Thrifty Fall Decor

 

Hey ya’ll! Today I’m sharing my dining table centerpiece that I created on the cheap cheap cheap! Adding seasonal touches to your home does not have to cost a lot of money.

I decided to stay with the same neutral theme I chose for my New Fall wreath:

Thrfity Fall vignette from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

 

Neutral Fall Centerpiece

Are you ready to see what this centerpiece was made from?

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Yup.  It’s true! Perty huh?

I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.

The tiled tray and the wooden bowl-on-a-stand were thrift store finds that cost me less than $5 for both. I removed the tiles and painted the tray and the odd bowl with Annie Sloan’s Old White and Pure White mixed that I had left over from my headboard turned coat organizer. Gave them a coat of clear wax and they were set. I attached the bowl like a pedestal using E6000 glue.

They were perfect as a base for this centerpiece.

Thrifty Fall Centerpiece

This gorgeous pumpkin was first on the pumpkin hit list:

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The colors were just awful. I found it at a yard sale last year with two others that were much prettier for a quarter a piece. I decided to Mod Podge this one:

How to Mod Podge a Pumpkin

Decoupaged Pumpkin

The paper was from a paper stack I already had. (So really it was free.)

This was one of the other pumpkins I found at that yard sale for a quarter. I spray painted and added glitter to it last year:

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But this year I decided it needed a little texture with Rustoleum Stone Textured paint:

Stone painted pumpkin

 

Pumpkin painted with stone textured spray paint

So much better, right?

These little pumpkin wanna bes came from various bags of pumpkins I purchased over the years. There’s always a few odd balls…

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(You already saw the big daddy get a decoupage makeover) I painted two of them in Rustoleum’s Eden

Spray paint old pumpkins for a fresh new look.

And the last little guy just got a coat of Rustoleum Heirloom White. I painted the stems in brown acrylic craft paint I found in my stash.

Neutral Fall Vingette

The only pumpkins I purchased this year were the larger green pumpkin (Found at Michaels on sale and with an extra 20%off coupon for about $8.) and the small ivory pumpkin on top. (Also from Michaels on sale for $2.)

Thrifty Fall Centerpiece

The tall vine pumpkin was a Walmart clearance special a couple of years ago. I removed the orange arrangement that was on top. I think it was around $3.

Neutral Fall Centerpiece

The greenery and berries were left over from my new Fall Wreath.

The little owl was a church flea market find for 50¢.

Fall Centerpiece on a budget

I’m loving the green in place of the oranges and yellows on my dining table this year…

Dining Room Fall Centerpice

You can see my hydrangeas in the background are still giving me beautiful blooms. If yours look sad and done for, go look more closely. Turn them over. The undersides are probably still beautiful. I was able to cut enough to fill three decent sized vases and this little sugar bowl:
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It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to dress your home for the season.  Granted I did have a few of these things on hand, but I found them all for cheap!  I think this whole centerpiece was around $25 if you include the Stone spray paint I had to buy.

Turn funky thrift store finds into a Fabulous Fall Display

What about you? Are you more traditional when it comes to Fall or are you loving the neutrals like I am?

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  1. Brenda Hichborn says:

    You are so very talented! I just enjoy reading all of your posts. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

  2. Very, very pretty! I heart it! I’ve always been more traditional, but this year I’m not feeling it. I’m too lazy to make the beautiful changes that you made though! Lazy or tired or busy…whatever. Hahaha! I do miss crafting though. I just don’t know how some of these new mamas do it. Have a great day!!

  3. Love it! Especially the colors – the green pumpkins and the texture is so different and fun!

  4. Wow Christy, seriously! Your centerpiece looks so plush and expensive that you’d never know it was made from thrifty finds. Love love love it.

  5. Linda Jenkins says:

    I so love the neutrals that you have used this year. I think the oranges and browns and can get so overdone at this time of year. Yours colors look so fresh and fall to me.

  6. Love! Just beautiful.

    Blessings…
    ~Sherri

  7. I love it! Christy, I think the fun of decorating is going with the whim of the year. Green and white is fresh. Some years I go with whatever Mother Nature is generous with and take her lead for color. Your tray makeover is fabulous. I bet we’ll be seeing more of it in the future. 🙂

    BTW….I’m coming back from my hiatus from Project Inspired. I’d love for you to come by on Monday night and link up your inspiring project!

    Best wishes for an extraordinary weekend!

