Looking for some thrifty fall decorating ideas? You’ve come to the right place!Here are a few ideas for fall thrifting and how to use them in your home decor.
49 Ways to Decorate for Fall With Thrift Finds
It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp, and it’s time to start thinking about fall decor. If you’re looking for some thrifty fall inspiration, look no further than your local thrift store.
You can find all sorts of great fall accents at thrift stores, from cozy throw blankets to vases and candle holders. Get creative and see what you can find to spruce up your home for the season.
Looking for some ideas? Here are a few thrifty fall decorating ideas to get you started:
Why Go Fall Thrifting
As the leaves begin to turn and the days grow shorter, fall is the perfect time to cozy up your home with some seasonal decor. And the best part is that there’s no need to break the bank to do it!
Thrifting is a great way to find unique pieces that fit your home decor style without spending a lot of money. Plus, it’s more sustainable than buying new items, and you can often find handcrafted or one of a kind items that add that special touch to your seasonal display.
So as you begin decorating your home for fall, consider hitting up your local thrift store for some unique, fall-themed finds. I guarantee you won’t be sorry.
To help get you started I’ve come up with a list of 49 thrift fall decor ideas all made from 11 of the most common thrift store finds.
49 Fall Thrifting Decor Ideas You Need to Try
If you’re looking for some cheap and easy fall decor, look no further than your local thrift store! You can find all sorts of amazing items for super cheap that you can the repurpose into stylish seasonal decor.
- Fill china cups with coffee beans and then nestle a tea light into the top. Light and enjoy the subtle aroma.
- Fill fall motif china mugs with candle wax. Add some fall scented essential oil and use these as fall candles around the home.
- Cut fall flowers short and arrange them in the china cups. Stick to full blooms like zinnias, rudbeckia, or hydrangeas. These will look super charming in the china cup vases.
- Flip the china cups upside down and use as a base for mini pumpkins.
- Fill with fall candies. Try using candy corn, Reese’s Pieces or caramels. Such sweet decor.
- China cups can be used to make fall-themed tea light holders – simply add a candle and some fall foliage for a pretty effect.
Candles and Candle Sticks
- Candlesticks make great fall centerpieces – simply add some fall-colored candles and you’re good to go!
- Candles are a great way to add a touch of fall to your home, and you can find some great deals on them at thrift stores.
- Make your own fall-scented candles by adding essential oils to unscented candles. Some great fall scents include cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin.
- Spray paint a cake pan and a candle stick to match. Hot glue the candle stick to the bottom, center of the cake pan. Fill the raised tray with fall elements like mini pumpkins, dried corn, flowers, pine cones, candles, and more.
You’re going to love checking out these simple and inexpensive ideas for making your home smell like fall.
- Old blankets can be used to create cozy fall throws – perfect for snuggling up on a cool autumn evening.
- Drape a cozy blanket over your couch or favorite reading chair. Add some fall-scented candles for a cozy, inviting atmosphere.
- If you are lucky enough to find some fall-themed dish towels or oven mitts in your kitchen display them in your kitchen for a pop of fall. This is a great way to add a pop of color and some seasonal flair to your space.
- If you weren’t lucky enough to find fall-themed kitchen towels try finding a few fall feeling fabrics (think plaid, burlap, or buffalo check) and cut them into fall shapes. Sew or adhere these to plain kitchen towels and oven mitts for a cute DIY fall fix.
- Cover plastic pumpkins with fall fabrics or make sweater pumpkins using old sweaters.
Fall Thrifting Plastic pumpkins
- Give these a makeover with chalk paint. I like to turn them white, ivory, grey, and blue.
- Spray paint them. These can look fabulous spray painted metallic or in faux stone.
- Dig out the center, add faux florals and a bit of burlap ribbon for a stunning pumpkin centerpiece.
- Personalize the pumpkins with fall harvest or Halloween messages.
- Decoupage them with seasonal inspired craft paper for a unique look.
This Halloween post has a few plastic pumpkin decor ideas for you to try. Bonus! It’ll get you started on your Halloween decor planning.
