50 Dollar Store Fall Decor DIY Ideas

Decorate for fall on a budget with these creative dollar store fall DIY ideas. You can get a majority of the supplies from the Dollar Tree, but you will probably need some basic crafting materials like glue gun, paint, paint brushes, etc.

You Can Get These Items at Dollar Tree (everything is $1):

pumpkins (foam, plastic, ceramic)
burlap
fall ribbons
twine
candles (pillar, tea light, votive and LED battery operated candles)
glass candleholders
glass vases
acorn packs
fall leaves
garlands
mason jars
fall florals
Crafting supplies (Mod Podge, mini glue sticks, glitter, spray adhesive, etc.)
wreaths (wire, foam, straw, and grapevine)

Supplies You May Need:

acrylic paint ($0.50 for a small bottle at Walmart)
spray paint
paint brushes
hot glue gun
stencils
tape
scissors
craft knife

Spray Painted Pumpkin Centerpieces

Spray Painted Pumpkin Centerpieces

$1 pumpkin pails + gold spray paint + fake plant

Are you excited for Fall decorating?

Are you excited for Fall decorating?

Grab some spray paint and let’s transform some inexpensive items into a fun centerpiece for your table this Fall that won’t break the bank. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to spend a ton of money on seasonal décor since you’ll only be using it for a month or two.

I recently picked up some dollar store pumpkins, leaf garlands, and two of those pumpkin candy pails from the thrift store for 69¢ each. My strategy was to spray paint all the items the same color for a more uniform and stylish look, and I’m LOVING the results!

Spray Painted Table Centerpiece

Spray Painted Table Centerpiece

Supplies Needed:

Any Dollar Store, Thrift Store, and/or things you already own to update and re-purpose (plastic pumpkins and garland shown)
Spray Paint (I used and LOVE this Gold Metallic Spray Paint by Rust-Oleum)

Directions: Protect a well ventilated area with paper or some type of cover. Spray pumpkins, and garland with desired spray paint color. (The biggest tip with spray paint is to make sure you’re not spraying too close to the object, and take your time to do a few thinner coats of paint letting each dry in between. This will avoid runny paint.)

Spray painting things is FUN and gets addicting

Spray painting things is FUN and gets addicting

After the paint is dry, have fun arranging and stacking pumpkins on your table. Fill the larger candy pails will plants or flowers if desired. (The plants pictured are just inexpensive greenery found at IKEA. I use them for every season!)

I’m enjoying my festive table and love the fact it didn’t cost a ton of money.

Distressed Dollar Store Pumpkins with a Crackle Finish

Distressed Dollar Store Pumpkins with a Crackle Finish

$1 foam pumpkin + glue + acrylic paint + wooden branches + hot glue gun

Day 3 of Dollar Store Pumpkin Week! We’ve had rope and glitter and today is a simple distressed finish. The same finish I’ve shared before. Crackled with wood glue and then distressed with a glaze.

The drastic change for this project is really clear when you put the before and after side by side

Supplies:
What you need for this project is pretty common stuff (you probably already have everything at home):

White or School Glue (You could also use crackle medium if you wanted to spend more!)
Small paintbrushes
Latex or acrylic paint (In the final pumpkin color)
Dark brown craft paint for glaze
Grey or black paint for splatter (you could also use more of the brown color)
Old toothbrush
Small wooden branches
Hot Glue Gun

First cover the pumpkin in white glue until it is just tacky. The direction of the stroke marks will influence the direction of the crackling.

Once the glue is tacky, coat in a thin layer of paint. Again, paying attention to the direction of the brush strokes.

Allow the paint to dry and crackles will automatically appear.

I didn’t like the look of the small nubby little stems (which make these look like dollar store pumpkins) so I popped them off and found a few sticks in my yard that I cut down to use as stems.

The crackle finish is pretty, but it doesn’t look truly distressed. Once i had the crackle finish I wanted to age the pumpkin further, to give it more dimension and feel more authentic.

I used some watered down craft paint and spread it over the entire pumpkin, and then wiped most of it, leaving behind the brown color in only some areas.

After the glaze had dried, I used an old toothbrush to flick paint splatter onto the pumpkin.

Finally I used a hot glue gun to attach the new stick stems.