  8. I love the green! You make it look so easy. I love how beautifully everything came together and that Mod Podge pumpkin is awesome! 😀

  9. You covered one of the two things that trip me up about loving fall. One is my gardening season is over because of the freezing night time temps. mid September; the other is that I do not decorate with orange and gold. Ever. Your centerpiece is beautiful, so I’m going to copy you. I like your combination better than anything I’ve done in the past
    Andrea.

  10. I LOVE the green!!! Looks FAB!!

  11. The centerpiece looks great! I especially like the texture from the stone paint on the pumpkin.

  12. Joanne Boulter says:

    Darling pumpkins! I love the green. Thanx for sharing. Jo

  13. I looks beautiful! I love the neutral colors!

  14. I love the decoupaged pumpkin. Your whole center piece is a great inspiration.
    Traci

  15. Love your green themed pumpkins!

  16. What a beautiful centerpiece! Great job on the pumpkin makeovers. The green and white theme is perfect!

  17. Very nice. I like how you united a bunch of randomly colored pumpkins into something that coordinated beautifully. The owl watching over the pumpkins looks like he agrees too 🙂

  18. The whole display is gorgeous Christy! I may have to copy everything!

  19. awesome! love this look!

  20. Love your pumpkins! The entire arrangement is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party. Love having you!

  21. Love the shades of green! Beautiful arrangement!

  22. Ok, wow, that’s really cool! It’s hard to find fall vignettes that don’t all look the same, but here you’ve put your own spin on things and it look fabulous. Really impressed how you’ve changed almost every bit of this to work for you and work with your existing decor. Very inspiring!

  23. Love the new colors… beautiful centerpiece!

  24. Beautiful color combo! I hate orange, I love how you put the greens and browns together! You have inspired me, can’t wait to paint some ugly pumpkins!

  25. What beautiful transformations! Thanks for sharing how you did them! What kind of paper did you use for the Mod Podged pumpkin?

  26. Absolutely in love with it ALL!

    Can I ask a couple questions? I’m curious as to how you finished the stand in a clear coat of wax. Does that come in a can, too? Secondly, what’s the purpose of the wax finish on top of the chalk paint.

    I can’t wait to try this! I was leaning toward the looking glass spray but this is so pretty, too!

    • So glad you like it, Vicki! I actually could have used regular latex on the tray portion of the stand since the wood finish did not appear to have any kind of sealer on it. I could haven then just used a spray acrylic sealer in a matte finish. I already had my chalk paint out and my brush at the ready from painting the base portion which had a finish, so chalk paint was perfect. I used Annie Sloan clear soft wax to seal by applying the wax, removing the excess with a soft cloth, and buffing to a nice sheen. (The wax looks like shortening.) The wax used on top of the chalk paint creates a bond that prevents the paint from chipping off. I love the hand painted look and finish of chalk paint, but if you don’t mind sanding a little before, you could use primer and satin latex. Hope this helps 🙂

  27. Love the neutrals!!

    Featuring you over at Your Designs This Time this morning! Happy Monday! Thanks for linking up! 🙂

  28. Thanks for the tip of removing the stem prior to adding a mod podge finish….it’s such a great tip! I am pinning away, now!
    JP

  29. How did I miss this one too? Me such a dork. You such a talented person.

    -andi

  30. Christy, I just love your flair. You definitely have a knack for making old things beautiful. I love it. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  31. I love this color combo, I think you made it look beautiful!

  32. So many awesome and thrifty ideas. Your decor is beautiful, as always. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}. Pinning!

  33. I’m loving neutrals too this fall, and your centerpiece is perfect! Thank you so much for the great ideas and inspiration!!

  34. Sandi Biquet says:

    Hi Christy,

    Well I found your blog site yesterday, 7/24/15. Better late than never right? I do love your neutral colors for Fall. It’s just gorgeous and I love how you combined the tray & bowl. I thought it was one piece until I read further in your post. You’re very clever and talented. Thanks for sharing with us!

    Sandi

  35. I LOVE your centerpiece Christy!! So smart to elevate part of it to give it some height! That mod podge pumpkin is gorgeous too – you rocked the elegant neutral look! 🙂 xo Heather

  36. Heartland Mom says:

    Absolutely gorgeous ! That wood bowl and tray were great finds, and what you did with them is beautiful. I too love the natural/neutral tones in my home. You are very talented.

  37. Oh, my goodness–what a gorgeous transformation! I am so impressed and inspired to do something pretty myself. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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