You’ve seen them.
Those fancy fall tables.
Full of pomp and circumstance and museum-worthy pumpkins.
I love a beautiful table as much as the next person, but what if we went all thrifty? What if I gave you TONS of ideas for walking around your home and finding items you could use on your fall TABLE right now?
These are the super simple decor hacks that I use when I don’t have time or budget to run to the store.
Sometimes it’s just as simple as thinking outside the box. Maybe it’s using something you have in a new way. Maybe it’s finding creative ways to bring in a little fall without spending a dime.
We’ve got this fall table.
Here’s how to decorate your fall table by shopping your house.
Idea number one: Use a door garland on your table
Go up to those tubs in the attic and find a garland.
Instead of decorating the door?
Place it on your table instead.
Then add in dried leaves (or in this case, I cut leaves from the yard and just let them dry in place). You could also use dried hydrangeas in this arrangement, too).
And tuck in pumpkins.
Donity done done done.
Idea number two: use a board for a table runner
Shop your garage and find a board.
The more pitiful the board is? The better.
You can leave it wood color. Or stain a design on it. Or paint it white.
If you have any old hardware? Add them to the bottom of the board for feet (I think I need to do a DIY on how we did this. LOL.)
Then? Place it in the center of the table as runner and decorate around it.
Idea number three: Use garland for chargers
Garland. I know, right?
If you have any random fall garland in your tubs, use it around the bottom of the plates for chargers.
Just tuck it around the edges.
You could also do this with leaves from the yard.
Magnolia leaves would make amazing chargers.
Idea number four: fill a pumpkin with fresh flowers from the yard
Find a hollow plastic pumpkin.
You can paint it to match your table.
Cut off the top.
Fill a vase with fresh flowers or leaves from the yard.
Use as your centerpiece on the table.
Idea number five: use small glasses as vases
I know this seems Captain Obvious, but it’s such an overlooked idea.
Some of the prettiest fall centerpieces I’ve ever made—I just shopped my glass cabinet.
I filled the glasses of different sizes with water and added leaves from the yard.
You can mix your glass vases with glasses, too.
That way you have vases with different heights.
Idea number six: add fruit
I love to mix in fruit in my fall decor.
I just shop my refrigerator and put out bowls of apples or pears or lemons.
Why let that pretty fruit sit in the fridge until you are ready to eat it.
Decorate with it instead.
I want to introduce you to someone who inspires me and my tables every single day.
Do you know my friend Courtney?
She sent me her newest book, Inspired Gatherings and I gasped when I opened it.
It’s the most beautiful book in the world about tables and table settings gatherings everywhere and in every setting.
It all starts with the table.
And Courtney is a table expert.
She shows you the most beautiful tables in the most beautiful settings. In the backyard. At the beach. Under an oak tree or a country barn. A simple picnic or coffee by the lake.
The tables in Inspired Gatherings are incredible.
And hopefully will give you a little inspiration for your own tables.
And then? You can shop your house for all the ideas. 🙂