Repurposing Ideas for Fall Decor

Repurposing Ideas for Fall Decor

Pumpkins and acorns and fall leaves- Oh, My! It’s that time of year again when stores stock their shelves with Fall decor and pumpkin spice makes its triumphant return. But here’s the thing- some of the best Fall decor starts at a thrift store first and gets transformed into something amazing.

One-of-a-Kind Fall Decor

decorating the fireplace and mantel in modern fall decor

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Home store fall decor is nice and all, but it’s not exactly unique. Putting your own spin on something unexpected or curiously different from the thrift store is an easy way to elevate your autumn style.

Like this fireplace display, for example– the folding candelabra and vases (as clear glass) came from local thrifts. Here are a few other upcycle ideas for Fabulous Fall Decor to get you inspired.

Pumpkin Pillow

pumpkin throw pillow from a flannel shirt

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Adding some Fall-themed throw pillows to your sofas and beds is always a fun way to add touches of autumn to your home. And in this case, a (clean) thrift store pillow was paired up with a (clean) thrift store flannel shirt!

Metal “Pumpkins”

metal pumpkins for modern fall decor

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True, neither of these thrifted pieces started out as pumpkins- and they certainly weren’t in trendy copper, either. But simple makeovers transformed them into a fresh spin on metal pumpkins for fall.

Stained Glass Pumpkins

alcohol ink pumpkins

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Clear glass pumpkins are easy to find at home/craft stores and even your local thrift stores. But transforming them into stained glass pumpkins is not only fun and easy, but makes them quite magical at night.

Tweed Acorns

acorn decorations from tweed jackets

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Plush acorns made from tweed jackets are the unexpected fall craft you didn’t know you needed until now. And their cap? A thrifted salad bowl, believe it or not. Everything about this acorn started at a thrift shop!

Amber Glass Bottles

decorating for fall with amber glass bottles

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Clear glass bottles from the thrift or even your recycle bin are beautifully upcycled into two-tone Fall bottles inspired by the changing leaves. Because who doesn’t love autumn decor inspired by Fall foliage?

Fall Decor with Weaving

upcycling a casserole dish holder as a loom to weave on

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Fiber crafts from days gone by, such as weaving, have made a huge comeback in recent years. We can probably thank all the home-based time from the past few years for that! And there are some surprising thrift store finds that can be upcycled into looms like this– for a fresh take on modern fall decor.

Fall Decor on Your Door

picture frame wreath as neutral fall decor

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This wreath is a great example of fall decor without all the oranges and golds. A more neutral take on autumn decorating, this wreath started as a picture frame from the thrift store.

Embroidery Hoop Wreath

hoop wreath for fall

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The embroidery hoop is an unsung hero in the crafting world and is perfect for a few non-embroidery projects. Specifically, it works really well as a simple wreath form, like this fresh take on an autumn wreath.

Boho Basket Pumpkin 

boho pumpkin from a basket

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Depending on the shape, some wicker baskets are perfect for upcycling into pumpkins for fall decorating. This one was particularly well-suited for the task and was upcycled into a “gourd-geous” Boho pumpkin with the help of some all-natural craft supplies.

Fall Decor from a Pallet

fall decor from a pallet

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Secondhand pallets are an endless source of crafty inspiration, such as this pumpkin sign for the yard. Such a great addition to a rustic Fall display!

Fall Sign

fall leaves decor on an autumn sign

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There are a LOT of great Fall quotes out there that are perfect for capturing on festive fall signs. This quote says it all, doesn’t it? And such a thrifty sign to make because it was made from a thrifted cabinet door.

Fall Decor for the Wall

flannel decor for autumn

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A ready-made burlap canvas from the craft store can be decorated in any number of ways. But for Fall, a fuzzy flannel pumpkin from an old shirt is just delightful for your wall or on a display easel. 

Liquor Bottle Gourds

fall pumpkin decor with liquor bottle crafts

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Some of us hunt for bourbon based on the price point or distillery name. But a few of us might hunt for it based on the kind of bottle shape that can be upcycled into pumpkins and gourds. Strange? Yes. Fun to make and quite adorable? Absolutely.

Pumpkin Basket

hod basket painted like a pumpkin

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This basket looked nothing like this when it was spotted on a thrift store shelf. But an eagle-eyed (or autumn-eyed?) upcycler saw its “gourd-geous” potential and refashioned it to look pumpkin-esque.

Fabric Pumpkins

fabric pumpkins from flannels

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Fabric pumpkins like these are not only easy to make, but they won’t rot in warm weather if you’re still waiting for Fall temps to arrive. They look adorable in any number of fabrics- including flannel shirts from the thrift store.

Fall Decor from the Thrift Store

upcycle projects for fall decor

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The thrift store is full of possibility when it comes to Fall Decor. Sometimes you just need to see a few ideas in order to find the inspiration you need.

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. I absolutely love the soft colors you use for the pumpkins decor. The more common colors of orange & black, and the burlap is just not appealing to me and is the reason I avoid decorating with pumpkins. Thank you so much for this out of the box color scheme. It has inspired me🙂.
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