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Budget Friendly Fall Table Decorations To Create Rustic Fall Tablescape

I created a budget-friendly rustic fall tablescape using thrift store finds and making my own neutral painted pumpkins from the dollar store. These Fall table decorations are perfect for everyday use throughout the autumn season.

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Last week was the first official day of Fall….so if you’ve been starting to decorate your home for a Fall a bit here and there, you don’t have to feel absolutely crazy anymore!

I was looking for a simple way to make our home feel a little bit more like Fall and the dining room table was the perfect place to start incorporating some fall table decorations.

Sometimes when I create tablescapes to share with you on the blog, I go all out… place settings, name cards, etc. (like with this one) but today’s rustic fall tablescape is REALLY simple.

In fact, these Fall table decorations were put together with painted pumpkins from the Dollar Tree and (almost) everything else was from a thrift store!

For your convenience, at the bottom of this post there is a full source list of all of the materials and things I used to put these fall table decorations together. 

Wanna see a video of how these fall table decorations come together for a cute rustic fall tablescape?

First, let’s talk more about these painted pumpkins from the Dollar Tree that I mentioned. I had seen others paint pumpkins and I wanted to give it a try. Guys…it was SO EASY. (UPDATE: I’ve also tried this different painting method for creating white pumpkin decor and it works great too!)

How to paint faux pumpkins from Dollar Tree for Fall table decorations:

  1. Grab a bunch of pumpkins from Dollar Tree.
  2. Give them a quick spray with white spray paint or primer. You need do this so the orange color or other colors don’t bleed through the craft paint. I tried it without this step and it wasn’t pretty. Trust me.
  3. Brush on a couple coats of pastel colored acrylic craft paint (or whatever color you want to use) with a foam paint brush.
  4. Finish by dry brushing some white acrylic craft paint on with an old paint brush. This gives the pumpkins a softer and more rustic look.
  5. Seriously…..that’s it. If you were worried about the paint chipping, you could seal them with this spray sealer…but honestly, they are just sitting there looking pretty. I don’t think the paint will chip at all.
  6. P.S. I also grabbed some burlap pumpkins from Dollar Tree and dry brushed them with a little white acrylic paint.
Top photo shows bright orange and metallic mini pumpkins and gourds laying on a drop cloth next to a bottle of white spray paint and bottom picture shows pumpkins painted with pastel colors laying next to acrylic craft paint

Now that you’ve got your pretty painted pumpkins, here’s the fun part! Use them to create a rustic fall tablescape.

Fall tablescape with mini painted pumpkins in wooden dough bowl with vintage bottles holding dried wheat on white farmhouse table with text overlay that says $1 painted pumpkins and thrift store finds rustic fall tablescape

Here’s how my simple rustic fall tablescape came together:

  1. Base layer…table runner. Shhhh…. don’t tell anyone, ok? This ISN’T an actual table runner, it’s a scarf from my closet. You may be remember it from my farmhouse winter tablescape or my ideas for farmhouse Thanksgiving decor. Scarves are such a great table running replacement so you don’t have to go out and buy something else…just go shopping in your closet.
  2. Wooden dough bowl. I got my hand carved wooden dough bowl at an estate sale and I love it. I put this smack dab in the middle of the table on top of my scarf table runner.
  3. Add pumpkins to dough bowl. Once your painted pumpkins have dried, add those to your wooden dough bowl. If your bowl is large like mine, you can add something to the bottom as a filler so you don’t have to make as many pumpkins to fill it up. I added a couple books to mine underneath the pumpkins.
  4. Add vintage bottles to each end of the bowl. I added a group of 3 vintage bottles to each end of the bowl. I mixed in clear glass and amber glass and added in dried wheat, DIY cotton stems (click here for learn now to make these DIY farmhouse cotton stems), and some faux fall florals. Lastly, I added in a couple of wooden spools of twine from my craft supplies…because why not? They were the perfect color and they fit right in with the rustic fall table decorations.
Wooden bowl holding pastel colored painted mini pumpkins and goards to decorate table for fall next to vintage bottles with dried wheat and leather

I told you these fall table decorations were simple and thrifty!!

Top photo shows detail on the edge of hand carved wooden dough bowl and bottom picture shows flat lay of rustic fall table decorations

Looking for a wooden dough bowl of your own? Here’s some great options!

View of rustic table decorations for fall with painted mini pumpkins in farmhouse style wooden bowl and vintage bottles

I love the neutral look and the touch of soft pastel colors that the painted pumpkins add.

Vintage bottoms with leather wrapped around the tops with wheat in them on top of tan fabric with spools of natural twine to decorate a table for fall with farmhouse style
Side view of rustic fall table decorations with farmhouse style that incorporate vintage bottles, mini painted pumpkins, wooden dough bowl, tan fabric on a white farmhouse table

I love that I was able to incorporate a bit of leather from my OOOOOODLES of free leather I got by doing this simple trick.

Top picture shows details of white painted mini pumpkins and bottom picture shows side view of amber vintage bottles with light shining through them and they are full of DIY cotton stems

Vintage bottles are one of my favorite ways to decorate! I typically get mine at thrift stores or yard sales, but here are some great options online for vintage bottles.

I made some quick tassels and tied them on to some of the larger vintage bottles. Don’t you just love the texture that it added?

Vintage amber glass bottle with leather tied around the top and pine cones laying nearby on white table with painted mini pumpkins in background
Close up shot of painted pumpkins, goards and acorns in a wooden bowl for table decorations

Source List for Fall Table Decorations:


7 thoughts on “Budget Friendly Fall Table Decorations To Create Rustic Fall Tablescape

  1. Your rustic tablescape is lovely, Chelsea. I found an old dough bowl at a thrift store last year that I use for fall decor, too. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Party. This was the most clicked from last week’s party and all of the co-hosts will be featuring it at today’s party. Hope you’ll join us!

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