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Give Your Home an Inexpensive Fall Makeover

October 14, 2011

I’ve been decorating my house for fall since as long as I can remember. In fact, when I was a kid, I used to decorate my bedroom for holidays. Over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection of Halloween decorations that reside in totes in the garage from December through August.

I really enjoy finding creative and unique ways to decorate without buying expensive pieces from stores. That’s why today — because of my love for fall, decor and all of you — I’m sharing a few ways to autumn-ize your home in an easy and inexpensive way.

First up, a vase of mini pumpkins and gourds.

All I did here is buy a few varieties of mini pumpkins and gourds from my local Trader Joe’s.  I’ve also seen these at pharmacy stores, Farmer’s Markets, grocery stores and nurseries. For the jar, just use any vase you have sitting in your cabinet.  If you don’t have one, run to your local Goodwill Store and get one. They are super cheap at consignment stores. These pictures were taken outside. But the vase of gourds lives inside on the family room table.

Next up, the candy corn jar.

This one is super easy. The candy corn is on sale at practically every store right now. And the jar I bought at a garage sale for 50-cents! Again, if you don’t have a jar, Goodwill is your friend. I lined the rim of the jar top with Halloween ribbon that I got in Target’s dollar section. Here’s where my jar sits this year.

Lastly, the pumpkin and Indian corn table.

Since I like some fall decor in my front entry way, I lined a small table with a variety of pumpkins and Indian corn. I found the corn (3 ears) for $1 at a pumpkin patch. And the basket behind the pumpkins is a way to add some height to the display. And I got the basket at … that’s right, Goodwill.

I hope you enjoyed these three easy ways to bring fall into your home.

Do you have any easy and inexpensive fall decoration ideas?

40 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2011 2:56 am

    These are great ideas — and I LOVE gourds and natural decorations so I’ll try this. I don’t know why but usually I don’t decorate for the fall, maybe because I’ve always been so focused just on Halloween! But you’ve encouraged me to try!

    • October 16, 2011 8:53 pm

      I like to start decorating for fall in September and I will leave a lot of the non-Halloween decor up through Thanksgiving. It’s just the way I roll.

  2. October 14, 2011 5:33 am

    I, too, love decorating for fall… And I also love to bring the natural displays of autumn into the house! Thanks for sharing- and for reminding me to check out my local Goodwill 🙂

    • October 16, 2011 8:54 pm

      It’s amazing what you can find at Goodwill! We were there again this weekend and found some more great things. Love that store.

  3. October 14, 2011 6:18 am

    Thanks for the tips Leah! I was just telling JB that I want to start decorating the house for seasons. It’s an easier way to be domestic than cooking 🙂 And your post only verifies that life will be better when we finally get our Trader Joe’s here soon!

    • October 16, 2011 8:54 pm

      What — you don’t have a Trader Joe’s?! Oh, Caryn, I’m so sorry! Yes, your life will be 100 times better when it arrives. Keep me posted.

  4. October 14, 2011 7:11 am

    Mums on the doorstep! Cider and apples!

    • October 16, 2011 8:54 pm

      I need to get some mums! Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. October 14, 2011 7:42 am

    Wow, Leah, you make this all look so simple and it looks fabulous! You are one talented lady.

  6. October 14, 2011 8:01 am

    Lovely Leah, it all looks wonderful!!

  7. October 14, 2011 8:27 am

    Great ideas. I have a few mini pumpkins on my dining room table, but I love your vase idea. I like the candy corn idea, too, but it’s my hubby’s favorite candy and I think if he could see it out in a glass jar like that, I’d have to buy a new bag every other day. 🙂

    • October 16, 2011 8:56 pm

      Yes, that’s true. If you have a true candy corn lover in your home, you may be replenishing the stock way too often. You can also try the mellowcream pumpkins. Although if he likes candy corns, he may like those just as much.

  8. October 14, 2011 9:52 am

    I’m usually so lazy about this, Leah, but you’ve inspired me! I’ve seen those bins of gourds and indian corn at Walmart too. They’re so colorful and pretty. I think I’ll try the bowl on the table.

    • October 16, 2011 8:56 pm

      I’m glad I could inspire you, Cynthia. It really is as simple as a bowl from your cabinet and some gourds and corn from Walmart!

  9. October 14, 2011 12:59 pm

    Great use of pumpkins, they are so festive!

    • October 16, 2011 8:57 pm

      I can’t get enough of pumpkins. They are all over my house and yard this year. I love it!

