frugal fall home decorating ideas

by Barb on September 20, 2012

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While I’ve been out running errands for the past few weeks, I’ve been keeping an eye out for low cost fall home decorative items. I wanted some fresh inspiration for my own decorations at home even though I have the basic structure of my fall home decor set up. I also like to set up my fall decorations so they can transition into Halloween decorations and then Thanksgiving decorations.

Where to Find Frugal Fall Decorating Supplies

CVS

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One of my needs was a new seasonal rug for our front porch. I used to buy a rug I could use all year long until it wore out. Now I use the rug purchase to freshen up the porch each season. This rug was $3.99 at CVS, on sale this week for $2.99. Unfortunately, this rug had a very strong rubber smell. I would only use it on the front porch in a well ventilated spot.

The Dollar Tree

frugal_fall_decorations_2Our local Dollar Tree store has a fall decorating section near their Halloween section. These cute 2-inch leaves could be used to decorate vases or wreaths. They would also make a great addition to a fall garland for the mantel.

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These large felt leaf and pumpkin shapes, which I’ve found at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, are available at the Dollar Tree for only one dollar. The Bed and Bath ones are slightly thicker, and available for $1.99. Both felt shapes are great for table tops or hanging on the wall. You could leave as they are, or decorate with glitter, smaller felt leaves, or silk leaves. How about writing an autumn-related word like harvest with glue or paint, glitterizing it to use as a front door wreath?

Target

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My last stop this week was Target where I found cute fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving decorations in the dollar section. All the items pictured were $2.50. Here are colored pumpkins, plain and glitterized to add pizzazz to an outdoor display of real pumpkins. Perfect for moms with a desire to decorate, but no time or space to craft.

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Another dollar bin had lots of small Halloween decorations which could spiff up a fall wreath or be a quick addition to a display of fall mums. Personally, I loved the glitter letters spelling “Beware.” I’ve tucked mine into a mantel display and on top of my kitchen cabinets.

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Don’t forget to check out the witch’s brooms.

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These small felt baskets in autumn colors and about 8 inches in length could hold napkins at a school Thanksgiving party, or Thanksgiving cards from friends and relatives. I think they’re sturdy enough to hold a hostess gift of cookies if you’ve been invited over to Thanksgiving dinner.

5 Ways to Use Your Cool Finds

Easy Fall Decor for Less than $5 by Practically Functional – Using silk leaf picks from Michael’s, Jessi of Practically Functional makes her own simple fall bouquet emphasizing the vertical and graphic qualities of the leaves and berries. I’m thinking of making something like this for my buffet where I need a narrow, tall display.

Fall/Thanksgiving Mantel by Today’s Fabulous Finds – Tomorrow’s Treasures – I love how Janet of Today’s Fabulous Finds pulls together natural elements easy to find in the yard together with thrift store finds. The bright red pop of the lantern helps pull the different elements together while emphasizing a fall palette.

Autumn Leaves Garland by Jonah Lisa Land – Jonah Lisa’s leaf garland reminds me so much of my own leaf garland currently displayed on my mantel. She used the felt, ribbon, and embroidery supplies she had on hand. Someone less crafty could go with pre-cut leaf shapes from the dollar store.

Split Stitched Felt Leaves by 5 Orange Potatoes – How many ways can you use felt leaf shapes? 5 Orange Potatoes shares 5 ways, including 2 girl’s headbands.

“Welcome Pumpkins” by My Insanity – These handlettered pumpkins from My Insanity are cute and easy. Even if you don’t have a black paint pen, a Sharpie should do the job just as well.

What’s your favorite thrifty fall decorating find?

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Jessi @ Practically Functional September 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Great ideas Barb! I’m thrilled mine was included in there. :-)
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the cape on the corner September 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

ooh kay, so it looks like i need to hit up the target dollar spot, b/c i’ve been looking for something to add to my fall wreath! thanks for these great finds, and great ideas!
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Barb September 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I love checking out the Target dollar spot! Lots of cute Halloween stuff for parties, too.

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Alison Shaffer September 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

love all your finds! The felt baskets are lovely. think I’ll have to head to Target! thanks for sharing the awesome ideas and loot you found for a bargain!
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Lauryn September 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

LOVE these ideas Barb! I think I know where I am heading out tomorrow…on a hunt for all of your great finds:)
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Barb September 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Great! Let me know what you find.

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Michelle @ Thrifty 101 September 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

It looks great! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday! You’ve been featured! Drop by and grab an “I was featured” button….Hope to see you again this week!
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Kathy September 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Those are great places to find inexpensive holiday decor. I am fascinated by all the felt – I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy
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Barb September 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I just found several more cute items at Target today. My blurry pictures are up on Facebook if you want to take a look: http://www.facebook.com/A.Life.in.Balance.net My model kept moving. ;)

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