Frugally fall

Fall is in the air and it’s slowly creeping into the cottage, bit by bit. Small changes give a harvest feel to everyday displays and new creations pop up here and there.

Beauty doesn’t have a price tag. The pumpkins tucked into the ragamuffin garland (a la Nester) were the plain plastic kind found at Fred’s or Dollar General. Coats of cream and tan made them a little more chic. The 29 cent Ikea pots surround a 99 cent ceramic pumpkin from Old Time Pottery.
Even small tweaks to current spaces evoke that autumn glow. Another cream ceramic pumpkin replaces net floats and starfish that I reserve for summer. Burlap scraps fill in like autumn Easter grass to lend their harvest feel.

What is your cheap fall decorating trick?

For more fall decorating ideas, check out Rhoda’s Fall Party
About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. I don’t know if I have a cheap fall trick. I always “think” about doing various things. But what I do experience is sort of like the biological clock ticking, but instead is my fall-cleaning clock ticking, where instead of the words screaming in my psyche “birth me, birth me”, I hear, “clean me, clean me.” This step toward fall-getting everything clean and in order- helps me transition into winter when I must stay in the house more.

  2. Lovely! I just love all those pretty creams. I bought a few faux pumpkins at The Dollar Tree this week that I am excited about. :) Visiting from Rhoda’s party! :)

  3. I must go to the Dollar Tree tomorrow!
    I love you subtle fall colors and your burlap “grass”

  4. Love the vignette. YOur gourds and pumpkins do look so nice. I just painted some to look like ceramic and they turned out great. I’ve put them in an arrangement for my MM post today. I so agree, good decor doesn’t have to be expensive. Hugs, Marty

  5. Love your little “tricks” think I’ll try em out too. Thanks! Marla

  6. We made some stained paper roses that we just love because they give some Fall feeling to our favorite whites…you can check them out here:

    Our weather is still really, really hot around here (we are actually going to the beach in a little while) so our pumpkins will need to wait a little longer to come out!

  7. Very cute! You’ll have to come back on Oct. 1st & join me for my Fall party too. Looks good.

  8. I found a set of fall theme candle sticks at a thrift store for $3! Those along with 25 cent green candles (same store) and some fall leaves from my yard make a very pretty table decoration.

  9. Love your post. Such great ideas! Linda

  10. I live in The Piney Woods of Texas. My very cheapest trick is just to walk into my front yard and gather big pine cones to decorate with!

  11. I have a few good tips to share. I’m actually having a frugal fall decorating party on Wednesday. I’d love if you would come by and link up to this post, the autumn garland is GREAT! I need to do one myself.

  12. great post and ideas.

    when did you get 29cent Ikea pots???

    Wish I’d been there.

    barbara jean

    PS I’ll jopin in if i can think of osmthng.
    brain going too many different directions these weeks. =0)

  13. Great job – love the spray of white ! Those poor little pumpkins look posh now !

  14. Be sure to come by tonight around 9pm (Eastern time) for the announcement so you don’t miss out. I promise-it good-really really good.
    Its So Very Cheri

  15. VERY pretty! clever idea painting the pumpkins… but what are the polka dots?

  16. Posted my cheap trick today – I love the garland – polka dots- too cute and it looks great with the green of your hutch!


  17. I love it!
    The soft cremes and browns. Great decorating doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Cindy

  18. Charming! Love the pumpkins!

    Fall is swell………

    love, kelee

  19. I love your fall colors…I did the same thing this weekend. I am so monochromatic in my decorating that I just couldn’t do orange pumpkins this year. So I just painted them beige and tied a brown ribbon on them. I LOVE them now. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I love all of the textures that your displays have.

    My frugal fall decorating this year includes a lot of burlap!

  21. Love cheap tricks. Thanks!

  22. I love your pumpkins painted the neutral colors. I have some little white pumpkins I’ve bought the last couple of years at Dollar tree

  23. I usually don’t do much fall decorating, but this year I’m very much into it. I know fall starts this Tuesday, but it’s still 100 degrees here so that kinda takes the wind out of my fall colored sails…lol. But this week during my lunch hour I’ll be looking for fall items to display on my mantle. Thanks for the decorating ideas. Please stop by and say hello.

