Cattails, Rabbit Trails, and Thistlefish: Fall Transition: 6 Cheap Ways to get Your Home Ready for Fall (+ A Giveaway!)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Transition: 6 Cheap Ways to get Your Home Ready for Fall (+ A Giveaway!)

Happy First Day of Fall!!
It's been raining for four days straight this week, and the weather has still been very warm in our southern corner of VA. But even though outside feels like it is stuck in summer, doesn't mean your indoors has to feel the same!
Last fall Jon and I were still getting moved into our little college apartment and didn't get around to much decorating besides a few mums for the front porch. This year, though, I've tried to be a little more creative while staying just as cheap. Wanna know what I did?

1) Grocery Store Mini Gourds

I don't know what it is, but I think mini gourds are equally weird and adorable... which makes them one of my favorite fall decorations!
What makes them better? Harris Teeter is selling them for $0.69 each! Last year I was able to find packages of them later in the fall for a deal. But that price is so reasonable! I bought three for my kitchen table and three for my mantle, and they're subtle little touches for my favorite spots.

2) Edible Decorations

I sort of cheated on this one. But see the acorn squash assorted with the gourds on the kitchen table? Along with the tomato? Yeah, those are for dinner later this week;)

But if you're low on space like I am, don't be afraid to keep the pretty things out on the counter! Acorn squash was on sale so I snagged one knowing that I could decorate with it until we ate it.

3) Dishes as Decor?

In our Suffolk house, my mom had this fabulous wall of thrift store plate mounted on cheap plate hangers. But what made it really stand out was that she was always rearranging them or added different ones for new seasons! For Christmas she would incorporate more red and white, and fall might include darker reds and oranges.

That was exactly what I thought of when my friend bought me this adorable pie plate from the Target Dollar Section... it's just too cute to cram in a cupboard! I am now on the hunt for a plate hanger that will allow me to hang it in my kitchen for the next few months.

4) Target Dollar Section

Alright, I know I don't have to tell ya'll that the dollar section at Target was the best thing they've added to their store since Starbucks. But don't overlook their seasonal things! I've been eye-balling a few fall pillows and cute banners, but waiting until I know where I want to put them in my house first. A small, fall pillow might be just the thing your living room needs to tie in a little more fall! (I'll probably regret waiting; those Target dollar steals go quick!)

5) Candles

Ok, I'm going to talk about the Target Dollar Section for the third time, but for good reason.
I found this Blackberry Cider candle there a month ago, and I wish I had bought 6 more!!!
And the best part about candles? They don't go bad! I bought a giant fall Yankee Candle last year and only burned half of it to save the rest for this year.

So when you find those great candles for a deal? Stock up! Keep your eye out once stores start transitioning for Christmas too, because fall candles will definitely be on sale (and perfect to pack away for next year).

6) Fall Prints

I've been seeing Etsy prints everywhere. And most of them are downloads for only $5!!! You download them, print them yourself (typically customizable to whatever size you want) and hang them however, wherever. I currently have one from Rhiannon Skeens Designs, but I JUST purchased this fall print from Jessica at Sweet Little Ones Shop for fall! It is seriously so cute and only $5. But with the code 'CAPRA20' you get 20% off! (That makes the print only $4!)

Jessica's blog is great, and everything from her shop goes towards her beautiful family of 5 adopting another child. (She is also offering a FREE phone wallpaper on her blog for the next few days!)

On to the Giveaway!

Interested in some fall things that are FREE?
The winner of this giveaway will receive this fall candle, a "Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice" mug, $10 for Starbucks (maybe some real pumpkin spice?;) $50 to Shop Pink Blush, and three different dark fall shades of lipgloss!
The giveaway only lasts a week! Good luck!

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Do you have any cheap tips for adding some fall flare to your space?

What are your favorite fall essentials?
Linking up with Home of MalonesPenniless SocialiteBright on a BudgetLizzie in LaceSept-FarmMomfessionalsMy Bows & ClothesElegantly FashionableMore Pieces of MeA Savory FeastPosh Classy Mom,  Classy Yet Trendy,  & The Red Closet Diary


  1. great ideas! I love the dollar section at Target! Also, I'm obsessed with candles year round so :P

  2. I am obsessed with mugs and tea, so anything related to those things = my fall must-have! :)

  3. Found your blog today :) Great post! And a blackberry cider candle sounds like it smells AMAZING!

  4. This is great!! I've been trying to find ways to decorate my house for fall in an affordable way!! Love it. ❤️❤️

  5. It all looks great! I need some mini pumpkins!

  6. Love the mini gourds! I saw some at the grocery store earlier this week but they were like $7 for a couple. I'll have to look for some cheaper ones! And what a cute pie plate! I haven't seen that at Target around here yet, but I'll have to look for it. Target has had so many great things in their Dollar Spot lately! I love the idea of having cute plates hanging on the wall. I've always wanted to do that!

    1. Watch for gourds after Halloween! For some reason people think that Halloween is the end of fall decor... but you have Thanksgiving right around the corner!

  7. Love the idea of the mini gourds! I always forget to look at the grocery store for those! I need to check out the Target Dollar Spot too!!

  8. i really love fall candles. leaves is a favorite!

  9. My Fall essentials are big cozy scarves, plaids, boots, spiced candles, and felt hats! xo

  10. Such a cute blog and giveaway!!! Love all your finds!

  11. I've really been wanting to get some fall decor but I didn't want to spend a lot, so these are great tips, thank you!! I may have to go pick up some mini pumpkins at the grocery store.
    Shea |

  12. My favorite season! Thanks for the great ideas!

  13. These are super great ideas, Casey! I love that cute fall plate! Candles are my favorite!

    Thank you so much for linking up at Grace + Lace!


  14. Cute ideas! I bought some fake flowers that looked like large mums and used them to make a door wreath a few years ago. And like you, I also use cute dishes to decorate:)