Written by: Lauren Hedenkamp
Photographs by: Sarah Terranova Photography
The Fall season represents everything comfortable and cozy. From a warm crock-pot meal to the smell of pumpkins and fresh eucalyptus, this season always brings happiness to the soul. The changing leaf colors alone provide a wealth of creative inspiration. The crisp weather change outside always inspires a transformation for the décor inside! Decorating for Fall doesn’t have to be expensive or labor intensive. All it takes to decorate on a budget is a few easy steps and a little creativity!
1. Use What You’ve Got
Repurposing what you already own is the best way to save money because you don’t have to purchase anything! Saving vases from old flower deliveries, favorite candle holders after the wax burns out, or mason jars can be worth the extra box in the basement. Once a little collection has been developed, there’s more to choose from each year! My favorite items to collect are mason jars. I use them as candle holders, silverware holders with twine wrapped in a bow, or as food containers!
2. Shop Thrift Stores & Garage Sales
Shopping garage sales and thrift stores is the cheapest way to give a new home to something that is being tossed away. My favorite thrift store find last year was a bucket of antlers, naturally found, for just $7! Since then I have used them in décor around my house and for parties. My favorite use is on a tablescape because they’re low so guests can easily talk to each other. Antlers plus some different shaped gourds and a few small candles add a whimsical touch to any table!
3. Get Woodsy
Fall décor specifically can get woodsy. Finding small branches outside or pinecones is an inexpensive way to add to the décor. My favorite addition to any decoration is eucalyptus. $3 at Trader Joes and the house will smell like Fall immediately! Also, it dries out beautifully so it can sit in a vase or container for months!
4. DIY Projects
Do It Yourself projects not only save money but also provide a little fun creativity in a serious world! Start a board on Pinterest with fun DIY projects with supplies you already have at home! This Fall I found a vintage frame, painted it with paint from my basement and hot-glued leftover silk flowers in the corner to hang as an alternative to a fall wreath!
Through these four tips, decorating for Fall can be easy and inexpensive! Get inspired on a walk outside and pick up a few materials to get you started!