I really do love the new look. They look more expensive. Like something you’d find at Magnolia Market!

And it was nothing more than school glue and paint!!

DIY Fabric Tape Pumpkins

DIY Fabric Tape Pumpkins

fabric tape + $1 plastic pumpkin

The color and pattern are so perfect for Fall, don’t you think?

The first thing I did was place the tape all over a yellow elephant knick knack I had. Ya know, because isn’t that the first thing you do when you see fabric tape you like… start placing it over random objects within arm’s reach? ?

I’ll have to find the before photo of this elephant but it was made out of ceramic {I think}, but I love how the fabric tape makes it look stitched on. It’s not the best job, but I was excited {and impatient} and taped this little guy in a matter of minutes.

Of course after I taped off the elephant I started looking around the room to see what else I could tape and that’s when the pack of faux pumpkins caught my attention…

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR DIY FABRIC TAPE PUMPKINS
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Plastic Faux Pumpkin{s}

Fabric Tape

Scissors

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WHERE TO FIND FABRIC TAPE?
The brown gingham fabric tape I used in this post came in a 3 pack I purchased from Michael’s with a coupon, but I found the same pattern available in a single pack on Amazon here. Of course you can always make your own using fabric scraps and double-sided tape.

WHERE TO BUY FAUX PUMPKINS
I purchased my plastic faux pumpkins for less than a dollar each at Walmart, but you could also buy them from in packs from craft stores using a coupon, or online at Amazon, etc.

There really is no right or wrong way to decorate these little guys. You basically just cut your fabric tape into strips and then start placing the strips on the pumpkin. I like to start in one area and make my way around. You could also try using washi tape.

Here is the before and after

I <3 fabric tape. The different patterns and colors make it such an easy and fun item to decorate with, don’t you think?

Plastic Pumpkin Bucket Makeover

Plastic Pumpkin Bucket Makeover

$1 plastic pumpkin pail + duct tape + white spray paint ($1 at Walmart) + hot glue gun + burlap ribbon (Dollar Tree)

Happy almost-Halloween, everyone! It’s Jenn from Endlessly Inspired. Have you ever had an idea, and it looks so perfect in your head, and then when you go to actually do it, it not only turns out as well as you had pictured but actually even better?

Yeah, me either. Until today, and this pumpkin bucket makeover. It looks so completely different than what it started as, it was easy, and I got to recycle a bunch of stuff in the process. I could not be happier with the way this turned out. That almost NEVER happens to me, so I may or may not be doing a little happy dance.

Supplies:
Plastic pumpkin bucket
Old newspapers, plastic bags, paper, etc. for stuffing the pumpkin
Duct tape
Spray paint
Hot glue gun
Burlap {I used burlap fabric, which is crazy cheap, but if you don’t feel like cutting burlap — because it can be a giant pain in the tookus — you can always use burlap ribbon instead}
Jute cord
Needle and thread {optional}

Around this time of year, you can hardly walk into a store without seeing one of these plastic pumpkin buckets. Every time I am in a thrift store, I see them for less than $1 {this one was $.69 at Goodwill}. And actually, now that trick-or-treating is almost done, you may have one lying around the house, begging for a little Extreme Makeover Pumpkin Edition action.

To get started, you’ll want to remove the plastic handle and stuff the pumpkin with whatever you have. I used old newspapers and some of the approximately 4,987,382 plastic grocery bags that we have in the closet. Whatever you use, you want to really pack it in there, because you’re creating a little dome on top, to make it look like it’s the shape of an actual pumpkin.

Once you have everything jammed in there, tape it down with some duct tape.

Because burlap is a pretty wide-weave fabric, you’ll be able to see through it, so cover it with a coat of spray paint. I happened to have white on hand, but you could use whatever neutral color you have. And because you’re covering it up, you don’t need to make it look perfect, just try to mostly cover up the orange.

Here’s one of those moments where things worked out even better than I had thought. I had originally planned on using a bunch of twigs or a branch as the stem, but then I was moving a pumpkin that my son had painted, and I dropped it and the stem broke off. As I was about to throw it in the trash, I looked at it and thought, “Wait a minute!” So I hot glued that bad boy on top of the pumpkin and did another happy dance. (My kids are so embarrassed by me, there aren’t even words.) If you want to make a fake pumpkin stem, this tutorial is great.