- Old picture frames can be turned into cute chalkboards – perfect for writing fall-themed messages or for displaying fall-themed photos.
- Use an old window frame as part of a fall mantel display. Decorate it with fall-themed fabrics, leaves, berries, and other fall accents.
- Repurpose an old picture frame into a fall wreath. Wrap the frame in burlap or fall-themed fabric and add some fall leaves, flowers, and other decorations.
- Use a large frame as part of a fall centerpieces. Fill the frame with fall leaves, pumpkins, gourds, and other fall decorations. For frames with thicker edges add handles.
- Attach a small frame to the center of a fall wreath. Use this to display a seasonal message or greeting.
- Baskets can be filled with fall leaves, pumpkins, or gourds to create beautiful fall displays.
- Wire baskets make gorgeous rustic displays when filled with fall goodies like pumpkins, gourds, oversized pine cones, and/or apples.
- Fill with potted mumms and place on your front porch. So farmhouse chic!
- Attach 2 bushel barrels one on top of the other. Add a few faux leaves and a wooden “stem” to the top. These make charming and oversized pumpkins.
- Cornucopias make for ideal fall decor. Fill them with traditional elements or try taking them in a new direction with unexpected and less than traditional items.
Using cornucopia baskets from the thrift store I created 3 unique table top decor pieces.
- Spray paint these in different colours, metallic, or faux stone finishes.
- Use original or painted fruit to adorn centerpieces and floral arrangements.
- Add to cornucopias, basket, or bread bowl arrangements.
- Attach name tags to each and use for cute table place cards.
- Fill tall glass vases with the faux fruits and display on your kitchen counter. Add a vase with mini pumpkins to round off the look and to give it that extra fall touch.
- Add to wreaths, mantle displays, or outdoor floral arrangements.
Glass Jars and Vases
- Glass jars can be used to create pretty vases for fall flowers. Paint the jars in fall colors, or wrap them in twine or burlap for a more rustic look.
- Fill a vase or jar with fall leaves, acorns, or berries. This makes for a simple yet stylish fall centerpiece.
- Use small candles to create a fall-themed tablescape. Place them in Mason jars or other fall-themed containers and add some fall leaves or berries for a festive touch.
- Paint mason jars in fall colours or wrap in burlap, add a few embellishments and some flowers or wheat and Voila! Beautiful and inexpensive.
- Hang a wreath made of fall leaves, berries, or corn husks on your front door. This is an easy and inexpensive way to decorate for the season.
- Find inexpensive faux florals, plastic fruits, fabrics, ribbons, and all kinds of embellishments to adorn your wreath form with.
When I went fall thrifting I found this awesome grape vine wreath that I reuse all the time. One of those ways was to make this beautiful sunflower wreath that I shared along with other dollar store DIYs.
Fall Thrifting Wood Crates
- Wooden boxes can be transformed into pretty fall storage containers – perfect for storing fall leaves, acorns, or fall-themed knick-knacks.
- Create a fall-themed vignette? Just add some fall-themed fabric or ribbon and you’ve got a beautiful, thrifty fall decoration!
- Create beautiful fall centerpieces using shallow wooden crates. Just add some inexpensive faux florals, candles, dried flowers, and pumpkins for a finished look you’re sure to love.
To give you a bit more inspiration I have these 3 gorgeous fall centerpieces that I think you are going to love!
Platters and Pie Plates
- Pie plates can be used to make fall-themed wall hangings – simply add some fall-themed fabric, ribbons, embellishments, or buttons for a touch of fall flavor.
- Create a fall-themed centerpiece by arranging candles of different heights on a tray or plate. Add some fall leaves or berries for a pop of color
- Or take it a step further and using a couple of pie plates or platters and candle sticks, hot glue the items together to create a tiered tray. Then use it to display fall treats or as decorative autumn inspired tiered tray.
Jenny’s Finishing Thoughts On Fall Thrifting
So next time you’re thrifting, keep an eye out for all of the fall decor possibilities! With a little bit of creativity, you can easily turn thrift store finds into stylish seasonal decor. And you can achieve all of this on a nice, small budget.
What are your favorite fall thrifting decorating ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!
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