Somewhere along the way, I decided there was no such thing as too many pumpkins. But, thanks to Pinterest, blogs and the weekly stream of Pottery Barn catalogs, my fall decor costs went off the rails. In an attempt to keep up with Pottery Barn ads, I created a pumpkin palooza in my home. So this year, with the timing of a kitchen remodel in progress (and over budget) I had the motivation to share 5 ways to reign in fall decor costs.
5 Ways to Reign In Fall Decor Costs
1. Add Plants to Pumpkins
Plants (real or fake) are a great way to reign in fall decor costs. Plants make great fall decor on sofa tables and mantels. I like to toss a plant and a pumpkin into a basket and call it a day. And, it’s a nice way to show some love to our plants before they get relocated to the bathtub during the upcoming holidays.
2. Add a Pumpkin (or two-ish) Outside
I added mini pumpkins to outdoor containers to let the boxwoods know we still love them. Even though, they know we know they are going to take a long winter’s nap.
I like to prop my mini pumpkins up with my most popular project ever. It’s an addictive project; just like pumpkins.
I added an oversized pumpkin to a bench my husband made in highschool. I added the pumpkin just to let my neighbors/friends know I was not in seclusion since my baby boy left for college.
3. Focus on Small Spaces
With an empty kitchen and a dining room table acting as a temporary pantry, I got creative with how to add budget-friendly fall decor. The dining room window looks into the backyard and is framed by Aspen trees (with year-round lights). I tucked two Homegoods pumpkins onto the window ledge. I got creative to photograph these pumpkins with 38 spices (some with expiration dates before 2010) behind me.
Also, notice that fern?
See Idea #1
4. Embellish with Gourds & Leaves
This is one of my favorite centerpieces ever! And, all I do, every year, is dump a bag of gourds & mini pumpkins from Home Depot ($8.99ish this year). I backfill with leaves too. That tray was one of my first purchases from here.
5. Candles Make Everything More Fall
The first-day temps drop below 72 degrees I start to light candles. Do you toss or save your seasonal candles? I save them all until the wicks are buried under the wax and the metal disk is the only thing left in the jar.
And, then I do this to candle jars.
But, until I do this, I do this…
I mix and match new and old candles. I tuck a few candles in lanterns, add a few leaves (real or fake) and call it good.
Did you notice the plant in the background? And, yes I do have several ferns strategically placed in the house.
I know I shared 5 ideas to reign in fall decor costs, but I have one more. And, the reason for the bonus idea is I love the photo. The bonus round of ideas is the reverse of #2; bring the outdoors inside. We all know to do this, but it is really as simple as hauling leaves.
This photo of leaves on a metal, farmhouse chair, is one of my favorites. I snapped the photo when this happened on our back patio.