Fall decorating on a budget + DIY Stick Wreath and DIY Milk Glass

Fall is my favorite season. I think it's everyone's favorite season. It's crisp and clean and warm and cozy all at the same time!

I am not a HUGE decorator, but I do like to update my decor for the seasons. And of course, I have to do it on a budget. 

Today I wanted to share our fall decor and show you a few things I did to jazz up the place without spending much money. Everything you will see is either stuff I already had, stuff I found outside in nature, or stuff I picked up at Goodwill (for just $5!). 

Our front door. 

You may remember in the Spring when I showed you a wreath I updated for Spring. I had picked up the wreath form Goodwill and it was covered in pretty fall decorations. I pulled them off and stuck on white flowers. 

Well, I saved all those decorations and I put most of them back on the wreath and hung it on the front door using a clear wreath suction cup.* 

My vintage desk. 

I love this desk. You may also remember that I redid a few months back and it's the perfect place to display seasonal items. 

I found some great printables on Pinterest and slapped this one in a Dollar Tree frame I already had. I found this No. 2. pencil jar at Goodwill. 

Last week the kids and I went for a scavenger hunt in the backyard where we gathered sticks and pine cones. 

In an effort to not have a bug infestation, I baked the pinecones at 200 for about 45 just to kill off any creepy cralwies. I displayed some of the pinecones on a cheese platter. 

I also took an old (and broken) picture fame and turned it into a wreath of sorts. I simply hot glued some sticks to it. Wrapped it with some old gingham fabric I once used for curtains.  Then I hot glued some pine cones to it. 

Our mantle. 

I also included a free printable on the mantle. But this one I printed on the back of a paper bag. I think it added a really nice touch. 

I added a fallen branch form a small pine tree that still had a cone attached to it and some leaves and a pumpkin leftover from the wreath on my front door. 

The boys helped me paint these chalkboard pumpkins. They are made from foam pumpkins available at the Dollar Tree. I simply painted them with chalkboard paint I already had, and then wrote on them with a chalk marker: "It's FALL Y'all." 

DIY Milk Glass.

Finally we have this DIY Milk Glass, which was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. I saw a beautiful milk glass vase with twigs sticking out of it. 

I don't own any milk glass, which is a shame because I love it. SO I found this vase for $2.99 at Goodwill. I simply spray painted it with white paint I already had and stuck in some fake branches I got at Goodwill. 

I also hung another free printable, also printed on brown paper. 

This was so much fun to put together and so simple. There is so much you can make from things you already have. You don't have to spend a ton of money to make your house look amazing. 

What about you? What frugal decorating have you done lately?