Fall is my favorite time of year – pumpkin everything, cool weather, autumn foliage, and fun Fall activities. So, obviously, I LOVE decorating for Fall. It’s a chance to be creative and have fun. I’ve learned how to decorate for fall without spending much money and I want to share my money saving fall decor ideas with you.
If you want to have great fall/ halloween decor and save money, make your own decor. It’s not as hard or as time-consuming as you think it would be. In fact, most of these projects take less than 15 minutes! Not only does it save you money, but it gets you into the spirit of the season and it’s a fun project to do with your kids. Play some spooky music and sip a pumpkin latte while you work!

About the only crafting materials you will need for these projects are:

  • Hot glue gun (my favorite one is this one from Amazon, it’s a mini so it’s great for small projects like these and it comes with the glue sticks). You can also find them for a similar price at Walmart.
  • Mod Podge (it’s like Elmer’s Glue but for crafts)
  • Scissors
  • Small paint or sponge brush. You can get them for $0.50-$1 at Walmart (I recommend a variety pack if you are doing more than one project like this one from Amazon so you’ll have the right brush for each project)
  • Wire cutters for the florals. You can also get wire cutters at Dollar Tree.
  • Acrylic paint or spray paint. You can get small bottles of acrylic paint for $0.50 at Walmart, but you will probably need a bigger $1 bottle if you are doing multiple projects.

Most of these decor items can be found at Dollar Tree, Walmart, Thrift Stores or Amazon. Note: To get the cheapest price on Amazon, you need to click on “new from” link under product details and scroll down to find the best price. The first price you see on the product page usually isn’t the cheapest.

Here are some quick, cheap and easy crafting ideas:

