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6 Tips for Fall Decorating on a Budget

Are you decorating for autumn? If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the season without spending a lot of cash, here are six tips for you. Each of these are seasonal ideas, meaning you won’t have to replace your decorations between Halloween and Thanksgiving.

1. Use Seasonal Candles

You can pick up inexpensive candles in a variety of autumn scents such as apple cider, cinnamon spice, and pumpkin. Once you have your candles, you can arrange them on saucers to add a nice touch to any room.

2. Bring the Outdoors In

Nature is such a beautiful part of fall. The abundance of fallen leaves, pinecones, and branches can become the base of your decorations.

Here are some display ideas:

  • Use a bare branch as a mini-tree. Support it in a glass vase and use ribbon to hang acorns, beautiful leaves, or dried flowers.
  • Create a wreath out of dried leaves and a wire coat hanger.
  • Arrange pinecones in a glass bowl.
  • Place acorns in a bowl and set a seasonal candle on top.
  • Pick a bouquet of autumn flowers.

3. Take Advantage of Seasonal Produce

It’s the time of year when nuts, pumpkins, gourds, and apples are abundant. The majority of fall produce is long-lasting. When properly stored, it’s harvested in the fall, and meant to last several months until spring foods start to appear.

This long-lasting effect means you can take advantage of the produce to add to your décor. You won’t have to worry about your pumpkin rotting after just a week.

To use produce as decorations, try:

  • Tying scraps of plaid fabric around gourds, or decorating with washi tape and placing them on your entry steps.
  • Arranging mini-pumpkins on your mantle.
  • Gluing colored leaves around a pumpkin for a centerpiece.
  • Tie lightweight apples to your chandelier.
  • Fill a hurricane vase with mini-pumpkins and acorns.

4. Pot Some Flowers in Fall Colors

You can find beautiful orange, yellow, and red flowers. Mums, Chrysanthemums, and Asters are great choices.

Buy these plants started, and plant them in containers. You can leave them outside during the day, but if your weather is too cold, bring them indoors at night.

5. Shop at Thrift Stores

You can find a variety of fall decorations at thrift stores for a fraction of the price of buying new. Remember to check for material that you can upcycle, including flannel, plaid, and any fall colored pattern.

If you can find an old Styrofoam wreath, you can use a hot glue gun and dried leaves and twigs to repurpose it for fall.

6. DIY

No matter how you decorate for the season, you’ll save the most money by creating your own decorations instead of buying things already made. Take time to go on a nature walk and pick up some fall foliage and gather pinecones.

Since pinecones make good homes for little bugs, you need to prepare them before you use them. Put them in a single-layer on a lined cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes. Pinecones are flammable, so don’t leave your kitchen unattended while they bake.

Once you remove the pinecones from the oven, and let them rest for two days before using. This process will melt any remaining sap, and kill any bugs that were inside. Now your pinecones are ready to use for any decorations you’d like.

With a little imagination and ingenuity, you can decorate on the cheap! For more money saving ideas, be sure to check out the SideMoney blog frequently.

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