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. White Dishes

Shop your cabinets for some white dishes to fill up a hutch.

Then add branches and pumpkins scattered here and there to layer in pops of orange.

You can see the entire hutch 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.

I just shared 10 other pumpkin decorating ideas in addition to this one.

You can see them 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.

(total aside: just between us this really only works if your letter doesn’t have any curves in it. You could always paint a monogram on the front of the pumpkin instead.)

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 DIYs 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.

It’s still Texas hot here, y’all.

We did have a cool front come in with a couple of days in the 80’s.

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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  1. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    All lovely fall inspired ideas. I just Might look for those sweaters. I’m still not over summer and all that I love about it, but I know have to let go and move on from more things than just Summer. So today as hard as it is for me, I say goodbye to Summer in my world. Other things may take a little longer, but someday I know I will get there and be able to move on further. Thank you for the wonderful fall post.

  2. Image for Amy Amy

    Thank you for these cute affordable ideas. My mind is now thinking if all the fabric and old pillow stuffing I could use to make cute pumpkins; and twigs I can gather. I feel a craft day coming on. 🍁

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