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9 Sustainable Fall DIY Decor Ideas

Looking for fall DIY decor ideas that are both sustainable and budget-friendly? Wait until you see these 9 simple do-it-yourself fall decorating ideas.

Fall is just around the corner, which means it’s time for pumpkin carving, apple picking, and all kinds of other fun autumnal activities. But before you start planning your next family gathering, now is a great time to make some DIY fall decorations for the home.


As the leaves started falling here in New Jersey and my daughter prepares to return to college soon, I am almost feeling the fall vibe.

Are you?

Since it’s still a bit early to start decorating for fall yet, I prepared for almost fall on the main floor of our new-to-us vintage farmhouse by removing what’s left of my spring and summer decor.

We purchased our home in fall of 2021 and moved in just before the holidays, so I’m pretty excited to start decorating for fall.

As I’m looking towards autumn, I’d like to spend a little less money decorating for the season.

With the rising cost of goods and services, now is a great time to go with budget-friendly, sustainable fall DIY decor ideas.

So my friends and I pooled our best do-it-yourself DIY fall decor ideas together to get started.

These fall DIY decor ideas are super cool, unique, and you probably already have most of the items needed to make them on hand.

From pumpkins to wreaths and table decor, there are so many ways to add some fall flair to your home repurposing, reusing and recycling things you may already have on hand..

Wait until you see these budget-friendly and sustainable DIY fall decoration ideas.

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What It Means to Be Sustainable

When something is sustainable, it consists of meeting the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations. This is accomplished by striking a balance between environmental care, economic growth, and social well-being.

That said, finding ways to repurpose, reuse, and recycle are ways to act sustainably.

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Why Is Sustainability Important?

Sustainability is important for both environmental impact and growth.

In order to grow and promote healthy communities, we need to protect clean air and natural reasources, while promoting a non-toxic environment.


What Are the Three Principles of Sustainability?

Sustainability is comprised of three pillars that include:

  • environment
  • society
  • economy

What Is a Sustainable DIY Project?

Now that we’ve covered the importance of sustainability, instead of tossing old things we have, it’s best to find different ways to reuse them.

This will help lessen the impact on landfills, and reduce carbon emissions from factory plants constantly churning out new materials.

So grab that old wreath you no longer love and let’s make it better for fall.

Here are 9 budget-friendly sustainable DIY projects you can do this fall.

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9 Sustainable Fall DIY Decor Ideas

One of the best parts about acting sustainably is that most fall DIY decor projects will be budget-friendly as well.

And I’m all about saving money right now, so repurposing, reusing, and recycling something I already own is a no-brainer.


Simple DIY Hydrangea Wreath

If you love fall wreaths as much as I do, they can get pretty expensive if you aren’t the DIY type.

But WAIT! You can totally make a hydrangea wreath for FREE using things you probably already have on hand.

So if you are looking for ways to make a do-it-yourself wreath, wait until you see how easy it is to make this simple hydrangea wreath for free!

Grab an old wreath, your pruners with a bucket or basket. Then head out to the garden and cut a few hydrangea flowers to make a gorgeous fall wreath.

DIY Simple Hydrangea Wreath using what you have on hand and cutting flowers from the garden

DIY Hand-painted Drop Cloth Table Runner

Do you know how hard it is to find fall table runner’s in various lengths?

Well, it’s impossible so here is how my good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse made a DIY Hand-painted Drop Cloth Table Runner for each table.

They are custom made to fit all the different table lengths for her outdoor kitchen and entertaining area. Yay!

I need to make one for my next fall harvest dinner party.


How to Transform a Dollarstore Pumpkin in 5 Simple Steps

Wait until you see how easy it is to transform an ugly Dollarstore pumpkin!

My good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms shared 5 simple steps to create a super cute rustic burlap pumpkin for your fall home decor.

Although they purchased this pumpkin from the Dollar Store, we all have those ugly pumpkins laying around and this a great way to make them look better.