  10. October 14, 2011 3:19 pm

    Just beautiful Leah. I love your pictures and your attractive and reasonably priced tips to bring this season into the house. I use the gourds and mini pumpkins and add some leaves from the liquid amber trees in our yard. The vibrant yellows, oranges and reds always say fall to me.

    • October 16, 2011 8:57 pm

      Thanks, Kim. Great idea to bring in some vibrant colored leaves too! I may need to go outside and go treasure hunting for leaves!

  11. October 14, 2011 5:51 pm

    Leah, what wonderful ideas! I’ve always been fascinated by gourds and find they are the best way to bring a fall motif full circle. I also like your little collection of glass pumpkins and that plate! What a beauty! I wish they had Goodwill in Europe. I miss those the most!

    • October 16, 2011 8:58 pm

      Thanks, Bella. The little plate and glass pumpkins are not from Goodwill. But are pieces I’ve collected over the years. Actually the jack-o-lantern is from Hallmark and the little pumpkin from Williams-Sonoma. It holds my mellowcream pumpkin candy stash.

  12. October 14, 2011 5:59 pm

    Hi Leah! These are great ideas! I have an antique glass ice bucket that might work beautifully for the mini gourds!

    • October 16, 2011 8:59 pm

      Ann, that would be perfect! See, you have something already! Just stick a few mini gourds in there and you’re set!

  13. October 14, 2011 8:46 pm

    Your displays look awesome Leah! I love gourds, they are some amazing creations. I always had a basket in the middle of the table when the children were home and I just baked my pumpkin this evening!
    I love having fresh pumpkin to put into muffins and pies later on and they make awesome displays also. A lot of people around here use corn stalks as we grow a lot of corn in this area, and ‘Indian corn’ is often sold to use in displays with gourds. The colours are surreal
    Fall is the best time of the year – please tell Sophie I said it again!

    • October 16, 2011 9:00 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth. Fall has become Sophie’s favorite time of year too. I’m really excited to bake off one of our pumpkins and puree the pumpkin for pies and muffins. I think I’ll have quite a lot of it.

  14. October 14, 2011 11:33 pm

    Love the gourds in the glass vase! That would be great on a fireplace mantel.

    • October 16, 2011 9:00 pm

      Oh Caren, I like the way you think! Gorgeous on a fireplace mantel!

  15. October 15, 2011 10:26 am

    Orange is my favorite color, so I love decorating for fall! I never thought of putting the pretty gourds into a vase though. What a great idea!

    • October 16, 2011 9:01 pm

      Thanks! I’ve really come to love orange this year too. It’s such a vibrant color and perfectly symbolizes fall.

  16. October 15, 2011 10:02 pm

    I am so bad about decorating throughout the seasons (though my mom has provided me with BEAUTIFUL wall hangings for EVERY holiday). It seems such an effort to get the 3M tabs on the walls, move things about, hang, re-hang, pull the wall hangings from the containers under the bed… What a WHINER I am… But YOU have inspired me. Your decorating ideas are LOVELY.

    • October 16, 2011 9:02 pm

      Thanks, Melissa. I really like easy, simple and natural decor. Because you’re very right — it’s just too daunting to think about mounting things on walls and such. I bet your mom’s house is beautiful though.

  17. October 16, 2011 9:33 pm

    Thank you for the tips. I shall start getting the decor. ready…

    • October 16, 2011 9:38 pm

      Glad they were helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

  18. October 17, 2011 11:32 am

    Great ideas. I like to get a few bales of hay and stack fall flowers on top and add a scarecrow or two.


  19. October 17, 2011 1:53 pm

    Love gourds–I have them sitting on my dining room table, but can never ‘arrange’ them. I LOVE your vase-full! Am going to go run and try and make that right now!

  20. October 18, 2011 8:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing these fun and cheerful ideas. Your photos are fabulous. 🙂

  21. October 19, 2011 11:14 am

    Your home must look so cute right now, all decked out for Halloween. Can I come over and see? I love Halloween, but I’ve been too busy–and traveling–to have time to decorate. Sigh. Anyway, I really like the idea of putting the gourds in a glass vase. How stunning they look!

  22. October 28, 2011 8:35 am

    Love your blog and you can bet I will be shopping tomorrow! Want to scatter some of your ideas around my house and throw some colorful candles into the mix! So glad I found you! Your place must be beautiful and ready for a party. . . .I’ll be there! Have a great day!

  23. June 29, 2019 10:01 am

    Fall is my favorite time of year. Can’t wait for all the colours and fresh fall smells.

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