Fall Décor On A Dime

Fall has arrived! I know it’s been official a while ago, specifically when Starbucks started selling the almighty Pumpkin Spice Latte (obviously), but I guess  I’m a little slow to adjust.

I don’t usually get super into seasonal decorating, and especially not fall décor. I just have   SO much REGULAR decorating that needs to be finished in the rest of the house that it’s hard to get into the temporary stuff. But this year, I decided to add just a few fallish details, just to feel a little more festive than normal.

Now, my already tight budget is even tighter right now since we haven’t had a renter in our Delaware house for almost half a year along with working on fixing it up to rent. So my fall décor budget was roughly $5 and some change. Or something close to that. Please tell me I’m not the only one?

As much as I would have loved to stock up on some pretty, fresh multi-colored pumpkins, they can be a little pricey, especially if you’re buying multiples. And if, like me, you prefer the white pumpkins? Forget about it.

So instead, I headed to the dollar section and picked up a few ugly items, determined to make something pretty out of them.

I picked up this $1 pumpkin bucket and a $.96 can of white spray paint from Walmart.

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At the dollar tree, I found these faux leaf bunches and little pumpkins and gourds.

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I spray painted the pumpkin bucket white, added some cabbage leaves from the produce section as a filler (a trick I learned from the Nester), a $3 bouquet of alstroemeria lilies, and finished it out with some wildflowers from across the street.

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As much as I love traditional fall colors, I wanted a more neutral look overall. I cut the leaves off of the bunch, and gave them a few coats of the white spray paint as well. I love the muted, almost frosty look they have now.

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I also gave the pumpkins and gourds a coat of copper spray paint.

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And then, with a length of twine, I tied each leaf on individually, intermittently spaced to leave room for the gourds, which I then hot glued directly to the twine.

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I did a little bit of chalkboard art, hung the finished garland, and set everything up.

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Again, they’re small changes, nothing earth shattering, but enough at least to make it feel a little more autumnal here in the house and get my family and I in the fall spirit.

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I love the way the afternoon light shines in this little corner.

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That’s it for now, but I will be back later this week with a few more simple and affordable ideas. How are you decorating for fall? Do you like to go all out, or add just a few little touches like me?

Until next time!

Rachel

 

2 thoughts on “Fall Décor On A Dime

  1. Rachel, you need to come visit me and we’ll go to the Dollar Tree. 🙂 Your creativity amazes me! I love the white pumpkin with the flowers ~ looks like something from a florist. The leaves and copper items are a perfect touch! I’m not doing much decorating…I live in an apt and there’s really not a lot of space. If there’s too much out, it makes me claustrophobic!

    I’m sorry about your problems with the house in Delaware. Do you have it listed with a Management type company? Just thought that might make it easier on you.

    Fall seems to have arrived and I’m thrilled! A cool front is in the forecast for the weekend and that will be delightful! I hope you have a great rest of the week.

    xo
    Pat

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    • Pat,

      You are so kind and encouraging! Thank you for your sweet words. We’re just about to finish up the house to list it, and we have thought about using a rental management company. Have you had experience with them?

      We had a cool front come through, although it has since warmed up. But at least we have chilly mornings to make it seem more like fall. Plus the kids are on fall break next week, and I’m excited to have them home!

      I hope you have an awesome week yourself!

      Rachel

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