20 Recycled Halloween Crafts

20 Recycled Halloween Crafts

With these eco-friendly Halloween ideas, you can turn common household items into unique decor to use year after year.

Updated 6/30/21

Eco-friendly Halloween crafts can reduce the problem of holiday waste and can create quality items to celebrate Halloween for years to come.  Learn why eco-friendly Halloween crafts are important for the environment and find 10 eco-friendly Halloween craft ideas below.

As with any holiday, store-bought Halloween decorations and accessories can generate a lot of waste. Too often retail Halloween decorations feature non-recyclable, non-biodegradable materials, packaged in disposable plastic. When Halloween decorations are designed for one-time use, the waste problem is even worse. While the management of all waste consumes energy and natural resources, non-biodegradable plastics never disappear and pollute the environment forever.

Cut down your household’s waste this Halloween by making your own Halloween decorations, costumes and accessories. Use the Halloween craft ideas below to get you started. Whenever possible, reuse materials, purchase second-hand and/or purchase new, eco-friendly craft materials.  Halloween crafts can help you celebrate greener.

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1. Brown Bag Halloween Wreath

Use old brown grocery bags to create the shapes for this eco-friendly Halloween craft project. Make sure to select VOC-Free craft paints. Natural raffia wreath bases are perfect for making your own eco-friendly Halloween crafts.

Tutorial via FaveCrafts

Brown Bag Halloween Wreath

2. Old Book Pages Pumpkin

"For a quirky and fun addition to your DIY Halloween decor, this Old Book Pages Pumpkin is what you're looking for. Its charming design will look great as a Halloween centerpiece or other home accent. This delightful pumpkin project will help you transform a book into a pumpkin with one wave of your magic wand."

Tutorial via It's Always Autumn

Old Book Pages Pumpkin

3. Bat Wind Chime

Make a Halloween-themed wind chime to enjoy for years to come with a simple terra cotta garden pot. Instead of craft foam, use cereal box cardboard to create the wings of the Halloween bat. Make your own triangle stamp with a simple potato.

Tutorial via FaveCrafts

Bat Wind Chime

4. Moanful Mason Jar Ghost Lantern

"Haunt your own home this Halloween with this Moanful Mason Jar Ghost Lantern. This Halloween craft is super easy to make, and it's a fun addition to that spooky decor.  Add battery-operated tea lights or candles for an extra ghostly effect!"

Tutorial via Old Salt Farm

Moanful Mason Jar Ghost Lantern

5. Toilet Roll Goody Bats

If you're in a pinch for last-minute Halloween party favor ideas, these Toilet Roll Goody Bats are your match. Paper roll crafts are always a fun and unique way to turn something you already have in your home into something practical. 

Tutorial via Lolly Jane

Toilet Roll Goody Bats

6. Happy Felt Bats

Make these felt bats to hang or stick onto skewers. Felt can be an eco-friendly material for Halloween crafts, especially if you make your own. For a quick and easy craft, pick up some eco-friendly craft felt made from Eco-fi, 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Tutorial via FaveCrafts

Happy Felt Bats

7. Ghost Centerpiece Craft

Cheesecloth is the perfect material for making eco-friendly ghost Halloween crafts. Make your own liquid starch for molding the cheesecloth by mixing ½ C. potato starch flour with 2 ½ C. of water. Instead of using a disposable foam mold, using terra cotta pots and/or bowls to make your ghost form.

Tutorial via FaveCrafts

Ghost Centerpiece Craft

8. Recycled Book Halloween Decoration

Turn old books into a recycled Halloween decoration you'll use again and again!

Tutorial via Organized 31

Recycled Book Halloween Decoration

9. DIY Garbage Bag Ghosts

"If you're looking for an easy -- and cheap -- way to decorate the outside of your house for Halloween, look no further than these DIY Garbage Bag Ghosts. They're made from materials you already have in your house!"

