Fast and Frugal Fall Decor

Fast and Frugal Fall Decor from {The best part?  It's free!} #falldecor #frugal #fallleaves

Just in case you missed my guest post last Fall on Over the Big Moon, I’m sharing this easy Fall Decor idea here.  The best part?  It’s absolutely free!


  • Clear glass jars and bowls of varying heights and sizes
  • Colored leaves (pinecones and acorns work well, too)
  • Optional–real branch with colored leaves still attached (we went hiking too late to find one this year, so I substituted a couple of Fall berry branches I purchased for half off after the holidays last year)
  • A large vase


Take a nature hike with your family and collect leaves, acorns and pinecones.  Fill the jars and bowls with your finds, and arrange them however you like!  (I promised it would be simple!)  In years past, I’ve used them on the mantel, piano, and kitchen table.  If you need some height in your arrangement, small branches (make sure it’s okay to trim them) with leaves still attached work perfectly.  Be creative!

Fast and Frugal Fall Decor from {The best part? It's free!} #falldecor #frugal #fallleaves

Fast and Frugal Fall Decor from {The best part? It's free!} #falldecor #frugal #fallleaves

Fall hikes to collect leaves have become a fun family tradition at our house.  The kids love collecting the leaves and then helping me decorate.  From forgetting coats to potty breaks in the woods, we have some really funny memories from our hikes.  So, go ahead!  Start your own family tradition.  The decor may be free, but the memories created will be priceless!

Family tradition--Hunting for leaves in the Fall!

Fast and Frugal Fall Decor from {The best part? It's free!} #falldecor #frugal #fallleaves

Want to get a jump on decorating for the holidays?  Check out these ideas for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  (The images are linked.)

Canvas Halloween Pennants Tutorial

Candy Corn Pennant Tutorial with Free Pattern

Our Thankful Tree--A new family tradition {This easy tree is made from free packing material!}

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  1. Super cute! I love leaves and berries for fall! Thanks so much for sharing this at my link party!
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  2. The trees in your neck of the woods produce beautiful leaves! I’ll be lucky to find leaves in those colors, but I will try! I do love filling vases with them this time of year :)

  3. I was going to say how pretty the vase is but then I saw those darling little girls! I guess EVERYTHING at your house is cute!
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  4. What a simple, beautiful idea! It’s always great to get the kids involved. I love your big jute wrapped container, too.
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  5. Love seeing how much your family changed over the years!! And of course, love the simplicity of this!!
    Pinning and sharing!
    Cindy @ Crazylou
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  6. This is so cute – love it!
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  7. I do love simple changes that bring such a great punch of fall, thanks for sharing it at the Pinworthy Project Linkup!
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  8. Thanks, Summer. I just checked out your fabric scrap witch feet, and it is adorable!!!
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  9. Heidi, I love how this turned out! Thank you so much for sharing at Wake Up Wednesdays! Pinning this!
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  10. I love that candy corn bunting!!

    My best friends does a similar picture with her kids every fall at a nearby state park. Something about taking the photo in the same setting, at the same time of year really facilitates looking at how they’ve changed through the years. It’s fun to see the progression.
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  11. Great job! I love getting frugal inspirations!

  12. Cute easy ideas. Love the wrapped vase. Thanks for sharing.
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  13. These are such lovely ideas, Heidi! And so much fun for kids to go foraging for these crafts. Thank you so much for sharing this on WNWNW, I’ve pinned it : )
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