How To Quickly Get The Look Of Aged Copper

Learn how to quickly get the look of aged copper with this easy and affordable technique that my good friend Kelly from the Tattered Pew shared.

To purchase new lanterns with a copper finish can get pretty pricey!

But if you take some old lanterns that you have laying around, you can breathe new life into them using this simple technique to create an aged copper finish.


How to Make a Dried Wheat Centerpiece

Do you love the look of dried wheat? Me too!

I love the natural color, texture, and dimension it adds with my Fall DIY decor.

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill does too, and she was trying to think of an interesting way to use it with her fall decorating and came up with this dried wheat centerpiece.

The supplies are easy to aquire and have minimal costs. Wait until you see how she made this gorgeous wheat centerpiece.


Pumpkin DIY Placemats

My good friend Wendy from WM Design House prepares for autumn with these easy-to-follow instructions on how to make your own DIY pumpkin placemats.

What a beautiful way to make an incredible table decoration that will wow everyone at your next fall dinner party!

Follow along with Wendy to learn what materials are needed as well as step by step for this project.


How to Easily Fix an Old Patchwork Quilt

Easily fix an old patchwork quilt that has seen better days! My good friend Lora from Lora Bloomquist shared some amazing tips that will refesh and update it’s vintage charm.

Lora shares the charm about old patchwork quilts and why you should grab them when you are out thrifting.

But their years of warm usefulness has usually start to show and Lora shares her best tips to patch them up.


How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

Are you looking for inexpensive fall decor?

My good friend Regina from Saved from Salvage shared this fabric pumpkin DIY so you can create a pumpkin patch for your home.

Since buying real pumpkins too early can result in a rotting gushy mess before October’s end, this DIY pumpkin idea will last long-term and they are super easy to make!

The cost is pennies but the options are endless. Regina shares ways to use cloth napkins, shirts, pillow cases, blankets, etc to make this adorable fall diy decor.


How to Make Easy Fall Sweater Pumpkins Out of Sweater Sleeves!

Learn how to make easy fall sweater pumpkins with my good friend Jen from Tatertots and Jello.

She shared how to use inexpensive dollar store pumpkins and transform them into beautiful decor with thrifted sweaters!

Isn’t that so cool? Who knew you could repurpose old sweaters into cute fall DIY decor.


And that’s it!

I hope you found some interesting ways to repurpose things you may already have to make some beautiful do it yourself fall decor.

Looking For More DIY Decorating Ideas?

I am always on the hunt for new ways to decorate my home on a budget.

Whether fixing up something you already own or repurposing something to make it fresh and new again, I hope you find some more inspiration from these do it yourself posts.

Wait until you see these easy DIY decorating ideas for your home.

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18 Comments

  1. Stacy
    I’m loving all these great ideas and your hydrangea wreath is gorgeous! Thanks so much for participating.

  2. Hi Stacy – All of your DIYs from you and your friends are just wonderful. I am going to try a few soon. Yes, Dollar Tree (Dollar Tree was started here in Va. Beach and the people are incredibly nice) has all kinds of great items which can be turned into a very expensive look.
    You are so right about not purchasing pumpkins early. I did this once for a project and when we got ready to use them, the rot was horrible. Lesson learned. Fake ones do the trick!!!!

  3. I always look forward to reading your posts Stacy. I think I may still have some time to throw some corn in a it first some fall decor. Thx for the inspiration. I also look forward to creating some fun fall projects soon.

  4. Stacy thank you for these fabulous Fall ideas that are all sustainable. Loved your post and can’t wait to create your hydrangea wreath!

  5. Great explanation of what sustainable is:) Love the variety of Fall ideas; gets me in the mood to switch er up!

  6. I have the same bracelet you are wearing in the feature photo!!! Good taste!! I love your wreath…I don’t even think I have enough hydrangeas to make a napkin ring this year!!!

  7. What a great group of talented bloggers! So many creative fall projects!!🍁

  8. I can’t wait to make a hydrangea wreath for fall! So pretty. Thanks for sharing these great ideas for fall Stacy!