Budget-Friendly Fall Decorating Ideas

Fri, 05 Oct 2012

It’s fall, one of the most beautiful seasons in New England. I’ve been admiring all the different colors that come out this time of year and decided to decorate my front door with them. I visited my local farm where they had a bountiful harvest blooming with decorative items that don't cost a lot, but can look like a million bucks.  Here are my inexpensive fall decorating ideas that will brighten your home and not break the bank.


Think Outside the Jack-O-Lanternpumpkin wheel

White pumpkins have been gaining popularity around New England and make a great focal point for any fall display. If you’re into painting, this is a great pumpkin to choose. They can also be used for cooking or carving. This siteThis is a third party link. Please review the third party content guidelines by clicking here for more details. has some great white pumpkin tips and links to pumpkin patches in New England.

Cost: $3-10 depending on size of pumpkin


Decorating with Gourds

Inexpensive and versatile, gourds are a great addition to your fall décor. There are so many creative things you can do with gourds, from table displays to wreaths to centerpieces. For inspiration, check out what Anna did with gourds in her blog post.This is a third party link. Please review the third party content guidelines by clicking here for more details.

Cost: $1 per gourd or buy 3+ for a better deal


Mums the Wordpumpkins and mums at the farm

With a variety of colors and sizes to choose from, mums are a gorgeous addition to your fall décor. You can dress up the pot with a straw basket, or plant them in the ground. Visit this websiteThis is a third party link. Please review the third party content guidelines by clicking here for more details. for tips on how to care for your mums.

Cost: $4 - $20 depending on size (I paid an extra $4 for a cute basket)


Welcome Home

There are so many affordable things you can do to brighten up your front steps for fall and welcome people into your. Some other popular items that can add to your display are:

  • Cornstalks
  • Indian Corn
  • Hay
  • Welcome Sign

Depending on the layout of your front porch you can go big, or keep it simple. I choose to start small and maybe add to it later. I’m no Martha Stewart, but I had a lot of fun picking everything out and jazzing up my bland concrete steps. Since then I broke down and bought an orange sugar pumpkin and placed it next to the red mum at the local farmer’s market so I could have another set of three. The farmer told me after I was done looking at it to make pumpkin pie, which I think I'll try.

Total Cost: Under $40


Fall is many New Englander's favorite time of the year. I love pulling up to my house and seeing my beautiful flowers and pumpkins to welcome me home from a long day at work. What fall decorating tips can you share? Please share in the comments below.

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4 comment(s).

Leslie Montano
October 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Thanks for sharing Dawn. Your doorstep looks great! I love using gourds to decorate. I especially love those little mini pumpkins! I've purchused them for as little as 3 for $1 at places like Xpect. They come in white too! For only a couple dollars, and maybe even using some colorful fall leaves, you can make the inside of your house fall festive too! I leave the mini pumpkins plain or use a black marker to pen on jack'o lantern faces on the orange ones and turn the white ones into ghosts! I've also painted faces on them with the kids as a fun fall crafts project.
October 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm
Thank you so much Leslie! You've got some great ideas...maybe a future post on how to decorate the inside of your house for less. ; )
October 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm
I found a picture on Pintrest for a fall decoration that I loved. It only cost a few dollars and I have gotten a ton of compliments. All I did was get a glass vase and pour dry beans in different colors into it. Each bag was only about $1.00. I chose a green bean, red bean, and yellow corn kernels. I am going to attempt to add a picture so you can see how nice the stripes of color looked. Not sure if it will work though. http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q637/AMYQUINNAN/FallBeansinJar_zpsa25b0e5c.jpg
Amanda Gabriele
October 9, 2012 at 9:18 am
Amy, that is so cute and creative! I think I am going to go ahead and try this myself. Dawn, it is so funny that you noted the white pumpkins. My daughter is obsessed.