?
Jolene is a wife, DIY addict & cat lover who writes from her home in Los Angeles. She adores everything historical & vintage, and could happily wander through a used book store for hours without even buying anything. Grab a cup of tea & feel free to visit her blog, which features unique home decor ideas, DIY project tutorials, and tips on budget living.