Now it’s time to wrap your pumpkin. I cut my burlap into ribbon about 2 1/2″ wide {check out this great tutorial to learn how to create your own burlap ribbon}, and just glued them up near the stem {don’t worry about getting it too close, you’re going to cover all that up in a few minutes} and then down again at the bottom.

Move over a bit and overlap your next strip with the first one, and again glue it down at the bottom.

Just keep wrapping your strips all the way around the pumpkin, covering up all the white.

When you’re done, you’ll have a bit of a mess at the top {and on the bottom, but no one will see that — although if you’re really worried about it, you can cut a circle of felt and glue it to the bottom to cover everything up}. Get some thick jute cord and start wrapping and gluing it around the base of the stem.

I had to go around twice to cover up all the white at the top of mine, but you can do as much or as little as you want. When you feel as though you have enough, just cut the cord and tuck it under the part you already wrapped.

To make the little flower, take a 1 1/2″ strip of lighter colored burlap and form it into a pleated circle. I held it together with a few little stitches right through the middle, but you could glue it if you prefer.

I then created a jute rosette {you can see my tutorial for how to make those here}, glued that onto the flower, and glued the whole shebang onto the pumpkin. And he was all done!

Can you believe that used to be a cheap orange plastic bucket?!? It’s kind of crazy to think about.

Give Thanks Pumpkin Mantel

Give Thanks Pumpkin Mantel

$1 pumpkins + white spray paint ($1 – Walmart) + vinyl adhesive letters (or Stencils with Acrylic Paint)

I've got all of Halloween put away and the kids have forgotten about their buckets of candy for the most part! So for a few weeks we get to settle into Fall. There is a chill in the air now and the leaves have changed color. Well, the one tree in our neighborhood that changes color has! It is California after all!

The past year has been a rough one for my family but I try to make sure to be thankful for what we do have. So I decided to create a mantel to remind us to always Give Thanks!!! I wanted the whole mantel to be in warm neutral colors, covered with different variations of browns. Lots of different textures and finishes!

Burlap Pumpkin

Burlap Pumpkin

burlap pumpkin (Dollar Tree) + twine (Dollar Tree).
For the swirly tendrils effect you coat those strands of twine with Mod Podge and wrap them around a pencil. Allow it to set for about 10 minutes and then remove the pencil

Halloween Bandana Pumpkins

Halloween Bandana Pumpkins

bandanas (Dollar Tree) + embroidery floss + polyfil + needle & thread

To this day, my most popular project ever…of all time…is the vintage bandana bowl covers I made in 2015. Unsurprisingly, I snap up soft, worn bandanas whenever I see them at secondhand shops- but usually only use the red and blue ones for bowl covers. So, when I was digging through my fabric stash, I realized I had a glut of black and orange bandanas…and an idea started to form.

Twine Pumpkin

Twine Pumpkin

green burlap ribbon (Dollar Tree) + small styrofoam cone + foam pumpkin (Dollar Tree) + sisal rope + brown twine (for stem)

Copper Pumpkins Fall Centerpiece

Copper Pumpkins Fall Centerpiece

$1 plastic pumpkin pails + fake flowers (Dollar Tree) + copper spray paint + rice

https://uptodateinteriors.com/2015/09/copper-pumpkins-fall-centerpiece.html

Cinnamon Stick Candle

Cinnamon Stick Candle

cinnamon sticks ($1.50 at Walmart) + twine (Dollar Tree) + vanilla pillar candle (Dollar Tree)

Apple Tea Light Candles

Apple Tea Light Candles

lemon juice (preservation) + tea light candles (Dollar Tree) + apples + melon baller

http://littlegreennotebook.com/2015/10/fall-dinner-party.html/

Gourd Candles

Gourd Candles

decorative gourds (0.50 each) + tealight candles (Dollar Tree)

Acorn Mason Jar Candleholder

Acorn Mason Jar Candleholder

mason jar with handle + white votive candle + acorn pack
You can get all the supplies at Dollar Tree

Fall Leaf Hurricane Vase

Fall Leaf Hurricane Vase

fall leaves + glass taper candleholder + tall jar candle + glass vase
You can get everything at the Dollar Tree

