30+ Simple (and frugal!) DIY Fall Decorating Projects
Fall decorating is so much fun especially when you can keep it simple and on budget. Take a look at these 30+ DIY Fall decorating projects.
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30+ Simple (and frugal!) DIY Fall Decorating Projects
The internet is swirling with brilliant ideas for your home during the fall season. Every blog is brimming with inspiration and you’re probably pinning like mad! But how many of those ideas will you really use this year? You’re busy, and the time you have for crafting and creating is probably very limited. So how about this: rather than trying to tackle big projects that require time and money you may not have, take a few of these fabulous but simple DIY fall decorating projects and take pride in a homemade home this autumn!
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1. Easy Glitter Pumpkins
A quick spray of glue and some glitter are all it takes to give these faux pumpkins a makeover. Look at your local dollar store or Target for the pumpkins, or order some online.
2. Patterned Bean Pumpkin
This little project can be as complex or simple as you choose for your fall decorating. Start with a few basic shapes and begin gluing, then add variations in color and make your pattern more elaborate if you like.
3. 5 Minute Fall Garland
Fast and frugal, this leaf garland is sure to dress up any space! Use a sewing machine to string the leaves together to make it your fastest fall decoration project. Grab a bunch of faux leaves here.
4. State Decal Pumpkin
Show a little state pride on your porch this fall with this fun decaled pumpkin idea. If you’ve got the time, go one step further and add a house number pumpkin to the mix.
5. Burlap Tin Can Candle Holders
Save a few soup cans to make this great wallet-friendly decoration. Use high-texture fabrics like burlap to wrap the cans and nestle your favorite candles (apple or pumpkin scents, perhaps?) inside.
6. Pumpkin Topiary
Use wooden skewers to hold pumpkins and gourds of different sizes together to create this fun outdoor or indoor fall decorating idea.
7. Leaf Monogram
A monogram on the front door makes home just a little more homey for fall visitors. Make this one even easier by skipping the moss frame and simply hanging the monogram with a pretty ribbon.
8. Scrap Wood Pumpkins
Do you have a bit of scrap wood lying around from a previous project? Recycle it by making a set of these colorful pumpkins. Tap a nail into the top of each board and wrap it with jute twine for a rustic touch.
9. Hanging Leaves
Use fishing line and a simple hot gluing technique to create these clever hanging leaves. Hang them from ceilings, doorways, light fixtures, and anywhere you want to create a “falling leaves” look.
10. Leaf Decorated Candles
A little bit of decoupage goes a long way in this autumn décor project. Gather leaves of similar shapes and sizes from the area around your home in order to form basic patterns.
11. Easy “Fall” Blocks
Stain a set of four wood blocks (pick your favorite size!) and paint each with a letter from the word “fall.” Or, if you’ve got a few minutes more, the word “autumn!”
12. Sharpie Pumpkins
Spray paint a set of lack-luster dollar store pumpkins and go crazy with a Sharpie! Take inspiration from a few of these designs or create your own, and maybe even let the kids get involved.
13. Hanging Pine Cone Door Décor
Pine cones abound this time of year and gathering a few for a DIY decoration couldn’t be easier! Choose your favorite color of ribbon to make this hanging door décor.
14. Indian Corn Candle Holder
Indian corn is a fall décor favorite that lasts for years. Use a few ears in this fun candle holder project and light up your autumn dining table.
15. Autumn Framed Printed Burlap
Use the free printable from Domestically Speaking and follow her video tutorial for printing on burlap. You’ll have this craft done in a snap!
16. Free Fall Frameable Subway Art
It really doesn’t get any easier than this! Print this subway art on sturdy paper, pop it in a frame, and voila! Five minute décor.
17. Leaf Ornaments
Turn a few of those leaves in your yard into ornaments by adhering them to cardstock and tying ribbons to the tops. You can also collect (and perhaps spray paint?) some branches to place in vases and hang your ornaments.
18. Fall Twig Wreath
Tie a few bunches of twigs together to form the wreath base in this project, then use a few squares of burlap and some paint to create the cute mini-bunting for a focal point.
19. Leaf Wall Art
A DIY decoration for the true nature-lover, this wall is created simply by gluing leaves to cardstock and adorning whatever wall in your home needs a little love.
20. “Fall” Mason Jar Vases
These plain jars become fabulous fall vases with a little paint. To make this craft even easier, try spray painting the jars after applying the letters.
21. Leaf Placemat Pillows
These simple pillows are a fantastic project even if you’re not confident in your sewing skills! Just pick apart a few inches of the seam on a set of leaf placemats, stuff them, and sew them back up. Instant autumn throw pillows and fall decorating that can be out all season long!
22. Painted Twine Pumpkins
There seems to be no end to the crafts you can try with foam pumpkins! This version uses jute to dress up the stem and create fun, defined lines.
23. Easy Faux Hydrangea Wreath
Hydrangeas can be a beautiful fall flower, but if you haven’t exactly used your green thumb this year, a bunch of faux hydrangeas will do! Select a few in some autumn colors and make this pretty wreath to adorn a front door, window, or mirror.
24. Mason Jar Leaf “Chandelier”
Colorful fallen leaves are everywhere for fall decorating and using them to make a few fabulous decorations just makes sense. This mason jar chandelier becomes quite the conversation piece with the use of rope and leaves.
25. Simple Indian Corn Wreath
This Indian corn “sunburst” wreath will look great among your other autumn décor, whether inside or out. Look for the mini-sized corn at dollar stores, craft stores, or even local farmers’ markets. You can also buy some here.
26. Rustic Fall Sign
Trim a tree in your yard and use the branches to create a wood slice sign, or buys some here. Customize your sign with your own fall words, like autumn, grateful, give thanks, and more.
27. Leaf and Book Page Banner
An old book and some more of those wonderful fallen leaves are a perfect match when it comes to this easy, beautiful autumn banner.
28. Twig Candle Holder
Another great twig project, these naturally rustic candle holders would look fabulous on a mantel, porch steps, or as part of a decorative tablescape.
29. Boxwood Wreath
Look outdoors for materials to make crafts like this gorgeous boxwood wreath. Perfect for fall with the rustic foliage and FREE fall decorating win!
30. Pallet Porch Sign
If you can find a free pallet, they make great porch signs. Grab some leftover paint and whip up a gorgeous fall sign for your porch.
31. Orange Pomander Floral Arrangement
Dress up your tables with a gorgeous fall arrangement. We love the mixture of floral and fruit in this arrangement.
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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.
Originally Posted September 29, 20214 // Updated October 20, 2022