maple leaf burlap candle holder

  1. Burlap Ribbon (Dollar Tree) + Glass Candle Holder “4 (Dollar Tree)  + Maple Leaves Pack  (Dollar Tree) + 2” Candle (Dollar Tree)
    maple mason jar
  2. Mason Jar (Walmart) + Maple Leaves Pack (Dollar Tree) + Twine (optional – to tie around the neck of the jar). Adhering the leaves to the jar is done easier with Mod Podge, but a glue gun worked fine for me when I made this.
    maple leaf dish
  3. 3 Maple Leaf Dishes (Dollar Tree) + Pack of White or Harvest Tealight Candles (Dollar Tree) + Fall Berry Bush (Dollar Tree) – Just cut the berries off the stem
    cranberry candleholder
  4. Glass Bowl Candleholder ($0.97 – Walmart) + Small 2″ Vanilla Pillar Candle (Dollar Tree) + Cranberry Vase Filler (Craft Store) + Jute or Hemp Twine ($1-$1.50)
  5. candy corn candleCandy Corn (Dollar Tree) + Candleholder  (Dollar Tree) + Tea Light Candle  (Dollar Tree) + Candle Tray ($5 at a Craft Store or Walmart)
    maple leaf candle
  6. Pillar Candle (Amazon for $4) + Twine (Dollar Tree) + Maple Leaf. Tip: You can preserve Fall leaves with wax, glycerin, wax paper or decoupage. Here’s the tutorial for how to do that. You could also buy fake Maple leaves in a pack of 50 at Dollar Tree too.
    rope pumpkin
  7. Green Burlap Ribbon (Dollar Tree) + Small Styrofoam Cone (Craft Store – $2) + Brown Acrylic Paint ($0.50 – Walmart)  + Styrofoam Pumpkin (Dollar Tree) + Sisal Rope (Amazon for $3.50)
    ducting pumpkin
  8. Ducting Hose (Walmart $6) + Orange Spray Paint (Walmart – $1-2) + Floral Moss  (Dollar Tree)  + Cinnamon Sticks (Walmart- $2)
    mum pinecone vase
  9. Orange Ball Mum Bushes (Dollar Tree) +  Fall Berry Bushes (Dollar Tree) + Small Pinecones Pack ($3 on Amazon) + Large Glass Vase (Goodwill – $2)
    candy corn flower vase
  10. Tall Vase (Thrift Store – Goodwill $2.16) + Fall Floral Arrangements (Dollar Tree) + Candy Corn (Dollar Tree)
    burlap maple vase
  11. Burlap (Dollar Tree) + Small Glass Vase (Dollar Tree) + Fall Florals or Maple Bushes (Dollar Tree)
    pumpkin fruit basket
  12. Black Fruit Basket (Thrift Store – Goodwill – $3) + Polyfoam Pumpkin and Gourds (Dollar Tree or Walmart)
    leaf garland
  13. Fall Leaves Garland (Dollar Tree). It goes great down stair cases, across fireplace mantels or around the frame of your door. You can add orange lights in it for a more festive look. $1 for 20 orange lights at Dollar Tree.
    orange bean candle
  14. Glass Bowl (Dollar Tree) + Orange Pillar Candle (Dollar Tree) + Dry Black Beans (Dollar Tree)
    Fall Potpourri
  15. Vanilla or Apple Cinnamon Potpourri (Dollar Tree) + Artificial Acorn Pack (Dollar Tree) + Pine Cones (Free) + Wooden Salad Bowl or Glass Leaf Plate (Thrift Stores for Under $3).
    Picture is not exact because this is a new idea of mine and haven’t had the chance to make it yet. I will post an updated picture when I do.
  16. Black Lantern (Thrift Store – Goodwill – $4) + Polyfoam Pumpkin and Gourds (Dollar Tree) + Pinecones
    fall frames
  17. Black Photo Frames x 4 (Dollar Tree) + Printable Letters that Spell FALL (Free)
    fall porch
  18. Corn Stalks and Hay  – Great for on the sides of the front door on the porch
    maple leaf bucket
  19. Milk Bucket (Dollar Tree) + Sticks  + Maple Leaves Pack  (Dollar Tree)
    welcome fall sign
  20. Long Piece of Wood +  Lettering ($1 a piece) + Spray Paint (Walmart – $0.99) + Corn Stalks
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  21. Grapevine Wreath ($2 – Walmart or Craft Store) + Maple Leaf Garlands (Dollar Tree)
    fall banner
  22. Burlap Banners ($2 on Amazon) + Stencil Lettering ($3 on Amazon) + Black Paint – Acrylic ($1 on Amazon)
    fall frames
  23. Photo Frames x 4 (Dollar Tree) + Wood Letters that Spell FALL ($1 a piece) + Orange Paint ($1 on Amazon)
    fall flower basket
  24. Wicker Basket (Goodwill $2) + Fall Florals (Dollar Tree) + Accents like Ribbons/Bows (Dollar Tree) or Mini Pumpkins/Scarecrows (Dollar Tree). You can get creative with this one and customize it to your own preferences. You could use it as a centerpiece, hang it on the front porch, decorate a coffee table or give it as a gift!
    burlap fall mason jar
  25. 4 Mason Jars ($1 at Dollar Tree or less than $1 if you buy a case at Walmart) + Twine (Dollar Tree) + Burlap Ribbon (Dollar Tree) + Spray Paint ( $1 for each at Walmart) + Fall Florals. This one would cost about $15 to make so it costs a bit more than the others, but it would look really great on top of a fireplace mantel.
    white pumpkins with letters
  26. Styrofoam/polyfoam pumpkins (Dollar Tree) + White and Brown Paint (About $1each on Amazon)  + Stencils
    maple candle centerpiece
