3 Cheap and Easy DIY Fall Decor Ideas

We may not have cool weather yet, but I am in full fall mode. Fall is by far my favorite season, and I always get giddy with excitement when this time of year rolls around. I love the crisp morning air, the bright colored leaves, and fall scented everything! Now, I don’t know about you, but I love to decorate! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to decorate, so personally, I’m fighting the urge to put my Christmas tree up. *sigh* Don’t worry, I am refraining, and getting to decorate for fall is the next best thing!

Even when you’re DIYing it, decorating doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Here are 3 quick, easy, and cheap DIY projects (for less than $15 each) that I have used to decorate our home this fall season.


Festive Door Sign

What You Need:

· Wood Base

· Wood Stain or Paint (optional)

· Wooden letter or design (and paint)

· Faux Fall Leaves (or decoration of your choice)

· Hot Glue

· String or Ribbon (if your base doesn’t come with something to hang it with)

My Total Cost: $15

Total Time: 15 minutes (not including dry time)

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Even though we are in an apartment, I still love to spice up our entryway. This year, I strayed from the traditional door wreath and made this cute little piece.

You’ll want to start out with a base for your sign. Hobby Lobby has tons of unfinished wood and metal pieces for you to choose from. Pick the one that speaks to you the most and make it beautiful!

If you’ve chosen wood, you may want to paint or stain it. I personally don’t have the time or patience to actually stain the wood. So, my quick trick is to use a wood stain gel. It’s cheaper, and mimics the look of actual wood stain without the mess and harsh smell. Just brush some on with a paint brush or sponge and you’re good to go!

Next, grab a wooden letter or design (sold for just a few dollars in Hobby Lobby), give it a quick coat of paint, and set it out to dry.

When it comes to the decorating of your sign, the possibilities are really endless. I picked up a small branch of faux fall leaves and cut them off of their branches. Regardless of what you choose, play around with the layout and use hot glue to attach it to your base. Once your letter is dry, hot glue that on as well. And there you have it! A cute and festive way to welcome your guests to your home this fall season.

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Pumpkin Spice Wood Plank

What You Need:

· Wood Plank

· Chalkboard Paint (and paintbrush)

· Chalk, Chalk Pen, or Chalk Pencil

My Total Cost: $12

Total Time: 10 minutes (not including dry time)

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This project is a great way to bring some simple outdoor elements into your home. Hobby Lobby sells these wood planks in multiple sizes, cut up and ready to go for all of your crafting needs. This particular size was $7.99. Once you have your base, grab some chalkboard paint (in the color of your choice) and paint the top. I made sure I left some of the wood showing on the sides so that I could still see the plank once it was done. Once your paint is completely dry, grab a chalk pencil, chalk pen, or even a plain ol’ piece of chalk, and write whatever you want it to say. Since mine is a fall project, I chose to write “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice.”

This is a super simple but cute piece that adds a little extra something to your home! And because you’ve used chalk paint as your base and chalk to write with, you can change and customize it to say whatever you want, whenever you want.

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Thankful Flag Banner

What You Need:

· Old Book Pages

· Twine

· Hole Punch

· Sharpie (or marker of your choice)

My Total Cost: $8.00

Total Time: 15 minutes

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This project speaks right to my vintage soul. I just can’t handle it. To start, you’ll need some old book pages or sheet music. I didn’t have any I was willing to rip out of a book, so I headed to Half Price Books and purchased an old copy of Wuthering Heights for $0.99! Next, you’ll want to decide what phrase you want to put on your banner. This will determine how many pages you need. Once you’ve decided, rip out the pages and lay them out in front of you. These will serve as the flags in your banner.

Once you have your pages pulled out, cut them to the shape and size you want. Using a hole punch, punch two holes in the top of each flag, one at each corner. *I suggest cutting the flags and punching the holes before you write the letters so that you know how much room you have to work with*

After your holes are punched, write one letter of your phrase on each flag. Finally, feed the twine through your holes, leaving a blank page in the middle of each word and at the beginning and end of your phrase. Once that’s done, the only thing left to do is to hang your banner for the world to see! I hung mine on my mantle, but this really is a great piece for any area of the house!

To make your banner multi-functional, you can easily add another layer of pages to the back of your flags and write a different phrase come Christmas time!

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I added these three cute, simple, and quick DIY projects to my fall décor lineup this season, and only spent $35! You heard it here, folks. It can be done! Keep in mind that Hobby Lobby runs sales all the time, and always offers a 40% off coupon for one regularly ticketed item. You don’t have to go broke decorating for the holidays. With a little creativity, you can transform your home into a beautiful fall retreat in no time! 

xo. Rachel