What do we even know about Fall? Not much, especially when you consider that we are summer-loving Jamaican girls. Anyway, since we’ve lived in England for almost twenty years now, we accept that there are different seasons and different vibes that go with each. To be truthful, watching a lot of Youtube channels with mostly Americans decorating for Fall on a budget has put us in the mood to do it too.
This is actually the first year that we’ll be decorating for Fall. And we are definitely doing it on a budget. We are getting creative and so a lot of what we use will be homemade. These include wall art, pumpkins, table runners, and cushion covers. We will also repurpose some stuff around the home and the rest we will source cheaply from Amazon or Studio since those are where we get cheaper priced products from.
Cleaning to get ready to decorate for Fall
It’s always a good idea to clear your spaces and start with a clean canvas if you are going to decorate for Fall. Apart from the fact that you start off clean, it helps you to see what you already have that you can use.
For us, we also had to remove all of the teal colours we had going on in the living room. So curtains, cushion covers, throws, and other decor pieces were taken down, washed, dried and put away for future use.
We found that the spiders have been at work while we slept! It seems like it’s their time of the year. And sometimes we don’t even see them but we see their intricately woven webs. Does this happen to you? We love using a long-handled duster with an extendable handle. It is just useful to be able to reach far without climbing up and risking a fall this Fall!
This we found was a good time to vacuum and dust hard to reach areas too. Apart from that, all the surfaces got a good wipe down. To set the mood, we put some music on and also decided on the colours we want to use. We decided on tints and shades of yellows, oranges, tan and brown. Of course, green will feature too.
Cushion covers DIY
I consider myself good at making cushion covers. And I always consider doing it the frugal way. So, we make and use basic cushions so that all that we ever need to do is to change the covers. Crafty or what?
I headed over to Amazon and bought half a metre of this crushed velvet tan coloured fabric. All I needed to do was to cut it in half, fold each half in two with right sides facing, and then stitch all the way around, leaving about 10 cm for turning through and inserting the stuffing and voila, they’re ready, right after you sew the opening closed.
My two favourite cushion covers were actually made with a pair of tea towels I bought either at B and M or Pound Stretcher. It was quite easy but only enough fabric to make 2 fronts for the covers. For the back, I just used a piece of plain cream coloured fabric. I sewed a zipper onto the bottom of each one too, to make it easier to take the cushions out for washing.
The other four fall cushions we found on Amazon for less than £15 for all four. They have four different designs on them and they are 45 by 45 cm.
The one with the geometric patterns are my tea towel homemade one, also the rectangular tan coloured one. The floral coloured ones are from Amazon.
Wall art with a fall theme
I had in my head a Fall themed wall hanging that I had not seen anywhere before, so I got my creative juices flowing, and made it myself.
For this, I used the inner frame from a 45 by 45 cm deep box frame, A piece of very fine fishing line, some faux Fall leaves, and a glue gun with glue sticks. Firstly, I strung some of the fishing lines across the frame in different directions and hot glued some of the Fall leaves on. I think it looks pretty although sometimes I think it could do with some more leaves. What do you think?
Then Leisa made a little frame with the pumpkin and the words “Blessed Home” in vinyl. She used a sheet of orange coloured paper in the background. Together on the wall in the same spot, they make a great little piece I think. If you can think of ideas for jazzing it up, do let us know.
All the pumpkins
Pumpkins are a sign of Fall, right? I think that’s just about the time when pumpkins here are just about ready to be picked too!
So we decided to buy a little orange pumpkin from Poundland. It actually has a scary face cut into it, but we don’t display that side. The other pumpkins are actually made of loo rolls, fabric and leftover ribbons from gifts etc.
I thought this added a nice touch without the extra cost. See photo of the pumpkins in use below.
This one was all Leisa’s doing and I think she did an amazing job. We went to the One Stop Shopping Centre near to us recently and found Wilkos almost empty, both of people and also the shelves! So we had a look around and found this massive chopping board on sale for £5.
The orange pumpkin we got at Poundland and the others Leisa made with loo rolls, lol. She repurposed the tiny green vase, added an old green bottle that we found, washed and dried. Can you see the orange coloured bottle? It’s actually a vanilla flavouring bottle that was washed, dried and spray painted.
Do you like the runner, it was made by Leisa too. She added some of the faux Fall leaves that we got from Amazon. There were over 300 leaves in the pack so we have enough left to last a lifetime!
The glittery pumpkin is the one we paid one pound for. The others are homemade using bits of scrap fabric, loo roll and used ribbons.
Top it off with tassels, candles and crochet.
I am quite pleased in my cosy corner with some of my handiwork. That floral looking throw is actually a crocheted piece that I did several years ago and never used! It has come in quite handy in helping to create our Fall decor. We also bought a few candles from the pound store too. The books were covered with brown packing paper to match with the theme too.
The orange throw is actually as big as a bedsheet (maybe a double) and we paid £10 for it at Pound Stretcher. It is so soft and comfy, I am sure when we gather for movie nights, everyone will want that one.
This basket stores some extra blankets, throws and cushions. Can you spot the tassels that Leisa made to add a bit of Fall feel to it?
As I write, we are still awaiting delivery of a new rug from Studio to replace the current one which is all grey, white and teal.
We are grateful for life and strength and work, and hope. Family is right up there at the top of our list too and we appreciate all the blessings that we have as a result. In everything we do, we want to give God thanks for all He has given us.
We hope you like our first go at decorating for Fall and we can’t wait to see yours if you decorate too. Feel free to tag us in your Fall photos on Instagram.
We really do have a love for all things home decorating and renovating and we love learning new things too.
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