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 painted, studded, striped with festive Japanese washi tape and even turned into pumpkin chalkboards.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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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Pumpkins are good for other uses besides pies and carving. Here are two.
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