7 Thrifty Neutral Fall Décor Projects

7 Thifty neutral Fall Decor Projects from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Hello lovely Friends!! Every year about this time I almost feel embarrassed that I’m even attempting to talk about Fall décor when it is still in the 90’s outside around here.

But, Fall is coming…here, and where you live too. I promise.

And just so you’ll be ready when it does, my Get Your DIY On co-hosts and I are sharing some simple Fall decorating ideas with you!

My kiddos are still on Summer break until next week, and dragging out all my Fall decorations to see what I have/could possibly make over/what I still need just isn’t happening at the moment. But you know what I do have ready?

I have seven fantastic and inexpensive projects from my archives to get your Fall decorating fever going! (And hopefully mine as well!)


I have moved toward a more neutral Fall palette the past couple of years, just for something different.

It all started with this Fall wreath I made:

Neutral Fall Wreath from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

You can see how I made that HERE.


The same year, I decided to carry the neutral palette indoors to my dining room table:

Thrfity Fall vignette from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

This whole set up was made from reject pieces except for two pumpkins. Some of these pieces were so ugly! See for yourself HERE.


This little wooden crate was a fun project to build using leftover scraps and an old chair spindle:

Make this wooden crate form scrap wood and an old chair spindle. confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

It fits right in with my painted pumpkins! I share how I built it HERE.


Last year I decided to change up my dining table centerpiece and used this old lantern (that I almost threw away!!) to create this one:

Fall Lantern Centerpiece (I almost threw this old lantern away!) Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

See how I made this and the sad condition that lantern was in before HERE.


This next project is SUPER inexpensive to make…

Quilled paper pumpkin, a super inexpensive way to add a touch of Fall!

All I had to purchase was a couple of pieces of cardstock to make this quilled paper pumpkin. Get the full how-to for this project HERE.


Then for our Swap it Like it’s Hot challenge last Fall where we exchanged thrift store goodies with blogger friends and made them over, I received a sweater, which I turned into this whimsical owl and squishy pumpkin:

Upccycle an old sweater into this whimsicle Owl. Use the leftovers for a pumpkin or two! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I shared the how-to for these HERE.


Finally, for our Fall themed Get Your DIY On challenge last year, I created this sweet mini pumpkin garland:

Super simple Fall mini pumpkin garland tutorial/Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
It’s such a cute addition to my hutch. See the full tutorial HERE.

Several of these elements came together to create my Neutral Fall Mantel last year:

Fall Mantel decorated using a Neutral Palette confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

See it in detail HERE including how I made those arrangements on either side of the mantel.

I think I’m just going to pull out this picture and recreate the whole thing for this year. Talk about easy decorating!

7 Thifty neutral Fall Decor Projects from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I hope you are feeling a bit motivated to pull out some Fall décor now. I think this really helped to put me in the mood. 🙂

For even more Fall decorating inspiration, check out what my Get Your DIY On Girls have come up with:

Fall Favorites from the Get Your DIY On crew

Fall Tablescape from House by Hoff

Fall Dining Room and Tablescape from April at House by Hoff

Five minute dollar store wreaths from The Happy Housie

Five Minute Dollar Store Fall Wreath from Krista at The Happy Housie

Fall pillows and free printable from Artsy Chicks Rule

DIY Fall Pillows & Free Printables from Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule

The party fun starts this Sunday at 7:00 pm EST. The party stays open for ten days, then we’ll share our favorites!

So bloggers come link up all your Fall favorites, and dear readers…come by to get inspired by our blogger friends!


I’ll be back on Tuesday with an update for this little caddy:


UPDATE: See it HERE now! 🙂



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  1. Lots of great inspiration Christy, I am so ready for fall. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love the garland and the dollar store red wreath how cute and inexpensive! You have definitely gained a new fellow DIY follower :)… Yay for Fall!

  3. chris aka monkey says:

    i spend so much time on your blog lol click go here click go there and i really am going to try to make the spindle handled box because i have stuff to make it with and because you cut the top in a triangle which i can do only having a skill saw and silly me loved both the white and the green so i might paint it green then white and sand to expose the green thanks for sharing xx

  4. Oooo, yeah! I forgot about some of these pictures! I still have time to build/construct the outdoor side of these projects! Woo hoo!

    • I did too ha ha! Gathering these put me in the mood to bust out the Fall, and I am so looking forward to working outside in the cooler weather! XOXO

  5. The neutral is so beautiful in your home, there is just so much here to inspire anyone. I’m so ready for fall, hasn’t this been the hottest summer. I’m afraid I have let things go outside because it is so hot, so like you I’m inside getting my fall decor out and painting some pieces so when fall arrives I will be ready and I can head outside. After seeing your gorgeous neutrals I think I will add more neutrals to mine. Thanks so much Christy.

    • Thanks so much, Patty! This really has been such a hot summer. Aside from my planters, I have let everything outside go as well…this is the most fried our grass has ever been! Definitely looking forward to Fall weather! XO

  6. They’re all great Christy! Love the color scheme 🙂

  7. I remember each of these inspiring Fall projects of yours. I especially remember swooning over the paper quilled pumpkin and appreciating how much time went into all those quills.

    • Aw thanks, Marie! It’s just about time to break them all again. After the intense heat we’ve had here this Summer, I am ready for Fall!!

  8. Love the post Christy! I too am gravitating towards a neutral palette for fall. So glad you kept the lantern. Love it! And I’ve got to say the sweater and squishy pumpkin are adorable. You have inspired me! Thanks so much Christy.

    • Thanks, Joanne! I do love the beautiful traditional colors for Fall as well, but the I really love the muted tones lately. So glad you’re feeling inspired! XO


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