Low Cost Decorating Ideas for Fall

You don’t need a lot of time or money to get into the Fall spirit. We’ve created five simple DIY decorations that will transform your home (inside and out) into an autumn oasis — all for less than $50!

You can celebrate the season without breaking the bank. We’re going to show you how by primarily using supplies from your local dollar and craft store. Not only did we save a ton of money, but we had lots of fun making them, too. So grab your glue gun and get ready for some fun craft making!

Fall Candle Centerpiece

Fall Candles Centerpiece

Bring that cozy autumn feeling inside your home with this easy to make centerpiece. Perfect for your dinner or coffee table, this piece makes any space look warm and inviting. You can start by looking for candles you have lying around the house, or you can get some for cheap at your local dollar store. You’ll be dressing them up with artificial leaves and twine, so any plain candle will do. Lay out your candles on a flat plate and garnish with pine cones and acorns (bought or from the great outdoors). We got everything from Dollar Tree, so each item only cost us $1!

  • Candles – $1 each x 3
  • Pack of artificial maple leaves – $1
  • Ceramic plate – $1
  • Jute twine $1
  • Decorative pine cones – $1
  • Decorative acorns – $1

— Total Cost $8

Simple Floral Wreath

Simple Floral Wreath

Why settle for a store-bought $30 wreath when you can make one in your own style for only $4? That’s what we did with this simple wreath, using our favorite autumn plants and color scheme. With just three different bushels of artificial flowers, we had more than enough for our wreath. For the base, we meshed a few stem wires together and bent them into a ring, creating a more delicate look. Using a hot glue gun, simply glue your favorites on the wreath to create a one-of-a-kind look that your neighbors will be sure to envy.

#FlippTip: Dollar Tree also carries metal or foam rings you can decorate if you want a more durable wreath that can be reused next year.

  • Pack of stem wires – $1
  • Artificial flowers bushels – $1 each x 3

— Total Cost $4

Pumpkin and Gourds Centerpiece

Pumpkin and Gourds Centerpiece

If you’re looking for an eye-catching piece that won’t take a lot of time and money to make, it doesn’t get simpler than this. Fill a clear glass vase or cookie jar with mini pumpkins and gourds, arranging them any way you like. You can mix different colors into one big vase or decorate multiple vases, each with one color pumpkin or gourd. If you don’t already have a big enough vase or jar, you can pick one up at the dollar or craft store. We settled on something around the $4 range, but there are a lot of options to choose from,  ranging anywhere from $1 – $10. Set it on your console table or shelf to instantly autumn-ize your home!

  • Glass cylinder vase – $4
  • Gourds – $0.50 each x 12

— Total Cost $10

Stacked Wooden Crates

Stacked Wooden Crates

Ok, we know not everyone is going to be able to see the upgrades you made inside your home, so the next craft is all about your front porch. Contribute to your neighborhood’s fall cheer with this easy porch decoration using two or more wooden crates, a couple of pumpkins, and a few dollar store items. The pricier items in this DIY project are the crates, which cost between $6 and $11 at the craft store, but what’s great is that you can find ways to use and re-use them throughout the year. If you already have some apple crates, old wooden drawers, or shelves, go ahead and use those instead!

  • Small wooden crate – $6
  • Medium wooden crate – $11
  • Mini pumpkins – $0.50 each x 2
  • Maple leaves garland – $1
  • Candle – $1
  • Small cylinder vase – $1
  • Chalkboard – $1

— Total Cost $22

Pumpkin Calligraphy

Pumpkin Calligraphy

Although these small pumpkins are already decorative on their own, you can personalize them with lettering and flourishes to make them pop. Write your initials, an inspiring word, or even one letter per pumpkin to spell a word using multiple pumpkins. To make sure your writing won’t smudge, we recommend using an oil-based paint pen, but you can also use a Sharpie as a cheaper option. Black, gold, and silver will have enough contrast on orange, so we recommend you stick to these colors. Display your creation on your windowsill or porch for everyone to admire…just make sure you practice your calligraphy beforehand!

  • Small pumpkin – $2
  • Oil-based pen – $4

— Total Cost $6

Feeling inspired yet? We sure hope so! Let us know which ideas you liked best by sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter and tagging us at @getflipp. Remember to hop on the Flipp app for more seasonal savings on decor, food, and more!

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