Tutorial via Drugstore Divas

DIY Garbage Bag Ghosts

10. Uncanny Pumpkin Treat Holders

You can't really have Halloween without a pumpkin, right? Use old tin cans to create your own jack-o-lantern treat holders for your Halloween party! This project would make a great mom and me paint night.

Tutorial via FaveCrafts

Uncanny Pumpkin Treat Holders

11. Bloody Pillar Candle and Bowl

Spooky crafters (like me), rejoice! Make your own “bloody” pillar candles for spooky yet eco-friendly Halloween. Use all-natural soy or beeswax taper and pillar candles to create this Halloween candle, instead of petroleum-derived paraffin wax.

Tutorial via FaveCrafts

Bloody Pillar Candle and Bowl

12. Mysterious Mummy Mason Jars

Mason jar crafts allow you use inexpensive items to create one-of-a-kind projects. Make a bunch of these mummies and line your countertop or mantel in the time leading up to Halloween night.

Tutorial via FaveCrafts

Mysterious Mummy Mason Jars

13. Recycled Shirt Pumpkin

Add DIY pumpkins to your home for the fraction of the cost of buying a real pumpkin. These spookily clever pumpkin crafts are created out of old tees. Earth-friendly and rot-free, you can display a Recycled Shirt Pumpkin without worrying about it going bad or your kiddo toppling it over.

Tutorial via Easy Peasy Creative

Recycled Shirt Pumpkin

14. Colorful Pumpkin Ornament

Use fabric and felt scraps to create these cute pumpkin ornaments. You can even create your own felt for the pumpkin leaves by felting an old sweater. Use more fabric scraps or old pantyhose/nylon stockings to stuff your pumpkin ornaments.

Tutorial via FaveCrafts

Colorful Pumpkin Ornament

15. Candy Corn Wine Bottle Craft

If you've been looking for a clever way to recycle old wine bottles, look no further than this colorful decor. Transform empty bottles and jugs into a Halloween decoration that'll bring together any tablescape.

Tutorial via Shawn Mosch

Candy Corn Wine Bottle Craft

16. Easy Kawaii Inspired Halloween Clay Pot Crafts

"Looking for an adorable Halloween craft? These Halloween Kawaii inspired flower pots make cute decorations. Especially if you use mini terra cotta pots. Get ready to dig into your Halloween craft supplies and have a boo-rrific time making ghost, candy corn, and spider pots."

Tutorial via Life With Darcy and Brian

Easy Kawaii Inspired Halloween Clay Pot Crafts

17. DIY Spider Webs

Disposable spider webs are wasteful and generally made from non-biodegradable materials. Plus, the plastic packaging is an additional problem. Forget the cheesy store-bought spider webs and make your own DIY Spider Webs as homemade Halloween decorations. Look for eco-friendly fabric choices like hemp, organic cotton or recycled polyester.

Tutorial via FaveCrafts

DIY Spider Webs

18. Repurposed Halloween Luminaries

"Looking for an outdoor Halloween decoration that's easy to make? You can make these Halloween luminaries in minutes using recycled plastic jars and bottles. Your imagination is the only limit in making fun, scary or wacky faces for these luminaries."

Tutorial via Organized 31

Repurposed Halloween Luminaries

19. Bandanna Trick or Treat Bag

Forget those disposable plastic bags, which never biodegrade! Repurpose a bandana into a reusable bag for Halloween trick-or-treating. Use a black or Halloween-themed bandana already in your possession or pick up a bandana from a local thrifty store. You can also use the bag for grocery shopping or errands around Halloween and extend its use.

Tutorial via FaveCrafts

Bandanna Trick or Treat Bag

20. DIY Halloween Spiders Tutorial

"It’s not Halloween without a few spiders here and there and what better way to transform your house for the holidays than an easy and super quick DIY Halloween Spider tutorial."

Tutorial via Easy Peasy Creative

DIY Halloween Spiders Tutorial

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