  24. I totally agree with utilizing the Dollar Stores. With a little tweeking here and there, nice things happen! Love your green shelf with all the cute pumpkins.

  25. Thanks for the cheap tricks … the Dollar Store has become my new favorite place to shop!

  26. I was all set to paint my little ugly orange pumpkins and then saw that my spray paint was white and not offwhite…bummer.
    Thanks for the shout out. :)

  27. As always I’ve been inspired by your post especially with the use of burlap – Love It!


  28. Girls, I must admit, I didn’t use spray paint on those pumpkins. It’s been raining for days and so I used a brush and painted them with regular acrylic paints. It took a couple of coats, but they look softer than spray paint and I didn’t have to wait for the rains to go away to get it done.

  29. Hello from Kansas.
    Enjoyed visiting your great post today.
    Autumn is here for sure and decorating just makes it all the better.

    Have a blessed life,
    d from homehaven

  30. Most if not all of my fall decor came from the Dollar Tree or Dollar General. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful! Right? Your fall decor looks fabulous!!

  31. {darling} I’ve been looking for some larger pumpkins to paint white or cream. I love it. well done!

  32. I love the bowl of cream items and its something I never thought of for fall – I need to rethink this. Its perfect and fall like and would so suit me better than typical fall colors so thanks so much for this. Its inspiring


  33. So glad I found you in Blogland. Decorating for seasons is so much fun. I will be back again and again………

    Warm wishes,
    Karen Eileen

  34. I love cream, my kids used to call me Mrs. Beige, I think it’s great that you just changed out a few things and made it work for fall!

  35. That was lovely. My cheapest trick is color. I start by pulling out candles in shades of orange and gold and put them in the candle holders around the house. From there, it is changing the covers on the summer pillows to decorative Fall ones.

  36. I love your first pic, it’s so soothing and fresh and simple. I think it’s perfect.


  37. Looking Good! Spray paint those pumpkins ladies…you will Luv the look! Thanks for sharing.


  38. I love your frugal fall decorating! Paint does amazing things to dollar store finds. Great job!


  39. I love it! I never would have thought of burlap scraps. You’re great!


  40. It is looking good and fallish at your house! You are the queen of chic. Shabby chic. I shall have to steal that idea and paint me some cheapo pumpkins. If I can make them look half as good as yours, I’m happy.

  41. So pretty! I love those little ivory IKEA pots– we use them as juice glasses!

  42. I was just at Dollar Tree yesterday and was remarking on the sheer ugliest. But you didn’t see gaudy, you saw potential. Clever!


    Stop by and see me over at Free 2 Be Frugal.

  43. I love to use flowers, grasses, hazelnuts, acorns and horsechestnuts from my garden as much as possible in my Fall displays. I guess that’s my Thrifty Tip.
    a bientot
    Maggie @ Normandy Life

  44. Oh this is just beautiful! The spray painted terracotta pots turned candleholders are magnificent! Definitely a fantastic way to ring in fall! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and if you’re going to be doing any spooky Halloween decor, stop by my blog for a how-to and a giveaway! I hope you can! :)

  45. Looove that 99 cent pumpkin…Old Time Pottery rocks…the one here at the beach is always full of great things! HAPPY FALL!


  46. Hello sweet Gina – thank you for sharing all your great Fall decor inspiration! I love those new little pumpkins. I’ll have to keep my eye out for some. Lovin’ that ragamuffin!


  47. Your decorations look wonderful!

    My cheap trick is to box things carefully to save them from year to year! This is the 25th fall since I got married. . . and I still have the very first pumpkin I got as a gift 25 years ago! We’ve moved nine times, but I always pack things away carefully so that I can use things over and over. Each year I add a little something. It’s fun to re-visit the memories as I get out the decorations each year.

    Take care!

  48. LUV IT! So unique!

  49. All great Fall ideas, thanks for joining the party!

  50. I made some “BOO” tags for my apothocary jars that turned out super cute and I didn’t spend a penny on them! I just used materials I already owned.
    Here’s the link:

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