Fall is in the air here in Seattle and there’s something about the beautiful colors, bright spots amidst the cool, foggy days, that make me want to bring that feeling inside. I’ve never been very decorative for decorating’s sake, but I love a good crafty project on a budget. These frugal fall decorating ideas are great for your own home, or for fall gifts!
Here are 10 frugal fall decorating ideas under $20:
1. Make a living tablecloth of dried leaves on your kitchen table, covered in a thin sheet of thin, clear vinyl (available by the yard at most local fabric stores). The vinyl allows you to see the leaves below but still wipe up spills.
2. “Stained-glass” leaf art from The Budget Decorator, by pressing leaves between two panes of picture frame glass and hanging in your window to let light shine through.
3. Search pinterest for fall printables. You can download these designs to print at home on a color printer or have them printed at your local copy shop. Pick up a range of frame sizes from Ikea to frame a pretty fall design, and frame some colorful fall leaves to go next to it.
4. Make thankful trees for your family to decorate. Cut a brown paper grocery bag into the shape of a tree and tape to the wall, or bring in branches (without leaves) from your yard and place in a vase. Cut small leaves out of red, yellow, and orange construction paper and leave near the tree for family members to write down things they’re thankful for! Attach the leaves with tape or string and fill out a beautiful fall tree that helps your family cultivate gratitude leading up to Thanksgiving.
5. Before Halloween, head out to a pumpkin patch and take pictures of your family, or just of the beautiful scenery. Frame the pictures in November and save them to pull out for fall decorating every year. If you have kids, you can take a “pumpkin pic” every year and bring them all out every fall, like Santa photos, for seeing how your kids have grown! One of the best times to take photos is during “magic hour,” around an hour before sunset with the low, golden light.
6. Make leaf candles. Use Mod-Podge to decoupage the leaves or you can try your hand at warming the candle and pressing them into the wax. Even better if you can find scented candles (pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg) for the season!
7. Make a vase from pumpkins or other fall gourds. (Check out other things to do with your Halloween pumpkins!)
8. Cut large leaves out of fall felt colors to make seasonal trivets or placemats.
9. Light up your porch with these awesome autumn luminaries. Save money off this Martha Stewart version by using plain brown paper lunch bags instead of expensive craft bags.
10. If you’re feeling extra crafty, and have some downed twigs in your yard (or on a nearby hike), try these cool twig coasters! Your holiday guests will think you shopped at Pottery Barn.
What are your favorite frugal fall decorations?