  27. Glass Pillar Candleholder (Dollar Tree) + Grapevine Wreath ($2 – Walmart or Craft Store) + Maple Leaf Pack (Dollar Tree) + Natural Raffia (Dollar Tree) + Large Orange Pillar Candle ($8 on Amazon)
    wine glass candy corn candle holder
  28. Wine Glass (If you already have some than free, if not Dollar Tree) + Candy Corn (Dollar Tree) + Small Orange Pillar Candle ($2 on Amazon)
    black lace pumpkin
  29. Styrofoam Pumpkin (Dollar Tree) + White Paint ($1 at Amazon) + Lace Fabric ($1 for a small piece at a fabric store ? Not really sure of the exact price, but shouldn’t be too much). This would go great with a black lacy lamp shade or curtains.
    fall banner
  30. Clothes Pins (Dollar Tree) + Ribbon or Twine (Dollar Tree) + Cardboard or something similar. This is just a basic example. For instance, you could paint the letters black, add a orange glittery ribbon for hanging. It could say Happy Halloween or Happy Fall. etc.pumpkin gourd tea candles
  31. Decorative Gourds (Walmart – $3 per pack) + Tealight Candles (Dollar Tree). You will need to carve a hole for the candles to fit into.
    mason candle acorn jar
  32. Mason Jar – with metal handle (Dollar Tree)  + White Tealight Candle (Dollar Tree) + Acorn Pack (Dollar Tree)
    candle moss fall centerpiece
  33. Orange Pillar Candle ($8 – Amazon) + Floral Moss (Dollar Tree) + Mini Pumpkin Pack (Dollar Tree) + Fall Berry Bushes (Dollar Tree) + Glass Cake Stand (Goodwill – $3-4)
    fall wheat wine glass
  34. Wine Glasses (free if you have some empty ones or you can get them cheap at Goodwill) + Wheat or Yellow Grass Stem with Feathers (Dollar Tree) + Stencils, Stickers or Free Printables + Paint if using Stencils  ($1 at Amazon or Walmart). I would personally paint the bottles white and add some burlap around the middle of the bottles and have the letters be a brown color on top of the burlap, but the nice thing about making your own decor is you can use the image as inspiration for your own ideas! Tip: If you use the Grass Stems from Dollar Tree, you will need some kind of stick to attach them too so they are long enough to stand in the glass — Bamboo skewers ($1 at Party City or Walmart)
    fall printable
  35. Free Fall Printables + Paper + Picture Frame (Dollar Tree or Thrift Store for $1). Printables are a easy and great way to accent your decorations. There are plenty of sites that offer free fall printable such as http://lollyjane.com/fall-free-printables/ or  http://www.onsuttonplace.com/2014/08/10-free-fall-printables/ or http://www.thedatingdivas.com/free-printables/printables/65-fall-printables/
    glass pumpkin
  36. Ceramic, Glass or even Foam Pumpkins (Dollar Tree or Thrift Store) + White Paint ($1 on Amazon or Walmart) + Krylon or Rust-Oleum Glass Mirror-Like Spray Paint ($9 at Amazon). Paint white first and then spray on the mirror paint.
    leaf bowl
  37. 4 Maple Leaf Packs (Dollar Tree) + Plastic Serving Bowl (Clear) (Dollar Tree) + Mod Podge (and sponge brush).
    cinnamon stick candle holder
  38. Cinnamon Sticks ($1.50 per pack at Walmart) + Twine (Dollar Tree) + Small Vanilla Pillar Candle (Dollar Tree)
    deco mesh pumpkin
  39. Wire Wreath (Dollar Tree) + Orange Mesh (Dollar Tree) + Green Deco Mesh (Dollar Tree) + Orange Chenille Stem (Dollar Tree). It only cost $5 to make this pumpkin wreath, but it does requires a bit more time and attention to detail. If you are interested in making this, I recommend looking at this tutorial: http://misskopykat.blogspot.com/2012/09/how-to-make-deco-mesh-pumpkin.html
    spray painted pumpkin
  40. Jack-o-Lantern Treat Pail (Walmart or Target – $1) + 1 Can of Spray Paint in Choice of Color + Mums (about $5 at Walmart) or Fake Fall Floral from Dollar Tree. Don’t forget to poke holes in the bottom so you can water your flowers.
    preserve pumpkin
  41. Preserved Pumpkins – coat them bleach, glue, vaseline, or acrylic spray to preserve them for a couple of months. Using real pumpkins is a cheap way to decorate your home and yard. Here’s a tutorial for how to do this. 
    driveway lanterns
  42.  Jack-o-Lantern Treat Pail (Walmart or Target – $1) + Glow sticks  ($1 per pack)
    jar pumpkin
  43. Cinnamon Sticks ($1.50 per pack at Walmart)  + Mason Jar Lids with Bands ($3 a pack on Amazon)+ Orange Spray Paint ($2 on Amazon)+ Orange Yarn ($1 on Amazon)
    candy corn vase
  44. Empty Wine Bottles (free or a dollar at thrift store) + Orange, Yellow and White Spray Paint ($1 each at Walmart or Amazon). + Candy Corn (Dollar Tree) + Silver Serving Tray (Dollar Tree) Optional: sticks with orange / yellow maple leafs inside the vase.
    candy corn candle
  45. Glass Jar Candles, 8″ (Dollar Tree) + Orange and Yellow Spray Paint ($2 each at Amazon or Walmart)
