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10 Ways to Make Your Home Fall Cozy

October 5th, 2015 Posted in Lifestyle
fall-decorating-candlesFrom candles to cushions, our Budget Decorator shows you how to add warmth to your home this fall!

Fall is one of my favorite times of year for home decorating. The season itself emphasizes warmth and comfort, and brings us closer to simpler things, and shouldn’t that be what our homes are all about?

Here are The Budget Decorator’s 10 top ways to make your home cozy for fall, using creativity, not cash!

Designers Secret: Save money by focusing your fall decor. Instead of spreading a few items here or there around the room only to have them get visually lost, concentrate your fall decorating on the natural focal point of the room. If you have a fireplace mantel, an entry table, or a built in book case, these would all be great areas to generate some fall “feel”.

Fall mantel

Candles are a natural during the season, but the price of decorative candles can be unreasonable. Create one of a kind candles with items from your grocery store! Coat the lower half of ordinary pillar candles with white glue. A foam brush is great for this. Pour natural materials into a paper plate such as flax seed, whole rosemary leaves, even ground gourmet coffee! Now roll the candle in the paper plate well, and set up and allow to dry. Display in groups of three for a fragrant fall style maker! Make this festive fall tablescape from ‘HGTV’!


Create your own “stained glass art” for just a couple of dollars. Gather fall leaves and blossoms and press them a few days between paper towels, topped with a couple of heavy books. Pick up two picture frames from the dollar store or discount shop. Remove the glass from one of the frames, and place the leaves on the glass in an attractive design. Place the glass from the second frame over the first, sandwiching the leaves between. Use a small amount of clear packing tape to seal the edges of the two panes of glass together. Now place back into one of the frames, secure in back, and hang from a chain in a brightly lit window.

Warm up your throw pillows for fall with a no-sew treatment! Simply lay a piece of fall hued fabric at least several inches larger than the pillow on a flat surface, and then lay your pillow over the fabric on the diagonal. Now fold the fabric around the pillow exactly as you would wrap a present, tucking excess fabric if necessary. Use safety pins to secure the fabric on the back of the pillow. Use ribbon or raffia to wrap the pillow and adorn your 5 minute creation!

Or use iron on fusible web to create this easy no-sew fall pillow from ‘BHG’.


Use branches in every room in your home. Gather interesting branches from your yard or a neighbors. Curling, gnarled, and colorful branches add extra character! Now just hang over mantels, over headboards, and make smaller ones for over bathroom mirrors and closet doors. Designer look, for pennies!

Fall decorating

Toss a cozy throw blanket over a comfy chair, and stack a couple of well read books on the table nearby for a fall inspired “time out”. Make sure you leave a spot for your hot cocoa! Add treatments to your windows to double that cozy effect, and make the room more comfortable at the same time. (And lowering your heating bills won’t hurt either!

Wrap your dining room light fixture in autumn splendor! Pick up a grapevine wreath or two from your craft store, and soak in water in a bathtub overnight to make pliable. Now unwrap the wreath, and rewrap it around your hanging lamp, a pot rack or twine it along the tops of kitchen cabinets. Tuck in some fall leaves, fall craft picks, or dried flower bunches to create a natural look in any room.

Baskets seem to symbolize the harvest, so bring a couple in, line them with fabric and fill with the bounty of the season. Pumpkin, squash, apples, pears and pomegranates all look as great as they taste. Love this vignette with the wire basket from ‘A Pumpkin and a Princess‘!

Fall Basket

Pick up a roll of raffia or natural colored twisted paper from your craft shop. Layer the towels in your guest bath, and then tie them with the raffia for a rustic touch. Slip in a cinnamon stick for a heavenly fragrance when company comes to visit. (Or even when they don’t!) Use the same raffia as tiebacks on the shower curtain, front drapes, or even around throw pillows on the porch.

Finally, make yourselves some real scarecrows to perch on the front porch! Stuff some old jeans and a flannel shirt with newspaper or recycled plastic bags, and then add some straw or raffia to the ends of the arms with glue. Make a simple face from an old pillowcase and some scrap felt for the eyes and the smile. Attach the parts together with safety pins. Lastly, add an old hat and a pair of boots, perhaps an old pipe, and for a little fun and whimsy, a faux blackbird from the craft shop! Learn how to make a scarecrow!

Image Credits: Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn, BHG, A Pumpkin and a Princess

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