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Last Updated on September 17, 2022 by Diane Hoffmaster
I must admit that I enjoy scrolling through Pinterest looking at budget-friendly fall outdoor decorating ideas for my porch and yard. The front porch is the first part of your home that guests see right? I want it to be warm and inviting. With Halloween and Thanksgiving fast approaching, let's take a minute to add a bit of character to the outside of our home.
These easy outdoor decor projects will add beautiful fall colors to your yard with barely any work. From outdoor pumpkin decorations to natural fall wreaths, don't spend a fortune decorating your yard for fall. Then, when you are done decorating, clean the patio furniture and get ready to sit and visit with the neighbors!
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Start With Porch and Yard Cleanup
Fall is here and it's time to clean up the porch and yard.
However, there are so many things you need to do that it can be hard to decide which ones should have your attention first.
Use this checklist of fall chores as a guide for what needs to be done on your property. With this list in hand, you'll be able to knock out all of these tasks at once instead of getting overwhelmed by them one at a time!
- Prune outdoor plants such as roses, hedges, bushes, etc.
- Clean your house gutters of leaves and debris.
- Pull up summer plants and put them away for fall.
- Clean outdoor tables and chairs, then store them clean to use for spring.
- Pick up any summer decorations you want to save from the elements.
- Clean barbecue grills and propane tanks for fall storage.
- Sweep patios and entryways of leaves, branches, etc.
- Clean out and put away summer items such as outdoor toys, etc.
- Return empty propane and gas tanks to the store for recycling or refilling.
Try These Outdoor Budget Decor Tips
Decorating your yard for fall doesn't have to cost a fortune. Try a few inexpensive home improvement projects this month and get creative with your outdoor decorations. Budget decor can be found or made to help create your own ultimate outdoor retreat.
Try a few of these seasonal decor tips and DIY projects to get your home into the spirit of fall this month.
Invest in fall decor that can be reused
One of the best ways to save money on fall decorations is to find things that can be reused again in the spring. Invest in wooden whiskey barrels or a wine barrel planter and plant some fall mums. Then, once spring gets here, you can use that same barrel for a front patio tomato plant or some spring flowers.
What are some other things that can be reused? Hay or straw can go into the compost bin and dried corn cobs can be used as squirrel food as long as they have not been treated with anything.
Try vintage outdoor decorations
Nothing says frugal like second-hand, right? Check out thrift stores, Goodwill, garage sales, and online second-hand shops for creative fall outdoor decorating ideas. Everything from old brooms, wood planters, and door wreaths can give a bit of pizzazz to your front porch.
Farmhouse decor in upscale stores is pricey. However, buying second-hand seasonal decor will save you a ton of money.
Choose natural home decor
Don't buy fall decor made of plastic that lights up and screams at your kids. Instead, find inexpensive (and sometimes even FREE) fall decor. Use pinecones, leaves, tree branches, acorns, or whatever else you have hanging around the neighborhood in your DIY seasonal decorations.
Check out these acorn wreaths for your living room on Pinterest for inspiration. You can also take those natural elements and intersperse them with high-quality purchased items for a nice balance of styles. Acorns are incredibly useful.
Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere
Nothing says fall like pumpkins, right? While growing your own would be incredibly frugal, I have never had a lot of luck at pumpkin growing. Make a day of pumpkin picking with your kids and carve them or decorate them together.
Easy DIY Outdoor Decor
No matter what your fall outdoor decorating ideas are, doing it yourself can be fun and frugal. Find an old chair at a thrift store and paint it red. Add a pot of mums and you are all set to go.
Make a wreath, stuff a scarecrow or add a painted pumpkin. Not only can you save money on do-it-yourself fall decor, but you also get a sense of satisfaction for a job well done.
Do you have any more frugal outdoor decorating ideas to share?
More Easy Home Decorating Tips
Want more inspiration to help you decorate on a budget? Here are a few posts to read that might help.
- Looking for nature-inspired Christmas decor? Try this post about natural Christmas decorating tips.
- Consider some DIY home decor ideas that allow you to pocket more and personalize the room.
- These Christmas candle decorating ideas are inexpensive and easy to put together.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.