Popcorn Kernel Filled Candleholder

Popcorn Kernel Filled Candleholder

popcorn kernels + natural raffia + 6” cylinder vase + small white pillar candle
You can get all these supplies at Dollar Tree

https://passionatepennypincher.com/the-friday-fluff-up-6-decorating-at-the-dollar-tree/

Fall Hurricane Vase Decoration

Fall Hurricane Vase Decoration

assorted beans + small pillar candle + twine + hurricane vase
You can get the beans $1 for a small bag and the twine at Dollar Tree.
You can even make your own hurricane vase using a dollar tree glass taper candleholder and a cylindrical vase and e6000 glue

http://www.myheartsdesireblog.com/2011/09/fall-decorating-with-hurricane-vases.html

Candy Corn Candles

Candy Corn Candles

candy corn + candleholder + tea light candles + candle tray
You can get everything but the candle tray at Dollar Tree. You could find a similar tray at a thrift store for a couple dollars

Candy Corn Spray Painted Jar Candle

Candy Corn Spray Painted Jar Candle

glass jar candles (Dollar Tree) + orange and yellow spray paint
You can get the spray paint for around $1.50 each at Walmart.

Fall Candle Centerpiece

Fall Candle Centerpiece

candles + bag of fake leaves (Dollar Tree) + burlap ribbon (Dollar Tree) + charger (Dollar Tree) + twine (Dollar Tree)

https://www.thatswhatchesaid.net/fall-candle-centerpiece/

Maple Candle Jar

Maple Candle Jar

mason jar (Walmart) + maple leaves pack (Dollar Tree) + twine
Adhering the leaves to the jar is done easier with Mod Podge, but a glue gun worked fine for me when I made this.

Burlap Maple Leaf Candleholder

Burlap Maple Leaf Candleholder

burlap ribbon+ glass candle holder “4 + maple leaves pack + vanilla pillar candle
All of these items you can find at Dollar Tree

Fall Candle Wreath

Fall Candle Wreath

glass pillar candleholder + grapevine wreath + maple leaves + raffia + pillar candle
You can get everything but the orange pillar candle at Dollar Tree

Fall Centerpiece

Fall Centerpiece

wine glasses + small pillar candles + mini pumpkins + burlap ribbon + fall leaves

Mason Jar Fall Luminary

Mason Jar Fall Luminary

mason jar + adhesive vinyl + orange paint + twine + tea light candle
You can get the jar, twine and candles at Dollar Tree

https://www.createcraftlove.com/mason-jar-fall-luminary/?crlt.pid=camp.yJYqBpOcAR0k

Fall Leaves Garland

Fall Leaves Garland

It goes great down stair cases, across fireplace mantels or around the frame of your door. You can add orange lights in it for a more festive look. $1 for 20 orange lights at Dollar Tree. Or you can buy on Amazon here

https://www.amazon.com/Lighted-Harvest-Garland-Decoration-Collections/dp/B005M7399K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1379406683&sr=8-11&keywords=fall+decor&linkCode=sl1&tag=pruden08-20&linkId=69fae3a4f802a13d73a0c76b34a1e281

Hanging Leaf Garland

Hanging Leaf Garland

bag of fake leaves + fishing line

Dollar Store Fall Leaf Tree

Dollar Store Fall Leaf Tree

packs of fall leaves + foam cone + glue

http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2014/09/dollar-store-fall-leaf-tree-topiary.html

Fall Leaves Garland

Fall Leaves Garland

sewing machine + thread + bag of fake leaves (Dollar Tree)

https://www.makinghomebase.com/fall-garland/

Twigs & Fall Leaves Bucket

Twigs & Fall Leaves Bucket

milk bucket (Dollar Tree) + sticks + maple leaves pack (Dollar Tree)

Fall Leaf Bowl

Fall Leaf Bowl

maple leaf packs (Dollar Tree) + plastic serving bowl (Clear) (Dollar Tree) + Mod Podge (and sponge brush).

