Looking to save money on your fall decor? Here’s how to shop your house and your cupboards and find 10 things you already have to decorate for fall.

decorate for fall with velvet pumpkins and leaves

If you are not a millionaire this is the post for you.

If you want to decorate for fall and start saving your millions this is the post for you.

Today is all about decorating for fall and saving money.

Two of my very favorite things.

Because today?

Today is all about shopping your house and your yard and your cupboards and using what you have to decorate for fall.

Who’s ready?

Oh, good.

Me, too.

Here are 10 simple ideas that use what you have in your house to decorate for fall.

decorate for fall with book pages

1. use book pages to decorate for fall

You probably have paperback books sitting around that were headed for the donate pile or the trash pile.

Don’t toss them yet.

Use them to decorate.

Here’s how I made this leaf display for my hutch for fall.

decorate for fall with this book page wreath

I’ve also used leaves before to make a wreath.

Same concept, different leaves.

You can see the entire book page project here.

fall leaf framed for fall decorating

2. Frame it

Shop your house and find all the frames to decorate for fall.

Then open up your fall decorating boxes and find something ordinary and frame it.

You can see how I made these leaf pictures here.

And in case you missed the post yesterday, we talked about framing all the things with tons of ideas for you to add a little frame to make them feel extra special.

You can see that post here.

3. Sweaters

Shop your closet for sweaters.

You know.

The ones with pills all over them that you were about to toss and let those sweater arms free to live their best lives.

Make a DIY sweater vase like this one.

You can also felt those old sweaters to make a felted wool pumpkin like this one.

It’s such an easy project.

You can see all the how-to’s here.

4. Chalkboard

Shop your storage shed for some chalkboard paint to make this project.

Simply paint a pumpkin with chalkboard paint and add a fun word find.

You can see the entire project here.

5. Door runner

Have an old fall door runner sitting in your linen closet?

Why not repurpose it on your door?

Instead of a wreath, add a door runner for fall.

See the entire fall porch here.

6. Fabric

Make your own fabric pumpkins with fabric from your stash.

These are so much easier than they look. The project is totally no-sew. I used driftwood for the stems, but you can also save real pumpkin stems and reuse them.

See the entire project here.

7. Cutting boards

Use cutting boards to make a mantel like this one.

It’s so easy.

I just stacked the cutting boards on the mantel, added a leaf stem and painted a sign on an old board.

See all my best wood sign painting tips here.

pumpkin with keys to decorate for fall

8. use vintage keys to decorate for fall

This is one of my easiest pumpkin DIYs.

Just shop your house for vintage keys and create a monogrammed pumpkin.

If you don’t have keys, why not paint your state on your pumpkin?

Here’s an easy DIY for pumpkin with a little state pride.

decorate for fall with coasters

9. Coasters

Have a set of monogrammed coasters?

Why not create a set of monogrammed pumpkins with them?

Here’s an entire post with my monogrammed coaster pumpkins and 11 other simple DIY’s for fall.

leaves in vase to decorate for fall

10. use leaves to decorate for fall

Shop your yard for leaves.

It’s one of my best fall decorating tips.

I find the branches where the leaves are just turning colors and clip them and add them to a vase like this.

I know it’s August.

I know it’s hot.

I get it.

That’s why I’m having so much fun planning for fall.

And shopping my house and my yard and my cupboards.

And saving all the money….

….for Christmas. 🙂

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Just click on the links below to take you to the posts.

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French Country Cottage | 5 Easy Room Updates in 5 Minutes


On Sutton Place | Sunflower Season: An Easy Arrangement

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    LOVE all of your ideas!!!! Have them all saved in my Autumn To Do File!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some of them I have already done since you have been kind enough to give us ideas over the years :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Image for Francesca Gunn Francesca Gunn

    I am not ready for fall yet but I might used the book page leaves for another project and will do the sweater vases for after Christmas decorating as it lends well to winter decorating, too. I love this post!

  3. Image for Deb in Oklahoma Deb in Oklahoma

    Great ideas, all! Table runner on the front door is very inspired--way to multi-task that one. I'm starting to get that "fall" inkling and am SO ready to decorate.

  4. Image for Sevahn Sevahn

    I adore Autumn. Can't wait to decorate with pumpkins everywhere. I wholeheartedly agree with all of these decorating and money-saving tips. I also thought that the table runner idea on the front door was sensational! I really truly wish we were neighbors:) So lucky to follow you on your blog. Happy Fall!

  5. Image for Lori Howard Lori Howard

    Storage is such a problem with all the decor items/crafty must haves that using what I have or some leaves and twigs from the yard is a great idea! It's August and as much as I love being outdoors in the yard, I'm ready for a nice cozy reading day while the cold winds blow outside. Our pumpkins here in Indiana have gotten so pricey! Painting them white what I will do this year as they were over $10 a piece last year..gourds were pricey too and I love some groovy ugly gourds on my porch! Wish I could grow them. Saving these projects to my Pinterest page now:0) Thanks!

  6. Image for Gina Gina

    Happy Almost Fall! You must in my head...#9...I just left Kirkland's with monogrammed cork coasters in mason jar lids painted black!

  7. Image for Sonya Sonya

    Love these easy and budget friendly ways to decorate for my favorite season, fall. It is still hot here at the coast but I can dream and plan just like you friend.

  8. Image for Peg Peg

    Ok, the navy blue, velvet pumpkin in the first pic...just stop it! It's SO scrumptious with the blue and white china and pops of orange!! I'm in love!!! xoxo

  9. Image for Laura Laura

    Love all of these crafts! I'm going to make the felted pumpkins but I'm keeping it easy and buying some felted wool fabric squares. Can you give me an idea of how big you cut the felt circles for the pumpkins? Thanks!

  10. Image for Mona Mona

    Love your ideas! I have to tell you you are my favorite blogger! You have a gift of writing that makes me want to sit down and visit with you. I look forward to opening your emails. I laugh out loud. Thank you for that. You brighten my day. Question: On your decorating for fall ideas - cutting board mantel - did you paint the wooden wall? If so how can I get that look on my built in pine cabinet?

  11. Image for Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap

    As a blogger I'm normally ahead of the game with planning and even decorating for each upcoming season. This year I'm really struggling with motivation and haven't done a solitary thing towards fall decor as of yet. Thanks for your amazing ideas, as always! I will definitely be trying some of them and felt a little creative spark as I read your blog post. Perhaps it was just the push I needed. I love quality decor on a very tight budget - it's what I'm all about. Thank you, sweet friend.

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