I love to decorate during the fall, but I do not have a huge decorating budget. We are all trying to save money, but many of us homemakers want to add a few personal touches to our homes to cozy up the space. I want to share with you my frugal fall decorating tips and show you what I have done to decorate my home for fall.
1. Hit up the sales.
This year I waited a little further into the season to buy fall décor at my local Hobby Lobby (my favorite craft store). They had all of their fall harvest stuff marked down to 40% off. If you can wait until the end of the season, you will obviously get an even better deal on items you can use to decorate your home next year.
From Hobby Lobby I bought decorative pumpkins, gourds, acorns, and pinecones. I also bought a cute little welcome sign for my front porch that I will show you in my next post about my front porch! I like to decorate with fake fall foliage, so I picked up some of that as well for a reasonable price.
2. Buy one new item every year to build your collection.
My husband and I have been doing this every year since we got married. We will buy one or two decorative items every year and our stash slowly builds. One year we bought two ceramic Jack-o-Lanterns (one got broke to bits, unfortunately), we bought a cute turkey couple that we bring out in November, a couple of years ago we bought a harvest sign from a local pumpkin patch. Doing things this way means you can buy really nice things that you like without spending a ton on buying several bigger, expensive things.
3. Use items you have on-hand.
My husband likes to buy me flowers every now and then. I save all of my vases and use them to decorate in other ways without flowers. I put my fake fall foliage in this pretty pitcher and I added my acorns and pinecones to one of my clear glass vases.
I have seen people use dried split peas, popcorn kernels, and dried kidney beans to layer in a pretty vase. A candle can be added for a cute, frugal decoration.
4. Cozy up your home with scents.
I love fall scents and there is nothing more cozy than a nice smelling home. A nice scented candle can last a while and make your house smell delicious. One of my favorite ways to scent my home is with a wax burner. I bought mine at Wal-Mart and buy the little wax cubes for $2.00 a container and one cube will last a few days.
Obviously you can scent your home naturally. Just baking an apple pie or pumpkin bread will make your home smell delicious. Alternately, you can simmer a small pot of water with a cinnamon stick and a bit of vanilla to make your house smell like fall.
5. Remember that less is more.
I’m all about simplifying and decluttering, so I do not want to clutter up my home with a ton of knick-knacks and decorations. This is why I suggest only buying one piece every year to minimize the amount of décor you are adding to your shelves. You do not need a ton of decorations to make your home cozy or remind you of fall. A few little things and a nice-scented home will do the trick!
This post is part of our Welcome Fall series. Click here to see more ways to celebrate fall!