Posted in crafts, diy

15 Affordable Fall Craft Ideas

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go”~Unknown

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1. Coffee Filter Turkey

You can put these on magnets and attach them to the fridge, put them in your window, or just leave them standing up! Find the tutorial here.

2. Turkey Door Decor

If you live in a dorm, this is a really cute (and cheap) idea. Find the tutorial here.

3. Harvest Sign

You can easily adjust the size, by using a smaller piece of wood and these 4″ stencils. Find the step-by-step tutorial here.


4. Twig Letter

This cute, rustic craft is perfect for the fall season. Plus, it’s very simple and cheap. You can learn how to make it here. Want to spell out a word? Get the wooden alphabet here.

5. Terracotta Scare Crow

This is the perfect decoration for both inside and outside this season. Find the tutorial for this charming little fall scarecrow here.

6. Terracotta Pumpkin

A pumpkin that holds candy? Yes, please. Find the full tutorial here, and get your pots here.

7. Book Page Pumpkins

Express your inner bookworm, upcycle an old book, and get an adorable decoration out of it! You can easily make this craft by following these instructions.


8. Apple Candles

It’s a candle. In an apple. Click here to learn how to make them. Don’t have any white candles? No worries, you can get some on Amazon.

9. Leaf Bowl

You can find a tutorial on how to make this colorful fall craft here.

10. Colorful Hanging Leaves

This easy DIY is simple yet beautiful. I absolutely love all the different colors! Just follow this easy how-to and you’ll be on your way to a fabulous wall decoration. Need some leaves? Click here to get them for under $10 on Amazon.


11. Simple Burlap Wreath

The neutral tones provide a neat and welcoming entrance. The flower makes this burlap wreath that much more elegant.

12. Floral Frame Door Wreath

Who doesn’t want two door frames? Ha, ha. But seriously, this craft is totally worthy of your time. This rustic frame from Amazon might save you some decorating!

13. Glitter Pumpkin

Don’t let the Fall season dull your sparkle. Click here to find out how to make these glittering gourds, and click here to get 4oz gold glitter on Amazon.


14. Pumpkin Topiary

This festive planter is great for the fall season. Find the tutorial here.

15. Pumpkin Man

Do you know the pumpkin man? I met him once. He didn’t talk much. Follow this link to make one of your own!

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Posted in Do it Yourself

5 Cheap DIY Halloween Decorations

5 Cheap DIY Halloween Decorations

Halloween is just around the corner. I absolutely love Halloween. It’s literally a holiday where you get to dress up like your favorite fictional character- which is called cosplay every other day of the year- and get free candy! What’s not to love?

If you’re like me, and you have an obsession with decorating every chance possible, Halloween is a great opportunity to showcase your decorating skills. To show that you are indeed, a Thrifty Chick *insert witchy cackle*. However, one problem I encounter (way too often) is that decorating takes money. Well, look no further. I’m going to share 5 cheap Halloween decorations you can make on a budget.

1.Flying Bats

The materials you will need for this are:

  • Paper (black if available)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Tape
  • Black paint or paint pen (optional)
  • A ceiling fan
  1. Print out a free bat template like the ones found here. You will need 5.
  2. You can either print multiple or simply trace it onto another piece of paper. I just used white paper and traced the bats in different sizes.
  3. Cut out your bats and fold them in half (symmetrically).
  4. If you are using white paper, use black paint or a paint pen to fill in the bat (omit this step if you are using black paper).
  5. Poke 2 holes in the middle of the bat (on the folded line), closer to the head.
  6. Loop the string through both holes and tie it in a knot.
  7. You should essentially have a paper bat on a leash. Name it Carrie and walk it around the neighborhood. Ask people if they would like to pet Carrie.
  8. Okay maybe don’t do that.
  9. But seriously. Using a sturdy surface, (eg. bed, table, chair- but not the rolly kind) preferably a step ladder, tape the end of the string to the end of each fan blade. Make sure it’s secure.
  10. Turn on the fan and watch the bats fly!

2. Bloody Candles


  1. White candle- Get them <a href="http://<iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//"> here on Amazon
  2. Blood-erm, I mean red wax (crayons work)
  3. A lighter

The tutorial for these super easy and cheap blood dripping candles can be found here

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3. Eyeball Jar

All you need is:

  • Plastic eyeballs (dollar store)
  • Dish soap
  • Mason or glass jar

This one is the most self explanatory, but I’ll explain anyways.

  1. Put the eyeballs in the jar.
  2. Pour the dish soap into the jar.
  3. That’s it.

You could even print out some spooky labels if you wanted. Or don’t. It’s whatever.

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4. Halloween Paper Garlands

You will need:

  1. Various colors of paper (white, black, orange, purple)
  2. Black marker
  3. Scissors
  4. Clear tape
  5. This template

You can find the full tutorial Here


5. Bloody Hands Window Clings

If your Halloween consists of haunted houses and scary movies, then this is the craft for you. These window clings are seriously spooky, and you only need a few things:

  1. Elmers glue
  2. Silicone mat
  3. food coloring
  4. Latex gloves and old clothes (optional but this can get messy)

I’d recommend putting your hair up for this one. You can find the instructions here

I hope you have fun with these! I’d love to see anything y’all make. Like and comment how it goes for you, as well as any topics you’d like me to cover. Until next time!

Love these 5 cheap diy Halloween decorations! #ThriftyChick


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Posted in Journal


Journal Entry 1: Introduction

Hello reader! My name is Elle, and I am a college student. I’m starting this blog because I have a lot of free time, and not a lot of friends. Covid has taken away many opportunities to make friends as a freshman, so, here I am, starting a blog.

I’ll start with a bit about me. As previously stated, I am a freshman in college. I am majoring in Graphic Design, because they say if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. I had a bit of a rough upbringing, and struggle severely with depression and anxiety (I am doing much better now). I was a very strange child… to put it nicely. Okay, I was a complete weirdo. To be fair, I am a middle child and got most of my social skills from reading books.

Here’s a few random facts about me:

  • I’m a pisces
  • I have a dog, whom I adore
  • I am gluten free (NOT by choice)
  • I love poetry
  • Halloween in my favorite holiday
  • I’m an introvert to the max, so starting a blog feels kinda weird to me
  • I really want to adopt
  • My favorite food is sushi

So, what kind of blog is the Thrifty Chick? I’m so glad you asked;) I am a creative and expressive broke individual who wants to share my experiences with other creative, expressive, broke individuals. This blog is everything fun, creative, and cheap. I’ve been DIYing since before I can remember. Like, I actually can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making things.

This blog will be basic how to’s, top number lists, advice columns, and personal entries. Some of the topics I will cover are:

  • Crafting
  • Finance
  • Relationships
  • Entertainment
  • Organization/decoration
  • And other miscellaneous things… I don’t like confinement.

So, yeah.. that’s that. Stay tuned for more posts, I haven’t worked out a schedule yet, but there will be more!

PS. Here’s a picture of my dog! Her name is Rupi (After Rupi Kaur, the most amazing poet of all time), and she’s my baby!