Simple and Frugal Fall Decorating Ideas

bhg cut flowers on dishes

I love simple.

If something is simple, frugal & beautiful, I’m a happy girl. Especially when it comes to decorating. I’m always on the lookout for easy ideas for centerpieces and seasonal decorating tips that don’t take weeks or a big budget to put together. I only have the time and patience these days for maybe a five minute project.

These centerpieces from Better Homes & Gardens are right up my alley. Set some flowers or veggies on a dish and voila, you have a centerpiece. Does it get any easier than this?

bhg platter centerpiece

Or skip the dish and put some gourds on a window sill surrounded by garland. Easy!

bhg gourds on a shelf

This next one is extra fancy. Combine sticks with lemons in water. Looks like it took you all day to create!

bhg branch decor

Last year I really had a thing for white pumpkins. How long would it take to set one on a pedestal? I would probably skip the painting on it to save some time, but if you are the crafty sort, you could handle that project. You might even be able to create that design with a Sharpie!

bhg white pumpkin

I thought this next one was super cool looking. Branches are so versatile. I love this idea.

bhg stems berries photo holder

Cute and clever to use coffee beans to give the vase a nice texture! I love the idea of lining double vases with things like shells or berries to create an interesting visual. It is easy but makes you look like a creative genius.

bhg coffee beans

Last fall I used apples in a apothecary jar as a centerpiece. Do note that if you keep the lid on you will be inadvertently making applesauce.

red & green fruit in glass container

Finally, check out this ingenious idea for turning mismatched stemware into a centerpiece! I really love the idea of using what you already have to create something new. Blogger Kim from A Soft Place To Land created this clever Fall centerpiece from an idea she found on the Rachael Ray website. I LOVE IT!


Are you gearing up for fall decorating?

I’ll be there so don’t leave me to chat by myself.

Photo sources:
Unless otherwise identified, photos are from: Better Homes & Gardens,

Apples in Apothecary photo is my own spectacular creation
Final photo: A Soft Place to Land


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Melissa Michaels is the creator of The Inspired Room.

What do you think?



  1. 14

    LOVE these!! They’re so simple & a lot of them can be done with extra items that we have from various past decorating projects. I’ve never seen anything like the upside down wine glasses either, fun!

  2. 15

    I love these ideas, they are incredible, thank you!

  3. 16

    Glad you all enjoyed the ideas! I thought they were so clever.

    Yes, Sdimond, as I mentioned at the start of the article, most of these ideas came from BH&G! You are so right. Isn’t it a great magazine for inspiration?

    Happy day,

  4. 17

    UM….most of your “ideas” are from better homes and garden’s website… nice try

  5. 18

    Wonderful ideas. Frugal and simple are just my style 🙂

  6. 19

    Wonderful photos. You really put we Irish to shame, as you do such a wonderful job celebrating your autumn and Hallow’een.

  7. 20

    Love all these great ideas!! Thanks for the nice post

  8. 21

    I love all these gorgeous ideas! Yay for simplicity!! 🙂

  9. 22

    Hi Melissa ~ that white pumpkin is really doing it for me on the black pedestal!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  10. 23

    Hi Melissa 🙂

    Those are all wonderful ideas, especially the white pumpkin on a pedestal.

    Happy Fall,

  11. 24
    Avatar The Creative Crown says

    I want to decorate everything now…just wonderful I love the lite gourds with the gem vines just beautiful. Wonderful finds…Lisa

  12. 25

    Thanks ladies! Happy nesting!

  13. 26

    Love the sunflowers on the white plates- wish I had seen that when I had all my sunflowers- loved it.
    Again, great ideas!

  14. 27

    Beautiful pics and ideas as usual Melissa! I am on the lookout for some fresh cut bittersweet for my front door basket.