Here are some great dollar store fall decor ideas to help you celebrate the season beautifully, no matter what your budget looks like!
These dollar store home decor posts of mine have turned into a little series at this point, I think. The idea is that we often think of the dollar store as somewhere to find “cheap ‘n cheerful” disposable junk, but that I’ve realized over the years that quite a few things I’ve bought at the dollar store have actually stood the test of time. I’ve had a lot of my favourite dollar store home decor items for more than ten years and some of them have stayed in my decorating rotation for much longer than some of the more expensive home decor things that I’ve purchased over the years. It just goes to show you that just because you bought something at the dollar store, it doesn’t mean that you need to throw it in the trash and buy something “better” when your budget allows. I thought I’d put together a little list of some of my favourite dollar store fall decor finds today since it’s almost that time of year now!
Galvanized Metal Buckets and/or Watering Can
Do these dollar store galvanized containers make every single dollar store post I put together? I think they do. 🙂 Ever since I learned how to age cheap, shiny galvanized metal buckets, I’ve found them to be so helpful for decorating throughout the year, and also to use as planters during the warmer months. What better time of year to enjoy their rustic charm than fall?
Basic Ceramic Pitcher
I’ve found that you don’t usually see plain white pitchers at the dollar store, which are the ones that I find most useful for decorating with, but you can often find them in simple, classic shapes with some kind of a design on them. All you need to do is get out the can of spray paint and you’re all set! You can see this little dollar store pitcher that I spray painted years and years ago holding some dried hydrangeas in this photo.
Faux Fall Leaves
OK, fake leaves can definitely look tacky sometimes, but they can add a lot of great fall-ish atmosphere if you’re having a party or other festive gathering at this time of year. You may not want to scatter them all around your house, but they’re definitely really fun to have out for a short time. And they’re totally reusable, so it’s worth it to have a little bag of them in your stash. The leaves on the porch in this photo are actually totally fake!
There was a time when burlap ribbon was really expensive and you could only find it in specialty decorating store, but now it’s pretty much a dollar store staple! It makes a great vase filler for adding a rustic vibe to any space or you can use it to make a big poofy burlap wreath!
Fall Floral/Foliage Picks
These are kinda of hit or miss at the dollar store, but I do have to say that my all-time favourite little bunch of faux fall branches came from the dollar store… maybe 11 years ago? I still use them every year. This year I’ve seen some pretty decent berry branches and some faux Chinese lantern branches that I really liked as well. As far as dollar store fall decor goes, this is probably the toughest one to get right. This is the one suggestion that I’m making today where you’ll really have to use your judgement once you get into the store because there are some great things, but also a lot of not-so-great things.
Can I really do a post about fall decor without including mason jars? Definitely not. Mason jars make perfect candle holders or really cute vases with just the right amount of rustic-ness.
DIY Cotton Stems
These aren’t really so much a dollar store find as something that you can make with dollar store finds. You can find everything you need to make a whole bunch of these branches at the dollar store, except for the plain sticks you’ll need as a base. Find out how I made these here: How to Make Your Own Cotton Stems.
Mini Grapevine Wreaths
Creating a cozy fall space requires texture. It just does. Mini grapevine wreaths can be tucked in on a shelf, or behind a pumpkin and can really help to pull the whole look together.
You can use basic embroidery hoops for so many things! I used them to make these fun decor orbs, but they also make great modern wreath bases. Just google it if you haven’t seen those embroidery hoop wreaths yet that have been popping up everywhere. 🙂
The things that people can do with fake dollar store pumpkins are pretty amazing. I’ve seen them painted just about every color, glittered, papered, the list goes on. You can still buy the plain, tacky orange pumpkins and paint them yourself, but the dollar store is starting to catch on and is now selling some more interesting faux pumpkins that are already fancied up a bit. And they really aren’t half bad, actually! Check out those glittered pumpkins and the mirrored glass ones too!
What great dollar store fall decor finds have you come across?
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