Glittery Fall Leaves Garland

Glittery Fall Leaves Garland

Pack of Fall Leaves + ribbon + glitter + glue

http://www.houseofjadeinteriorsblog.com/

Framed Plastic Pumpkin

Framed Plastic Pumpkin

$1 plastic pumpkin + orange spray paint + brown acrylic paint + black frame + scrapbook paper + ribbon
You can get the pumpkin, frame and ribbon at Dollar Tree

http://www.creationsbykara.com/2011/09/fall-decor-framed-pumpkin.html

Pumpkin Serving Platter

Pumpkin Serving Platter

foam pumpkin + silver charger + glue gun + copper paint

Dollar Store Leaf Bowl

Dollar Store Leaf Bowl

$1 leaf bowl + white spray paint + sandpaper

http://www.thecraftpatchblog.com/2015/09/fall-dollar-store-bowl-makeover.html

Fall Sunflower Jars

Fall Sunflower Jars

empty jars + chalk paint + burlap ribbon + lace trim + fake sunflowers and “grass”
All of these items can be purchased at Dollar Tree except for the chalk paint

http://www.craftingintherain.com/2014/09/fall-jars-with-dollar-store-flowers.html

Fall Raffia Vase

Fall Raffia Vase

natural raffia + fall flowers + fall patterned ribbon + empty can
You can get all these items at Dollar Tree

http://cincyshopper.com/diy-dollar-store-fall-raffia-vase/

DIY No Sew Placemat Pillow

DIY No Sew Placemat Pillow

cloth placemat + batting + hot glue gun

https://mycouponexpert.com/fall-dollar-tree-decor-diy-no-sew-placemat-pillow/

Dollar Store Leaf Pillow Cover

Dollar Store Leaf Pillow Cover

pillow cover + felt decoration + fabric glue

https://www.sparklesofsunshine.com/dollar-store-leaf-pillow-cover/

Pumpkin Toilet Paper Rolls

Pumpkin Toilet Paper Rolls

fall colored tissue paper + kraft paper (rolled up for stem) + green paper (for leaf) + scissors + toilet paper
You can get all the items required for this project at Dollar Tree

Framed Fall Art

Framed Fall Art

free fall printables + paper + picture frame (Dollar Tree or Thrift Store for $1).
Printables are a easy and great way to accent your decorations. There are plenty of blogs that offer free fall printable such as http://lollyjane.com/fall-free-printables/ or http://www.onsuttonplace.com/2014/08/10-free-fall-printables/ or http://www.thedatingdivas.com/free-printables/printables/65-fall-printables/

Fall Letter Wreath

Fall Letter Wreath

grapevine wreath + burlap ribbon + fake leaves + hot glue gun + wood letter
You can get everything but the wood letter at Dollar Tree. The wood letter you can find at Walmart for $1.

Fall Leaves Wreath

Fall Leaves Wreath

grapevine wreath + maple leaf garlands
You can get both items at Dollar Tree

Dollar Store Fall Wreath

Dollar Store Fall Wreath

18 inch wreath + 1 garland + 4 picks with leaves + 3 picks each of pumpkin, squash, and cat tail.

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2010/09/07/dollar-store-fall-decor/

Square Fall Leaves Wreath

Square Fall Leaves Wreath

pack of fall leaves + foam board + hot glue gun

http://www.thriftydecorchick.com/2010/09/dollar-store-fall-wreath.html

Fall Hydrangea Wreath

Fall Hydrangea Wreath

faux fall hydrangea bushes + grapevine wreath + black & white ribbon

Acorn Wreath

Acorn Wreath

grapevine wreath + lots of acorns + burlap ribbon + wreath hanger

Burlap Wreath

Burlap Wreath

burlap ribbon + wire wreath + embellishments

https://justcallmehomegirl.com/easiest-burlap-wreath-video-tutorial/

Mesh Pumpkin Wreath

Mesh Pumpkin Wreath

wire wreath + orange mesh + green deco mesh + orange chenille stems
You can get everything at Dollar Tree. It only cost $5 to make this pumpkin wreath!

http://misskopykat.blogspot.com.tr/2012/09/how-to-make-deco-mesh-pumpkin.html

Pumpkin Door Decor

Pumpkin Door Decor

$1 plastic pumpkin + craft paint + tissue paper + mod podge + halloween ribbons
You can get the pumpkin, tissue paper, and halloween ribbons at Dollar Tree

http://www.everydaycelebrating.com/2011/10/diy-pumpkin-door-decor.html