    candy corn wreath
  46. 4 Bags of Candy Corn (Dollar Tree) + Foam Wreath (Dollar Tree) + Orange Mesh Ribbon (Dollar Tree).
    burlap pumpkin
  47. Burlap Pumpkin  (Dollar Tree) + Twine  (Dollar Tree). For the swirly tendrils effect you coat those strands of twine with Mod Podge and wrap them around a pencil. Allow it to set for about 10 minutes and then remove the pencil
    fall centerpiece
  48. Foam Pumpkins and Gourds (Dollar Tree) + Fall Berries (Dollar Tree) + Maple Leaf Pack (Dollar Tree) + Candle Tray ($3 at Goodwill or $10 on Amazon)
    pumpkin vase
  49. Mini Pumpkins (Dollar Tree) + Large Glass Vases (Goodwill – $2-3) + Paint (optional  – only if you want to give your pumpkins a specific look. e.g. gold, silver or white)
    burlap table cloth
  50. White Table Cloth ($9 to $15, depending on size) + Burlap Cloth ($1.99/yd at Jo Ann) + Twine (Dollar Tree)
    candy corn mason jars
  51. 3 Mason Jars (Walmart – Less than $1 a piece if you buy a case or $1 each at Dollar Tree) Orange, Yellow and White Spray Paint ($1 each at Walmart)+ Black Ribbon ($1 Dollar Tree with assortment pack)
    maple wreath candle
  52. Brown Willow Wreaths (Dollar Tree) + Maple Leaf Garland (use wire cutters to cut it to fit around the wreath) + Glass Pillar Candle Holder(Dollar Tree) + Small Pillar Candle (Dollar Tree)
    stacked pumpkin decor
  53. 2 Mini Pumpkins ($1 each at Walmart) + 2 Maple Leaf Garland + Glass Taper Candleholders (Dollar Tree) + Glass Plate Candleholder (Dollar Tree) + Brown Spray Paint or Bronze Rustoleum Spray Paint. The base won’t look exactly the same as in the picture.
  54. Faux Fall Hydrangea Bushes (Dollar Tree) + Grapevine Wreath ($2 – Walmart or Craft Store) + Black and White Ribbon (Dollar Tree)
  55. Popcorn Kernels + Natural Raffia + 6” Glass Hurricane Vase ( $0.97 – Walmart) + Small White Pillar Candle (Dollar Tree)
    glitter acorn
  56. Gold Glitter ($2 Walmart)  + White Paint ($1 Walmart)+ Acorn Packs (Dollar Tree)
    mini glitter pumpkin
  57. Foam Pumpkin (Dollar Tree) + Gold Glitter ($2 Walmart) + Metallic Rust-oleum Spray Paint ($5 Amazon) + Silver Candle Holder ($2 at Goodwill)
    wine glass fall decor
  58. Wine Glass (Dollar Tree+ Mini Pumpkin (Dollar Tree) + Small Pinecones+ Burlap Ribbon (Dollar Tree) + Maple Leaves (Dollar Tree) + Small Orange Candle ($1.50 – Walmart). You could also add small cinnamon sticks inside the glass or potpourri for accent and a fall scent.
    dolly pumpkin
  59. Medium Sized Pumpkin ($6) + Dollies (Dollar Tree)
    lacy candle
  60. Lace Fabric ($1 for a small piece at a fabric store ? ) + Mason Jar (Less than $1 in a pack or $1 at Dollar Tree) + Small Candle (Dollar Tree)
    leafy letter
  61. Big Wood Letter ($5 at Michael’s) + Maple Leaves Pack (Dollar Tree)+ Ribbon (Dollar Tree)+ Wreath Hanger (Dollar Tree)
    acorn wreath
  62. Grapevine Wreath ($2 – Walmart or Craft Store)+ Lots of Acorns (Dollar Tree or free if you have them in your yard) + Burlap Ribbon  (Dollar Tree)+ Wreath Hanger  (Dollar Tree)
    give thanks chalkboard sign
  63. Chalkboard Sign + Chalk + Free Printable Sketch to Transfer and Tutorial
    metallic maple leaves
  64. Krylon Premium Metallic Finish ($5 – Amazon) + Maple Leaves +  Liquid Gilding ($4 on Amazon)
    paper pumpkins
  65. Scrapbook Paper – Here’s how you make these: http://www.attagirlsays.com/2014/10/09/paper-pumpkin-craft/
    maple vase
  66. Sticks (Free) + Maple Leaves (Dollar Tree)+ Glass Vase (Dollar Tree)
    maple leaf wind chime
  67. Twine (Dollar Tree)  + Beads ($2 Amazon) + Maple Leaf Pack (Dollar Tree) + Wooden Hoop ($1 on Amazon). Tie the beads and maple leaves to twine pieces.
    fall bowl
  68. Pinecones + Foam Craft Balls (Dollar Tree) + Autumn Burlap Ribbons (Green, Orange, etc) to glue to balls (Dollar Tree) + Wooden Bowl ($2 at Goodwill). You could add fall potpourri, mini burlap pumpkins, or maple leaves as well.
    burlap fall floral
  69. Floral Blocks (Dollar Tree) + Burlap Fabric (Walmart – $3) + Twine (Dollar Tree) +  Burlap Hydrangea Bushes (Dollar Tree)

A lot of these ideas have the same supplies (e.g. foam pumpkins, maple leaves, paint, twine), but with different outcomes so you can use the same supplies for a lot of these projects to save even more money. Like you could use the twine for burlap tablecloth, burlap pumpkin, fall mason jars and the maple leaf candle; so that $1 twine will last you for several projects.

If you plan on buying in bulk for more than one project, here are some Amazon products that will save you some money and a trip to the store. Most are eligible for Prime so if you have a membership, you’ll get free shipping.

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