Fall Decorating Ideas

I am always looking for new fall decorating ideas, but don’t like to spend lots of money on more Halloween decorations. This year I was able to create a whole new look for my mantle under $20! Come & see my new burlap memo board, bunting, & fall decorations …

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The holidays are all about family at our house and I love getting out their kindergarten projects and using them for decorations. Throuout the year, I don’t usually keep stuff like that out so it makes it even more special and nostalgic to bring them out for Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas.

These green witches are one of my favorites that my daughters made in school. These lovely ladies make their appearance every year. This year they have a starring role on my fireplace mantle. I bet if you look around your house you will find you already have the supplies to make these!

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 To make some kids halloween art of your own, all you’ll need is a triangle block of wood, green paint, googlie eyes, black sharpie marker, and black cardstock or construction paper. I know you’ll want to keep these girls around for a while so be sure to put the kid’s name and year on them. Ours are from 2004 & 2006!

Who doesn’t love a little subway art these days? So easy! I made it even easier for you guys .. just go to my Free Fall Printable post to find this one pictured here. I printed it on a piece of card stock, stuck it in an old oak wood frame that I had chalk painted recently.

free fall printable


These are a few treasures from my Halloween decorating stash. I just changed things up a bit this year with a new grouping.

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One of the things that I love to do is to create little vignettes within a grouping. So pairing this skeleton with a cute little candle ghost just creates a little bit more interest when you look closer. I keep thinking I need to make a little miniature necklace or sign that says ‘Soul Mates’. Wouldn’t that be adorable?

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Here is a closer look at the burlap memo board I put above our fireplace mantle.

diy burlap memo board

This was so simple to create & really inexpensive too. I’m working on a how -to post for it and will get in up in the next couple of days. It is where I spent the bulk of my $20 Fall decorating budget, and I don’t think it looks like it was that cheap! Some printed burlap from Hobby Lobby $7.48, a picture printed at Office Max printing services $3.20, 1/2 sheet foam board $5.00, push pins $1.00, misc scrapbook supplies (from stash).

One of the things I love about it is that I can add more pictures in the coming weeks. You can see a picture of one of our cats, Sterling but our other kitty is shy and I haven’t been able to capture a good close up picture of her yet.

And some more pictures of my fall decorations ..

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Some more family art projects. The Halloween characters were painted by my Mother-in-Law, and I picked up the bird cage (or jail) from the Goodwill a few weeks back (it was something around 50 cents!).

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 Loving the orange zinnias from my garden – FREE. Most of the other colors are burnt up, but these bright red-orange ones are still going strong. Hope they last through Halloween! I also snipped a bunch of my russian sage and put it in the mercury glass vase. If you don’t have any flowers, branches and dried grasses work great this time of year too.

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The ‘GATHER’ bunting was made with some leftover green fabric that I found and the jute that I bought at Hobby Lobby for $2.00. I also used the jute twine in a couple other places ..

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fall decorating ideas

This year I can truly say that I only spent around $20 on new supplies for Halloween decorating! (Let’s NOT include the outdoor Fall decorating, shall we? 😉)

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Hi, I'm Robin, founder of The Designest, the place for tutorials, printables, and ideas to inspire you to create. A wife, mother, entrepreneur, and a true maker at heart. Most days you will find me in my studio listening to Spotify & making products for The Designest Shop.

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