Want to decorate but can’t spend a fortune? Here are eleven frugal fall decorating ideas to help you make a cozy home without overspending.
When we think of fall decorations, we think of an abundance of harvest themed coziness. As the stores begin to put out their selection for decor, it is easy to be tempted to buy this or that and pretty soon you have spent a lot of money without realizing it.
Maybe you want to create a cozy home, but the decorations you want cost too much. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways you can be frugal and still have a cozy home this fall.
Consider these frugal fall decorating ideas, and you might be surprised how much you can save!
Making your own decorations can be fun and save you a pretty penny at the same time. Somethings that are easy to make are…
- Fall floral arrangements
- Throw blankets
If you see a decoration that you like, but it’s too pricey, see if you can’t make you something like it. It just might be cheaper to make it yourself.
Use Fake or Dried Floral
Small fake Floral is easy to come by and is a great way to spruce up empty spaces or decorations that just need something more. Many stores like Walmart and Hobby lobby have sections where you can get floral pieces for under a dollar.
Drying real autumn colored flowers is a great frugal decorating idea. It’s cheap and easy. To save even more you could get some flowers in the clearance section to dry.
A simple way to dry flowers is to hang them upside down for several days to a week.
Shop at Dollar Tree
Although it’s not the most glamorous spot to shop, Dollar tree does have some perks. Yes, probably will be cheaply made, but this is not necessarily a bad thing for decorations.
Most people like to put new things out every year so they don’t need them to last more than a season or two. Somethings you might find at dollar tree for a good price are…
- Door Mats
- Candle Holders
- Small hay bales
- Craft Supplies
They sometimes even have fall themed household items like linens and soap dispensers, etc.
Shop at Thrift Stores
If you go to a thrift store in the right area of town, and you can Snag some good deals. It might be worth going out of your way too thrift stores that areNear richer neighborhoods to find better stuff. You never know what you will find!
Shop at Antique Stores
A great place to find old fashioned items to use as decor is at antique stores. Occasionally you can get really good deals on vintage things. It’s definitely a good place to find old books to use as decor.
Shop at the End of Season
Don’t stop looking for decor as the season ends. Once you see that stores have switched and are selling Christmas decor now, head over to the clearance section and see what you can find.
Even stores like hobby lobby have a clearance section!
Shop in the Off Season
Keep your eyes open during the year even if it isn’t fall because you can sometimes find some great things at thrift stores and other secondhand shops in the offseason.
Paint Thrifted items
An easy frugal decoration idea is to buy glassware and other items that you like the shape of and paint them in fall colors. You can also repaint pumpkins, apples, and metal floral to Match your existing decor. Sometimes you find something you like but the color is a little off and a little paint is all that’s needed to make it perfect.
Use Things from Nature
Go out in your backyard or take a walk in a park specifically to find fall decorations. Look for beautiful leaves that have changed color, acorns, and other nuts, for example.
They look great in small dishes on table tops or in mason jars on your shelves.
Make Use of Books
If you are a lover of books, peek through your collection and pull out all the ones with earthy or fall colored spines and covers. Stacks of books tied with ribbons make a great filler for spots that need something more to make it perfect it.
Make Do or Do Without
This is the best frugal decorating idea. If your decorating is all done, don’t buy more and if you’re wanting to not spend extra money this fall season, see if you can’t make do with what you already have from last year.
If you haven’t heard already, there’s an old-fashioned saying, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.“ This is the best for word advice for any area of your life including decorations.
It is our tendency to always want new things, and while we can give into that urge within reason, it isn’t always the best idea for our bank account to buy new decorations every year. There is no shame in reusing last years and choosing to be grateful for the abundance that you do have.
Decorating for fall can be a lot of fun, but it can also be expensive. Consider these eleven frugal fall decorating ideas as you prepare to make a cozy place where you and your family can flourish.
There’s nothing more old-fashioned then a frugal homemaker set on doing what she can with what she has to work with. Although you may not be able to have the exact decor that you want, you can easily still create a pleasant place within your means.
I hope you were encouraged to embrace a more old-fashioned outlook in your fall homemaking this year with these frugal fall decorating ideas.
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