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Fall Decorating Ideas on a Dime

Earlier this week my Mom showcased simple and affordable ideas for fall decorating around her home.

Ideas included were how she likes to incorporate cozy fabrics, warm colors, candles and natural elements. Not to mention a key component … when is it okay to start decorating for fall?

Switching out home decor with each season change not only adds variety year round, but also helps you be more present during each season.

Today I’d like to welcome you into my home for fall decorating ideas you can create on a dime. Many elements were found around my home. However, with a little bit of imagining and time spent creating I had fresh decor.  In fact, you too can create a calming, natural fall look in your home with items you already have on hand.

Fall Decorating By Keeping It Neutral


Over the last few years I’ve slowly been incorporating navy, white and other natural elements throughout our home to create a calm coastal feel.

With three energetic, busy and LOUD kiddos all busy running every which way, my home needs all the calm it can get!

So this year, I decided to keep this calm color scheme flowing in my fall decorating ideas.


As mentioned before, many elements were already found around my home. I did take a trip to Dollar Tree and snagged several mini pumpkins, ranging in colors of bright oranges, yellows and greens.

To keep to my color scheme and tone it down, some pumpkins were transformed with a couple coats of paint and while others were wrapped in navy and creme ticking fabric (both of which were left over from Ellie’s bedroom makeover).

Placing pumpkins on a natural burlap table runner groups everything together, and lastly I sprinkled a few small acorns around.

Fall Decorating Ideas By Upcyling Old Decor


I too, wanted to create a cozy feel in our home, and a simple way to do this is to change out the throws. Tossing a cozy knit throw on an accent chair or sofa can dramatically change the feel in a space, especially when the room includes a fireplace.


Keeping some coastal elements like this amazing navy jug, I simply added in a couple pumpkins, and scattered some fall leaves across the mantle.


Each of these 3 pumpkins I’ve had on hand for years, and they each were upcycled to get a little update, and also coordinate with the calming color scheme.

Pumpkin on the left was originally orange. Using some fabric scraps, I simply wrapped it around the existing pumpkin, secured with a little hot glue.  Finally I tied a little jute around the outside.

Pumpkin in the middle was originally a deep maroon color. This was transformed by wrapping the entire pumpkin with rope, and adding a few leaves cut from scrap fabric.

Last but on least, the pumpkin on the right was transformed by adding a coat of navy paint.


Fall Decorating By Shopping Your House


Each element on top of my piano were found by shopping my own home!

This is one of our favorite ways to switch up the feel in any space.

The navy throw was taken from the darling accent chairs in front of our fireplace.

The pitchers and weathered window were found in our basement.

Candlesticks and candles were taken from our master bedroom.

Knit pumpkin from my fall decor stash, and the small pumpkin in front of the pitchers, was created new this year.

By using the same ticking fabric leftover from Ellie’s upcycled bed, it’s simply been wrapped around a roll of toilet paper of all things! (Keep your eyes peeled for our tutorial on how to make these!)

Again this whole vignette is tied together by scattering some fall leaves around the decor.


Repeating These Steps


Since we have an open floor plan, I repeated these steps for fall decorating by using existing decor, and shopping our own home to carry this calming color scheme into our dining area.

Incorporating these diy farmhouse acorns we created last year, to this bread bowl is tied to the rest of the decor by adding more fall leaves.


While this other bread bowl features more of the painted pumpkins from Dollar Tree along with a pumpkin wrapped yet again in the same ticking fabric.

The centerpiece was finished off by adding some larger acorns, and again bringing in just a little color with the fall leaves.

You’ll find even more ideas with 65 Simple DIY Fall Decor Ideas You Can Make Today!

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Shop this Look


Thanks for joining me in our neutral and calming fall home tour.

We hope you’ve been inspired to use elements you already have on hand, by shopping your own home, and updating other items where necessary with a little creativity.

Again, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a couple more tutorials on making the darling pumpkin from a toilet paper roll, and the finger knit pumpkins featured in our post earlier this week.

Please PIN and share our ideas with your family and friends.

And as always here at Sunny Side Design


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You may also like to see how we completely transformed these plastic pumpkin buckets into these darling denim pumpkins in our tutorial here.

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