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7 Fall decoration ideas on a budget

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Thrifty fall decorating

You're so over summer -- it’s time to fill your home with the sights and scents of fall. The catalogs are filled with beautiful inspiration, but there’s only one problem: You don’t have a ton of money to spend on fall decorating. Here are seven ways to decorate for fall on a budget.

Fall fruit bowl

1Get creative with pumpkins

These bright balls of goodness are the ultimate sign that fall has arrived. They're also pure joy for a budget decorator. In recent years, pumpkins have been paintedstudded, striped with festive Japanese washi tape and even turned into pumpkin chalkboards.

2Bring on the burlap

When bedecking your house for fall, remember: Texture adds instant interest. Empty burlap coffee sacks can be purchased online for less than you'd spend on a coffee at Starbucks. Grab your shears and get creative. Burlap can be snipped into triangles and strung up as a fall bunting banner, wrapped around a wine bottle for a chic hostess gift, or cut into strips and used as napkin ties or ribbon.

3Use beautiful branches

Beautiful budget decorating is within reach – literally. Arrange some branches from the trees in your yard in a tall vase. With or without leaves, the branches instantly bring the feeling of the season into your home.

4Pick up some produce

Place fresh cranberries and nuts in a clear vase with a votive candle on top, or fill a large wood bowl with apples or pears for an inexpensive fall centerpiece.

5Light a candle

Light an autumn-inspired candle and snuggle up with a juicy new book and a steamy mug of tea. If you're not ready to commit to one scent, try a few of the mini Slatkin & Co. candles available at Bath and Body Works. Their 2011 fall line includes these fragrances: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Salty Caramel, Apple Crumble and S'mores.

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6Make a faux leaf wreath

With some foam from the craft store and some faux leaves from the dollar store, you can make yourself a stunning fall wreath for the front door. For photo inspiration and step-by-step instructions, visit Thrifty Décor Chick.

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7Bring out blankets & throws

Pull your coziest blankets and throws in warm fall colors out of your linen closet and drape them over the back of your sofa or chairs. Light a fire, and curl up on the couch to admire your fall decorating on a dime.

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