Cheap & Easy, DIY Fall Decor for the Girl on a Budget


Happy first day of fall y’all! Although I’ve been filling my house with Sweater Weather, washing my hands with Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte and sipping on actual pumpkin spice lattes for days now. Go ahead, call me basic! haha

Nonetheless, there’s nothing I love more than adding a little fall flair to my home. But, if you’re like me, you have a million other things to worry about financially (bills, savings, new fall clothes, etc.), so you don’t want to break the bank, right? Luckily, with some of these DIY autumn decor ideas, you don’t have to! And although I consider myself relatively crafty, I’m always about easy crafts, so I can get back to online shopping and watching the latest episode of Grey’s. So, if you too are looking for some cheap, easy ways to add a little fall decor to your house, this one’s for you!


1. Pumpkin Floral Arrangement Centerpiece


I love this one because it’s super easy, adds some fresh flowers to your home and looks pretty sophisticated for the girl on a budget, if I do say so myself.

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • A pumpkin – This can be a real pumpkin for those of you going the extra mile. In that case, you’ll just need to cut a hole in the top and scrape out the insides like you do when you’re normally carving a pumpkin. Then, you’ll need to take an empty soup can, tupperware container, etc. to use to hold the water inside. This makes you super crafty and you win major brownie points. For me, I just used a $5 pumpkin trick-or-treating container from Michael’s. It was really easy and I don’t have to worry about it going bad on my dining room table.
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Fall flowers – I grabbed a few cheap bouquets that were on sale at Kroger for $5.99

**Helpful tip! Google “Michael’s coupon” any and every time you shop there. They almost always have a coupon for 40% off that you can show on your phone!

How to create your pumpkin floral arrangement centerpiece: 

  • Take your pumpkin bucket (or real pumpkin) and fill the inside piece about halfway full with water.


  • Unwrap your bouquets of fall flowers and use one to measure the right height for your pumpkin.


  • Cut the ends of your flowers to be all around the same length. I don’t cut them all exactly the same because I like a little variety and messiness, but that’s up to you!


  • Arrange your flowers inside your pumpkin to your liking and place it in the center of your table.

I told y’all these were easy! Check out how cute this finished product turned out!



2. Cinnamon Stick Candle

Candles are a girl’s best friend! They immediately bring warmth to a room and add a little cinnamon and they’ll make your whole home smell good too!

Here’s what you’ll need: 


  • A small white/ivory candle – To go super cheap, you can grab a 99 cent white pillar candle from Walmart. These work really well for looks, but they’re unscented and unscented candles make me sad. That’s why I opted to grab the vanilla scented candles in the same size. They’re less than $3.50 a piece, so still pretty cheap!
  • Cinnamon sticks – I just grabbed these from the baking aisle. If you get them at Walmart, they’re cheap, but you’ll only get 6 to a container and you’ll need a good bit more than that. Run by Target though (who’s going to be sad about that, right?) and they have containers with a bunch more in them for not too terribly much more in price.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks (obviously)
  • Twine – You can get a really cheap thing of this at Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. and they usually come with a lot in them, so it’ll last you for lots of future crafts!

How to create your cinnamon stick candle: 

  • Unwrap all of your materials and lay them out on the table. You have to move kind of quickly with the hot glue, so it’s better just to have everything out to start.


  • Put one vertical line of hot glue on your candle at at time and lay a cinnamon stick on top of it. Continue this until you have cinnamon sticks covering the entire outside of the candle.


  • Cut a piece of twine and wrap it around your candle and cinnamon sticks several times before tying it off with a bow!

Wham, bam thank you ma’am – you’re done! 🙂



3. Candy Corn Candle


Yes, this craft is as cute as it is delicious! Now, I have never been a fan of candy corn, but when I was putting this together, I snagged a few pieces and was pleasantly surprised that it tasted a lot better than I remembered.

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • A small mason jar – They sell these individually at Michael’s for about $3 each, but if you think you’ll use them for other things (I’ve used them for all kinds of crafts), go ahead and grab the 8 or 12 pack at Walmart. They’re a lot more cost efficient.
  • A bag of candy corn
  • A small votive – Again you can grab unscented here or a vanilla scented votive, which is always my vote! These are both available at Walmart.
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks

How to create your candy corn candle: 

  • Take your mason jar and fill it about 1/4 of the way up with candy corn.


  • Place your votive down in the jar on top of the candy corn that is already in there.
  • Fill the jar so it’s about 3/4 to almost full making sure that the candy corn falls around the sides of the votive.


  • Cut a long piece of twine and wrap it several times around the lip of the jar. Hot glue the end of this to keep it in place.

Candy corn candle complete!


And last, but not least…


4. White & Gold Pumpkins

Any time you can throw some white/off-white and gold into your fall decor, I’m a fan! This craft is really simple, but throws a cute, non-traditional element into your autumn decorations.

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • White or off-white pumpkins – I picked up these plastic pumpkins at Michael’s for $5 a piece (all of their fall decor is on sale in store right now)! Sometimes I’ll also pick up some tiny, real, white pumpkins from Kroger to throw in as well.
  • Gold metallic sharpie

How to create your white and gold pumpkins:

  • This is almost going to seem silly it’s so simple, but decide what wording you want on your pumpkin and write it using your gold metallic sharpie. I suggest practicing on paper first and maybe finding a font you like online to copy. I just used “thankful” here, but you could throw in tons of cute words like “grateful”, “harvest”, or even your family name, like “the freemans”!


  • If you absolutely do not love your handwriting, try out some polka dots or chevron. These don’t have to look perfect to still look really cute.

Pair a few different pumpkins together and they’ll be one of your fall favorites!


To make this crafting 10x more fun, have a couple of girls over to do it together. Maybe throw in some yummy fall drinks (I have a delicious recipe for one coming to ya on the blog soon)!

All of you DIYers out there, send me your DIY fall decor ideas – I’d love to add some new goodies to my house this year! 🙂

C’est la vie,




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